By Greg Perkins –
Though they needed to win a game on the road against Mogollon in Heber to force a tie at the end of the regular season, the Joseph City Wildcats came up two runs short. Even so, they were still slated to host a first round regional tournament game on Tuesday.
“We hit the ball well throughout the game, but none of the hits either really did much damage, or we hit line drives right to them. In the seventh we were able to put something together, but we ended up two runs short,” said Coach Eric Miller.
The teams scored a run each in the first, but in the second the Mustangs opened up a good lead with four runs. The Cats were able to cut that lead in half with a pair of third inning runs, only to see Mogollon regain a six-run lead with two runs each in the fourth and fifth frame. Joseph City added one in the sixth and scored three in the seventh, but came up short in the 9-7 loss.
Remington Baldwin went three for four with a double and scored a run. Dallas Elmer was two for three with a walk, an RBI and scored twice. Brannick Carlisle went two for four with a double, an RBI and scored twice. Robert Larsen was three for four with a double, an RBI and scored twice. Cody Davis went one for three and drew one walk.
Joseph City 102 001 3 7
Mogollon 140 220 x 9
The Cat’s game with Northland Prep, which was scheduled on Friday, was canceled.
After hosting a lower seed on Tuesday, with an expected win, the Wildcats will play in the regional tournament final four at Ash Fork on Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30, to determine seeding for the state tournament, which begins next week. The Wildcats wrapped up the regular season with a 15-4 record. They were 4-2 in the region, with both losses coming at the hands of Mogollon.