By Greg Perkins
The Joseph City Wildcats dropped two games to Mogollon to begin last week, then wrapped up their regular season with a 27-0 victory at Seligman on Wednesday. That final win put the Cats into the state playoffs as the No. 22 seed. They were slated faced No. 11 Northland Prep in a first round matchup Tuesday evening at the Goodyear Baseball Complex. The Wildcats lost both previous meetings to Northland Prep this season. If the Cats get past the opening round, they will face No. 6 Ray at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 3. With a win, their quarterfinal game would begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 4.
Monday’s game with the Mustangs saw Mogollon open the game up early, scoring eight of their nine runs in the first two innings. From that point Joseph City held them to one run, but the damage had been done. The Cats scored just once in the second, added another in the fourth and scored twice in the fifth.
At the plate, Colton Spurlock went one for three. Hayden Hendricks was zero for three, but had two RBIs on a fielder’s choice. Cody Davis went three for four with two doubles and scored a run. Robert Larsen went zero for one, but walked three times and scored once. Wyatt Johnson went one for four with a double. Robert Downs was one for two, walked once had two RBIs and scored twice.
Larsen worked the mound just one inning, facing four batters. He gave up four runs, only one earned, on one hit with two walks. Spurlock worked six innings, facing 27 batters. He gave up five runs, only two earned, on five hits with six strikeouts and two walks.
Facing Mogollon again on Tuesday, Joseph City again fell behind early, trailing 10-3 after three innings. The Cats tried to rally in the seventh with four runs, but still came up short to lose for the second day in a row to Mogollon, this time by a final of 11-8.
Hayden Hendricks went zero for three, but walked and scored. TJ Hendricks was three for four with two doubles and scored twice. Davis went one for four with an RBI and scored a run. Larsen went one for four with an RBI. Kadin Crosby was zero for one, but drew three walks and scored once. Jack Wilbanks went one for five, scoring twice. Larsen went one for three and scored once.
The Cats used three pitchers in the loss. Spurlock worked 22/3 innings, facing 21 batters. He gave up 10 runs, only three earned, on eight hits with four strikeouts and a walk. Johnson pitched 31/3 innings against 15 batters. He allowed one earned run on two hits with four strikeouts and two walks. Davis pitched one inning with one strikeout and one walk.
By Greg Perkins