4/18/2014 6:00:00 AM Cats shutout Jackets in IVL opener
BLYTHE, Calif. — The Brawley Wildcats threw a damper on the Palo Verde High School Yellow Jacket Imperial Valley League opener as they shutout the home team 3-0 at Ken Heater Field Tuesday afternoon.
Randy Peterson Palo Verde Valley Times
BLYTHE, Calif. - The Brawley Wildcats threw a damper on the Palo Verde High School Yellow Jacket Imperial Valley League opener as they shutout the home team 3-0 at Ken Heater Field Tuesday afternoon.
Brawley did all its scoring in the top of the sixth inning as the two squads battled on even terms through the first five frames. The Wildcats parlayed two hits, two walks, and hit batter into three runs to break the scoreless tie.
The Jackets had their best chance to score in the bottom of the sixth when Dylan Johnson got one of his two hits on the afternoon and Sam Taylor opened the inning with an infield single but the Jacket rally went no further and Brawley posted their second IVL win of the campaign.
"They're a good team," said Jacket baseball coach, Brandon Mikkelson.
"They don't make many mistakes and they force you to be on top of your game to beat them."
Wildcat pitching didn't walk a batter as two Brawley hurlers combined for the shutout while Brawley's defense didn't commit an error in the game. The only other Jacket hit came in the fifth inning when Landon Bishoff singled with two out.
Brandon Johnson struck out 10 Wildcat hitters on the day but gave up 10 free passes as he walked eight and hit two batters while allowing just four hits and the three runs.
"We're getting better but we still don't handle the harder throwing pitchers very well," said Mikkelson. "We're putting the ball in play but there's not much power on it."
The Jackets traveled to Temple City to take on the Rams in a double-header last Saturday and came away on the short end of both games as the Rams claimed 1-0 and 7-4 wins.
Temple City's lone run in game one came on a home run in the bottom of the fourth inning as Gage Wright had allowed just two hits prior to the solo shot but it was all the Rams would need for the win.
The Jackets managed only four hits in the contest and no more than one in any particular inning. Wright struck out five and didn't walk a batter in five innings of work.
In the nightcap, the Jackets never led in the 7-4 loss. Trailing 1-0 in the third, the Jackets knotted the contest at 1-1 in the top of the third and were even midway through the fourth at 2-2 when the Rams put a four-spot on the board to take the lead for good.
Brandon Johnson had two doubles and drove in a run in the loss while Evan Berkey, Dylan Johnson, and Sam Taylor each had singles in the contest.
Earlier, the Jackets posted their fifth victory of the season with a 15-3 win on the road in Calipatria.
The Jackets broke a 1-1 tie with a seven-run outburst in the fourth inning and led 15-1 before the Hornets tacked on two runs in their final at bat.
Eight different Jackets hit safely in the contest led by Brandon Johnson's four hits including a triple as the junior pitcher and first baseman drove in six runs.
Anthony Figueroa and Jacob Green each added three hits while Dylan Johnson and Darian Herrera each drove in two runs and Evan Berkey scored three times. Figueroa and Dylan Johnson also scored two times each.
The Jackets resumed IVL play in Imperial last week before taking a two-week hiatus from league action with an appearance in the Lions' Tournament in San Diego week and a double-header in Apple Valley the following week before resuming IVL play in Calexico April 29.