It was a typical Bulldog baseball game of late as Virgin Valley High gave up two runs early on zero hits eventually losing to the Chaparral, 5-0, in the Dawg Pound Tuesday afternoon, April 19.
The now 7-2 Cowboys have a hold on second place in 1-A Sunrise League standings. The Cowboys blew the game wide open in the fifth inning with three runs on only one single to take a 5-0 lead. The Dawg committed four errors in the inning, three on one play as Bulldog starter Cade Anderson pitched well enough to win some games but not this one. Bulldog Jayson Brooks pitched two scoreless innings in relief.
Meanwhile the Bulldog bats were silenced by the Cowboy starter Erick Villarreal managing only one hit in seven innings. The Dawgs mounted a mild threat in the bottom of the seventh inning getting their first two batters, Easton Jensen and Logan Felix, on base by walk and hit batter. The potential rally was snuffed by the Cowboys retiring the next three batters for the win.
The loss dropped the Dawgs to 1-8 in Sunrise League play and 5-15 overall. Next up for the Bulldogs is rival Moapa Valley High School on Thursday April 21. The Pirates sit in fourth place in league play one game ahead of Del Sol. It doesn’t get easier for The Dawgs as they travel Monday April 25 to Boulder City to face the 9-0 Eagles.
Bulldogs defeat Warriors, lose to Roadrunners
Virgin Valley finished the week of April 15 losing at Tech, 4-0, before bouncing back with a 10-5 victory at Western. The Dawgs had no answer for Roadrunner pitcher Logan Campbell, who threw a one-hitter at the Dawgs. Tech put three runs on the board in the first inning to win going away. Koby Smothers had the Dawgs only hit in the fourth inning as they mounted a mild threat. Josh Abbott walked and Smothers followed with a single with no outs. Campbell struck out the last two batters to end any possible Bulldog threat. Bulldog Dillon Fuqua pitched well enough to win but took a tough loss.
The Bulldogs fared better at Western in a non-league encounter Friday, April 15, defeating the host Warriors 10-5. The Dawgs had their batting helmets on and were led by three hits from Smothers.
The Dawgs jumped on the Warriors early with two runs in the first inning. Jayden Perkins worked the Warrior pitcher for a walk, scoring on a triple off the bat of Smothers. Smothers scored on a Western error to take an early 2-0 lead. The Warriors got one run back in the bottom of the inning to cut the Dawgs lead to 2-1.
The Bulldogs added one run in the second as Jairo Vallejo scored on a ground ball after reaching first on a fielder’s choice. Bulldog starter Brooks struck out the side in the second to keep the Warriors off the bases. The Dawgs put three runs on the board in the third inning on consecutive singles by Felix, Koby Smothers and Layton Woods.
Fuqua kept the rally going reaching first on a Western error. All scored in the inning before speedster Perkins was caught stealing after a single to left to end the inning. Perkins despite being thrown out had four steals for the day.
Not to be denied the Warriors cut the Dawgs lead by scoring three runs in the bottom of the inning to make the score 7-4 after three.
The Bulldogs added single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to win easily 10-5.
Anderson relieved Brooks in the top of the fourth and pitched shutout ball the rest of the way. Perkins and Woods contributed two hits each to help the Bulldog cause.