The Pershing County Mustangs baseball team traveled to Tahoe City, Calif., on Tuesday, April 5.
They lost the first game of the tripleheader against the North Tahoe Lakers by a score of 16-1.
This past Saturday they played the last two games in Lovelock, losing 14-2 and 24-1.
On Tuesday, the Mustangs played the Lowry JV at home. Results were not available at press time.
“We are still fighting giving up the big innings,” said coach Jared Jensen. “As the team gets older we’ll see less of that.”
In the first game of the series against the Lakers, Pershing County gave up seven runs in the first two innings. In the fourth they gave up another nine.
Before long, the game slipped out of the Mustangs’ grasp. The pattern continued throughout the week.
Travis Donaldson recorded Tuesday’s loss for the Mustangs. He went three and a third innings, allowing 16 runs on 19 hits, struck out two and walked zero.
Blake Burrows and Aaron Kienbaum each got a hit for Pershing. Meanwhile, North Tahoe totaled 19 hits in the game.
Wyatt Diaz pitched the first of Saturday’s games. He surrendered ten runs on 11 hits over four and two-thirds innings, striking out eight and walking one.
“Wyatt pitched a good game and Conner Fecht also pitched well,” said the coach. “There were little things here and there that let the game get away from us.”
Kienbaum and Izayuh Mcglothin each got a hit for the Mustangs. The Lakers totaled 13 hits on the day.
“The third game we struggled to find the strike zone,” said Jensen. “We started out pretty well but when the flood gates opened we had a tough time slowing it down. Those types of things are common especially with a young group like we have.”
Kienbaum took the loss for Pershing, surrendering three runs on one hit over one inning, striking out one and walking zero.
“We’re excited to get back to work,” said Jensen. “The boys can see that we aren’t far off from keeping the games closer.”
Next up, Pershing County faces the Yerington Lions. They’ll play the first game of the series at home on Tuesday, April 19, at 4 p.m. The Mustangs travel to Yerington for the final two games at 10 a.m. and noon on Saturday, April 23.