The Bulldog Baseball and Softball Teams pose for a team #1 photo after winning on Wednesday, May 11th after making the Regional Championship and Qualifying for State. (Photo: YoshiYama)

Virgin Valley High School, Mesquite, NV-

The opponents for the awaiting Virgin Valley Baseball and Softball teams were decided today, Thursday, May 12th. The Bulldogs have been waiting to see who they will play in the NIAA 3A Southern Regional Championships for both baseball and softball after both teams won on May 11, 2022, securing a spot in the championships.

The Boys Baseball beat out Moapa Valley 10-2 with an offensive spark from Mason Montoya’s homer while the Girls Softball beat out Boulder City 8-6 in the last inning stand after a dramatic come from behind to win.

The NIAA 3A Southern Regional Playoffs continued today with the Consolation Bracket taking place to decide the other finalists for the championships.

In Baseball, Boulder City and Pahrump Valley started to play at 1:00 pm PST at Moapa Valley High School in Overton, NV. Pahrump came out and scored right away in the first inning to lead 1-0, but the Eagles of Boulder City fought back in the 5th inning scoring 3 to take the lead 3-1. The Trojans added 1 more in the 6th but could not answer offensively in the last inning and saw the Eagles take flight winning 4-2.

Top Offensive performers were for the Eagles Isaac Gibson who hit 1.00 BA, 2 for 2, double, and 1 RBI as well as Brayden Cook who hit a homer to drive in 3 RBIs. Pahrump Valley’s top offensive performer was Henry Amaya who was 1 for 2 driving in one score.

Virgin Valley and Moapa Valley face off again for the NIAA 3A Southern Region Championship on Friday. (Photo: YoshiYama)

The Eagles then had no time to nest, but immediately warmed up to fly over the ship of the home favored Pirates of Moapa Valley in the semi-finals. The Eagles found it hard to fly in Pirate waters as the Pirates scored 6 in the first two innings, leading 6-0. The Eagles found a current to glide in by 2 in the 3rd, but the Pirates took aim and scored 2 more in the 4th.

After 4 innings, the Pirates were up 8-2 when the Eagles did a last flap of wings and scored 5 more in the 5th and 6th innings, coming within 1 score at the beginning of the bottom of the 6th. But alas, they were not able to finish their flight as they fell from the skies as the Pirates added two more and won 10-7.

Top Performers for Moapa Valley are unknown as no stats were reported by the team. For the Eagles, Dylan Spencer went 3 for 3 at the plate with 2 RBIs.

The win by Moapa Valley brings about a rematch of the semifinals game on Wednesday as the Pirates go into the Championship to face the Bulldogs for the fifth time this season with no victories claimed. The Bulldogs have beaten their rival by the scores of 7-0 (3/12), 6-4 (4/21), 1-0 (5/5), and 10-2 (5/11).

NIAA 3A Southern Region Playoffs Tournament (© NIAA, http://www.niaa.com)

Even though the Bulldogs have beaten them every time, the Pirates have made 2 of the games competitive and close. If the Pirates are able to get a streak going at the plate they can be quite dangerous. The key to the game will be the pitching and who will be able to keep the momentum going.

Meanwhile, on the softball side, the Lady Dawgs will be facing Boulder City again.

Boulder City is again at Virgin Valley for the NIAA 3A Southern Region Championship on Friday. (Photo: YoshiYama)

Boulder City won 11-9 over Pahrump Valley in a close matchup. No stats were reported yet for this game. Pahrump Valley beat Moapa Valley earlier on Thursday 6-4 to set up against the Eagles at their home of Boulder City High School. Moapa Valley made it to that round after SLAM Nevada had to forfeit due to an undisclosed illness hitting the team and leaving SLAM without enough players.

NIAA 3A Southern Region Playoffs Tournament (© NIAA, http://www.niaa.com)

The Championship will see the Eagles taking on the Bulldogs again. The Bulldogs have beaten the Eagles two times this season, but both times were unusual for the Bulldogs who have been dominating everyone this year. Both games were slim wins as the Eagles have played the Lady Dawgs both times very strong, losing 4-3 (3/23) and 8-6 (5/11). The last game played was on Wednesday where the Lady Dawgs had to come back from behind late in the game to win. The Lady Dawgs cannot take the Eagles for granted or else the Eagles will fly over them. The key to this game will be who makes fewer errors. Both times, errors played a huge part in the outcome of the games. Whoever plays better on the field will be the decider of the game.

Both Championship Games will be at Virgin Valley High School at 4:00 pm PST. The school is at 820 Valley View Drive. The cost is $12.00 for adults and $5.00 for students. Purchase tickets online at http://www.niaa.com.

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