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Julio Alvarez delivers during a loss to Lovelock last week. However, the Serpents swept a pair from Carlin over the weekend to clinch a playoff berth.

The Serpents added two more wins to the win column and clinched their bid for the Northeastern 1A regional playoffs this weekend when they swept a struggling Carlin team in lopsided fashion.

The starting nine was able to get early leads in both contests, allowing the Serpent bench a chance to drive the stake on the Railroaders.

Junior right hander Treven Wachsmuth pulled center stage for the Serpents in game one, striking out 12 and allowing zero hits in his 2nd no-hitter of the season. The Serpent offense scattered 19 hits in the 28-0 final. Wachsmuth, Ethan Nelms and Seth Bozzi had three hits each while Tony Dominguez had two with three RBIs.

Off the bench, Landon Scarlata, Ryan Jaramillo and Matt Castro each contributed with hits, and crafty Preston Jaramillo drew three walks for the Serps.

Senior Phillip Dees stepped out of his catcher’s gear in game two to face the Railroaders from the bump. Dees struck out two but struggled to find the zone early, giving way to left-hander Gavin Burroughs in relief. Burroughs was gave up two runs on one hit over an inning and a third. Nelms came in relief and got the bid for the win as he gave up no runs over the next three innings and struck out four in the 25-6 victory.

Dominguez led the game off with triple, going 4-for-4. Burroughs went 5-for-5 with four RBIs. Nelms added another three hits and David Ditmer roped two. Off the bench, Jorden Ferrell, Julio Alvarez, Ryan Jaramillo and Sean Dalton each added hits, while Glenn Reeves drew two walks for the Serps.

The Serpents opened up the week with a contest in Lovelock. They lost 15-14 in the bottom of the 7th inning in a heart-breaker. The pitching staff gave up just six hits over seven innings of play, but awarded 14 free bases on a shaky defensive effort by the Serpents.

Wachsmuth drove in three RBIs on three hits. Burroughs and Griffen Inman each scattered two hits, and Dominguez and Nelms each had two RBIs. The Serps end the week 2-1 and take their record to 11-6 for the season, and 4-0 in conference play.

They play today in Bishop at 3 p.m., then host Smith Valley on Saturday for a doubleheader that begins at 9 a.m.