BRAWLEY – Still high from their win against Spring Valley, the Brawley Junior Little League All Star team triumphed against Rancho Jamul narrowly beating them 7-5.
This game of cat and mouse began with a strike out by Ethan Torres and two plays by second baseman, Casey Kline.
A steal to home base by Isaac Rios in the bottom of the First gave Brawley an early lead 1-0.
Great fielding by Brandon Gammill who caught a runner attempting to advance to second base, a pop fly caught by George Mickle and a runner caught stealing home by Robert Brodell, kept Rancho Jamul from tying the score.
A line drive by Casey Kline brought in base runner, Brandon Gammill, and a stolen home base by Brandon Lopez, and Kline advancing home ran the score up 4-0 in the Second.
Rancho Jamul answered back with two runs of their own in the top of the Third making the score 4-2. Â Â Jacob Sapp hit a line drive to left field bringing George Mickle in, creeping the score up 5-2.
Rancho Jamul turned up the heat and scored three runs to tie the game 5-5.Â Manager, Ralph Lopez, gave the boys a pep talk that appeared to bring the boysâ€™ spirits back up because in the bottom of the Sixth, hits by George Mickle and Jacob Sapp brought in two runners ending their at bat 7-5.
Great defensive plays by closing pitcher, Dylan Reina, closed the game out with Brawley on top.Â â€œI think I did good on the moundâ€ Reina said in an interview, â€œbut I also had good defense behind me.Â We came through in the Sixth to get the lead and thatâ€™s all I needed to finish the game.Â Weâ€™re ready and will be waiting for Tuesday because we worked hard to get thereâ€.
Brawley is scheduled to play again on Tuesday at 6:30 in Santee against a team to be determined.