Spanish Springs went to Bishop Manogue on Wednesday for a pivotal doubleheader and left with a split.
The Cougars (15-4, 7-1) rolled in the first game then suffered a two-run loss to the Miners (13-2, 4-1) in the nightcap. Bishop Manogue entered the day ranked No. 10 in the nation on maxpreps.com.
Spanish Springs returns home on Thursday to play Damonte Ranch in the first of four-straight contests in its own yard.
Bishop Manogue 9, Spanish Springs 7
The Cougs’ four-run seventh-inning rally wasn’t enough in Wednesday’s second game.
The late push directly followed the Miners’ four-run bottom of the sixth to go up 9-3.
Courtney Huff went 3-for-4 and scored three times in the loss. Amidori Anderson (2-or-4, 4 RBIs, run) and Aubrey Parks (2-for-3, run) were the only other Cougs with more than one hit.
Freshman Kaylah House threw two scoreless innings of relief.
Neither team was particularly sharp defensively, accounting for seven total errors. Spanish Springs committed four.
Manogue sophomore Kirsty Batastini with a home run, a double and five RBIs.
Spanish Springs 22, Bishop Manogue 10
A deluge of dingers lifted Spanish Springs over Bishop Manogue in the initial contest.
The Cougs deposited five pitches over the short fences on the private school’s campus. Parks hit two, finishing 5-for-5 with the two round trippers, three RBIs and three runs scored. Rylee Retzer went 3-for-4 with a late grand slam to break the game open, five RBIs and scored four times.
Anderson (3-for-5, home run, 4 RBIs, two runs) and Alysa Micone (1-for-5, 3 RBIs, 2 runs) also went yard.
Tyra Clary allowed one run on three hits over 3.1 innings to pick up the win.
Spanish Springs trailed 9-8 going to the fifth inning.