Christian Higbee pitched five innings, gave up three hits, struck out seven and issued only two walks as Pahranagat Valley jumped out to an early lead on Sunrise Mountain and took a 17-3 victory last week in Las Vegas. With eight runs in the first three innings, the Panthers were leaving little doubt about the eventual outcome.
An RBI single by Tabor Maxwell and a solo home run by Higbee during the first inning and a solo home run by Duston Stewart in the second inning supplied the early offense for the Panthers.
At the plate, Higbee racked up four RBIs on three hits for the Panthers.
Pitching in relief, Brandon Burris allowed only one hit to Sunrise Mountain. He walked one and struck out six during his two innings of work.
Sunrise starter Dakota Watson allowed eight runs on eight hits in the first two innings. Brian Ruiz was substituted in and allowed nine runs in five innings, walked one and struck out seven. The Miners also committed six errors.
PVHS piled on five runs in the top of the third. Burris’ single got things going, bringing home Shawn Wadsworth and Maxwell.
They increased their lead with two runs in the sixth. A clutch error scored Asher Haworth to open the scoring in the frame.
The Panthers tacked on another six runs in the seventh. Tyson Jorgensen started the inning with a single, scoring Burris. That was followed up by Brodey Maxwell’s single, bringing home Jorgensen.
Alamo coach Brad Loveday said it was a very windy day and, “pretty much anything that got hit into to the air was going to the outfield fence or over.”
The second game was a blowout from the beginning. A 10-run two-out rally began when Sunrise pitcher Donovan Jensen began to lose control with five wild pitches, hit three batters, surrendered a two-run triple to Haworth, and two-run singles by both Tyson Jorgensen and Stockton Maxwell.
Sunrise (2-15) got a couple of runs back in their first inning, but the Panthers added four more in the second and cruised to a 15-4 win in five innings.
Brendan Stewart got the win, striking out eight and no walks.
Today, Pahranagat (16-3, 2-0) is back in league play facing Beaver Dam and conclude the league season May 6 with a double header at Indian Springs.