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.