Pahrump Valley rolls to second league win in a row

Pahrump got the lead-off runner on in the first and then got three singles in a row to start a 9-run rally against Cheyenne.

The Trojans sent 15 batters to the plate in just the first inning and won the game 14-2 in a home field romp on Wednesday.

Trojans coach Brian Hayes was more than satisfied with the big first inning.

“We did some good things, jumping out to an early lead and then working on our small ball game when we got the big lead,” the coach said.

For those that don’t watch tons of baseball, “small ball” refers to the way a team offensively moves batters on the base pads into scoring position. It entails base stealing and even using bunts to get on base.

The game was called in the fifth inning due to the 10-run mercy rule, which states if a team has a 10-run lead in the fifth inning, the umpire can call the game.

The Trojans (7-9 overall, 2-0 Sunset League) batters had 11 hits, eight RBIs and seven stolen bases in the Cheyenne (0-8, 0-2) game.

Pahrump compiled four doubles in the game, hit by senior Drew Walker, senior John MacDonald, sophomore Willie Lucas and senior Josh Ferrer. Everyone in the lineup got at least one hit.

Junior Bradda Costa pitched five solid innings for the win. He had six strikeouts, allowing four hits, three runs and a walk.

Hayes feels this year he has a good variety of pitchers to use and despite the big game in hitting on Wednesday, sees hitting as his team’s weakness.

“As far as our pitching goes, we have five or six capable guys who can start or relieve,” he said. “If we can shore up our defense and continue to hit well, we will be in a great spot for playoffs.”

The coach said prior to the Cheyenne game, that he believes his team is the team to beat in the Sunset League.

The Trojans travel to Western (1-12, 0-2) on Friday.

Contact sports editor Vern Hee at vhee@pvtimes.com

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