BRAWLEY – The Brawley Wildcat baseball squad opened up league play Friday night, hosting the Southwest Eagles in an early season match-up between two of IVL’s favorite squads. Although it looked to be a shootout at first, pitching for both teams calmed the early hitting, settling the game into defensive display for both teams.
In the top of the first inning the Eagles looked ready to pounce on their Wildcat prey as they found themselves in a favorable position with runners in scoring position and one out, but Wildcat starting pitcher, Blake Zeleny, found a groove, pitching his way out of the jam and then through five shutout innings en route to the Wildcat, 3-0, victory.
In the bottom of the first inning, the Wildcats struck backÂ as Dylan Reina provided the RBI hit to give the Wildcats the 1-0 early lead.
The Wildcats pulled away in the fourth inning, bringing home two runs and adding to their lead as Julio Velasquez took over pitching the final two innings in relief, protecting the shutout victory and earning the save.
“Tonight we came out and played a good game against a good ball club,” said Brawley head coach Pedro Carranza of the Wildcat IVL home win.Â “Today the boys had a little bit of extra motivation, because we had been playing so poorly. We got great tempo on the mound and we got some quality at bats that really helped us in the long run.”
Up next, the Wildcats will be hosting Palo Verde, Tuesday night, April 12, with an IVL showdown scheduled for a 6:30 start.
Palo Verde Valley comes into the contest 1-0 in league play with a 4-3 road victory over Central High last Tuesday night.
Southwest falls to 1-1 in league play and will look to rebound from Thursday’s loss as they will host the Imperial High Tigers on Tuesday night. The Tigers are 1-0 in IVL league play this year.[envira-gallery id=”75449″]