By Greg Perkins
The Wildcats headed into spring break with some momentum after sweeping Hopi in both games of a doubleheader played on Thursday.
Joseph City pretty well dominated the first game, winning it 13-1 in six innings. The Cats collected 11 hits and made just two errors behind a strong pitching performance from Robert Larsen. He worked six innings, facing 21 Bruin batters and giving up just one earned run on two hits with 14 strikeouts and five walks.
At the plate, Colton Spurlock went three for four with a walk, an RBI and scored twice. TJ Hendricks was two for four with three RBIs and scored a run. Mitchel Wouters was zero for one, but walked three times, had one RBI and scored twice. Cody Davis went one for four with a double, an RBI and scored once. Larsen helped himself, going two for three with an RBI and scored two runs. Tyson South was one for three with a walk, a double, two RBIs and scored twice. Jack Wilbanks went one for three with a walk and an RBI. Robert Downs went zero for two, but walked twice and scored once.
The second game was much closer, but Joseph City still prevailed 7-4.
Colton Spurlock went one for four with a double, two RBIs and scored a run. Hendricks was one for four. Wouters went two for four with a double and two RBIs. Davis went one for four, scoring once. Larsen was two for three with two stolen bases, a double and two runs scored. South went zero for three, but walked and scored a run. Adam Smith went one for two and scored a run. Wyatt Johnson was one for four and also scored once.
On the hill, Wouters worked 61/3 innings, facing 27 batters. He gave up four runs, all earned, on nine hits with eight strikeouts and one walk. Larsen worked the final two-thirds of an inning, facing four batters. He allowed no runs with two walks.
With the wins the Wildcats improved to 2-5 in power point games. After the break they will play at Holbrook on Tuesday, April 2, then host Ash Fork in a doubleheader on Thursday, April 4. On Tuesday, April 9, they are slated to travel to Heber to play Mogollon.
By Greg Perkins