Panther girls win high scoring affair

Dave Maxwell
The runner will be out at first in a recent game between Pahranagat Valley and Virgin Valley. PVHS won 19-13 for their second win over Virgin Valley this season.

Pahranagat Valley topped Virgin Valley 19-13 in a back and forth affair last Friday in Alamo.  

For example, the game was tied at nine when Sidney Harris singled to drive in a run in what proved to be an eight-run inning for the Panthers. But even that disappeared in the top of the sixth inning when the Bulldogs got four runs to regain the lead 13-12.

Both teams were strong at the plate as Pahranagat got 12 hits and Virgin Valley had 17. There were a good number of errors on both sides, too. Virgin Valley had seven and Pahranagat committed nine.

After the Bulldogs scored four runs in the top of the third on four run scoring singles, and an error, Pahranagat came back with four runs that inning themselves. Karley Whipple started a two-out rally when she singled off pitcher Calee Clem to drive in a run. Madison Harris stole two bases that inning, third base and home.

Virgin Valley got the lead back in the sixth inning thanks to a home run by Taylor Barnum and run scoring singles by Melissa Vanorsday and Jessica Barnum.

But the Lady Panthers took the lead back with a five run rally in the sixth inning. Alyse Frehner was hit by a pitch, Morgan Harris drew a walk, Karley singled to drive in Frehner, Kyla Shumay doubled to drive in a run and  Kaitlyn Davis followed with a two-run double.

Davis earned the win for the Panthers. She pitched four innings, gave up nine runs, ten hits, one strikeout and one walk. Ashlyn Wadsworth came on in relief in the fifth inning and went three innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, no strikeouts and one walk. Clem took the loss for Virgin Valley (9-13). She threw four-and two-thirds innings, allowing 11 runs, eight hits, and striking out one.

Davis was 2-for- 3 at the plate with four RBIs for PVHS. M. Harris had three stolen bases including the steal of home plate.

It was Pahranagat’s second win against Virgin Valley this season. They won the opening game of the year 13-2 in the Sherm Bennett Memorial tournament March 9.

On Wednesday last week, it was a sister act at Canyon Springs in Las Vegas as Madison and Morgan Harris each finished 4-for-5 with three runs apiece to power Pahranagat to a 16-4 win, routing the Pioneers (0-12) in five innings.

Wadsworth was 3-for-5 at the plate and the Lady Panthers took control of the game with nine runs in the second inning.

PVHS pounded out 23 hits in the game off just one Pioneer pitcher, while Davis and Wadsworth combined to allow only six hits.

Saturday’s game last week at Round Mountain (8-4-1, 3-1) was called off due to cold weather and will be rescheduled to May 4.

The girls have been off all this week for spring break and play again April 17 at Western in Las Vegas. That begins an 11-game road string. The next home games for the girls will be the final games of the regular season, hosting Indian Springs May 5.

The 1A Southern Division tournament will be at Indian Springs May 11-13. The state tournament, where the Panthers girls are the four-time defending champions, will be May 18-20 in Las Vegas at a site yet to be determined.

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