Spanish Springs coach Jeff Davidson was not ambiguous in his analysis of the Cougars’ 3-2 loss at Reno on Thursday.
“We got outplayed today and that was the game,” he said. “Plain and simple.”
Spanish Springs dropped to 8-4, 4-2 in the DI North. Reno improved to 7-3, 6-1.
With the game tied 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth, Reno’s Cook Cosette pushed the Huskies in front for good. She led the inning off with a blast well beyond the right-center fence that proved to be the game winner.
Katelyn Townsend, the would-be tying run, earned out a one-out walk for the Cougs in the top of the seventh but the Huskies ended the game the next at bat with a clean 3-6-4 double play.
“We were talking about making adjustments throughout the game and we didn’t do that,” Davidson said. “That’s the consequence of not making the adjustments.”
Reno jumped in front 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth with a Carys Cook RBI single up the middle only for the guests to re-tie the game in their next at bat.
Hayley Fein went the distance for the Cougs allowing three runs on nine hits while fanning four, taking the loss.
“I thought she (Fein) was hitting her spots for the most part,” Davidson said. “You can’t throw a perfect game every time out there, you just can’t … The bottom line is, today, Reno outplayed us.”
For Reno, Morgan Eisele also threw a complete game, picking up the win.
Both runs she allowed were unearned while she limited the Cougs to just four hits. She struck out seven and walked four.
Spanish Springs will attempt to bounce back from the one-run loss on Saturday when it hosts Wooster for a doubleheader. First pitch is at 11 a.m.
Jensen strikes out 15 Grizzlies
Julia Jensen struck out 15 in a complete game three hitter and hit a solo home run as Reed remained undefeated with a 3-0 home win over Galena on Thursday.
The Raiders improved to 12-0, 7-0. The Grizzlies dropped to 5-5, 4-3.
Reed mustered just five hits in the win, two of which went over the fence. Jensen (2-for-3) led off the bottom of the fourth with her solo shot to left center. Three batters later, Alexis Gonzales (1-for-2) hit a two-run dinger to right center.
The three runs proved plenty for Jensen, who didn’t allow a runner to get past first base all afternoon.
Reed hosts a home doubleheader with Douglas (8-7-1, 4-2) on Saturday.