LAUGHLIN – The Wells baseball season got off to a slow start in a 12-0 loss Friday during the Cougar Classic to tournament host Laughlin, but things immediately looked up for the Leopards in the second contest of the year.
Enrique Aguilar took the mound in Wells’ second game Friday against Liberty Baptist Academy, the junior throwing a no-hitter in an 11-0 victory.
Wells followed with a 14-5 victory Saturday against Round Mountain for consecutive wins, closing the tournament with a 6-5 loss to White Pine and a 2-2 record for the tourney.
The Leopards gave up five runs in the top of the second inning and seven in the top of the fourth, falling 12-0.
Wells finished the game with just one hit, coming off the bat of senior Oscar Casas for a single.
Versus Liberty Baptist
After posting no offense in the season opener, Wells hung seven runs on the board in the top of the first inning.
Freshman Jadon Anderson scored the Leopards’ first run of the year on a wild pitch, senior Corbin Madison adding a run in the same fashion.
Wells’ third run also came on a wild pitch on a dropped third strike, senior Juan Berumen rolling to the plate.
The first run of the season on an actual hit was provided by junior Brett Rodriguez on a fly ball to center field, driving in senior Levi Talbert for a 4-0 lead.
Casas tripled to center field and scored Rodriguez and sophomore Jared Martinez for a 6-0 advantage, and Casas capped the frame with Wells’ fourth run from a wild pitch.
Aguilar struck out the side in the bottom of the second and notched his fourth K of the contest, and the Leopards took an 8-0 lead in the top of the third on another wild pitch – allowing senior Luke Escamilla a free run to the dish.
In the top of the fourth, Casas scored on a dropped third strike when the play was made at first base.
Aguilar gave the Leopards a 10-0 lead on an RBI single by Madison, who scored on an RBI double by Berumen.
The game did not go into the bottom half, and Wells picked up its first win of the season by a final score of 11-0.
Aguilar picked up a no-hitter, despite allowing three walks and hitting a batter in three innings of work – finishing with five strikeouts.
Wells scored six of its 11 runs off wild pitches or dropped third strikes, the Leopards finishing with five hits in the game.
Casas led the Leopards with two RBIs – each coming on his triple – tying for the team high with two runs scored.
Berumen provided Wells’ other extra-base hit with a double, and Madison tied Casas for the team lead with two runs.
Versus Round Mountain
The Leopards took a 5-0 lead in the top of the first inning Saturday against Round Mountain.
Wells’ first run was scored by Aguilar after an error at second base on a groundball by Madison – followed by a double from Berumen – and the Leopards went up 2-0 on an RBI single by Escamilla that scored Madison.
An error at shortstop on a line drive by Talbert allowed Berumen to roll home for a 3-0 lead, and Escamilla went back to the drawing board and scored on a wild pitch.
Talbert scored on a bases-loaded walk – drawn by Aguilar – and Wells went up 5-0.
Round Mountain pulled to within three on a two-run error at second base in the bottom of the first.
A groundout RBI by Escamilla drove in Madison, and Wells took a 7-2 lead in the top of the second on an RBI single by Casas that scored Berumen.
The Knights cut the lead to two with an RBI single and a two-RBI base knock in the bottom of the frame, but Round Mountain would not score again.
The Leopards essentially put the game on ice in the top of the third, scoring six runs.
Martinez led with off with a single, scoring on a triple by Aguilar – who crossed on a wild pitch.
Anderson hit a single and scored after an error at shortstop, and Madison was driven in by a double to left field by Talbert.
Casas added another two-bagger on the following at-bat, scoring Berumen and Talbert for a 13-5 lead.
Aguilar stole home for Wells’ final run in the top of the fourth inning, Wells rolling to a 14-5 victory.
Berumen, Aguilar and Madison each scored three runs for the Leopards – Madison and Aguilar closing with two RBIs – Aguilar hitting 3-for-3 with a triple.
Casas notched multiple hits in a 2-for-2 effort from the dish, driving in a game-high three runs.
Berumen allowed five runs (three earned) on two hits in 2-2/3 innings, striking out four batters and giving up four walks.
In relief, Casas picked up the save with a scoreless and hitless outing in 1-1/3 innings – closing with three strikeouts and two walks.
Versus White Pine
The Leopards saw a five-run comeback come up a run short, allowing a walk-off single against White Pine in the bottom of the fourth inning – falling 6-5.
The Bobcats took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, gaining a two-run double by sophomore Zac Chamberlain that scored sophomores Jayden Brewer and Caleb Britton.
White Pine took a 3-0 lead as senior Tyler Whipple scored on a wild pitch.
In the bottom of the third, Britton scored on a wild pitch and Whipple gave the Bobcats a 5-0 lead on an RBI groundout by junior Kegan Hexem.
Wells fought back in the top of the fourth, Escamilla thumping a leadoff triple and scoring on a dropped third strike.
Casas was hit by a pitch and Wells drew consecutive walks – Casas scoring on a wild pitch.
Aguilar was hit by a pitch, Anderson walked and Rodriguez scored on a passed ball – pulling the Leopards to within two at 5-3.
The game was tied on a two-RBI single by Madison – driving in Martinez and Aguilar – but the Leopards ran into an out at third base.
Wells made another baserunning miscue and was picked off at first base, ending the threat – the back-to-back errors on the paths looming huge in the outcome.
Sophomore Rulan Crew led off the bottom of the fourth with a single before Wells recorded an out on a grounder – Craw taking second on the play.
Brewer singled to center field – driving in Craw for the game-winner – the Bobcats walking off on the Leopards for a 6-5 victory.
The Leopards came up with just three hits for the game – one each by Madison, Anderson and Escamilla – Escamilla’s triple serving as the team’s only extra-base knock, Madison leading Wells with two runs driven in from his two-RBI single.
Chamberlain topped White Pine’s roster with two RBIs, both runs crossing on his double.
Britton and Whipple scored two runs apiece for the Bobcats, but Craw’s run in the fourth inning was the difference maker.
The Leopards will play Eureka at 3 p.m. Friday, following with a 6 p.m. pitch against tournament host Pahranagat Valley in Alamo.