REEDLEY COLLEGE: Reedley College baseball suffers first loss of season

Monterey Peninsula College 12-2 rout halts Tigers’ seven-game win streak, RC women’s basketball has shot at second place in conference

Reedley College pitcher Francisco Espejo delivers a pitch to the plate during the Tigers’ 12-2 loss to Monterey Peninsula College on Feb. 10 at Tiger Field. It was Reedley’s first loss of the season after opening the season with seven straight victories. (Jon Earnest)
Will Goldbeck
Published February 12, 2024  • 
11:30 am

REEDLEY – The Reedley College baseball team ran out of comebacks as its seven-game winning streak came to an end over the weekend at Tiger Field.

A 12-2 loss to Monterey Peninsula College on Feb. 10 stopped the streak, which included a 4-2 Tigers victory on Feb. 8 in Monterey. The Tigers recorded a wild 17-15 victory over Cuesta in San Luis Obispo on Feb. 9 before the weekend loss to Monterey.

This week, Reedley hosts Cureta in a rematch on Feb. 13 before traveling to Sacramento City on Thursday, Feb. 15. The Tigers then open Central Valley Conference play on Tuesday, Feb. 20 against West Hills College Coalinga in a 2 p.m. start at Tiger Field.

Against MPC, the Tigers found themselves behind 10-0 before getting on the scoreboard on a solo home run in the seventh inning by Mykey Ramirez. Starting pitcher Francisco Espejo gave up seven runs in two and two-thirds innings.

Dusty Vela was the hero in the comeback win over Cuesta. The second baseman hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the ninth inning to give him six runs batted in for the game. Starting pitcher Will Gagnon (Reedley High) was touched for seven runs in three innings, raising his earned run average to 4.75. But Gagnon did strike out eight, raising his season total to 36 (a rate of 20.25 per nine innings). Goo Groppetti recorded his fourth save.

Brody Block hit a three-run homer in the Feb. 6 win over Monterey. Jacob Crain was the winning pitcher, working 4:1 innings of relief with Groppetti earning the save.

Women’s basketball preps for showdown at FCC

Reedley and Fresno City College will battle on the basketball court in Fresno on Valentine’s night with a possible shot at second place in the Valley Conference women’s race at stake.

Fresno brings a 12-game winning streak, an 8-0 conference record and a 21-4 overall record into the 5 p.m. game Feb. 14 at FCC Gym. The Tigers are 6-2 and 15-8 in second place (tied with COS): The top two teams qualify for the NorCal Regionals.

On Saturday night, Feb. 17, Reedley hosts Merced at 5 p.m, following the men’s game between the two schools. On Feb. 21, Reedley is at Porterville before finishing the regular season at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia on Feb. 23.

Tianna Sutherland led the Lady Tigers with 17 points, five rebounds and four assists in a 65-57 win over West Hills Lemoore on Feb. 10. Makayla McGrath had a double-double with 15 points, 11 rebounds and four assists.

The Reedley men fell to 2-8 and 6-16 with losses to West Hills Lemoore (91-54) on Feb. 7 and at Columbia (100-69) on Feb. 10. Cooper Schimphf had 16 points in the loss to West Hills.

Softball’s offense struggles in road loss

The weather conditions finally allowed the Reedley College softball Tigers to return to the diamond in Santa Clarita on Feb. 10. Unfortunately, the Tigers returned home after an 8-0 run rule loss to College of the Canyons. Reedley was held to just three hits as they fell to 1-2.

The Tigers return home for a noon Friday doubleheader with Mendocino College (2-2). Mendocino has been idle since Jan. 27 because of the weather. On Saturday, Feb. 17, Mendocino heads to West Hills College-Coalinga for a scheduled doubleheader. Reedley was held to three hits at Canyons.

Will Goldbeck
Mid Valley Times | Contributor