Western High School, Las Vegas, NV-

The Bulldogs of the Boys Baseball Team continued their winning streak on Tuesday night, as they traveled to Western High in Las Vegas. In a tightly contested match with a score of 6-4, the Ball Dawgs went to the plate in the top of the seventh inning and went on an offensive strike, crushing the ball and knocking in seven runs to smash another victory onto their winning streak that started before Spring Break, winning 13-4.

Going into the Warriors battleground, the Bulldogs knew it would be a challenge as it was their first game after the week and a half off from competition. The boys started off right where they left off before the vacation break and scored 5 runs within the first two innings.

Bulldogs went bat crazy as they knocked in 7 runs in the 7th inning to seal the win against Western. (Photo: Jason Andrus)

Western fought back in the bottom of the second and the third to close within 2 runs from the Bulldogs. With the score 5-3 in favor of the Green and White, the battle continued with a tug of war in scores as Virgin Valley scored once in the fourth and Western responded with a score in the fifth. And no score for either in the 6th left the game in anyone’s favor as the Bulldogs led 6-4, but then the growl and bark of the Ball Dawgs came out as they went on a hitting spree, burying any hope of the Warriors to win.

The team of the Big Green only saw white as they crossed the white of the home plate, adding seven unanswered runs, securing the victory. The Warriors had one last chance in the bottom of the seventh inning to try and rally back, but the Bulldogs closed down the hitters with great defense and outstanding pitching.

The player of the game was Stratton Waite who found himself at the plate four times and got four hits, including a major crusher for a homerun. Waite also knocked in 3 runs and also pitched 5 innings adding 11 Ks.

Right at his heels for the title of best player was Kurt Felix who had a near-perfect showing at the plate, batting a .750 average, 3 out of 4 a the plate. He also knocked in 4 RBIs off of 2 triples. Felix also pitched 1 inning and had 2 strikeouts.

The Warriors had a good showing from Ben Tapia and Ivan Lopez who both batted .500 for the game on offense, but they saw good play from their pitcher Emmanual Esparza who hit a triple.

The Ball Dawgs extend their winning streak to four and being 5 of 6 in contests since their humiliating loss to Pahrump Valley on March 25th. This sets up now a big matchup against rival Moapa Valley this Thursday. The #2 3A Mountain League Virgin Valley will host the #1 Mountain League Moapa Valley at 3:30 pm PST.

As for Moapa Valley, they are currently 11-6 for the season with a 3-0 league record and beat Eldorado on Tuesday night 14-4. Virgin Valley is 12-5 for the season with a 3-0 league record. Virgin Valley beat Moapa Valley in a non-league tournament game at the beginning of the season 7-0 during the Cactus Classic.

Go support your “on fire” Ball Dawgs as they go for 1st place in the 3A Nevada Southern Mountain League on Thursday at VVHS Baseball Field at 3:30 pm PST.

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