CAPTION – Dave Maxwell:
Hannah Castleton makes the out in center field in a recent game. The Lady Panthers host Lincoln County April 23 and Indian Springs April 26.

Three more wins extended Pahranagat Valley High School girls softball team current win streak to eight.

A four-hit day by shortstop Morgan Harris lifted PVHS to a 24-8 win at Sunrise Mountain April 12. reported Harris had two hits in the first inning, a single and a double, and finished off the day with a home run in the fourth inning.

The Lady Panthers earned the victory despite giving up five runs to Sunrise Mountain in the second inning.

In the top of the first inning, the Panthers got things rolling on a two-run inside-the-park home run by Rebecca Taylor that also scored Harris, who led off with a single.

The scoring continued as PVHS tallied nine times in that opening frame. Both Taylor and Kaitlyn Higbee had RBIs in the inning, three runs were scored by errors and Emily Hansen stole home.

Pahranagat scored five more times in the second inning on a two-run double by Harris, a fielder’s choice, Harris stealing home, and an infield error committed by the Miners.

Mariah Zander notched another win for the Panthers. She worked six innings, allowing two hits and eight runs while striking out four and walking two.

Emiley Rideout took the loss for Sunrise Mountain (6-11). She went five-and-a-third innings, surrendered all 24 on 11 hits, struck out two and walked four. She also gave up two home runs.

The Lady Panthers (12-1) had a big eight-run sixth inning highlighted by a triple from Taylor, a run-scoring single by Brede and five walks.

PVHS tallied 14 hits in the game. Harris, MacKenzie Ingram, Emily Hansen, Jessica Brede and Taylor each had multiple hits.

On April 16 the team traveled to Carlin for a non-league doubleheader. The Panthers and the Railroaders haven’t played softball since 2012 in a preseason Mt. View tournament in Las Vegas.

Coach Mike Sparrow said, “They have never played in Alamo and I don’t think we have ever gone there.”

At Carlin, Morgan Harris went 2-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs in the opener and 3-for-6 with four runs and three RBIs in the nightcap as the Lady Panthers routed host Carlin 16-0 in three innings and 22-5 in the second game of their doubleheader Tuesday.

In the opener, Jessica Brede was 2-for-4 with a home run, a triple and three RBIs, and Mariah Zander tossed a one-hitter with six strikeouts for the Panthers.

Rebecca Taylor was 4-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs, and Emily Hansen was 4-for-6 with a triple and three RBIs in the finale for Pahranagat Valley. Brede, Hannah Castleton and Taylor Higbee each added three hits for the Panthers (14-1).

The girls’ next game is April 23 in Alamo with Lincoln County (11-6), a varsity/JV affair, then a league doubleheader in Alamo with Indian Springs (6-10, 3-1).