Spanish Springs’ losing streak reached eight games with a 1-0 loss at Wooster on Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader.
The Cougars rebounded in game two, snapping the skid with a 5-2 victory.
Following the split, Spanish Springs (16-12, 11-9) sits in sixth place—one game behind both Bishop Manogue and Damonte Ranch and one game ahead of McQueen and Reed.
The Colts (9-20, 5-15) had already been eliminated from postseason contention.
The Cougs end the regular season this week with two games against their cross-town rivals. They host Reed on Wednesday then go to the Raiders’ yard on Thursday.
Spanish Springs 5, Wooster 2
Jordan Santos put the Cougars back in the win column for the first time in over two weeks with a solid effort on the hill.
Santos allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks over six innings to pick up the victory. He also struck out three. Casey Miller struck out two in scoreless bottom of the seventh to earn the save.
The Cougars scored once in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to create some wiggle room after holding a 2-1 lead with three innings complete.
Josh Prizina was 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored as the guests outhit the Colts, 8-7.
Wooster 1, Spanish Springs 0
Of the eight straight losses the Cougs suffered, the defeat in Saturday’s first game was arguably the toughest to swallow.
Derek Stuber struck out 11 and scattered four hits over six shutout innings and still the Cougs came up short.
In the bottom of the seventh, against reliever Joey Arterburn, the Colts walked off with the win on a one-out error.
Zach Whitley was just as sharp as Stuber for the Colts. He gave up only four hits in a complete game shutout. He also struck out eight and walked a pair.
Spanish Springs was 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
Reno sweeps Reed
The Raiders saw their league record dip to .500 for the first time this season with a pair of losses at Reno on Saturday.
Reed now sits at 17-10, 10-10 in the DI North with just two regular season games left and is suddenly in jeopardy of missing the playoffs. Reed is tied with McQueen for the eighth and final playoff spot, just one game ahead of Douglas.
The Tigers, however, close out the regular season with two games against third-place Carson.
Reno (24-5, 16-4) mathematically stayed in the league title hunt—two games back of Galena.
The Raiders end the season this week at Spanish Springs (Wednesday) then at home against the Cougs on Thursday.
Reno 6, Reed 1
Four different Reno pitchers allowed 13 hits but held the Raiders to just one run in the nightcap of Saturday’s doubleheader.
Reed scored its only run in the top of the first on an Austin Beard RBI single. He was thrown out at the plate two batters later on a Benny Peck single.
Reno tied it up in the bottom of the first then plated four in the second, which proved plenty.
Vinnie Fillapone, Lincoln Turner and Peck all had three-hit afternoons in the loss.
Reno 7, Reed 2
The Raiders held a 2-0 lead through four innings in Saturday’s first game. Then the bottom of the fifth happened.
The Huskies scored all seven of their runs on seven hits (six singles) and benefited from three Reed errors to break the game open.
Beard started on the bump for Reed and threw four scoreless before running into trouble in the fifth.
Jerrid Gallegos allowed just one hit over a final 1.1 innings scoreless relief of Beard.
Reed used a couple of Reno errors to take a 2-0 lead in the top of the second. Parker Houston plated Beard with a groundout to third for the first run of the day. Taylor Clabaugh followed with an RBI single. It proved to be the Raiders’ final run. The rally ended with consecutive strikeouts.
Christian Chamberlain picked up a complete game win for Reno. Only one of the runs he surrendered (on eight hits) was earned. He struck out 10 and walked just one.
The Raiders stranded 10 runners in the loss.
Sparks falls twice
The Railroaders’ long season continued on Saturday with a pair of lopsided home losses to Spring Creek.
Sparks (4-20, 1-19) will wave goodbye to the 2016 campaign this week with a home game against Truckee on Tuesday followed by a three-game set with Fallon over the weekend.
Spring Creek (21-4, 17-3) remained a half game back of first-place Elko with the sweep.
Spring Creek 12, Sparks 5
An eight-run top of the third inning was plenty for the Spartans in the final game of the weekend on Saturday.
Matt Longland was 2-for-2 with a pair of RBIs and a run scored.
Spring Creek 8, Sparks 1
The Railroaders dropped Saturday’s first contest by seven runs.