NorCal berth possible for RC women’s basketball

Reedley College Tigers host COS in critical home game on Feb. 26, home games on the schedule this week for RC softball and baseball

Unveiled on February 19th, 1959, Clyde, Reedley College’s beloved Tiger Statue, will receive much needed care. (Kenny Goodman)
Unveiled on February 19th, 1959, Clyde, Reedley College’s beloved Tiger Statue, will receive much needed care. (Kenny Goodman)
Will Goldbeck
Published February 20, 2024  • 
11:00 am

REEDLEY – A spot in the NorCal Regionals may be up for grabs in the regular season finale for the Reedley College women’s basketball team.

At this writing, Coach Dan Kilbert’s Lady Tigers are third in the Central Valley Conference with a 7-3 record, one game behind COS, heading into the 7 p.m. home game with the Giants on Friday, Feb. 23. The Tigers’ overall record of 16-8 might be good enough to qualify them for the Regionals.

Reedley recorded one win last week, a 77-70 triumph over Merced on Feb. 17. On Feb. 14, Reedley fell to state sixth-ranked Fresno City College 99-78 despite 18 points and 17 rebounds by Leyocha Marigney, the conference leader in rebounds.

Marigney had a team-high 25 points in the win over Merced. Her rebound stats were not available. Abbie Hernandez and Tianna Sutherland each added 10 points.

Pair of home wins for RC softball

Home wins in extra innings and by the run rule helped the Tigers improve to 3-2 on the young season.

Coach Stephanie Nomura’s Tigers recorded 6-5 and 9-1 victories over Mendocino College at RC field. Reedley battled back from a 5-1 deficit as Hope Ficher’s walk off single scored Trinity Sanchez, who had singled in the ninth inning.

“We were hungry to play again,” said Nomura, as the Tigers had four games rained out and rescheduled because of rain. “We were unable to practice for 12 days.”

The coach was super pleased with the team’s play. “We are playing 14 as one and are all in for each other. We had great practices this week. We are trusting the process.”

Sanchez (Reedley High) and Hailee Zapien (Dinuba) led the first game offense with two singles each. Starting pitcher Alexis Wright (Tulare) allowed nine hits in six innings and struck out nine, winning pitcher Mia Barbosa (Immanuel, Reedley) allowed one hit in three shutout innings and fanned five.

In the second game, Mendocino scored one run in the first and were blanked by Barbosa the rest of the way. Anahi Castillo (Orange Cove) was 4-for-4 with two doubles and two singles.

Reedley is scheduled to host Feather River on Friday, Feb. 23 in a doubleheader starting at noon, weather permitting.

Tigers baseball looks to end three-game skid this week

After starting the season 7-0, Reedley College takes a three-game losing streak into the startup of Central Valley Conference play this week.

On Feb. 15 in Sacramento, the Tigers fell behind early but battled back as they scored five times in the last three innings before falling to the Panthers, 8-6. Two days earlier, Reedley dropped a 4-0 home decision to Cuesta College while collecting just five hits.

Starting pitcher Will Gagnon (Reedley High) had his second straight rough start, allowing five runs on four hits in three innings against Sacramento City. The righthander struck out eight but walked four. Relievers Francisco Espejo and Gio Groppetti also struggled, allowing three runs.

Garrett Garfield and Dusty Vela both had three hits, with Garfield driving in three runs. The Tigers play West Hills Coalinga three times this week; home games on Feb. 20 and Saturday, Feb. 24 (1 p.m.) and a road game Thursday, Feb. 22 in Coalinga (2 p.m. start).

Men’s basketball closes season against COS

The 2023-24 regular season will come to an end for the Reedley College men’s basketball team on Friday, Feb. 23 when the Tigers host College of the Sequoias at 5 p.m.

 It will be the final appearance in the Black and Orange for sophomores Kecian Primes and Mitchell Uriarte. Back on Jan. 31, the Tigers upset the fourth place Giants 64-63 in Visalia.

Last week, Reedley lost 74-70 to visiting Merced College Feb. 17. Primes led the Tigers with 16 points. On Feb. 14, Matt Ruegge made six 3-pointers and 30 points in a 76-68 loss to Fresno City College.

Reedley is now 2-10 in conference play and 6-18 overall.

Will Goldbeck