Taft scores final six runs to defeat Wasco

It could easily be said that the Taft varsity baseball team has had a wild and crazy week. The Wildcats got a little bit of normalcy Tuesday afternoon when they cruised to a 6-1 victory over the Wasco Tigers at home.

“It was fun to see us string some hits together and allow our pitchers to throw with the padding of a lead,” said Taft coach Anthony Reed. “Hopefully we continue to do this as we move forward through the season.”

With the victory, Taft improves to 15-10 overall and 6-2 in the South Sequoia League with four games remaining. The win also keeps the Wildcats in a first place tie with Cesar Chavez.

Wasco made their lone move of the game with a run in the top of the first inning.

Taft bounced back with four runs in their half of the third inning before tacking on two more in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Alex Guzman led the charge on offense by going 2-for-4 with three runs batted in. Austin Pendergrass had a double while Anthony Rodriguez had a double and a run batted in.

Will Moore threw five innings while allowing a hit and striking out seven.

“We were error free on defense and most of our offense hit the ball hard whether it was a hit or an out,” said Reed.

Taft will play their final home game of the regular season Friday when they take on Arvin. The following Monday, the Wildcats will travel up to Delano to complete their game against Robert F. Kennedy. Both games begin at 4 p.m.