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Wildcats and Tigers win in first round

March 08, 2001

PALM DESERT — The Brawley Union and Imperial high baseball teams kicked off play in the Desert Classic tournament here Wednesday with first-round wins.

Mitchell Ruiz led the Wildcats to a 4-3 win over La Quinta High going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI.

Matt Smith and Brandon Burnett each finished 1-for-3 with an RBI. Burnett picked up the win for Brawley pitching seven innings allowing six hits and striking out six.

The Tigers shut out Granite Hills 4-0 behind an 11 strikeout performance from Brett Cochran, who also finished 1-for-3 at the plate.

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John Woodard added two RBI and a hit and Brenden Lopez chipped in an RBI for Imperial.

Both teams return to tournament play at 3 today.

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