BRAWLEY – Clouds of dust, the swinging of bats, and the blur of a neon-yellow softball flying through the air excited the crowd at the Brawley Union High softball field April 28. Fans of both teams gathered to watch as the Southwest Eagles and the Brawley Wildcats took to the diamond to see who the superior team was. In the end, the answer was clear: the Brawley Wildcats took the game, 6-2.
The game started in a match of strong suits, with the first three innings staying scoreless. It was a stalemate, a balance of strengths, until the Eagles pulled ahead in the fourth inning, putting a lone run on the board. This would be the only run for the Eagles in the fourth inning, but they kept the Wildcats off of the board, ending the fourth with a score of 1-0.
At the bottom of the fifth, everything changed; the Wildcats’ bats came to life, and they managed to score a quick four runs before the Eagles got their three outs ending the inning.
In the sixth, the Eagles tried to answer the Wildcats’ surge in momentum, but only managed one more run. The Wildcats rode that momentum to two more runs, bringing the score to 6-2 which, after a scoreless seventh, become the final score.
On Brawley offense, senior Reece Presley led going 2-4 with 2 RBIs. Next was senior Jazmine Jones who went 1-4 with 2 RBIs and following Jones, was H. Rodriguez who was 3-4 with 1 RBI.
For Southwest, it was junior V. Martinez who led in batting, going 1-2 with the team’s only RBI. Following Martinez was senior Celeste Bernal who was 1-2, and following Bernal were Taylor Ross and Mackenzie Fannin who were both 1-3, scoring one run each for the Eagles.