Submitted by Darren Hamrey
The diamond boys from Hawthorne traveled to face the Vandals in Eureka last Saturday for a conference duel. It was the Serpents that came out on top by the end of the pair but not without earning it. The Vandals were scrappy, and you’d have to be living in Eureka. Part of the field was still covered in snow and we were blowing steam when we stepped off the bus. None of that mattered in the end once the Serpent bats came alive as the Vandals fell 13-3 and 19-9.
Treven Wachsmuth had game one from the bump, allowing four hits and zero earned runs, while sending 12 Vandal hitters back to the dugout on strikes. Wachsmuth took it to the second to last hitter on pitch count, then Ethan Nelms came in for a one pitch save. Wachsmuth helped his winning effort by going 3-for-3 on the offensive side of the ball. Phillip Dees roped two hits, and so did David Ditmer, adding two RBIs to his effort. Nelms was key in game one with five RBIs and a double.
Tony Dominguez starred down the Vandal lineup in the second game of the set. The Vandals brought their bats this game, putting up nine hits on Dominguez. Dominguez still struck out five over three innings but left the game with an 8-5 deficit before Nelms came in relief. Nelms was crafty and able to keep Vandal hitters off balance the remainder of the game. He struck out two, allowing one run, and scored the win for the Serpents.
Dominguez was banged up by the end of the second game. He was plunked during four straight plate appearances, tying the state record for hit by pitch in a game. That didn’t stop Dominguez however, free bases equal stolen bases for him as he swiped 6 bases in the contest.
Nelms lit up the offensive attack in the 4th inning when he sent a first pitch fastball over the left field wall. Gavin Burroughs almost followed up on the next pitch when he blasted a ground rule double. Immediately the Serpent offense came alive, putting up 14 runs over the next few innings. Seth Bozzi scattered two hits and Griffen Inman scattered three. Wachsmuth had two hits and four RBIs and Dees put up another three hits and five RBIs.
The Serpents played Lovelock on Monday and look to face Carlin on Saturday for their second conference match up.