The Mineral County High baseball team finished with three wins after a pair of home double-headers and a trip to Round Mountain last week.
The Serpents faced the Round Mountain Knights on Tuesday as snow flurries from the Toiyabe Range kept the boys hustling to keep their blood flowing. The Serpents came away with a 16-6 win and scattered 16 hits over the five inning affair. Tanner Owens and Isaiah Crowl led with three hits each, while Spencer Benjamin, LJ Donaldson, Brandon West, Chance Sterns and Tony Domiguez each collected two hits.
The Serpents pitched by committee in order to save arm strength for the week’s upcoming games. Donaldson got the win, giving up no hits and striking out six over two innings of play.
Friday’s home opener left the Serpents facing Alamo in a double-header. Game time kicked off at noon following the honorary first pitch thrown out by Mr. Arlo Funk.
Senior Daniel Owens had the hill for the Serpents in game one. A 1-1 score going into the third inning left the Serpents hoping to scratch out a pitching duel win, until errors and free bases plagued the home team. Alamo put up eight runs in the third inning and never looked back. Mineral County could only produce two hits in game one and ended up dropping the game 16-1.
Game two was a little different story.
With the Serpents hoping to salvage the day with a split of the number one Division IV team in the south, they gave Donaldson the job on the hill. Donaldson pitched through 5 1/3 innings and held Alamo to three hits.
The Serpents got out on top early, 1-0, but by the end of the third inning they were trailing 7-1. However, the Serpents came alive in the fourth, putting up eight runs. Mineral County led 8-7 going into the 6th inning, but Alamo put up 11 runs in the inning to drive the stake in the home team for the second time that day.
Mineral County out-hit Alamo on the day 15-12, only allowing six hits in each contest.
The Serpents tallied 13 hits in game two. Tanner Owens put up three hits and stole four bases. Donaldson, Crowl and West each had two hits, while Benjamin drove in two runs.
Big Pine came to town on Saturday to round out the back-to-back double header. Taylen Wachsmuth started on the hill for the Serpents, getting the win on 10 strikeouts and no walks in a five inning, 17-7 affair. Wachsmuth had two hits, one being a ground rule double that bounced over the 375ft sign in left-center field, and Sterns had two hits and four RBIs. Daniel Owens also scattered two hits. Crowl had two RBIs.
Game two saw Andre Davis on the mound for the Serps. Davis threw a brilliant 1-run game, allowing six hits and only one strikeout, but kept the Warriors off balance all game. Sound defense by Dominguez, Griffen Inman and Eddie Dunnett kept the Warriors to one run in the game, while the Serpents opened it up in the 5th inning by putting up six runs on a hard throwing Big Pine lefty. The game ended in the 7th with a final score of 7-1. Benjamin put up three hits and two RBIs.
The Serpents will play another home double header on Saturday against 2A Silver Stage beginning at noon.