Wade Leavitt and Tabor Maxwell had their pitching doing pretty much what they wanted in four double-digit wins at Round Mountain and Indian Springs.
Both men pitching well was the key to the games, said Pahranagat coach Brad Loveday.
On Tuesday this week, Maxwell and Leavitt, with relief help from Paden Higbee, limited Indian Springs to just three hits on the day in a double-header win to keep the Panthers in first place along with Tonopah in the Division IV Southern League.
At Round Mountain last week, Maxwell, a freshman, had a career best 15 strikeouts and three-hitter leading Pahranagat Valley to a 12-1 win, and Leavitt followed up with a 10-3 win in the second game as the Panthers swept the Knights. Round Mountain’s only run came in the first inning.
Loveday said the Knights graduated quite a few players from last year’s team that lost to Pahranagat in the state championship game.
In the finale, Pahranagat took a 6-0 lead with a five run second inning and held off the Knights the rest of the way. Round Mountain committed 10 errors in the game. “Leavitt threw a lot of strikes,” Loveday said, “and only issued one walk.”
At Indian Springs, Pahranagat took the double header 12-1 and 12-5.
Loveday said both games were tight until the later innings, when Indian Springs had to make pitching changes and the Panthers took advantage with an eight run sixth inning for a 12-1 win in the opener, and followed up with an eight run fourth inning rally in the nightcap to rout the Thunderbirds 12-5.