The Battle Mountain High School softball team picked two victories in three games against Silver Stage last week.
The series opened on Tuesday, March 27, in Battle Mountain and the Lady Longhorns collected an 8-6 win over the Nighthawks. The series shifted to Silver Springs this past Saturday and the two squads split the doubleheader. Silver Stage won the first game 5-1 and Battle Mountain claimed the series finale 12-4 to improve to 4-3 in the Northern 2A.
BMHS rallies to
beat Silver Stage
It appeared it was going to be a long day for Battle Mountain, as Silver Stage struck for six runs in the first inning in the series opener in Battle Mountain. However, the Lady Longhorns rallied from there and Kira Smith did not allow a run in the final six innings. After a rough first inning, where all six runs were unearned, Smith struck out five batters and walked three in the win. She allowed nine hits in seven innings of work.
Battle Mountain bounced back with a single run in the bottom of the first and added four more in the second inning to cut the deficit to 6-5. The Lady Longhorns took the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth inning with three runs and held Silver Stage off the scoreboard I the seventh inning.
Alma Chavira, Sruti Bhakta, Marissa Rogers and Jenna Leavitt each two hits. Rogers had a team-high three RBI and Carlee Petersen, Chavira and Bhakta had two RBI’s each.
Battle Mountain could not overcome a second deficit as the series moved to Silver Springs on Saturday. The Nighthawks scored once in the first inning and three more times in the third and that was good enough to hold off the Lady Longhorns.
Battle Mountain’s lone run was a home run by Rogers in the fourth inning. The Lady Longhorns were held to five hits, with Rogers and Chavira collecting two each.
Smith went the distance in the circle and suffered the loss. She allowed five runs (two earned) on five hits. She struck out nine and walked one.
There would be no slow start for Battle Mountain in the finale. The Lady Longhorns led 7-0 after four innings of play. Silver Stage closed the gap to 7-4 with five runs in the fifth inning but could get no closer.
Battle Mountain pulled away with a single run in the sixth and four more in the seventh inning to preserve the victory.
Jackie LaRiva picked up the win for Battle Mountain four innings of work. She allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits. She struck out nine and walked two. Smith threw the final three innings and struck out five without allowing a hit.
Chavira (four) and Rogers (three) combined for seven of Battle Mountain’s 11 hits. Chavira also had a team-high four RBI. Bhakta and Smith also drove in two runs.
Adrianna Robles, Lynzee Develyn, Bhakta and Smith each had one hit.
Battle Mountain is back on the road this weekend to play Incline. The doubleheader on Friday will start at 2 p.m. and be played at Galena High School in Reno. Saturday’s single game starts at 10 a.m. and will be played at Sparks High School.
The Lady Longhorns will be back home on Tuesday to play West Wendover at 1 p.m. in a doubleheader. The games are being made up after being postponed earlier in March.