There's no denying Brawley Union High pitcher Brandon Burnett is one of the best high school players in the Imperial Valley.
On May 14 against Central Union High, Burnett proved that he is not only one of the best but possibly the best as he out-dueled the Spartans' Leo Ibarra, also considered one of the best local pitchers. Burnett led the Wildcats to a 4-2 Imperial Valley League victory over Central, who entered the game tied for first place with Brawley.
Burnett's five-hit, five-strikeout performance also helped the Wildcats clinch a share of the league title, which it won outright in the team's win over Calexico.
But it was the performance against Central that solidified Burnett's place as the top pitcher in the Valley.
He and Ibarra entered the game undefeated in league, but it was Burnett who ended up with the perfect league record at 5-0.