Senior Kari Wakefield settles under a fly ball during a recent Bulldog game.
Photo by Lou Martin

The Virgin Valley High School Lady Bulldog softball team’s season ended abruptly Wednesday afternoon with an 18-5 loss at the hands of Pahrump Valley. Earlier in the Day, the Dogs defeated Desert Pines 13-3 to advance to the semi-final matchup with the Trojans. The Lady dogs began the tournament on Tuesday losing to Mojave 7-4. Fielding errors continued to plague the Dogs during the tournament and season which resulted in big innings for their opponents. The Bulldogs led 3-0 after two innings against the Rattlers but gave up six runs in the third inning to eventually fall 7-4. Savannah Price and Kyle Cannon led the Dogs with two hits.

The Dogs jumped out to an early lead against the Jaguars Wednesday morning with 8 runs in the first to lead 8-1. Triples by Jessica Barnum and Calee Clem led the onslaught. Taylor Ostrowski, Taylor Barnum, Kyle Cannon, Jessica Barnum and Clem all had R.B.I’s in the inning. The Dogs added three runs in the second to win easily 13-3. Clem and Clem had two hits for the Dogs and Jessica Barnum finished with 3 R.B.I.’. Price had a complete game for the win.

The Bulldogs could not stay with the strong hitting Trojans in their final game of the season. The Bulldogs fell behind 13-1 after three innings and could not recover, Taylor Barnum’s home run accounted for the Dogs second inning run. The Dogs added four runs in the fourth, two on a home run off the bat of Price but were outdone by five runs by the Trojans making the final score 18-5. Barnum had two hits for the Dogs and Price took the loss. The Bulldogs finished the season 5-5 in league play and 16-14 overall.