Imperial failed to land a runner on base in the bottom of the inning and came up empty.
In the third, Brandon Burnett scored on an RBI and Matt Smith, who found his way on base by a walk, scored on a Hastings balk that put Brawley up 6-2.
Cochran answered for the Tigers in the bottom of the inning with a base hit, and Calvin Williams had a single as well.
But the Brawley defense got the final two outs of the inning on a double play and no one scored for the Tigers.
The fourth inning saw two more Wildcat runs, the first when Santana opened up with a home run.
Williams was then hit by a pitch and Andy Buckner landed on base with a single.
Williams was called out at home, but Sergio Romo hit a shot that scored Buckner for an 8-2 lead.
When the next batter walked, it was determined that Hastings would finish the game at third base and Aaron Hartsock came in to relieve.
Aguirre flew out against Hartsock to end the top of the inning, but the Tigers went three up and three out to trail by the same margin going into the fifth.
The Tigers grabbed their final run in the fifth when Art Garcia had a base hit, stole second on a wild pitch, went to third on a balk and was sent home by an RBI single hit by Stewart Harvey.
Hastings flew out for the final out with the Tigers trailing 8-3.
The Wildcats would finish the scoring for the evening in the final inning when Santana found his way home with a Brandon Burnett RBI single.
Wildcat coach Pedro Carranza said that his team played well enough to win but needs to play better to go far.
"We can't lose any more," Carranza said. "We're with our backs against the wall if we want to have a part of the league title," he added.
"It was a big win for us," Carranza explained. "We're trying to catch Calexico, but we're trying to take in one game at a time."
To prepare for the Brawley schedule that doesn't get any easier, Carranza said his team needs to play well together and work as a team.
The Tigers will close out the season on Tuesday in Blythe against Palo Verde at 4:15 p.m. and Brawley will next meet rival Central Union High Tuesday in El Centro at 3:15 p.m.
Central 16, Holtville 7
HOLTVILLE — The Central Union High baseball team scored 16 runs on 18 hits to get past Holtville 16-7 in Imperial Valley League action here Friday.
Leading the Central offense were Ruben Guzman, going 2-for-5 with six RBIs, and Jose Ibarra, finishing 4-for-5 with three RBIs. Victor Cesena was 3-for-4 and Humberto Cardenas went 2-for-3 with a double and a triple.
Picking up the win for the Spartans (6-4 IVL) was Danny Vasquez pitching three and two-thirds innings in relief.
Holtville (0-11 IVL) will play at Palo Verde at 4:15 p.m. Thursday.
Southwest 4, Palo Verde 2
The Southwest High School baseball team improved to 7-3 in the Imperial Valley League with a 4-2 win over Palo Verde in El Centro on Friday.
Leading Southwest was Eric Flores, who pitched a complete game, striking out five and giving up no earned runs. Flores was also 2-for-3 from the plate with a run and two doubles.
Ricky Lopez had two RBIs for the Eagles and Mario Gastelum pitched in two hits with a double.
Southwest plays at Calexico at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday.
Julian 10, Calipatria 0
JULIAN — The Calipatria High baseball team was shut out 10-0 by Julian High in Citrus League action here Friday.
Calipatria will host Midway Baptist at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.