On Friday, 4A Cleveland defeated the 5A Clarksdale High School Wildcats 12-2. On Saturday the Wildcats continued to roll with a 12-0 win over the East Side Trojans.
Cleveland improved to 4-1 on the season and East Side fell to 0-2.
In Friday's showdown, Cleveland’s offense got off to a fast start. In the bottom of the first, the first five hitters for the black and gold Wildcats reached base. Jared Hunt put Cleveland on the board by tagging a two-run single to score Jason Young and Trace Bray to make the score 2-0. After Matt Ray walked to load the bases, Dillon Norwood hit a ground ball to score Marshall Boggs and increase the lead to 3-0. The next batter, Richie Boren, came up big with one out by roping a two-run double that scored Hunt and Ray to make the score 5-0 in favor of Cleveland. Clarksdale pitcher Quavante McGregory was able to settle down and get out of the inning, but Cleveland still held a 5-0 advantage. Cleveland tacked on one more run in the bottom of the third on an error to make the score 6-0.
While the hitters did their damage at the plate, pitcher Jordan Burchfield did his job on the mound. Burchfield limited the red and blue Wildcats to just two hits, all singles, in the first three innings.
In the top of the fourth, Burchfield got into some trouble as Cornelius Williams reached base on a wild pitch, while Dejuan Muskin tagged a single to start the inning. With two outs, Williams and Muskin ended up scoring on an error to cut Cleveland’s lead down to 6-2.
Cleveland rebounded quickly and scored three runs in the fourth and three more in the fifth to end the game due to the 10-run mercy rule.
On the mound for Cleveland, Burchfield held the 5A Wildcats to just three hits with no walks and six strikeouts to earn the complete game win. Both of the runs Burchfield gave up were unearned.
Cleveland High head coach Steve Wies said Burchfield did the right things to be successful on the mound.
“He threw strikes and that’s all we want,” Wies said. “You don’t have to throw hard. If you throws strikes and change speeds, you can be successful.”
At the plate, Hunt drilled two hits with two RBIs and three runs to lead Cleveland, followed by Boren with two hits including a double with three RBIs, Boggs with a double and two runs, Jacob Thomas with a hit and three RBIs, Ray with three runs and Young with a run and a RBI.
Williams, McGregory and Muskin accounted for Clarksdale’s hits.
Against the Trojans, Cleveland's Matt Hardman picked up the win on the hill with nine strikeouts in four innings of work. He gave up two hits in the game.
Dalton Lambre had two hits in the game with two runs scored to lead Cleveland at the plate. Jason Young had a hit with two runs scored and Trace Bray and Marshall Boggs had a hit each in the win.