It wasn’t a hot day, but it was at the plate for Stockton Maxwell as he accounted for five RBIs in leading Pahranagat Valley to a 14-1 rout of Mineral County in Hawthorne March 29.
Maxwell drove in runs on a walk in the first inning, a double in the second, a walk in the third and a single in the sixth.
The Panthers banged out 11 hits pitching against Mineral County while Maxwell, Jesse Jones and Preston Higbee combined to limit the Serpents to just five hits.
Pahranagat really put the game away by scoring eight runs in the second inning for a commanding 9-1 lead. The team got hits that inning, all driving in runs from Cody Hatch, John Hansen, Higbee, Maxwell, Kobi Fiatoa and Jaren Leavitt.
As reported on Gamechanger, Mineral County tied it at 1-1 in the bottom of the first inning when Ethan Nelms singled on a 2-0 pitch and scored Tony Dominguez, who reached first base on an infield error.
In the Panthers’ second, an error scored the first run. With the bases loaded, Higbee was hit by a pitch to bring in a second run. Maxwell doubled, scoring three more runs. Fiatoa doubled to score Maxwell, and a Mineral County infield error allowed Fiatoa to score the Panthers’ final run.
Jones earned the victory on the mound for Pahranagat. He threw three innings, two hits, no runs, struck out five and walked two.
Maxwell opened for the Panthers. He went two innings, gave up one run on two hits, struck out five and walked none.
Higbee came on as the closer in the last inning behind Jones to get the final three outs.
Nelms was the starter for Mineral County (5-5). He surrendered 10 runs on seven hits over four innings, two strikeouts and five walks. Trevan Wacksmith threw the final two innings in relief.
Maxwell was 3-for-3 at the plate for Pahranagat. Jones was 4-for-5 with one RBI. Hatch stole four bases for the Panthers.
Nelms was 2-for-3 at bat for Mineral County and one RBI.
Pahranagat (7-1) had a home game April 3 with Virgin Valley, and have a league doubleheader at Beaver Dam April 5.
Pahranagat beat the Diamondbacks 11-1 in the Panther Invitational March 15.