Serpents split with Wells

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Brandon West takes his lead at third base against Wells on Saturday.

Submitted by Darren Hamrey

The Mineral County High baseball team has been on a roll, winning seven in a row going into last week’s play. The Serpents managed to add two more wins to their already impressive record, taking their win total to 16.

MCHS 3, Tonopah 0

The Serpents pitched by committee against Tonopah last Tuesday, as they have all season. The two teams battled to a 3-3 tie in the opening season tournament in Yerington. The Serpent lineup faced two hard-throwing Nye County hurlers, putting up just three runs to edge out the Muckers in a 3-0 shutout. Taylen and Treven Wachsmuth, Brandon West, and Tony Dominguez combined for 11 strikeouts from the hill, but it was Taylen Wachsmuth that registered his 7th win of the season. Dominguez had the save.

West let the way with two RBIs, and stole two bases. Speedster Andre Davis also had a pair of swiped bags and a hit, and Treven Wachsmuth rounded out the hitting performance for the Serpents in the pitching duel with a hit as well.

Wells 7, MCHS 5 (game 1)

The Serpents went in flat against a determined Wells team, eager to bump the Serpents out of the number one spot in the Northeast 1A Conference. West gave up five hits and struck out seven on the hill, but it was not enough to tame the Leopards.

Shaky defense and free bases on behalf of the home team allowed the Leopards to survive throughout the game. Although the Serpent lineup registered more hits than the opposing team, defense proved to be the deciding factor as the Serpents took their first loss at home, their first loss to a 1A team and their first loss in conference play. After bringing the score to a 5-5 tie in the 6th, and giving away two easy runs in the top of the 7th, the Serpents were called out on a close play at 2nd base with the bases loaded to give the Leopards the win.

Brandon West and David Ditmer both had two hits, and Taylen Wachsmuth roped a double. Bodie Oberhansli also had a hit before leaving the game to injury.

MCHS 13, Wells 11 (game 2)

The second game of the conference doubleheader started off much different than the first. The Serpents showed just how powerful their bats are, putting up 19 total hits, their season best, against the Leopards ace pitcher. Taylen Wachsmuth struck out 10 before pitch count forced him off the mound.

From the plate, Taylen Wachsmuth went 3 for 4 with two doubles, a triple and 4 RBIs, taking his season total to a state leading 44. Before exiting the game due to injury, sophomore Tony Dominguez went 1 for 1 with a stolen base, taking his total to 40, the highest in the state as well.

Griffen Inman continued to serve his clutch role as the backup second baseman for Dominguez, going 1 for 2. Davis and Treven Wachsmuth both had three hits each, and Ethan Nelms and Ditmer each had two. Eddie Dunnett also had a hit, and Chance Sterns shined at the plate, going 3 for 4 with three doubles and two RBIs.

Shaky defense once again allowed the Leopards to stay in the game as they manufactured runs from very few hits and free bases. Taylen Wachsmuth eventually came back in to face the last batter with only six pitches left in his pitch count. He struck him out and got the win as he added his league-leading 8th win of the season.

The Serpents now sit in second place in the conference, and will finish out the regular season this weekend at Carlin.

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