Submitted by Coach Darren Hamrey
The Mineral County High baseball team pulled out two wins in their first conference games last Friday. Going into league play with a 4-4 record and off of three convincing wins, the Serpents battled from behind in the first game against Eureka and put up five runs in the bottom of the 7th inning. Griffen Inman roped a double to drive in the winning run with a play at the plate, an exciting finish to a game the Serpents had to dig themselves out of.
Tony Dominguez struck out seven over five innings but fell short of the win, as he was pulled on pitch count in the 6th inning when the game was tied. Phillip Dees came in relief and registered the win for the Serpents. Ethan Nelms had two hits, with a double and two RBIs. The Serps came out on top, 15-14.
After a quick tune up between games, the fellas decided to show the Vandals why they are called the Mighty Serpents. In a four-inning affair, the Serpent lineup blasted the Vandals two best pitchers, resulting in a 16-1 win for the home team.
Although the Serpent bats made a statement in game two, even their statement was no match for what young Treven Wachsmuth had planned for the Vandals from the mound. Wachsmuth handled the Vandal lineup and allowed zero hits to register his first no-hitter. He allowed three free bases and struck out nine, taking his season total to 36 strikeouts. Wachsmuth also led the offensive barrage for the Serpents, going 3-for-3 with two RBIs and four stolen bases. Dominguez scattered two hits and swiped three more bags, taking his season total to 27 stolen bases. Nelms and Dees both roped two hits each, and Robert McFalls had a breakout game at the plate, going 3-for-3 with four RBIs.
The two wins against Eureka took the Serpents’ record to 6-4 and 2-0 in conference. As the boys in black and gold begin their quest to three-peat the Northeastern Conference, they will still need to knock off both Carlin and Wells. In the meantime, they will face Whittell and Big Pine both today and tomorrow in hopes to take their win total to double digits. “Til the last out – SERPENT BASEBALL”