Sophomores Kaitlyn Davis and Ashlyn Wadsworth each spun a five-inning no-hitter as the Pahranagat Valley Panthers blanked the Beaver Dam Diamondbacks in a doubleheader by scores of 17-0 and 14-0.
Beaver Dam has only been in the league three years, but the Panther girls have an 8-0 record against them and have never scored less than 14 runs in any game.
Davis struck out eight and walked two in the opener. Madison Harris belted a grand slam and had five RBIs for Pahranagat. It was a big 10-run first inning that got the Panthers rolling as they scored in each inning thereafter.
In the second game, the girls started off strong again with an eight-run first inning. Wadsworth struck out eight and didn’t allow a walk. Morgan Harris hit a grand slam, and Madi Williams and Alyson Egbert also added homers for the Panthers (18-7, 8-0).
This week the girls are at co-league leader Indian Springs (13-2, 8-0) to finish out the regular season today. The two teams have battled each other the last several years for the league title and a spot in the state tournament. PVHS goes into the matchup with a 15-game win streak.
The Panthers are the three-time defending league tournament and state tournament champions, but the Thunderbirds have been the No. 2 team from the league to state themselves the past three years in a row as well as being in the state tournament the past five years and winning it all in 2011 and 2012.
Overall, southern division teams have won the Division IV state softball championship seven times since 2005. The last northern team to win it was Carlin in 2009.
The league tournament will be held in Alamo May 12-14 and the state tournament will be in Reno, May 19-21.