Pershing County baseball scored its first win of the season on Saturday (6-5). It was the last of a 3-game series against the Silver Stage Nighthawks.
The week started on Tuesday with a 12-2 loss in Silver Springs. On Saturday, the Mustangs and Nighthawks played for a Lovelock crowd. The Mustangs lost the first game 16-1.
“We missed a few critical plays that would have kept the game close,” said coach Jared Jensen.
However, Pershing County capitalized on Nighthawk errors to win the third game of the series.
Not only did the Mustangs win. They broke a record by holding the opposing team to five runs or less for the first time since 2019.
Lovelock was down 5-4 when Conner Fecht scored on a passed ball. The Nighthawk catcher missed the pitcher when throwing back. Aaron Kienbaum took advantage of the mistake to score the winning run for the Mustangs. Izayuh Mcglothin caught the final fly ball in left to end the game.
Travis Donaldson pitched five innings, giving up only two earned runs. Kienbaum recorded the win pitching two scoreless innings.
Blake Burrows and Donaldson each had three hits. Tyler Miller had two. Kienbaum and Mcglothin each had one.
“Brian Flores has outstanding hands and plays a really good third base,” said Jensen. Fans noted that the freshman made several remarkable stops.
“The team made plays when plays needed to be made,” said Jensen. “It was nice to see our kids come together and fight to get a much-needed win. It’s a win we can build off of as we keep growing this season.”
This weekend the Mustangs host the West Wendover Wolverines. The first game of the tripleheader is Friday, at 4 p.m. Saturday’s games are at 10 a.m. and noon.