YERMO • For Kevin Mintun there are still plenty of goals to strive for the rest of the season.

But make no mistake, Thursday's win against Desert Christian knocked one huge goal off Mintun's career list.

The Silver Valley softball team beat the Knights for the first time in Mintun's five years as coach with an 11-3 win.

"This is a real accomplishment for Silver Valley to beat these guys," Mintun said. "This is my fifth year, and I've never beat them. One time we came close and other than that they smoked us."

The Trojans (9-4; 4-0 Desert Mountain League) nearly knocked off Desert Christian last season. They held a late lead by ended up falling 10-9.

Thursday's win didn't seem so possible on Monday when the Trojans returned to practice after a week-long spring break. Howeverm the team got better as the week went on, Mintun said.

"I didn't even know we were going to do this good because we just had spring break and we didn't do any batting practice," Senior Shannon Fieste said.

The win also gave Silver Valley its first 4-0 record in the DML in Mintun's tenure. With Desert Christian knocked off, Mintun said the Trojans next set of goals revolve around the postseason.

"We've still got lofty goals," Mintun said. "These kids, we want to go deep in the playoffs. We aren't satisfied. This year we made a goal to go past the first round of the playoffs."

The Trojans schedule is still filled with plenty of challenges in the last month of the season. They will still have to face both Lone Pine (2-0) and Boron (2-1 DML) twice. Boron, another team Mintun has never beaten, travels to Silver Valley on April 21.


The Trojans never trailed but got their biggest boost in the fifth inning. The Trojans entered the inning up 6-3 but blew the game open with a five-run inning in which Fieste hit an inside-the-park home run. Fieste's hit went down the first-base line, giving her more than enough time to make it to home.


"I thought I was going to get stopped at third and I saw Kevin saying, 'Go. Come on. Run.' " said Fieste of the home run. Shannon went 3-for-4 while her twin sister April was 2-for-3 with three runs scored.

The Knights out hit Silver Valley 11-8 but weren't able to score more than one run in any inning. Silver Valley pitcher Deanna Armstrong pitched a complete game for the Trojans.

Desert Ch.        110 100 0 — 3 11 0
Silver Valley      220 250 X — 11 8 1

Redding, Sutherland (3) and Bradley; Armstrong and Alah. Castro. WP — Armstrong. LP — Redding. 3B — A. Fieste. HR — S. Fieste.

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