Pahranagat Valley High School (PVHS) has a young and potentially talented baseball team this season. Seven underclassmen dot the lineup for the Panthers.
To get the season started, PVHS hosted their annual Pahranagat Valley Invitational March 15-16.
Four teams participated in the round-robin tourney: Beaver Dam, Eureka and Wells, along with the Panthers.
Pahranagat’s first game Friday morning was with Beaver Dam.
Stockton Maxwell was 1-for-1 with two runs and an RBI, and John Hansen was 1-for-1 with a double and three runs to lead the Panthers by the Diamondbacks 11-1 in five innings.
Jesse Jones tossed a three-hitter and struck out nine for Pahranagat.
A big seven-run fifth inning was highlighted by four walks, two batters hit by pitch and a double by Jesse Jones.
Pahranagat banged out five hits in the game, one each from Jones, Maxwell, Kobi Fiatoa, John Hansen and Gage Davis. The team also committed no errors.
Jones got the win on the mound. He went four and two-third innings, allowing one run on three hits, nine strikeouts and three walks.
Beaver Dam used two pitchers. Martinez led off. He went three and a third inning, allowed four runs on four hits, struck out one and walked three. Sherman replaced him for the final one and one-third innings. He was the pitcher the Panthers touched for the seven runs in the fifth inning on the one hit. He had no strikeouts and walked five.
Against Wells on Friday, it was another big inning, an eight-run fourth that propelled PVHS to a 14-2 win over the Leopards.
Davis, Fiatoa, Stewart Foremaster, Paul Lewis, Logan Hansen and Jake Griffin all contributed to that inning with RBIs.
Freshman Jaren Leavitt earned the win. He went three innings, allowed no runs on four hits, and struck out four, but gave up no walks. Nick Acosta and Fiatoa did relief work. The Leopards got both their runs off Fiatoa in the fifth inning.
Sergio Soriano was 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Wells in hits.
Box scores for Saturday’s games were not available, but the Panthers beat Eureka 11-4 and then shut out Wells 15-0 in the Saturday night finals.
Pahranagat will be off until March 25 when they play Adelson in Las Vegas.
It will be the first meeting in baseball between the two teams.