Virgin Valley High’s baseball team will jump into Sunrise League play this week playing three games, two of those at the friendly confines of Bulldog Field.
The Bulldogs, who are 9-5-1 overall after splitting a pair of non-league games this week, travel to Boulder City on Monday to face the defending league champion Eagles, who are an uncharacteristic 7-8-1 overall, at Whalen Field.
Virgin Valley will return home to host Del Sol Academy (5-6) Wednesday and Tech (9-4) on Friday. Both contests will start at 3:30 p.m.
The Bulldogs tuned up for league play by splitting two games against Sunset League teams earlier this week. VVHS dropped a 4-1 decision at home to Pahrump Valley on Monday and then bounced backed to knock off Mojave, 11-9, Tuesday in North Las Vegas.
Virgin Valley’s bats were silenced by Pahrump Valley pitchers Bradda Corta and Cyle Havel. The two hurlers held the Bulldogs to just two hits on the day. Cade Anderson singled and scored Virgin Valley’s run.
Garrett Lucas had two hits and drove in three runs for the Trojans.
Dillan Fuqua went the distance on the mound for the Bulldogs. The right-hander gave up four hits while striking out nine batters and walking five.
Against Mojave, the Bulldogs erupted for eight runs in the top of the third inning to take control early. The lead was short lived, however, as the Rattlers stormed back with two runs in the third, five in the fourth and two more in the fifth to move in front, 9-8.
The Bulldogs were able to regroup and push across three runs in the top of the sixth to regain the lead and hang on for the win.
Jayden Perkins led the Bulldog offense collecting two hits while driving in three runs and scoring twice. Kayden Peterson and Logan Felix drove in two runs apiece and Easton Jensen tripled and scored a run while Anderson, Dallan Tanner, Josh Abbott and Booker Wakefield each collected a base hit.
Peterson got the win in relief by pitching 2.2 innings with four strike outs. Anderson threw a one, two, three seventh inning to record the save.