Abbie Evans belted two home runs in the sixth inning, one a grand slam and the other a three-run blast, leading Moapa Valley to a 26-5 win over Pahranagat Valley High School (PVHS) in non-league action in Alamo March 26.
The Pirates, 3A girls state semifinalists last year, scored 12 runs in the sixth inning.
Lainey Cornwall was 4-for-4 with a double and four RBIs, and Ellie Cornwall was 3-for-5 with two doubles for Moapa Valley.
Hannah Castleton was 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI, and Mariah Zander went 2-for-3 with an RBI for Pahranagat Valley.
Facing strong hitting and pitching from Moapa, the Lady Panthers had a hard time offensively and defensively. They got 11 hits, but also committed five errors.
Zander took the loss for PVHS. She pitched five innings but was hit pretty hard, allowing 15 hits and 20 runs. She struck out two and walked 11.
Kalee Higbee pitched the sixth inning. She got six runs on five hits, no strikeouts and one walk.
The Panthers had 11 hits, one of their best outings of the season.
Hannah Castleton, Zander and Rebecca Taylor all collected multiple hits. Castleton was 3-for-3.
Emilie Barraza was the winning pitcher for Moapa Valley. She gave up three runs on eight hits over four innings. She struck out one and walked one. Madilyn Fairchild took over in relief in the fifth inning, allowing two runs on three hit, no strikeouts and one walk.
The Pirates were true to their name as they stole 18 bases. On the other side, Pahranagat Valley stole only one base.
Moapa had an 8-1 lead in the third inning before Castleton had a run-scoring triple, then scored when Higbee dropped a single into right field.
In the fifth inning, Castleton singled to center field and scored on Emily Hansen’s hit to left field. Hansen then scored on MacKenzie Ingram’s infield single.
The Panthers (6-1) travel to Mineral County (3-5-1) in Hawthorne Friday for a doubleheader, the first meeting between the teams in at least 15 years.
They return home for action April 3 as they host Virgin Valley.