Brawley beats down Central 9-1 in softball rivalry game

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(#2) Lady Wildcat pitcher Aubrey Ruelas gives up only run win in victory over Central.

BRAWLEY – The Brawley High School Varsity Girls’ Softball team put the bat to the ball Friday night at home in a 9-1 rivalry game landslide over the Central Lady Spartans.

After a pedestrian first inning, the action picked up in the bottom of the second when Daisy Varela stepped up to bat with one on and one away.  A fastball slightly missed its spot and Varela drove in a run on a single to center field to make it 1-0, Lady Wildcats, heading into the top of the third.

Brawley continued to own the infield and solid pitch placement didn’t give Central room to work as the top of the third inning yielded only one hit but no runs, leaving one runner stranded.

In the bottom half of the inning, Giselle Padilla led with a single to center field.  A ground-out and strike-out appeared to cool off the Brawley bats but Savannah Contreras ripped a stand-up triple into left field that knocked in another run.  The two-out rally continued when Taylor Carranza blazed one down the third-base line that scored another run for the Lady Wildcats to close out the third up 3-0.

Not until the bottom of the fifth inning did Brawley find a way to threaten again.  Haylee Garcia led the inning with a double, Elena Rodriguez followed her with a dribbler down first base, and Contreras laced one into left field for another Brawley RBI.  Carranza sank one into center field giving the Lady Wildcats a big 5-0 lead as Rodriguez crossed home plate. 

The damage continued in the fifth as Alyssa Gallardo lifted one into left field that found its’ mark between the Lady Spartan shift and another Wildcat run made it 6-0.  The gash deepened to 7-0 on a Lilliana Martinez single.  Samantha Zendejas bounced a bb to third that brought in Brawley’s 8th run of the contest.  Padilla was the last Wildcat to net an RBI when she singled to the Central shortstop as the fifth inning closed out with a 9-0 Brawley lead.

Jessica Acosta crushed one to the warning track for a double to start off the Spartans last at bat.  Acosta was eventually driven in on a fly-out to left field to give Central their only point of the evening.  Brawley maintained composure after the conceded run to hold on for the 9-1 victory.

The Wildcats remain undefeated in Imperial Valley League play at 5-0 and Central is now 2-4 in conference and seeded fifth.  This week Brawley will travel to Calexico to face the Lady Bulldogs on Tuesday and the Spartans will not play another division game until April 28 against Calexico as well.