Spanish Springs 10, Douglas 9 (9 innings)
Two days after suffering a walk-off loss at Douglas, Spanish Springs returned the favor on its home field Saturday afternoon.s
Colton Forman sent everyone home in the bottom of the ninth when he stepped to the dish with one out and the bases loaded and delivered a game-winning RBI single.
The Cougars improved to 9-2, 5-1 with the walk-off victory. The Tigers sunk to 7-5. 3-3.
Forman went 4-for-6 with a double and six RBIs. Dawson Martin (4-for-6, double, three RBIs, run) also had a big day at the dish.
Spanish Springs trailed 6-1 going the bottom of the fourth, eventually tying the game at 8-8 with a five-run bottom of the sixth.
That score remained until the top of the ninth, when Douglas grabbed a 9-8 lead on a bases-loaded walk. The Cougars tied it back up on a wild pitch, setting the stage for Forman’s walk-off knock.
Marlin Brucato came on in relief with two outs and the bases loaded in the top of the ninth and ended the threat with a strikeout. He was rewarded with a win.
The Cougars have the next week and a half off before returning to action Thursday, April 6, for a home game against Galena.
Lowry 12, Sparks 2 (6 innings)
Sparks was unable to complete the three-game home sweep of Lowry in the final game of Saturday’s doubleheader, falling 12-2 in six innings to the Buckaroos.
The Railroaders dropped to 5-2, 2-1 in the 3A North. Lowry (1-10, 1-5) was victorious for the first time this season.
Matt Longland blasted a solo home run (his second of the day) in the loss. Niko Budija and Braeden Goodnough provided Sparks’ only other hits, a pair of singles.
Sparks remains at home on Friday for the first game of a three-game series against South Tahoe. First pitch is at 3 p.m.
Sparks 12, Lowry 9
Lowry’s five-run seventh inning wasn’t enough in Saturday’s first game as Sparks hung on for a 12-9 win.
The Railroaders’ fifth victory of the season eclipsed last year’s total.
Longland went 2-for-2 with a home run, three RBIs, three runs scored, and drew two walks. Budija was also perfect at the plate, finishing 4-for-4 with a double, RBI and three runs scored.
Pacifica 4, Reed 3
Reed dropped the first game of its spring break trip to Anaheim on Saturday, 4-3, to Pacifica (south Anaheim).
The loss sunk the Raiders’ record to 5-7, remaining 3-3 in 4A North play. The Mariners improved to 6-6.
Reed outhit Pacifica 8-4 and held a 3-1 lead going to the bottom of the sixth. The Mariners took their first lead of the game by scoring three times. The inning started with a walk, a single and an error. The second error of the inning allowed what proved to be the game-winning run to score.
The Raiders did not have a single extra base hit in the loss. Lincoln Turner and Joey Brown both went 2-for-3 and scored a run.
Reed will play two games on Monday against Kennedy (La Palma, Calif.) and San Clemente (San Celemente, Calif.).
Spanish Springs 18, Galena 2 (3 innings)
The Cougars pushed their winning streak to eight on Saturday with a convincing doubleheader sweep at Galena, ending with an 18-2 win in three innings.
Spanish Springs jumped to 9-2, 6-0 in the 4A North while Galena dipped to 3-5, 0-4.
The outcome in the doubleheader finale was decided early as the Cougars jumped out to a 9-0 led in the first inning. Freshman Alysa Micone highlighted the offensive outburst, going 4-for-4 with a double, five RBIs and scoring three times.
Fellow freshman Kaylah House allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits in the three-inning complete game to pick up the win.
The Cougars start a non-league tournament at Reed on Friday with games against McQueen (9 a.m.), Douglas (2 p.m.) and Lassen (3:30 p.m.).
Spanish Springs 17, Galena 5 (6 innings)
Saturday’s first game was relatively close through five innings.
The Cougars held a 7-2 lead going to the sixth, then broke it open with a 10-run inning and went on to roll 17-5 in six innings.
Junior Rylee Retzer finished 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBIs, and two runs scored. Amidori Anderson went 3-for-4 with five RBIs and scored once. Freshman Tyra Clary went a perfect 4-for-4 with two doubles, one RBI, and scored five times.
Mirinda Nichols threw all six innings to pick up the win. She allowed five runs (three earned) on 11 hits while striking out five. She did not walk a batter.
Reed 8, Douglas 0
Julia Jensen struck out nine in a complete game two-hit shutout on Saturday, guiding Reed to an 8-0 home win over Douglas.
The Raiders’ second win over the Tigers of the day improved their record 7-2-1, 3-3. The Tigers sunk to 3-10.
Jensen also had a monster game at the plate, going 4-for-4 with two home runs and seven RBIs.
Reed hosts Carson on Tuesday afternoon.
Reed 1, Douglas 0
Senior Gabby Kahl’s RBI in the bottom of the sixth was the difference in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, a 1-0 win.
Kahl’s run driven in salvaged a brilliant effort from Jensen in the circle. She allowed just one hit in a complete-game shutout while striking out 13. She did not walk a single batter.
Reed finished with just two hits in the narrow victory.
Lowry 20, Sparks 2 (3 innings)
A rough weekend for Sparks ended on Saturday afternoon with a 20-2 home loss to Lowry in three innings.
The defeat left the Railroaders (0-6 in 3A North play) winless. The Buckaroos improved to 8-3, 6-0.
Lowry scored 10 times in the top of the third and finished with 17 hits, nine went for extra bases.
Sparks will host South Tahoe on Friday and will play three games in the day, starting at 11 a.m.
Lowry 21, Sparks 0 (3 innings)
Sparks was outhit 21-1 in Saturday’s first game and fell 21-0, at home, to Lowry, in three innings.
The Buckaroos scored 10 times in the top of the first.