Submitted by Coach Darren Hamrey
After a rough start to the 2018 season, the diamond boys in black and gold are back to their old selves again, stacking up three convincing wins over the last week of play. The Serpents put up impressive numbers on the offensive side of the ball over the three game set, scattering 55 hits, adding up 52 RBIs, and scoring 58 runs.
MCHS 32, Round Mountain 15
On Tuesday the boys traveled to Round Mountain to face the Knights in what resulted in a four-hour offensive barrage by the Serpents. Weak pitching from the Knights allowed the Serps to blast 27 hits on the day. Junior right-hander, Phillip Dees, got the win for the boys in black. Dees struck out four and allowed only one earned run. Following the Dees performance, it was pitch by committee as four other Serpent arms got into the action. Freshman Julio Alvarez took the mound in his pitching debut as first relief and struck out four of his first six batters. Kaden Sunderland came in second relief, giving up only one hit before Tony Dominguez came in to attempt the save. Unfortunately the Knights’ bats came alive in the last inning against Dominguez and forced final relief from the bullpen due to pitch count. Ethan Nelms came in to close down the final out with a backwards K and his first registered save of the season.
From the offensive side of the ball, Dominguez was 2-for-4 with four RBIs and four stolen bases. Treven Wachsmuth went 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Seth Bozzi was 4-for-6 with two RBIs. Nelms put up three hits and three RBIs and Bodie Oberhansli drove in five runs on two hits. David Ditmer also scattered two hits. Dees helped himself, going 4-for-5, and Robert McFalls swiped three bags and drove in two runs. Tyler McNamara went 2-for-2, and Freshmen Landon Scarlata, Jorden Ferrell, and Glenn Reeves all registered a hit each.
MCHS 15, Tonopah 0
It was Dominguez that shut down the Muckers on Saturday, flirting with both a no-hitter and a perfect game. Only two Muckers reached base, one on a walk, and the other on a hit that resulted in the last out of the game. Dominguez was masterful on the bump for the Serpents, allowing the Serpent offensive attack to put the Muckers away for good in the first game of the doubleheader.
Oberhansli and Ditmer had two hits apiece and drove in a combined five runs while Nelms added two more RBIs to his season total. Dominguez stole another five bases in the game to help himself, but the highlight of the game came when freshman pinch-hitter, Jorden Ferrell, drove in the walk-off run to complete the mercy-rule victory for the Serpents.
MCHS 11, Tonopah 5
Sophomore hurler Wachsmuth, stared down the Muckers in game two. Wachsmuth struck out 12 and gave up one hit in a game that earned him both the win and the save. The Serpents had an 8-1 lead going into the 5th inning when a few defensive changes in the game resulted in a four-run inning for the Muckers, forcing the starting nine back into the game to finish the job.
It was Oberhansli that had the big day for the Serpents with three hits and three RBIs. Ditmer, Nelms, Inman and Dees all scattered two hits each and Dominguez stole three more bases taking his weekend total to eight.
The Serpents begin conference play this Friday with Eureka.