Kish, Cats beat Skins in non-league clash

The Union Democrat Sports Department

Sonora pitcher Joseph Kish tossed a complete game and helped the Wildcats top the Calaveras Redskins 6-2Fridayin a non-league game at Bev Barron Field.

Kish, the winning pitcher, struck out six Redskins and walked just two.

"He pitched really well," said Sonora head coach Scott Johnson of Kish. "He mixed up his fastball and changeup really well. He kept them off balance."

The Wildcats jumped to an early 2-0 lead after the first inning, but the Redskins were able to cut the advantage to one in the top of the third.

However, that was as close as Calaveras would get.

Sonora answered in the bottom of the third and scored two more runs to take a 4-1 lead.

Calaveras managed its last run in the sixth and Sonora sealed its victory by adding two more runs in the bottom of that inning.

Clayton Davis led Sonora at the plate, batting 2 for 3 and driving in a run. Garrett Bozzo scored and knocked in a run while hitting 1 for 3. Shortstop Tyler Helm recorded two runs and had the Wildcat's only extra-base hit on a double. Evan Estes went 1 for 2 and finished with two RBI. Eric Gillatt also pounded in a run and Carter Denton was 1 for 2.

"Everybody in the dugout was really fired up from the first pitch to the last pitch," Johnson said. "It was very positive. We had some real timely hitting, which was good."

The Redskins countered Kish with Wyatt Durham, who alsopitched a complete game.

"Wyatt Durham went the distance for Calaveras," said Redskins head coach Thomas DeLappe. "Didn't have his 'A' game but battled, and if the Redskin defense would have helped out a bit, it could have been a completely different outcome."

Redskin Mason Viera blasted a game-high three hits, including a triple, in four at-bats. Vince Tarbat, Mike Seawell and Trace Durham all generated a hit.

With Kish's solid outing, it marked the third straight game that the Wildcats have had a hurler go the distance.

"Joseph Kish, Evan Estes and Clayton Davis all gave us quality starts last week," Johnson said. "Hopefully, we can continue that this week to see where we're at. We're still in the process of looking at several different guys."

Calaveras ended its preseason scheduleon Saturdayby falling to Central Catholic 9-0. The Redskins (3-3) open Mother Lode League playon Wednesdayagainst Amador at4 p.m.in San Andreas.

"It's been a mixed bag this preseason," DeLappe said. "We've played well at times, but are struggling in clutch situations at the plate and in the field."

Sonora (4-2) next will clash with Bret Harteon Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.in Angels Camp.

"We're doing well, but we still have a long ways to go," Johnson said. "We're still a work in progress, and I am happy with the direction we are taking."

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