Playing the first league games of the season, Pahranagat Valley tore up the Beaver Dam defenses in taking two very lop-sided wins over the Diamondbacks last week at Littlefield, Arizona, and they used two freshman pitchers to do it.
“The girls were revved up to go,” said coach Mike Sparrow. After suffering through a six-game losing streak, he said the team was “ready to win some games.”
Kaitlyn Davis tossed a one-hitter and went 5-for-5 with a double and five RBIs in the opener as the Panthers won 22-2.
Then Ashlyn Wadsworth spun a one-hitter and went 4-for-5 with a triple and four RBIs in the nightcap for Pahranagat Valley. Madison Harris was 3-for-3 with a home run, a double and six RBIs in a 20-1 win in the second game for the Panthers.
The Lady Panthers had 24 hits in the first game, including 10 runs in the first inning, and 20 more hits in the second game which included an 11-run inning.
“We had talked about not waiting for the best possible pitch, take the ones that look close too, don’t wait, be aggressive and sure enough they were. Whatever showed up, they were putting the ball in play,” he said. “We were hitting the gaps in the outfield, or right up the middle.”
On Tuesday this week, both girls came back with strong outings leading PVHS to an 11-1 and 15-2 double-header win over Tonopah.
“It’s the work they have put in even since last fall,” Sparrow said, “in improving and getting better in hitting the spots for the pitches that are being called. It shows and they are giving the defense a chance to go make plays if some does hit a quality pitch.”
Wadsworth tossed a five-inning five-hitter with four strikeouts and was 2-for-2 with a three-run home run in the nightcap.
Kaitlyn Davis tossed a two-hitter and hit a three-run home run for the Panthers in the opener.
Madison Harris was 3-for-6 with a home run, and Brook Higbee went 4-for-4 on the day for Pahranagat Valley.
Today, PVHS (8-6, 4-0) faces a challenge from a strong Indian Springs team (14-3, 2-0), now on a 10-game win streak.