Spanish Springs coach Jeff Davidson was not pleased with how his team played on Thursday.
The Cougars committed three errors, had a handful of base-running mistakes, struggled with runners in scoring position, and suffered a 3-1 home loss to Reno.
“We didn’t play very well,” Davidson said. “We made errors. We made at least three or four base running mistakes that took us out of innings. I think all told, we made eight errors whether it be physical or mental.
“You can’t expect to win the game when you do that.”
The loss was a missed opportunity for the Cougs, who could have all but locked up second place with a victory. Instead, they dropped to 18-10, 13-3 and are now just two games ahead of the Huskies (13-7, 11-5) with six games to play.
“Now, it’s going to be a battle,” Davidson said. “If you go on a little losing streak here, it could really affect where you get seeded at regionals.”
Hayley Fein threw a complete game in the loss, allowing seven hits, walking one and striking out six. Two of the three runs were unearned.
The Cougars scored their only run of the game in the bottom of the second on a Katelyn Townsend (2-for-3) RBI single. Townsend’s knock cut an early gap to 2-1 after the Huskies plated two in the top of the first.
Reno extended the lead to 3-1 in the top of the sixth on a two-out Christie Betker RBI bloop single to right.
Betker threw a complete game for the Huskies in the circle.
She allowed leadoff doubles in the bottom of the sixth and seventh but got the next three batters in each inning to wiggle off the hook.
“I’d like to forget (today), but I think it’s got to be a learning experience,” Davidson said. “We just didn’t play well today, I think, in any aspect of the game.”
Spanish Springs will host Carson on Saturday for a double dip then ends the season next week with two against Bishop Manogue and Reed.
Raiders open up three game lead atop DI North
Reed went to Galena on Thursday and left with a 3-1 win to remain perfect in league play.
The Raiders (23-1-1, 16-0) opened up a three-game lead over Spanish Springs for first place in the DI North. Galena dropped to 12-9, 10-6 and is tied with McQueen for fourth place.
Julia Jensen spun a complete game victory for the Raiders. She allowed the lone run on four hits and three walks while striking out 11.
Kelly Bangert also threw a complete game for the Grizzlies. The three runs she allowed (two earned) came on four hits and she did not walk a batter. She struck out one.
Devon Casazza gave Galena a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second with a solo shot to center.
Reed tied it up its next at bat thanks in part to a pair of Galena errors. Mckenzie Howren gave the Raiders the lead for good in the top of the fourth with a two-run round tripper to left.
The Raiders will host a doubleheader against North Valleys on Saturday before wrapping up the regular season next week against McQueen (Tuesday and Thursday) and Spanish Springs (doubleheader Saturday).