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Burnett shuts down Holtville

May 01, 2002|By ERIC GALVAN

Sports Writer

BRAWLEY — After playing two sub-par games last week, the Brawley Union High baseball team put together one of its most solid outings in recent weeks as it downed Holtville 6-2 in Imperial Valley League action here Tuesday.

The second-place Wildcats didn't overwhelm the visitors. Instead, all they did was play fundamentally sound defense behind starting pitcher Brandon Burnett and came through with clutch hits in key situations.

"My guys helped me out jumping out to lead, putting some runs on the board. And I feel a lot more relaxed pitching when I have a lead," said Burnett, who picked up the win, throwing seven innings, giving up five hits and striking out four. "And we had a couple of guys really pick it up today.

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"Lately we haven't been playing up to our expectations and we were disappointing a lot of people. We were disappointed with ourselves. So it was good to get a victory like this," said Burnett. "Hopefully this is the start of a productive end of the season."

Burnett also was effective at the plate, finishing with two hits, scoring the team's first run in the second inning on a wild pitch and recording an RBI in the bottom of the third.

Burnett's run in the second tied the contest after the Vikings took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second when Billy Huyler scored on a James Hawk single.

Huyler accounted for the Vikings' second run of the game, scoring on a bases loaded walk to Colt Snyder in the fourth.

In that fourth inning Holtville couldn't cut into the lead more as it left three runners on base.

"We had our opportunities to get back into it. There was multiple times where we had runners in scoring position but couldn't get them in," said Viking coach Scott Anderson. "We didn't get the clutch hits that we needed. And that got pretty frustrating."

Brawley was able to convert with runners in scoring position with Joel Aguirre and David Santana scoring in the third, Curtis Smith reaching home in the fourth and Ezequiel Garcia and Javier Calles tacking on two more in the sixth.

"This was a good win for us. We had some guys contribute for us, who haven't contributed as of late," said Wildcat coach Pedro Carranza. "This was a well-played game. There weren't very many errors. It was just a good game."

Holtville (2-6 IVL) hosts Southwest at 4:15 p.m. Friday and Brawley (6-2 IVL) plays at Palo Verde at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Imperial 3, Southwest 0

IMPERIAL — The Imperial High baseball team scored three runs in the third inning in a 3-0 victory over Southwest in Imperial Valley League action here Tuesday.

Erik Ramirez and Kevin Williams both finished with two hits and scored runs for the Tigers (4-4 IVL). Julian Lopez scored the team's other run.

Aaron Hartsock pitched a complete game for Imperial, giving up six hits and striking out nine.

Alex Caldera took the loss for Southwest (2-6 IVL), giving up four hits, striking out four and allowing one earned run.

Joey Clayton led the Eagle offense, going 3-for-3.

Imperial hosts Calexico at 7 p.m. Friday.

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