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.
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.