By Greg Perkins
Playing the Mogollon Mustangs last Thursday in Heber, the Wildcats of Joseph City made it a clean sweep over their rivals this season with a 21-6 victory. The Cats have won just two games this year, but both have come against the Mustangs. Their luck ran out the following day when the visiting St. Johns Redskins defeated them 11-5.
Mogollon took the early lead in the Thursday game with a second inning run. The Cats fought back to take the lead with three runs in the third. In the top of the fourth Joseph City blew the game open, scoring 10 runs. The Cats backed that up with eight more runs in the fifth inning to win the mercy rule shortened game.
KJ Kinlicheenie went 2 for 2 and scored once. Bryndon Buckley was 3 for 3 with three RBIs and scored three runs. Dylan Romero went 3 for 4 with an RBI and scored once. Kolton McCormick went 1 for 2 with two RBIs and scored three runs. Ben Spurlock was 1 for 1 with an RBI. Tristan Richard went 1 for 3 with an RBI and scored twice. Sam Johnston was 1 for 4 with three RBIs and scored twice. Cameron Baldwin went 1 for 1 with two RBIs and scored three runs. Jack Wilbanks was 1 for 2 with an RBI. Troy Poudrier went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and scored three runs. Jesse Hulsey, Carlos Sanchez and Kaden Moss scored a run each.
Johnstun and Wilbanks combined to pitch five innings. Together they gave up six runs on seven hits with three walks and seven strikeouts.
The Cats led 3-1 after the first inning of Friday’s contest, but gave up the lead for good in the fourth. St Johns scored five runs over the final three innings to secure the 11-5 win.
At the plate, Buckley went 2 for 3 and scored once. Romero was 1 for 3, scoring once. Richard went 2 for 3 with an RBI. Johnstun was 1 for 4, scoring once. Rance Haddox went 3 for 4 with two RBIs. Wilbanks was 1 for 2. Moss scored two runs.
Buckley worked the mound all seven innings, giving up 11 runs on 14 hits with two walks and 15 strikeouts.
With the split the Wildcats move to 2-6 on the season and 2-3 in power point contests. After playing at Seligman on Tuesday, they will host Ash Fork on Saturday, April 2, and travel to Rock Point on Tuesday, April 5.
By Greg Perkins