Trojans baseball goes 2-3 last week

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<p>Charlotte Uyeno / Special to the Pahrump Valley Times - Trojans pitcher Eddie Gonzalez pitched five solid innings against the Roadrunners last week for the win.</p>
<p>Charlotte Uyeno / Special to the Pahrump Valley Times - It’s spring, but the Trojans had to brave the cold weather at Clark High School last week in the rain.</p>

It wasn’t the best way to start a four-game home stand, but the Trojans took game two of a four-game stretch, which started last Thursday and will end on Thursday of this week.

Trojans baseball had three games in a row last week and showed some signs of being a bit tired.

On Wednesday they beat the Clark Chargers 14-2 (away), lost to the Roosevelt Rough Riders from Colorado 7-3, and beat Tech on Friday 8-7.

The Trojans hitters were a bit timid against the visiting Rough Riders from Colorado on Thursday.

This was the second time the Trojans had played the Rough Riders, a team who came to Pahrump last year for the first time from Johnstown, Colorado and lost 6-4. This year the Riders were back and they came with senior Andrew Dimmit on the mound, who pitched for five innings and allowed 3 runs with 7 strikeouts and just 3 hits.

An interesting stat was two of the three runs that Pahrump scored came from Josh Mortensen who got on base after striking out twice. In each instance, the catcher could not hold onto the ball and had to try and throw Mortensen out at first. Mortensen reached first 2-3 times after striking out.

Dimmit was successful in quieting Trojans bats after Pahrump had scored 14 runs against Clark and had 7 hits.

Pahrump’s Coach Brian Hayes said his team had difficulties on the bases and on the field.

“During the Roosevelt game, we struggled defensively and with our hitting. I believe we struck out on 11 of our 21 outs. When you give up freebies defensively, and don’t put much pressure on the other team’s defense, it usually means a long day,” Hayes said.

The game was delayed in the bottom of the fifth for about 15 minutes when a Rider right fielder collided with another player while trying to make a play in right field. The injured player suffered a concussion and was taken to Desert View for observation and was released.

On Friday the Tech Roadrunners were in town. This ball club was 8-2 overall and had just defeated Moapa Valley 7-1 and was tied with Chaparral in second place in the Sunrise League with a 3-1 league record. The Trojans beat them in a close game 8-7, which showed the maturity of the Trojans players, who were able to get the go-ahead runs in the sixth inning.

The top of the Trojans order has been hitting less with the exception of Chad Uyeno, who went 3-3 against the Roadrunners, but Hayes is not too concerned.

“Offensively, we are pleased with our progress. Although the top of our order has not been hitting for a high average, they are still producing quality at bats, which put our team in position to score runs,” Hayes said.

In that game, the Trojans scored 5 in the first, 1 in the second and 2 more in the sixth.

Drew Middleton started the game against Tech and pitched .2 innings and allowed 6 runs. Pitcher Eddie Gonzalez relieved Middleton and pitched 5.1 innings, allowing 0 runs, 3 hits, 1 walk and 3 strikeouts. Gonzalez also helped himself by going 2-3 at the plate with an RBI.

Hayes is more than satisfied with his pitching.

“We are most pleased with our pitching and defense. Over the past four games, we have had two times as many strikeouts as walks, and have limited our opponent’s freebies to 18 total (our team goal is 6 or less per game). With the exception of our Friday’s game, all of our starters have had strong outings,” he explained.

The Trojans are home on Thursday against Faith Lutheran. They played Western, which was too late to report on. Western was 1-7 overall and 0-1 in league play. Faith is 9-4 overall and 2-0 in league play.