Virgin Valley High pitchers dominated as the Bulldogs’ baseball team picked up consecutive non-league wins Monday and Tuesday.
The Bulldogs hammered Sunrise Mountain, 11-0, on Monday, March 19, in Las Vegas and then returned home on Tuesday, March 20, to dispatch Parowan, Utah, 10-0, at Bulldog Field. Both games ended early because of the mercy rule.
The victories improve Virgin Valley to 4-2-1 overall on the season.
Dakota Munford turned in a solid performance on the mound for the Bulldogs against Sunrise Mountain. The senior right-hander scattered three hits while striking out nine batters without issuing a walk.
Virgin Valley scored two runs in the top of the first inning. Jayden Perkins reached on a bunt single, stole second and third base and scored on a sacrifice fly to center field by Easton Jensen. Later in the frame, Booker Wakefield reached on an error and scored on a throwing error, one of eight committed by the Sunrise Mountain defense.
Kayden Peterson opened the second with a single, stole second, moved to third on a ground out and scored on Josh Abbott’s ground out. Perkins singled and came home on a throwing error to increase the lead to 4-0.
Perkins ignited another two-run rally in the fourth with a single. After stealing second and third, he finished with five stolen bases in the contest, Perkins scored on Cade Anderson’s triple. Anderson later scored on a wild pitch.
Virgin Valley put the game away with a five-run fifth. Anderson stroked a two-run double and Dallan Tanner had an RBI double for the big hits in the inning.
Against Parowan, Anderson pitched five innings of one-hit ball while issuing one walk and striking out 11 Ram batters. He also collected a base hit and scored three runs. Jayson Brooks threw one inning of relief, striking out two.
The Bulldogs set the tone early scoring five runs in the bottom of the first inning. The game was called after six innings of play.
Logan Felix and Peterson each drove in two runs to lead the Virgin Valley offense. Munford doubled and drove in a run while Jensen scored twice and Wakefield drove in a run.
Virgin Valley used a 10-run first inning as a springboard to a 21-2 rout over host Cheyenne Tuesday, March 13, afternoon in North Las Vegas. The game was shortened to four innings because of the NIAA mercy rule.
The Bulldog bats wasted little time in pounding Cheyenne pitching stroking five base hits in the frame while parading 17 batters to the plate. Desert Shield pitchers didn’t help matters by issuing five walks.
Jayden Perkins had two hits in the inning with Easton Jensen, Cade Anderson and Booker Wakefield also adding one hit apiece.
The Bulldogs scored four runs in the third to increase their lead to 14-2. Jensen and Anderson singled with Jensen scoring on a throwing error. After Logan Felix was hit by a pitch, Dakota Munford lined a single to center field scoring Anderson. Consecutive singles by Dallan Tanner, Kayden Peterson and Perkins scored two more runs.
Virgin Valley tacked on seven more runs in the top of the fourth as the lead ballooned to 21-2. Base hits by Jayson Brooks, Nathan Cannon, Daxton Toone, Felix and Perkins helped fuel the rally.
Perkins collected four hits on the day to pace the 16-hit attack for the Bulldogs. Jensen and Wakefield added two hits each. Perkins also drove in three runs as did Munford. Anderson, Peterson, Jensen, Tanner and Wakefield drove in two runs apiece. Anderson also scored four runs with Isaac Iverson and Jensen crossing the plate three times each.
Dillan Fuqua started on the mound for the Bulldogs and pitched three innings. The right-hander gave up three hits and one earned run while striking out seven Cheyenne batters. Jensen finished up by pitching a scoreless inning in the bottom of the fourth.
Virgin Valley’s home game on Thursday with Western was rained out and will not be rescheduled.