Kyler Sudweeks went perfect at the plate to help VV get 15 hits as a team against Dayton in the first round of the State Playoffs. (Photo: YoshiYama, from an earlier game in the season on May 13, 2022)
Fernley High School, Fernley, NV-
Due to the NIAA mercy rule, the Bulldogs won after 4 innings 17-2, when the game was called early. The Bulldogs killed it at the plate, smacking 15 hits as a team with the majority of the team getting at least one hit. The first-round game was played against the #2 seed from the Northern Region of Dayton Dust Devils on Thursday, May 19th. Then they slaughtered Moapa Valley, 12-2, in the semifinals of the State Playoffs on Friday, May 20th to secure a spot in the NIAA 3A State Championship to be played Saturday.
The matchups were played at Fernley High School, located at 1300 US-95 ALT in Fernley, Nevada, and the first one started at 4:00 pm PST after Moapa Valley (#2 Southern seed) beat Truckee (#1 Northern see) in a high scoring affair 13-10, Thursday.
Stratton Waite only allowed 4 hits and 1 run on the mound. Waite also recorded 2 K. Martin Jordan blew through the Dust Devils as he pitched the last inning and recorded 3 straight outs.
The Bulldogs recorded 7 runs in the 1st inning, 5 runs in the second, 2 in the third, and then finished the pulverizing with 3 in the fourth inning.
The win set up an all-Southern Nevada matchup against rival Moapa Valley in the semifinals where Virgin Valley sunk the Pirates in a full brutal assault on Friday, 12-2.
The sixth time was not the charm for the Pirates as the Bulldogs dug their paws in and did not give any ground, keeping their 16-win game streak secure.
Bryce Intagliata threw a 5 inning complete game, only giving up 3 hits while striking out 6 Pirate batters.
Meanwhile, the offense rolled again with Drake Wakefiled going perfect from the plate 3 out of 3 with an RBI. Kyler Sudweeks also had another outstanding game with 2 out of 3 with 2 RBIs. Jared Jensen and Kurt Felix were both 2 out of 3 at the plate, with Jensen knocking in 4 RBIs and Felix adding 1 RBI.
The big win moved them into the Championship game for the NIAA 3A Nevada State Championship with no losses for the double-elimination tournament. The game will be Saturday, May 21st at 10:00 am.
The loss for the Pirates pushed them into an immediately played game Friday against Truckee who beat Dayton 13-1 earlier in the day. This set up for a worn-out Pirate team to take on a more rested Truckee Wolverines, who this time around got the best of the Pirates with a score of 8-4.
The NIAA 3A Championship now comes down to a battle of the #1s, as the #1 from the North, Truckee, will battle against the #1 of the South, Virgin Valley. Virgin Valley only has to win once to claim the title of Nevada Champs while Truckee has to beat the Bulldogs in two straight games to win the title.
The Truckee Wolverines are a “Cinderella” team so far at the end of the season. They entered the Northern Regional Playoff Tournament as a #4 seed, beating the #5 seed North Valleys, 17-10, and then catching the heavily favored #1 seed in the North, South Tahoe by surprise and beating them 7-3. Where they then surprised the #2 seed Fernley 6-3 and then beat Dayton 16-1 to be the Northern Region Champs.
Truckee is 25-8 for the season and has been on a tremendous run since April 29th, with a record of 13-1, outscoring their opponents 159 to 40.
Virgin Valley in meantime is 25-5 for the season and has been also on a tremendous run since losing to Clark on March 30th, 11-8, winning 16 in a row and outscoring their opponents 182-47.
“We are excited about the opportunity to play in the State Championship against Truckee,” said VVHS Head Coach Dan Wright. “They have a good baseball team and I am expecting a hard-fought game.”
We will release an article on the results of the Championship game as soon as we hear from our sources up north in Fernley, Nevada on Saturday. For more information on state tournament play, visit www.niaa.com.