YERMO • The Silver Valley softball team managed to at least sort of continue its history-making streak on Tuesday.

It just wasn't what the Trojans were looking for.

Silver Valley battled Boron to a 3-2 loss at Silver Valley High School on Tuesday.

Although the Trojans had several opportunities to go ahead late, Silver Valley coach Kevin Mintun said he couldn't remember a time when Silver Valley was competitive in a game against Boron. The Bobcats swept the series last season winning 6-2 and 5-2.

"I'm proud of my team," Mintun said. "It tells me that defensively we are right where we want to be. We play this game again, and we can beat everyone in our league.

"Up until we lost, I thought we were in perfect position. We had them where we wanted them. The planets were aligned, but it just didn't happen."

Silver Valley was coming off an 11-3 win against Desert Christian. It was Mintun's first victory against Knights in five years of coaching the Trojans.

Both teams locked into a defensive battle early on. Boron finally erased the 0-0 tie with a run in the fourth and added on to that when McKenna Evans slammed a two-run home run into center field.

"I was like, 'Please don't go over the fence,'" Silver Valley outfielder Stephanie Mesa said. "And it just went."

Even after the home run gave Boron a 3-0 lead, the Trojans had their chances to tie or move ahead in the final two innings.

Silver Valley bounced back in the sixth inning with two runs. They still had two runners on base with just one out after the two runnners scored. However, Boron quickly ended the inning and held off the Trojans.

The Trojans had two runners on and in scoring position with two outs in the final inning. Alex Hendley struckout looking to end the game. Mintun said he thought the final strike was a little low.

"(Hendley's) been crushing the ball and she's got a great eye," Mintun said. "If she's not swinging, I'm going to say it was a questionable call. I'm going with my kid all the time."

Silver Valley pitcher Deanna Armstrong finished the game with 11 strikeouts. Her counterpart, Evans, gave the Trojans problems throughout the day.

"She was fast and she was inside too so you have to be there as soon as (the ball) comes," Mesa said.
"That's a quality pitcher," Mintun said. "She's been giving us fits for four years."

Boron                  000 102 0 — 3 6 0
Silver Valley        000 002 0 — 2 4 0

Evans and Smith; Armstrong and Alan. Castro. WP — Evans. LP — Armstrong. 3B — Palmquist (B), S. Fieste. HR — Evans.

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