Submitted by coach Darren Hamrey
The Mineral County High Serpents faced a hard throwing righty in Whittell’s Cody Ruby in the first game of a doubleheader last Thursday, but pound for pound Ruby was no match for Hawthorne’s Tony Dominguez. Dominguez struck out nine and gave up only two hits to get his third win of the season in what ended as a convincing 19-8 win over the Warriors.
This was only the beginning of the Serpents fury over a two day, four game set in which they pummeled their opposition with a total run tally of 76-27 to add four more wins to their record. Bodie Oberhansli led the hitting barrage for the Serps, going 4-for-5 with a double and three RBIs. Robert McFalls went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Dominguez added five more stolen bases.
Treven Wachsmuth was given his chance at the Warriors in game two of the doubleheader and gave up three hits and struck out 11. He allowed zero runs until a shaky fourth inning, when the Warriors notched six on the scoreboard, but it was not enough as the Serpents enforced a 15-run mercy rule on the Warriors, 21-6. Tony Dominguez and Phillip Dees both went 3-for-4 in the contest.
The boys of black and gold stepped off the bus at 12:15 a.m. and were back at it the next day to host Big Pine. Dees started on the bump for the Serpents and gave up four hits and struck out 12 in a 19-6 victory. McFalls registered three hits and three RBIs, and Ethan Nelms went 2-for-4 with a double. Dominguez stole another five bases.
Lefty Kaden Sunderland held his ground on the mound in game two, giving up three hits and striking out eight in a win against the Warriors. After a shaky six run first inning, Sunderland held the Warriors to only one more run the rest of the game. The Serps came out on top, 17-7, when Landon Scarlata roped a base hit in the gap to drive in the run to enforce the mercy rule. Ethan Nelms and Oberhansli both scattered three hits, while David Ditmer and Wachsmuth each had two. Nelms registered three saves over the four game set.
The Serpents hope to make the Carlin Railroaders their next victim this Saturday with full intention of keeping their conference record perfect. They will play a JV game with Silver Stage on Friday that will allow much needed mound time for some of their up and coming hurlers. The Serpents sit at a 10-4 record overall, and 2-0 in conference. Come on out and see these fellas play. “Til the last out – SERPENT BASEBALL!”