Holtville High School catcher Nick Pacheco tags out a Brawley Union High base runner at the plate during a nonleague game in Brawley on Saturday, April 10. | CATHI PHILLIPS LARIOS PHOTO

BASEBALL: Wildcats Rally to Take Down Vikings

BRAWLEY — The Holtville High School baseball team built an early lead but failed to close out Brawley Union High and fell to the Wildcats, 5-3, here on Saturday, April 10.

The Vikings (4-3 overall) jumped out to a 3-0 lead after batting in the top of the fourth inning. Holtville opened with a run in the first and added two more in the fourth to build the lead.

The Wildcats (4-3 overall) drew close with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and then put up three in the bottom of the sixth to build their 5-3 advantage. A scoreless top of the seventh finished off the win for Brawley.

Holtville High School’s Rafa Espinoza tags out a Brawley Union High base runner at third base during a nonleague game in Brawley on Saturday, April 10. | CATHI PHILLIPS LARIOS PHOTO

Reynaldo Montiel had a hit, scored a run, and drove in two runs to lead the Wildcats, while Israel Espinoza and Tennessee Carranza also had one RBI apiece. Fernando Noriega got the win for Brawley, pitching three innings in relief without giving up a hit.

For the Vikings, Erik Garcia had a hit and two RBI and Rafa Espinoza had two hits in four at-bats.

Raul Sierra started for Holtville, going the first four innings, allowing two runs on four hits. J.R. Garewal pitched the fifth inning and started the sixth inning, giving up one run on one hit and Arturo Lazos pitched the sixth inning, giving up two runs and walking three Wildcats.

The Vikings open Imperial Valley League action at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, at Calipatria, then turn around and host the Hornets at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 15.

Brawley travels to Blythe to take on Palo Verde Valley in the IVL opener for both teams at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, with the two teams meeting in Brawley at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 15.

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