After suffering a heart-breaking 2-1 loss at Desert Pines in Las Vegas on Monday, the Virgin Valley baseball team was looking for a bounce-back game Wednesday against visiting Mojave of North Las Vegas.
Unfortunately, more frustration was in store for the Bulldogs. VVHS spotted the Rattlers seven runs in the first two innings before chipping away at the lead. In the end, the deficit proved too much to overcome as Mojave hung on to prevail, 7-6, at blustery Bulldog Field.
The loss dropped Virgin Valley to 4-4 overall while Mojave improved to 2-5-1.
The Bulldogs had their chances in the contest putting runners on base in every inning. However, they stranded 11 including six in scoring position.
The Rattlers scored four times in the top of the first inning on just one base hit. Three walks, a hit batter and two Bulldog throwing errors didn’t help matters.
The Bulldogs got one run back in the bottom of the frame when Josh Abbott reached on an infield single, stole second base, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a throwing error.
Mojave scored three runs in the top of the second on four hits to extend its advantage to 7-1.
Virgin Valley reliever Nathan Cannon, the third Bulldog pitcher of the game, came in in the top of the third and shut down the Rattlers over the final five innings. Cannon scattered three hits with no walks and struck out three during his stint on the mound.
The Bulldogs scored three runs in the fifth on three hits and an error. Dallan Tanner drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single.
RBI singles by Layton Woods, who had three hits on the day, and Logan Felix in the sixth got Virgin Valley within 7-6.
The Bulldogs will host Parowan, Utah Friday at 2 p.m. at Bulldog Field.