Pahranagat Valley began the baseball season last week at the Cactus Classic at Virgin Valley High in Mesquite.
The Panthers played Emery, Utah, in the first game on Thursday, and three larger JV teams thereafter. They lost 12-8 to the Emery varsity on Thursday, but beat the Emery JVs 15-4 in their first game Friday. The second Friday game was a 14-10 win over the Alta (Utah) JVs. On Saturday, the Panthers scored a 14-5 win over the Moapa Valley JVs.
On Friday morning, the Panthers got their first win (15-4) over the Emery JVs. Nursing a 3-1 in the bottom of the third inning, the Panthers unloaded on the Spartans for 12 runs.
With one out in the third, Pahranagat came alive with a five-hit explosion which included a run-scoring sacrifice bunt by Brodey Maxwell to open the flood gates. This was followed by singles from John Hansen, both Brodey and Stockton Maxwell, a walk to Asher Haworth, and a bases-clearing triple by Duston Stewart
Preston Higbee started on the mound for Pahranagat. He surrendered four runs on six hits and recorded four strikeouts.
Hansen went 2-for-3 at the plate for Pahranagat.
At the Friday afternoon game with the Alta Hawks JVs, the Panthers ran off with the lead late in the game for a 14-10 win.
Pahranagat trailed 10-9 in the top of the fourth inning when the team scored five runs for the lead and the win in a game shortened to four innings.
Garrett Higbee led the Panthers by driving in six runs. He went 3-for-3 at the plate, driving in runs on a single in the first inning, a three-run double in the second, and a single in the fourth.
Alta opened the scoring in the first inning, scoring a run on a stolen base.
Pahranagat came back with five runs in the top of the second inning.
Hansen got the start for Pahranagat and allowed six runs on four hits with three strikeouts in his 1-2/3 innings. Haigen Harris came on in relief.
The Panthers tore up the bases pretty well, with three players who had two stolen bases each.
Saturday morning, Pahranagat unloaded on the Moapa JVs for 11 runs in the first inning. That was more than enough to secure a 14-5 win in five innings.
To start the game, Asher Haworth, Duston Stewart, Jessy Jones, Jonathan Dillingham, Brodey Maxwell, and Hansen each had RBI hits in the first inning.
Stockton Maxwell pitched for the Panthers, going three innings, allowing four hits and five runs and striking out four.
Moapa’s only runs were in the third inning when four players came up with two walks, a triple, and two singles.
Preston Higbee and Maxwell each had two hits for Pahranagat and the team did not commit a single error.
Today and Saturday, the Panthers (3-1) host their own preseason tournament with Eureka, Beaver Dam, and Wells.