Both the Lincoln County and Pahranagat Valley boys baseball and girls softball teams are in the double-elimination Southern Division league playoffs this week In fact, action for all four teams began Thursday this week.
Division III softball and baseball is in Needles, and Alamo is hosting the Division IV softball and baseball.
PVHS is the four-time defending state baseball champions, and the PVHS girls are the defending softball state champions.
The Pahranagat boys face a stiff challenge from Tonopah. The Muckers, who have never won the state baseball title, beat the Alamo boys twice in their league meeting to earn the first place seed going into the regional tournament. On the other side, the Alamo girls won the league title with a 6-0 record.
Meanwhile, Lincoln County baseball and softball have also had fine seasons, both going undefeated in league, 14-0, and each earning the No. 1 seed.
At Agassi Prep last Friday, McClain O’Connor threw a five-hitter in the opener and the Lynx swept the Stars 5-0. He struck out 13, walked one and also had a triple.
Colton Johnson pitched four hitless innings with seven strikeouts and a walk to get a 24-2 the win in the second game.
Zach Shinkle went 3-for-4 with two runs and five RBIs, and Preston Robbins was 2-for-4 with four runs and three RBIs for the Lynx. They scored 14 runs in the first inning and finished with 20 hits.
For the Alamo boys, they finished the league season in the No. 2 spot. Wade Leavitt fired a one-hitter with five strikeouts in the first game as the Panthers swept the Sandy Valley Sidewinders by scores of 19-0 and 18-3.
Ike Taylor drove in five runs in the opener, and Paden Higbee, Shawn Wadsworth and Jake Carter each had three hits for Pahranagat.
Higbee and Carter had three RBIs in the second game for PVHS. The boys scored 15 runs in the first inning.
Tabor Maxwell threw a one-hitter and struck out seven in the nightcap.
The Lincoln softball girls closed their season with a double-header victory over last place Agassi Prep (1-15, 1-13) by identical scores of 24-0. Aspen Wilkin and Josie Burgess combined for a no-hitter in the first game. Chelsea Lloyd had a grand slam home run for the Lynx in the third inning. Jaycee Wadsworth and Kayla Mathews also had home runs.
The second game saw Lloyd throw a one-hit shutout and register 11 strikeouts. Lincoln played all their second string players except for Lloyd.
The Pahranagat girls had a pickup game on Friday with the White Pine JVs and won 9-5.
The Division III Southern League baseball tournament pairings the first day had Lincoln (19-4-1) facing Mountain View (8-11), and The Meadows (18-6-1) played Needles (14-8-1).
In softball, Lincoln (23-6) played Mountain View (12-13), and Needles (15-8), the Division III defending state champion, played Laughlin (17-5).
At Alamo, in the Division IV Southern League baseball tournament Thursday games were Pahranagat Valley (18-5) and Indian Spring (12-7), followed by Tonopah (24-2-1) and Round Mountain (8-10).
The softball tournament had Pahranagat Valley (19-4) verses Sandy Valley (9-6) and Tonopah (2-8) verses Indian Springs (7-7).
The championship games for both Division III and Division IV softball and baseball are Saturday afternoon, with both finalists advancing to the state tournaments in Reno May 22-24.
NIAA admission prices will apply for all regional and state tournament games.