Coach Brad Loveday says the season is early and “we still have a long ways to go.” Nevertheless, the Pahranagat Valley Panthers powered their way through

Tabor Maxwell takes a big cut at a pitch in the game with Eureka in the Panther Classic last weekend. Pahrangat won the game 14-5 and went on to beat the Pahrump JV 22-12 in the Saturday championship. (Dave Maxwell photo)

Coach Brad Loveday says the season is early and “we still have a long ways to go.” Nevertheless, the Pahranagat Valley Panthers powered their way through four games to win the Panther Classic, the season opening tournament PVHS has hosted for the past number of years.

In Alamo’s first game, they came from behind to beat West Wendover 8-6. They had a 12-0 rout of the Virgin Valley JVs on Friday, then a 14-5 win over Eureka on Saturday.  The game was highlighted by a three-run triple by Wade Leavitt and a solo home run from Paden Higbee.

The win moved the Panthers to the championship to face the Pahrump JVs.

This game was a slugfest with both teams having big innings. Paden Higbee had five hits and three RBI’s in the game for Alamo.

But PVHS pounded out 22 hits on the way to a 22-12 win.

To begin with though, Pahrump got on the board first with a heavy 7-run first inning. Then Pahranagat came to the plate and rattled off six runs of their own.

Pahrump, at the plate in the second inning picked up five more runs and a 12-6 lead. Back comes the Panthers with four reruns in their half of the inning, as they trailed at that point, 12-10.  But Panther pitching and defense got better and held the Trojans scoreless the rest of the game, while in the meantime the Pahranagat bats were as hot as could be, hammering out more hits and runs. Five in the third and eight in the fourth for the 22-12 win.

Alamo played at Rancho JV on Tuesday and then are off until hosting Calvary Chapel March 25.