Submitted by Darren Hamrey

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Griffen Inman watches a pitch go by during a home split with Smith Valley Saturday.

The Smith Valley Bulldogs came to Keith Neville Field last Saturday, hoping to increase their winning record and extend their undefeated season. The Serpents had a different idea however, handing the Bulldogs their first loss of the season.

Coming off of a tough game with the Bishop Broncos on Thursday, in which our boys went six innings in a 14-4 loss with the seasoned division IV California powerhouse. The Serpents looked to face the number one team in the 1A Northwestern conference, Smith Valley. The Bulldogs were 11-0 going into game one of the double-header. Ethan Nelms got the bid for the start for the Serpents. Nelms scored a 7-3 win in a great defensive effort for the Serps. Griffen Inman, Seth Bozzi, and Bodie Oberhansli shut down the outfield like a locked vault in the contest. Freshman Ryan Jaramillo went 3-for-4 on the offensive side of the ball.

The tables were turned in game two as the Serps dropped another game, 12-0. Tony Dominguez started on the bump for the Serpents and gave up nine runs in the first two innings in a poor defensive effort by the home team. Treven Wachsmuth came in relief and calmed the Bulldog attack but the Serpent offensive effort proved to be too feeble. Bodie Oberhansli tried to rally the troops in the 5th inning with a single to right field but had no support behind him. He was left stranded and the Serpents suffered their 8th loss of the season.

The Serpents travel to Mammoth and Hug this Thursday and Friday for two more doubleheaders.