In a game that featured 22 hits and four home runs, it was the pitching of The Meadows that made the difference on Friday.
Three pitchers hit four Needles batters and issued three walks during a six-run fifth inning as The Meadows dropped a wild 18-12 decision in the Class 2A Southern League baseball tournament at Mountain View.
Still, The Meadows (16-10) has a chance to qualify for the state tournament. The Mustangs must defeat Lincoln County at 9 a.m. today. Needles takes on the winner in the title game at 11:30.
With the game tied at 12, Needles’ Bobby Stahel, Sam Grillo and Mason Cisneros reached base by being hit by pitches, setting up the rally. The lone hit in the inning was a two-run single from Matt McAndrews.
“When you hit batters and walk batters against a team like Needles, you’re going to pay,” The Meadows coach Frank DeSantis said. “Still, we battled and battled. Hopefully, we will regroup and come back and be ready to play (today).”
■ Lincoln County 11, White Pine 0 — At Mountain View, Ryan Lloyd drove in four runs as the Lynx remained alive in the tournament.
Bruce Condie went the distance for Lincoln County, allowing five singles, three by Levi Valdez, and struck out 10. Alec Lloyd’s two-run single highlighted a five-run second, giving Lincoln County control.
■ The Meadows 10, Lincoln County 3 — At Mountain View, the Mustangs scored four runs in the opening inning and never looked back.
Garrett Gosse scattered four hits in picking up the win for The Meadows. Heath Gould and Ryan Wells homered for the Mustangs. Condie and Lloyd had the RBIs for the Lynx (16-10).
■ Needles 8, White Pine 1 — At Mountain View, Stahel had three hits, including a home run, for the Mustangs in the tournament opener.
■ Pahranagat Valley 12, Henderson International 3 — At Indian Springs, Dustin Hansen doubled and drove in three runs to lead the Panthers past the Wolverines and into today’s championship round.
Pahranagat Valley plays Henderson International at 10 a.m., with a second game to follow if necessary.
Charles Pachas went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run for the Wolverines.
■ Henderson International 7, Tonopah 3 — At Indian Springs, Pachas went 3-for-4 with a triple and two runs, and Keenan Gladd-Brown was 2-for-3 with a triple, two runs and an RBI to lead the Wolverines past the Muckers.
■ Tonopah 9, Beatty 8 — At Indian Springs, Cody Serfoss hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning to break a 6-all tie, and the Muckers held on to defeat the Hornets.
■ Boulder City 8, Virgin Valley 6 — At Mesquite, Colton Schulz hit a three-run homer in the top of the seventh inning to break a 5-all tie as the Eagles beat the Bulldogs to move into today’s championship round of the Class 3A Southern League tournament.
The teams meet at 10 a.m., with a second game to be played at 1 p.m. if necessary.
Virgin Valley’s Tanner Tichenor hit a grand slam in the sixth to put Virgin Valley up 5-3.
■ Virgin Valley 12, Moapa Valley 8 — At Mesquite, the Bulldogs scored nine runs, all with two outs, in the bottom of the third inning to down the Pirates.
■ Boulder City 15, Moapa Valley 3 — At Mesquite, Ross LaMarca doubled twice, and the Eagles scored six runs in the bottom of the first en route to the easy win.In-depth high school sports coverage