Spring break for Pahranagat Valley’s boys baseball team meant competing against some of the big schools in the Cowboy Classic at Chaparral High in Las Vegas. The Panthers were the only 1A school entered among 4A and 3A teams.
An early start Monday morning saw the boys play two games at Del Sol High School, losing 11-8 to Del Sol and 9-3 to Mohave. On Tuesday morning, they lost 5-2 to host Chaparral.
Despite collecting 11 hits, the Panthers still lost to Del Sol. PVHS took the 1-0 lead in the first inning when Asher Haworth singled home leadoff batter Ike Taylor. They held that lead until Del Sol got four runs in the third inning. An error scored one run, then Jose Galicia hit a two-run single off Taylor, and Brady Walton had an RBI single.
Pahranagat made it 4-3 in the third on a two-run double by Duston Stewart.
But the Dragons regained the lead with five runs in the fourth inning, aided by two walks, two singles and an error.
Del Sol (9-7-1) put up two more runs in the sixth and the Panthers tried to rally but managed only three more runs in their half of the sixth on Stockton Maxwell’s bases loaded triple.
Taylor took the loss for Pahranagat, going six innings, surrendering 11 runs, eight hits, no strikeouts and three walks. Tabor Maxwell was 2-for-3 for the Panthers with two doubles and three runs.
The second game of the morning was against Mohave Rattlers. Rease McClain was 2-for-3 with a run and three RBIs to help Mohave to a 9-3 six-inning win over the Panthers. Elijah Glaze threw a three-hitter to get the win.
Pahranagat stayed close, only trailing 2-1 when Mohave (7-8-1) had a big five-run fifth inning.
Stockton Maxwell was on the mound first for PVHS. He went four innings, giving up six runs on six hits, three strikeouts, but five walks including two in the fifth inning. He tired in the firth and surrendered four straight hits which accounted for three runs. Brodey Maxwell relieved Stockton, but gave up three runs.
The Panthers were not as sure handed as they needed to be committing four errors.
A heartbreaking loss for Pahranagat on Tuesday morning as they lost a late lead in a 5-2 defeat to Chaparral in the Cowboy Classic.
The game was tied with the Cowboys batting in the bottom of the sixth when Christian Calzada singled on Tabor Maxwell driving in Anthony Vara who had drawn a walk. Two more singles scored two other runs.
The Panthers had taken the lead in the second inning on Garrett Higbee’s RBI double.
However Chaparral evened the score at two in the bottom of the fifth inning on a run scoring single by Conner Jarvis.
Jarvis got the win for the Cowboys (13-5-1). He threw four innings, gave up two runs, two hits, with four strikeouts, and three walks. Maxwell took the loss for Pahranagat. He went five and two-thirds innings, surrendered five runs, eight hits, struck out seven and walked two.
Higbee and Brodey Maxwell had the only hits for the Panthers (8-7).
In non-league action last Friday, a six-run fifth inning led Pahranagat Valley to an 11-1 victory over Virgin Valley.
Asher Haworth singled on a 3-1 count to score a run in the first inning to score Ike Taylor who had walk, stole second, and advanced to third on an infield error.
The Panthers took the lead for good with three runs in the third inning. Duston Stewart laid down a sacrifice bunt that scored Tabor Maxwell, Christian Higbee scored on a passed ball and Preston Higbee got an RBI single to score Stockton Maxwell.
Six more runs were added in the sixth inning that ended the game on the 10-run rule. Five walks by the Bulldog pitcher and run scoring singles by Haworth and Taylor.
- Higbee earned the win the Panthers. He had a complete game allowing one run, two hits, two strikeouts and two walks.
On April 5, PVHS had another a non-league game at Canyon Springs in Las Vegas and lost a 5-3 decision. The Panthers trailed 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth when the Pioneers (1-11) got two insurance runs on a two-run double by Niki Brito.
After spring break Pahranagat (8-7) is on the road for eight games until May 5 when they host Indian Springs in the last regular season games. The 1A Southern region tournament will be at Indian Springs May 11-13 and the state tournament, where PVHS is the defending champion, will be in Las Vegas at a site yet to be determined.