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VFW Commander John Stroud, center, threw out the first pitch at the Mineral County High baseball team’s home opener over the weekend.

Submitted by Coach Darren Hamrey

The Mineral County High baseball team had the honor of the company of John Stroud last weekend, as he threw out the first pitch of the home opener to commemorate the season. Stroud’s inspiring words and confident yet humbled presence was just what the Serpents needed to get back on track.

After a shaky start the previous weekend, the Serpents bounced back to show what they were made of over a two-day three-game set against Smith Valley and Coleville. The Serpent Hit Squad lit up their bats to even out their win-loss record at three.

Big Taylen Wachsmuth stood atop the mound in Friday’s matchup with the Smith Valley Bulldogs. Smith Valley was cagey at the bat, but Taylen was able to tame the Bulldogs over four innings before sophomore Tony Dominguez came in the close the game with a score of 14-11. The Serpents’ 15 hits were too much as the snakes kept the dogs running the entire game.

Taylen helped his pitching effort with three hits while driving in four runs. Robert McFalls also added three hits and two RBIs and Dominguez with two hits and three RBIs. Brandon West and Treven Wachsmuth each had two hits while Alex Palacios and Ethan Nelms both registered their first high school hits.

Senior left-hander West got the nod for the Serpents for Saturday’s game one against Coleville. West handled the Wolves over six innings, striking out 13 and giving up just three hits in an 11-3 winning effort. Dominguez got his second save of the season when he shut down the 7th inning to round out the game. McFalls went four for four with a double, four stolen bases and an RBI. Taylen added another two hits and two RBIs and Dominguez drove in two more. Phillip Dees and Tony Torres both registered their first high school hits.

Game two and senior hurler Andre Davis stared down the lineup of the Wolves in a winning effort. Davis gave up four hits and struck out six to gain the win. Freshman Treven got the save. Davis and McFalls both put up three hits, going a combined six for six for the game. Taylen and Nelms each put up two hits and combined for five RBIs. Dominguez put up one hit and drove in one run, with four stolen bases. Griffen Inman also put up a hit in the last inning and scored the winning run and David Ditmer was plunked six times in three games.