It’s hard to be better in baseball than 100 percent. Christian Higbee had a big smile on this face Friday night as he reflected on the doubleheader just completed with Beaver Dam.
He was a perfect 7-for-7 at the plate, accounting for four runs, and six RBIs. In addition, Beaver Dam had no answer for Higbee when he was on the mound, keeping runners off the base paths as he gave up only one hit, walked none and struck out six in his three innings of work.
Brandon Burris came on in relief as Pahranagat clobbered Beaver Dam 17-0 in the opener.
Higbee was 3-for-3 that game. His cousin Garrett Higbee was 2-for-3. All of the Panther players, except three, got a hit as they pounded out 13 hits for the game, racking up 15 runs the first three innings.
For both games, Higbee upped his batting average to .511, 24 hits on 47 appearances, and he has struck out only twice.
In the nightcap, it was much of the same, except the Panthers won by a 19-0 score and the team had three players who were perfect at the plate. Higbee again, 4-for-4 with four RBIs, and Burris went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBIs for PVHS. Ike Taylor was 3-for-3 with four runs for Pahranagat Valley.
RBI singles by both Higbees, Asher Haworth, Tyson Jorgensen and Ike Taylor, plus by an RBI double from Shawn Wadsworth during the first inning, then a two- run double by Higbee supplied the early offense for the Panthers (18-3, 4-0).
Tabor Maxwell and his brother Stockton, combined to blank the Diamondbacks (3-13, 0-4). Tabor went three innings, allowed three hits, no walks and struck out four. Stockton threw two innings, one hit, one walk and three strikeouts.
Over the weekend, Pahranagat closed out the regular season at Indian Springs. The Thunderbirds (10-3, 4-0) are led primarily by pitcher/infielder Nino Alverez.
The Southern Division IV league tournament will be in Alamo May 12-14 with two spots on the line for the state tournament in Reno May 19-21.
Two-time defending state champion Virginia City (14-0) is leading in the north, followed by Mineral County (18-7) and Wells (13-10-1).
The Northern Division tournament is in Carlin, May 13-14.