EL CENTRO – The Brawley Wildcats baseball team took to the road for an away game against the Central Spartans Tuesday, and despite the rain and lightning, Brawley game through with a big win.
Brawley began with a big first inning where the Wildcats pulled off a quick rally to take a two run lead. Through the fourth inning, Central fought back with three hits of their own, but with no success bringing runners across the plate.
In the top of the sixth, the Wildcats captured another dramatic inning with a huge rally that helped secure their victory. With bases loaded in the sixth, Brawley’s Cameron Abatti (#20) hit a speedy line drive in the left field gap to bring in two RBIs. Next to the plate was Alex Hernandez (#6) who hit a shallow blooper to left field to give his teammate time to score yet another run.
To close the inning, Cameron Ashurst (#19) hit a line drive to Central’s Derek Denton (#8). Denton chucked the ball to home plate to get the final out of the inning and prevent further damage to the Spartan team.
Central’s at-bat in the bottom of the sixth was fairly quick with one, two, three outs, to bring up Brawley in the top of the seventh for what would be their final at-bat.
The Wildcats continued to show their dominance by getting into another rally with Garret Mamer (#7) slamming a base hit to center field. The streak continued with Dylan Reina (#44) and Roberto Brodell (#8) getting walked to load the bases. To complete the circle, Carson Cooper (#51) hit a hard grounder between short and third base to bring in two RBIs of his own. These last two runs by Cooper brought the score to 7-0.
Central came to the plate in the bottom of the seventh and showed the excited home crowd that they would not go down without a fight. To start the inning, Anthony Duarte (#23) drove the ball clear past the center fielder’s head for a lead off double. As Duarte reached second base, he let go of an exuberant yell to get his team pumped.
Julian Molina (#17) came to the plate and got a base hit off an error to advance Duarte to third. Next to the plate was Peter Torres (#44), who crushed a towering fly ball pass the right fielder for a single of his own and brought in Duarte to get the Spartans on the board.
The biggest hitter of the night for the Spartans, Raymond Ortiz (#2) bunted a single off an error, and gave Molina and Torres time to score to increase their chances against the Wildcats. With bases loaded, pressure was in the air as Spartan Alan Arce (#38) came up to bat with the classic two outs and bases loaded in the last inning. However, Brawley’s pitcher Brodell (#8) used smart baseball to pitch around the big hitter to get the final out of the game to defeat the Spartans with a final score of 7-3.