Longhorns rally to sweep Nighthawks in Northern 2A doubleheader

Longhorns rally to sweep Nighthawks in Northern 2A doubleheader

Longhorns rally to sweep Nighthawks in Northern 2A doubleheader

The Battle Mountain High School baseball team rallied from a slow start to its doubleheader on Saturday with Silver Stage to beat the Nighthawks 13-3 and 7-6 on Saturday in Battle Mountain.

In the opener on Saturday, Silver Stage jumped on the scoreboard with a run in the opening frame and had opportunities to add to the lead in the first inning, but the Longhorns escaped giving up just the one run.

Silver Stage led 2-1 going into the bottom of the third inning, when Battle Mountain took the lead for good with six runs in the frame. After scoring the tying run at 2-2, sophomore Wyatt Kelley put the longhorn up for good with a three-run home run to centerfield to make the score 5-2. Battle Mountain added two runs in the third to lead 7-2.

Kelley was not the only Battle Mountain player to go long distance, as later in the contest Fetterly hit one out of the park as well. 

The Longhorns tacked on two runs in the fourth inning and ended the game in the fifth on the 10-run mercy rule with four runs to win 13-3.

Battle Mountain pounded out 17 hits, with Kelley leading the charge with a 4-for-4 day. He drove in five runs and scored one. Jake Perrone, Saige Holte, Anthony Molina, Hunter Anderson and Fetterly each had two hits. Jr. Vasquez, Marcos Jimenez and Anthony Del Rio picked up a hit apiece. Molina drove in three runs and Fetterly had two RBI and four runs scored.

Del Rio started for the Longhorns and collected the victory in his four innings of work. He struck out eight and walked two, while giving up two runs on seven hits. Jimenez threw the fifth inning and struck out all three batters he faced. The senior also allowed one walk.

Battle Mountain 7, Silver Stage 6

Battle Mountain grabbed a 1-0 advantage in the first inning of the second game on Saturday, but saw that lead disappear after a Silver Stage grand slam in the fourth inning to give the Nighthawks a 4-1 lead.

After struggling on offense for much of the game, Battle Mountain rallied for three runs in the fifth inning to even the contest at 4-4. 

Silver Stage went back in front with two runs in the top of the seventh but that did not last, as Battle Mountain had one last rally in them.

Trailing 6-5 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Liam Bundrock won the game with a two-RBI base hit to give the Longhorns the victory.

Vasquez, Liam Bundrock and Asher Bundrock each had two hits to pace Battle Mountain. Javier Tovar, Jimenez, Del Rio and Perrone had one hit apiece.

Jimenez started for the Longhorns and received and-decision in three innings of work. He allowed four runs on four hits and struck out six, while walking two. Vasquez threw the final four innings to get the victory. 

He gave up two runs on four hits. The junior struck out five and walked four.

The Longhorns return home on Friday, April 1, with a single game against Incline at 4 p.m. The two teams play a doubleheader on Saturday, April 2, at 11 a.m.