The Spanish Springs softball team had its season ended earlier then they would have hoped on Friday after losing an extra inning contest to Basic at the state tournament in Las Vegas.
The defending state champions weren’t able to repeat the magic of a year ago as they fell in an 11-inning game, 7-6. The Cougs led by as much as 4-0 in the elimination game, but Basic stormed back with two in the sixth and three in the seventh to send the game into extra innings.
Tyra Clary went the distance in the game and struck out 11 while allowing five earned runs and walking four. Spanish Springs committed four errors in the contest where each team collected 12 hits. Alysa Micone led the Cougs with four of those hits while Hunter Travers, Kilee Pender and Kaylah House each tallied two.
The No. 1 seeded Cougs fell into the loser’s bracket after dropping its first game to Coronado on Thursday, 13-6. Coronado struck for six runs in the third inning and blasted four home runs in the contest. Kennedy Dudley went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs for Spanish Springs.
Coronado went all the way to the title game after defeating Centennial 9-4 in the semifinals and lost to Shadow Ridge 13-3 in Saturday’s championship game. Shadow Ridge didn’t drop a game in the double-elimination tournament.
The Cougs went on to finish the season 29-7 overall while capturing the regular season conference title and regional title last week.