Virgin Valley High School’s Adri Wakefield, behind good defensive work, shut down the bats of Del Sol High School 10-0 Monday afternoon, April 11, in the Dawg Pound.
Wakefield overcame a slow first inning start allowing only three walks during the game, two of which came in the first inning. The Bulldogs meanwhile put up 10 runs on 14 hits started by lead-off hitter Calee Clem with three in four at bats.
The Bulldog bats came to life in the bottom of the third inning. Clem began with a long triple to the gap in right-center, Savannah Price followed with an RBI single, Janella Fiso, Wakefield and Tylee Robison kept the streak going with RBI singles to give the Dawgs a quick 4-0 advantage after three innings.
The Bulldogs blew the game wide open in the fourth inning with three runs. The big blow came off the bat of Taylor Barnum, a two RBI triple to right center. The Bulldogs cut the game short in the fifth with three runs making the score 10-0. The game was called as soon as Jesse Barnum crossed home plate with the 10th run of the game.
Price, Fiso, Taylor Barnum and Shalee Hafen contributed with two hits each. “Our offense started slow but found its groove in the third inning,” said Bulldog coach Travis Griffith. “Despite girls learning new positions, our defense played well.”
The 1-A Sunrise League win moved the Dawgs conference record to 4-3 and 11-8 overall. The Bulldogs travel to Western for a non-conference match up Friday, April 15 before beginning a stretch run for the playoffs. The Lady Dawgs host Chaparral and Moapa Valley on April 19 and April 21 in important league games.
Lady Bulldogs go 2-1 for week
Virgin Valley won two and lost one for the week ending April 8. The Bulldog girl’s defeated small school Pahranagat Valley 9-8 in a shoot-out Tuesday April 5 in Alamo. Fiso led the Dawgs with three hits and two RBI’s.
The Dawgs took a 3-0 lead in the top of the third inning on RBI singles by Barnum and Robison. The Panthers retaliated quickly putting up four runs in the bottom of the inning to lead 4-3 on two errors and one hit. The Dawgs regained the lead in the top of the fifth inning 6-4 on a walk to Price, a single by Barnum, an error and a pass ball.
Not to be denied the Panthers scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to regain the lead 7-6. Three bases on balls plus one single led to the scores. The Dawgs put the game away in the top of the seventh inning on a walk to leadoff batter Robison and two consecutive singles by Hafen and Gizelle Navarro. Clem brought them in with a hard single giving the Dawgs a 9-7 advantage.
The Panthers managed one run in the bottom of the inning on two Bulldog errors. Bulldog pitcher Price forced a ground out with a Panther runner at third base to end the game. Price pitched a complete game for the win.
Wakefield pitches Lady Bulldogs past Jaguars
It was payback for Virgin Valley on Wednesday, April 6, at Desert Pines as they scored eight runs in the first inning to lead 8-0 after one inning of play. It was a big change from recent games when the Dawgs fell behind early and then losing big.
The Bulldogs managed four hits in the inning with the big blow coming from a double off the bat of Robison. The Bulldogs added a run in the second and third innings on one hit to lead 10-0. There was no stopping the Dawgs as they added two runs in the fourth and four in the top of the fifth and final inning to win 16-2.
Bulldog hurler Wakefield was in control as she allowed only two runs while striking out six in her five innings of work. The win gave the Dawgs a 3-2 record in Sunrise League play and 10-7 overall for the season.
Lady Bulldogs lose pitching duel to Miners 3-2
The Virgin Valley High School Lady Bulldogs lost a 3-2 heartbreaker to Sunrise Mountain High School Miners Friday, April 8 in Las Vegas. Bulldog hurler Price battled Miner Andrea Garner for six innings but fell short despite putting two runners on base in the seventh with no outs.
The Miners struck first on two Bulldog errors to lead 1-0 after one inning. A single and triple in the third inning increased the Miners lead to 3-0. The Dawgs threatened in the top of the fourth stranding two runners with no outs as Garner bore down and shut down the possible rally.
The Bulldogs chipped at the Miners lead with a run in the fifth to cut the lead to 3-1. Kezney Crompton scored after opening the inning with a single. Two straight Miners errors in the seventh inning opened the gates for a possible big Bulldog rally but was quickly shut down by Garner. Navarro and Crompton reached base on the miscues, Navarro scored on a Clem ground out before Garner struck out the side giving the Miners the win.
It was a disappointing loss for the Dawgs as Price pitched well striking out seven. The loss evened the Bulldogs league record at 3-3.