By Greg Perkins
The Lady Wildcats haven’t had the type of season they were hoping for when it began, but if they can pick up wins in the final week of the season they could still earn a state tournament bid, although they would be seeded very low in the bracket. Joseph City has just four power point victories this year, and last week picked up two of them with big wins over Northland Prep, sweeping both games of a doubleheader.
Joseph City took control early in the first game, grabbing a 13-1 lead through two innings, and went on to win 17-8 with several players getting multiple hits at the plate.
Brandi Cline went two for five, including a pair of home runs, and scored four times. Chalet Baldwin was two for four with an RBI and scored twice. Savannah Baer was three for five with two doubles, three RBIs and scored three runs. Searra Hansen went three for five with a triple, collected six RBIs and scored three runs. Sierra Johnstun went two for five with a double and scored three runs. Krista Edwards went four for five with a double and scored once. Taylor Hill went two for five with a triple and scored twice.
The Wildcats dominated the second game, collecting 30 hits in a 33-7 win. Joseph City pounded the ball, with 16 of those 30 hits going for extra bases. In total they had one home run by Johnstun, nine doubles and six triples. Although several players had big hits, Johnstun hit for the cycle with a home run, a triple, a double and a single. She finished with seven RBIs and scored a total of five times.
While the Cats had their fun against a lesser Northland team, they found themselves on the other side of the game when Winslow visited on Thursday. The highly ranked Lady Bulldogs turned the tables on the them, defeating Joseph City 35-6 in just five innings. Winslow started slowly with two first inning runs, but in the second, 11 runs put the game out of reach.
Cline went two for three with a triple and scored once. Baer was one for three with a home run and scored three times. Hansen went one for three and scored. Johnstun went one for three with two RBIs and scored once. Sadie Tuckfield went one for two, and Taylor Hill was zero for three, but walked and scored once.
After playing at Mogollon on Monday, then hosting the Mustangs on Tuesday, the Wildcats will wrap up the regular season with a doubleheader today (April 24) at Valley Sanders.
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By Greg Perkins