Taft goes undefeated in league play for the first time in three decades

There was only one thing standing between the Taft varsity baseball team and a perfect South Sequoia League record. The Wildcats barely cleared that hurdle Friday afternoon when they scored in the final inning to defeat the Shafter Generals 4-3 in Shafter.

“This is the first time in 30 years that the Cats have gone undefeated in the South Sequoia League season,” said Taft coach Dave Robertson. “That is quite an accomplishment for our players.”

With the victory, Taft completes the regular season with an overall mark of 20-5 and a league record of 10-0.

Shafter made the first move of the game by scoring a run in the first and second innings of the game. Taft bounced back with a run in the top of the fourth inning on Steven Gee’s walk before Jordan Vermillion drove him in.

The Wildcats evened the score one inning later on singles from Gee and Tyler Johnson.

Shafter retook the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning before Taft scored two runs in the top of the seventh highlighted by Clint Jorgensen’s leadoff double, Caleb Lopez’s single and a pick steal to win the game.

“We didn’t play with the energy that we have in previous games,” said Robertson. “However, when it came down to the last inning the players responded like champions.”

Clint Jorgensen was 4-for-4 in the game with a double. Gee, Lopez and Brian Parsons each were 1-for-3. Vermillion was 1-for-2 with two runs batted in while Brett Howard and Johnson each scored a run in the game.