The top seed in the Northern 2A Regional tournament was set a couple weeks, ago. However, the Battle Mountain High School baseball team had plenty to play for the final three games of the regular season.
The Longhorns had a chance at a No. 2 seed with help or could have dropped to the No. 4 seed with losses to West Wendover.
Battle Mountain came through with a series sweep at West Wendover last week, winning 6-4 on Thursday and 3-1 and 22-15 on Friday. The Longhorns ended the regular season at 11-6 in the Northern 2A.
Battle Mountain 6, West Wendover 4
Battle Mountain struck for three runs in the opening inning of Thursday’s opener and made that lead stick. Marcos Jimenez allowed just one run through six innings, before West Wendover made it interesting in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Trailing 6-1, the Wolverines scored three runs in the seventh inning to close the gap to 6-4 but got no closer.
Jimenez still got the win, as he allowed four runs (none earned) on three hits. He struck out nine and walked four. Jr. Vasquez got the final, despite three walks.
Jimenez, Anthony Del Rio and Asher Bundrock each had two hits. Vasquez, Sage Holte had one hit apiece.
Battle Mountain 3, West Wendover 1
It took Battle Mountain most of the game to get its offense going in the opener on Friday. West Wendover led 1-0 after a run in the third inning but did not score again.
After being shut out for four innings, Battle Mountain plated three runs in the fifth inning and made that two-run advantage hold the rest of the way.
Jake Perrone, Wiatt Kelley and Del Rio each had two hits.
Del Rio started and threw 6.2 inning to get the victory. He allowed one run on two hits. The senior struck out 13 and walked four. Jimenez got the final out.
Battle Mountain 22, West Wendover 15
Nothing like saving the best for last. Battle Mountain plated 13 runs in the series finale to overcome a 14-9 deficit and win 22-15. A loss to the Wolverines would have dropped the Longhorns to fourth in the league standings.
West Wendover led 14-5 after five innings of play, when the Longhorns scored four runs in the sixth and the 13 runs in the seventh.
The Longhorns pounded out 25 hits, with Vasquez and Perrone each picking up four. Holte and Bundrock each had three hits and Liam Bundrock, Jimenez, Del Rio and Hunter Anderson had two hits apiece.
Battle Mountain used a combination of four pitcher on Perrone, Jimenez, Holte and Vasquez.
Battle Mountain is back in West Wendover this weekend for the Northern 2A Regional Championships. Yerington and West Wendover start Friday’s action at 10 a.m. North Tahoe takes on Battle Mountain at 12:30 p.m.
The winner’s losers play 20 minutes after the Battle Mountain/North Tahoe match-up. The winner’s bracket game will be played after the loser’s bracket game is finished.
An elimination game gets Saturday going at 10 a.m. and the championship is set for 12:30 p.m.