Sanger baseball falls off CMAC pace in makeup loss

Visiting Bullard jumps on Apaches early on the way to 9-0 shutout as Sanger trails first-place Knights by four games in standings

Bullard High’s Vincent Robinson slides into home plate past Sanger catcher Mason Ogawa to score in the second inning of the Knights’ 9-0 shutout of the Apaches in a County Metro Athletic Conference baseball game on April 8. (Jon Earnest)
Bullard High’s Vincent Robinson slides into home plate past Sanger catcher Mason Ogawa to score in the second inning of the Knights’ 9-0 shutout of the Apaches in a County Metro Athletic Conference baseball game on April 8. (Jon Earnest)
Jon Earnest
Published April 10, 2024  • 
11:00 am

SANGER – A makeup game from last week didn’t turn out well for the Sanger High baseball team on Monday afternoon.

The first place Bullard Knights quickly seized command with three runs in the first inning, then rode the strength of Logan Cunningham’s pitching to cruise to a 9-0 shutout victory over the Emperors in a County Metro Athletic Conference matchup. The game originally was scheduled for last Friday, but was postponed by a brief intense hail storm that swept through the Sanger region.

Sanger (12-6 overall) dropped its third straight game and second straight in CMAC play, falling into a fifth place tie with Madera at 1-4 and four games back of the first place Knights (12-6, 5-0). The Apaches have struggled offensively during CMAC play, scoring just one run while being blanked three times in the four losses.

The Apaches will try to turn things back into a positive direction in a 6:30 p.m. Tuesday home game against Edison to open a home and home against the Tigers this week. Edison (7-9, 3-2)  prevailed by a 2-0 score on March 15 in Fresno, and will host Sanger in a Friday, April 12 evening game beginning at 6:30.

In other baseball action on Monday:

Dinuba High’s Austin Hoover races across the plate with a run during the sixth inning of the Emperors’ 19-6 West Yosemite League loss at Hanford High on April 8. The host Bullpups scored 12 runs in the second inning to cruise to the lopsided victory. (Jon Earnest)

Hanford 19, Dinuba 6

At Hanford High, the Bullpups (10-8, 4-2) erupted for 12 runs in the second inning and cruised past the Emperors (6-12, 2-3) for a second time in as many West Yosemite League meetings this season. Hanford won by a 12-4 score on March 14.

The Bullpups roughed up Dinuba ace Derek Hernandez for eight earned runs in 1 2/3 innings, aided by eight walks and 12 total by three Emps pitchers. Leadoff hitter Jaycob Olaes and Damian Ayala each drove in four runs while Aiden Smith went 3-for-3 with four runs scored and three RBI.

Dinuba collected nine hits off two Hanford pitchers, led by a 3-for-3 performance from third baseman Paul Huerta that included a pair of doubles and two runs scored. Anthony Pompa went 2-for-4 with two runs scored while Austin Hoover drove in a pair of runs.

Dinuba and Hanford complete their three WYL meetings with a Thursday, April 11 night game in Dinuba. First pitch is at 7 p.m. Next week, the Emperors take on first place Tulare Western (10-9, 6-0) on April 15 in Dinuba (7 p.m. start) and April 18 in Tulare (4:30 p.m.).

Jon Earnest
Reporter