When the Brawley Union High School baseball team wrapped up second place in the Imperial Valley League last week, it did so with a sophomore- and junior-laden, somewhat inexperienced squad.
What Brawley lacked in experience it made up in heart, desire and determination.
The most valuable player in the team's success in most eyes would be 17-year-old junior David Santana.
Santana finished with a .458 batting average, 28 runs batted in and 21 runs.
He capped his tremendous season with huge performances in Brawley's two final regular season games, against Central Union and Calexico high schools.
In those two IVL games, both Wildcat victories, Santana finished with a combined five hits, six RBIs and four runs.
"Before last week we had all practiced really hard just getting ready for those two games," said Santana, Brawley's center fielder. "We all knew we had a job to do in both those games. Everyone just worked together and that's what helped us get those wins. It really boosts our confidence to end the season with those wins."