Submitted by Darren Hamrey
The Serpents took their season record to 5-4 over the weekend as they traveled to Reno to take on the Hug Hawks in a doubleheader. The Serpent dropped the first of the pair, 7-4, but not without a fight. Tony Dominguez started on the bump for the Serps, giving up just two hits, but a couple free bases and some shaky defense allowed the Hawks to get seven runs across in the first two innings.
Ethan Nelms came in relief and didn’t allow a hit for the remainder of the game, with 11 strikeouts. Together, Dominguez and Nelms struck out 15 in game one, but their offense only put up four runs to end the game. Dominguez posted two hits and Treven Wachsmuth scattered three, including a triple off the left-centerfield wall.
The second game of the day went much different for the Serpents as they came out of top, 19-5. Wachsmuth held down the Hawk lineup from the mound, as he also posted 2 2/3 innings of no-hit baseball before he was relieved due to fatigue. Before leaving, Wachsmuth posted 7 strikeouts.
It was Nelms again in relief in the second game. He gave up three hits over 2 1/3 innings and struck out eight (19 strikeouts over 6 1/3 inning). Nelms left the game due to pitch count, allowing Dominguez another shot at the Hawks lineup. He gave up no hits and allowed one run. Dominguez succumbed to pitch count as well, so it was up to sophomore Glenn Reeves to close the game. Reeves allowed one hit and no runs to earn the save for the Serpents.
Dominguez and Wachsmuth both scattered three hits, with a Wachsmuth double and a Dominguez triple. Nelms roped a double with three RBIs. David Ditmer went 2-for-2 and Ryan Jaramillo went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. The Serpent subs inspired some excitement in the late innings as Preston Jaramillo and Julio Alvarez got the rally going with a couple walks, followed by hits from Glenn Reeves, Jorden Ferrell, and Landon Scarlata. Matt Castro scored for the Serpents as they finished out the second game on lop-sided fashion.
The Serpents take on Pahranagat Valley on Thursday at Keith Neville Field, and then travel to Lone Pine on Saturday for another pair.