Large snakes can strike quickly and the Mojave Rattlers did when they played the Pahranagat Valley Panthers baseball team in a non-league game last Friday.
They scored 12 runs in the first inning en route to an easy 17-4 win. Cameron Torres went 2-for-2 with four RBIs to lead Mojave. Elijah Glaze allowed two hits and struck out five in four innings to earn the win.
Pahranagat Valley turned a triple play in the third inning.
Mojave’s first inning outburst came on six singles and two Panther errors.
Tabor Maxwell started for PVHS, but lasted only the first inning. Coach Brad Loveday said Tabor’s shoulder was quite tired and he just didn’t get many strikes in, walking four and giving up seven runs. Christian Higbee, Ike Taylor and Brendan Stewart all saw work in relief, but the Mojave batters were strong and accounted for nine hits in the remaining four innings.
Overall, Mojave easily handled the Panthers pitching as six hitters combined for eight hits, 13 RBIs and 14 runs scored.
After pushing across four runs in the top of the fourth, the Panthers faced just a 15-4 deficit. A fielder’s choice, a passed ball, and an error fueled the Panthers’ comeback, however Glaze ended the inning by getting Asher Haworth to fly out.
“Mojave (8-2, 1-A Sunset league) is a good team,” Loveday said, while PVHS (4-2) is a young team with only two seniors, four juniors and five sophomores.
Pahranagat plays a double-header with Mineral County in Hawthorne today. The teams last played in 2010-2011 with the Panthers winning all three times. The Serpents are 3-2 on the season.
The following week, April 1-2, the Panthers travel to the California coast to play Ojai Valley in Ojai on Friday, then Cate Academy in Carpinteria on Saturday.
Pahranagat’s first home league game is April 14 hosting Sandy Valley.