Submitted by Darren Hamrey
When you set a goal, you fight to achieve that goal. That’s exactly what the Mineral County High baseball team did last week, going into a four-game set just four wins shy of their target of 20 regular season wins. Not only did they achieve their goal, they scored a total of 88 runs in those games and clinched the Northeastern 1A Conference with a 7-1 record, 20-7-1 overall.
The Serpents will now move on to the regional tournament to face Sierra Lutheran, the number two seed from the west tomorrow in Smith Valley at 11:30 a.m.
MCHS 28, Tonopah 15
Andre Davis got the win for the Serpents as they faced the Muckers for the third time this season. Davis handled the Mucker’s lineup for two and two thirds innings, striking out three and allowing only two runs. The Serpent lineup blasted 16 hits on the day. Taylen Wachsmuth had three hits and roped a pair of doubles and drove in four runs. Ethan Nelms had three hits, with a double and six RBIs. Brandon West drove in five runs, and Davis and Seth Bozzi both drove in three.
MCHS 25, Big Pine 8
Freshman Alex Palacios chalked up his first win as an MCHS pitcher in the lopsided victory over Big Pine. Nelms and Bozzi both pitched in relief, while Bodie Oberhansli came in to get the save. At the plate, Nelms, Eddie Dunnett and Davis scattered four hits apiece and combined for eight RBIs. Taylen Wachsmuth, Treven Wachsmuth and Chance Sterns all had three hits each. The Mineral County lineup put up a total of 26 hits.
MCHS 10, Carlin, 7 (game 1)
Taylen Wachsmuth registered his 9th win of the season in the game that clinched the number one spot in conference for the Serpents. Wachsmuth gave up four runs and struck out 11. The Serpent lineup continued its display of hitting, scattering 17 hits in the game. Taylen Wachsmuth was 5 for 5 with a double and two RBIs, while Davis, West, Nelms, Sterns and Oberhansli scattered two hits each. However, it was the defensive side of the ball that saved the day. With two runners on in the bottom of the 7th inning, two outs and Carlin’s best hitter up, Eddie Dunnett made an unbelievable snag in left field on a line drive no one in attendance thought could be caught to seal the win.
MCHS 25, Carlin 15 (game 2)
West started game two of the series but was unable to hold on to the win. With a back and forth score through the 4th inning, Nelms relieved West to become the winning pitcher of game two. The Serpents bounced back from a 14-11 deficit on a Dunnett hit to right field to tie the game and a Nelms double to take the lead. Dunnett went 4 for 5 with three RBIs in the game.