After dropping two of three games to open Sunrise League play, the Virgin Valley High baseball team bounced back with two huge wins last week to move into a tie for second place.
The Bulldogs knocked off rival Moapa Valley, 4-2, Tuesday afternoon at Pirate Park in Overton and then completed their week with a 2-0 victory over Chaparral Thursday afternoon at Bulldog Field.
The results improve Virgin Valley’s record to 3-2 in league play and into a second-place tie with Chaparral at the halfway point of the league season. The Bulldogs are now 12-7-1 overall.
Against Moapa Valley, the Bulldogs scored two runs in the top of the fourth inning to jump in front 2-0. VVHS added two more runs in the fifth to increase the margin to 4-0. Jayden Perkins singled home a run and doubles by Dallan Tanner and Booker Wakefield also factored into the scoring for the Bulldogs.
The Pirates scored twice in the bottom of the fifth, but Dillan Fuqua came out of the bullpen to shut down the rally. He finished with 2.2 innings of relief giving up just one hit while striking out one batter in recording the save for starter Cade Anderson.
Anderson went the first 4.1 innings surrendering two hits while walking three batters and striking out four.
In Thursday’s win over Chaparral, Fuqua shut down the Cowboys’ bats scattering four hits and striking out two in the route-going performance.
The Bulldogs were stymied by Cowboy hurler Christian Calzada before finally breaking through in the bottom of the sixth inning to score two runs. Anderson doubled home Easton Jensen and Wakefield to snap the scoreless tie.
Virgin Valley, which managed only three hits, got a double off the bat of Kayden Peterson and a single by Perkins.
The Bulldogs hosted first-place Boulder City (5-0) on Monday and played a road games at Del Sol Academy (0-5) on Wednesday before playing at Tech (2-3) Friday.