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Reno wins pair

Reno sweeps battle of first-place teams

, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.6:36 p.m. PT April 29, 2017

Reno took advantage of opportunities, got a few breaks and further established itself as the top team in the north.

In a battle of first-place teams, the Huskies swept Spanish Springs, 1-0, and 11-7, Saturday in a Northern 4A baseball doubleheader at Spanish Springs.

Christian Chamberlain pitched in relief in the first game, and hit a grand slam in the second for Reno. He got the win in the second game, striking out nine.

“Every time they scored, we answered back, and that was the difference,” Chamberlain said. “Lot of hard hit balls, both ways.”

Austin Whan got the win in the first game as he allowed four hits and struck out four.

The sweep gives Reno (17-3 league, 26-4 overall), as the Huskies would win the tiebreaker, even if they lose their last two against McQueen, and the Cougars sweep Reed.

“You’ve go to grind against a team like Spanish Springs, otherwise, you’re going to be in trouble,” Reno coach Pete Savage said.

Spanish Springs coach Matt Ortiz said his team made costly errors, and

“For us to take the next level as a program, we have to win those games,” Ortiz said. “No excuses. We make errors at inopportune times.”

The Cougars hit well and had runners on base, but struggled to score.

Reno senior Christian Chamberlain got the win against

Reno senior Christian Chamberlain got the win against Spanish Springs in the second game Saturday at Spanish Springs.He hit a grand slam in the game (Photo: Provided by Denice Whan)

Jeremy Watland had two hits and the Huskies’ lone RBI in the first game and J.B. Liessman had two hits.

Joe Condon drove in three runs in the second for Reno.

Conner Culp drove in four runs for the Cougars in the second game and had three hits. Dawson Martin also had three hits and Marlin Brucato had two.

“Whan is a good pitcher and we had our opportunities,” Ortiz said. “We have to pick each other up. ... We have to do better with the sticks at opportune times.”

He said Reno sets the standard that other teams have to live up to.

“We strive to be able to compete with these guys and I think we got Reno’s respect today, especially with what we did with  Chamberlain,” Ortiz said.

The cougars got eight of their 13 hits against Chamberlain in the second game.

Ortiz was confident his team would rebound and be strong for the Regional playoffs, which start May 9 at higher seeds.