Last weekend, the Pahranagat Valley girls softball team played in the Desert Winds Classic tournament at Virgin Valley High School in Mesquite. Unfortunately, the girls committed six errors in each of the first three games and four in the last game.
“Kind of all happened at the wrong time, coupled with some base hits by the other team,” said Pahranagat coach Mike Sparrow, “but that is fixable stuff, that’s the nice thing, and we’ll be working hard on that in practice to get better.”
The Panther girls lost twice to Spring Creek at Mesquite. It was the first time, at least since 2005, that the two have played each other.
PVHS first lost to the Spartans 12-2 on Thursday, then 8-7 on Saturday.
In between, they had losses to Elko, 9-8, and Lincoln County, 6-2.
Thursday’s game was a heartbreaker as the girls lost on the final play.
The Spartans had scored a run in the first inning and the teams had then played each other scoreless until the fifth inning, when both scored seven runs.
Tied at seven, with Spring Creek batting in the bottom of the fifth inning, an outfield error allowed the winning run to score.
Pahranagat had five hits in the game and Spring Creek had six.
Ashlyn Wadsworth started on the mound for Pahranagat and allowed eight runs on six hits and struck out three.
Hannah Castleton led the Panthers with two hits, while Paige Nelms and Jade Conklin both had two hits for Spring Creek.
Friday morning, Pahranagat faced Elko and had another heartbreaker.
A walk-off left the Lady Panthers on the wrong end of a 9-8 loss.
The game was tied at eight, with Elko up in the bottom of the seventh, when Mollie Gallagher singled on a 1-0 count to score the winning run.
Pahranagat had fired up the offense in the first inning, scoring one run on an error. They scored three times in the top of the fifth, for a 4-0 lead.
Kaitlyn Davis singled on the first pitch to score one run and an error scored a second run.
But the error bug hit the Panthers in the bottom of the inning when they allowed three Elko runs by committing two errors.
Pahranagat got two runs in the top of the seventh for an 8-6 lead, but the Spartans came back with three in the bottom of the inning for the win.
Breanna Whitted took the win for Elko. She allowed eight hits and seven runs in her seven innings of work and struck out six.
Davis was the losing pitcher. She gave up nine runs on 12 hits, struck out four, but issued no walks.
Both teams committed six errors.
Hannah Castleton, Davis, Morgan Harris and Madalyn Taylor each had two hits for Pahranagat.
Friday afternoon, the Panther girls played in-county rival Lincoln County and lost a 6-2 decision. The error bug was still around and affecting both teams. Lincoln committed four errors and PVHS committed seven.
Morgan Harris went 2-for-3 at the plate for Pahranagat.
Laura Pearson led Lincoln County at the plate, going 2-for-2.
Saturday morning, Pahranagat played Spring Creek for a second time.
Again the errors, four of them, were a telling factor. The Panthers fell behind early and could not come back in, suffering a 12-2 loss.
The Spartans banged out 12 hits against Mariah Zander and Kaitlyn Davis, scoring three runs in the first inning, four in the second, and five in the third inning.
Pahranagat’s only hit of the game was by Karley Whipple in the third inning. The first run came on a fielder’s choice in the first inning and Whipple scoring on a passed ball in the third inning.
This weekend, today and Saturday, the Panthers (0-4) host the Panther Invitational with White Pine JVs, Eureka, and Wells.