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Julio Alvarez pitches for Mineral County in a 20-10 win over Round Mountain last Tuesday.

By Darren Hamrey

It took breaking a 14-year losing streak to the Lovelock Mustangs to make a 14-game winning streak happen for the Serpents this week. But not before they would topple the Round Mountain Knights 20-10 last Tuesday to take their streak to 13 straight wins.

Phillip Dees got the nod for the Serpents and struck out six while allowing only two earned runs as he added his fourth win of the season. Middle relief went to hard throwing freshman Julio Alvarez, and closing out the game for his fifth save of the season was Ethan Nelms.

The Serpent lineup was at it again, posting 15 hits and stealing 17 bases on the Knights. Treven Wachsmuth went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and four stolen bases. Tony Dominguez drove in two runs and stole four bases, while both Bodie Oberhansli and Seth Bozzi scattered two hits apiece. Nelms added a double and two RBIs.

This set the stage for the Serps to take on 2A Lovelock. The last time the Serpents were in the win column against the Mustangs was in 2004. Wachsmuth was slated to take on the Mustangs from the hill and that’s exactly what he did. Wachsmuth threw 4 1/3 innings of no-hit ball before giving up his first and only hit in the final inning of the game. Shaky defense on behalf of the Serpents led to three unearned runs in the first inning but that was the last time a red and white uniform would cross the plate. Wachsmuth struck outnine taking his season total to 63.

On the offensive side of the ball the Serpents continued their fierce hitting attack on all three Mustang pitchers they faced. They scattered 11 hits and drove in 12 runs in the 14-3 win. Wachsmuth continued his barrage, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Robert McFalls was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Bozzi was 2-for-2 with an RBI. Base stealer Tony Dominguez tied the state record for career stolen bases by swiping his 120th, and 51st of the season. Following that, he was robbed of his record breaking stolen base by a hit ball on a steal, a balk, a hot-shot back to the pitcher, and a laser caught by the shortstop.

The Serpents take on Smith Valley tomorrow as they go on the road for the remainder of the season. They look to avenge an early season loss to the Bulldogs and take their streak to 16 on the doubleheader. The Serpents now sit with a 15-4 record overall, 4-0 in conference play with Wells being the only team standing in their way.

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