Mar 262014

By Greg Perkins
The Wildcats of Joseph City have hit a lull in their schedule after dropping eight games in a row. Five of those eight were in the Route 66 Classic and don’t count in the season power point standings, but their past three regular season losses did count. Two of those three losses came to rival Mogollon, including last Tuesday’s 11-6 loss.
Playing in Heber, the Cats fell behind by two runs in the first and trailed 6-1 after four innings. In the top of the sixth things looked up as Joseph City pushed across five runs to tie the game. Wildcat fans’ excitement was short lived, though, as Mogollon countered with five runs in the bottom of the frame. Neither team scored in the seventh, leaving Joseph City on the wrong side of an 11-6 final.
Bryndon Buckley pitched well for Joseph City. He faced 32 Mustang batters and gave up 11 runs, only five earned, on 14 hits with three walks and 10 strikeouts.
At the plate, Kadin Crosby went 1 for 3 with an RBI. Buckley helped his cause by going 2 for 4 with an RBI and scoring a run. Cody Davis was 2 for 4 with a triple, an RBI and scored a run. Tracy Poudrier went 0 for 1, but drew three walks, stole two bases and scored once. Sam Johnstun went 1 for 2 with a walk and an RBI. Adam Smith was 0-2, but walked and scored. Jack Wilbanks went 1 for 4 with a stolen base and an RBI. Wyatt Johnson was 2 for 4 with a triple and scored a run. Robert Downs also scored a run.
Thursday’s home game with St. Johns didn’t go well. The Cats gave up four extra base hits including a home run in the 10-7 loss.
Currently, the Wildcats are 4-9 on the season. They will be off until Tuesday, April 1, when they play Northland Prep in Flagstaff. Two days later they will travel to Red Mesa for a doubleheader.