At Oxford Park in Las Vegas, March 25, Preston Higbee went 3-for-3 with three runs and three RBIs to help Pahranagat Valley High School (PVHS) to an 18-2 win over the Adelson Lions.
It was the first-ever meeting of the two schools’ baseball teams.
Cody Hatch was 3-for-3 with two RBIs, and Gage Davis went 2-for-4 with a double and four RBIs for Pahranagat Valley.
Gamechanger reported the Panthers snagged a lead after the game was tied 1-1 following a first-inning solo home run by Adelson’s Sammy Katz
Pahranagat’s Cole Higbee singled on a 2-2 count in the top of the second inning, scoring Jaren Leavitt. That sparked an eight-run onslaught.
John Hansen drew a walk, scoring one run. Preston Higbee singled on a 1-1 count, scoring three runs. Davis singled on a 0-1 count, scoring two runs, and Hatch singled on a 3-2 count, scoring one run.
The runs kept coming in the third inning when the Panthers notched nine more. The big bats in the inning were singles by Hatch, Kobi Fiatoa, Jake Griffin and Logan Hansen, doubles by Stockton Maxwell and Davis, a walk by Paul Lewis and a groundout by Davis.
Jesse Jones led PVHS to victory on the mound. He went one inning, allowing no runs on one hit, striking out one and walking one. P. Higbee threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen. Jones recorded the last three outs to earn the save for PVHS.
Arrato took the loss for Adelson. He went one-third of an inning, allowing eight runs on eight hits.
Maxwell started the game for Pahranagat. He went one inning, allowing one run on one hit, striking out one and no walks. Clayton started the game for Adelson. He lasted one and two-thirds innings, allowing seven hits and nine runs while striking out three.
PVHS totaled 17 hits in the game. C. Higbee, Hatch, Davis, Maxwell, Leavitt and P. Higbee each collected multiple hits for Pahranagat. Hatch and P. Higbee each collected three hits.
The boys were also sure-handed in the field, not committing a single error. Davis made the most plays with four.
The Panthers (5-0) have just one game this weekend, on the road to Mineral County (5-4) in Hawthorne, March 29. They return home April 3 to host Virgin Valley, then begin league play at Beaver Dam, April 5.