REEDLEY COLLEGE: Reedley College baseball takes two from Porterville

Tigers’ softball collects first conference wins of season before getting shut out at home by College of the Sequoias

Reedley College pitcher Trinity Sanchez fires a pitch to the plate during the Tigers’ 9-0 conference loss to College of the Sequoias on March 7. The freshman righthander from Reedley High has a 1-1 pitching record and collected two hits in a win over West Hills Coalinga last week. (Danny Jimenez)
Will Goldbeck
Published March 11, 2024  • 
11:00 am

REEDLEY – Reedley College’s baseball squad broke a three-game losing streak last week with two wins over Porterville College, including a 16-5 win at RC diamond.

With several professional baseball scouts watching, Reedley’s Will Gagnon threw six solid innings to pick up his fourth win in five decisions in the March 7 contest.

Two hits, (one coming on a fly ball lost in the sun) a sacrifice and an error accounted for two unearned runs in the top of the first off Gagnon. In his final five shutout innings, he allowed only one hit, struck out seven and walked one. The Reedley High product and UCLA recruit raised his season strikeout total to 73.

Catcher Garrett Garfield drove in five Reedley runs with two doubles and a single (going 3-for-5) while Colin Rios had three RBI. Earlier in the week, Garfield (Clovis High) went 4-for-4 in a 5-4 win over the Pirates.

The Tigers have a break from conference play this week and start a three-game non-conference series with Modesto on March 12 in Reedley. The series concludes with games Thursday, March 14 in Merced and Saturday, March 16 at 1 p.m. at RHS diamond.

Tigers softball blanked by Giants

The College of the Sequoias softball team was just too much for Reedley College on March 7 at Tiger Diamond.

COS shut out Reedley 9-0 in the Central Valley Conference game, holding the Tigers (7-6, 2-2) to five hits. Grace Cosnacki pitched for COS and also drove in two runs with a double. Grace Nelson drove in two runs with a first inning double. Anahi Castillo (Orange Cove) singled and walked while Trinity Sanchez (Reedley High) picked up the pitching loss for RC. Sanchez gave up eight earned runs while striking out six in five innings of work.

Earlier in the week, Reedley picked up its first two CVC wins with a 4-1, 4-2 doubleheader sweep at West Hills Coalinga. Sanchez worked six-plus shutout innings with seven strikeouts while Valdez had two hits and Mia Barbosa (Immanuel HS) finished with a double and two RBI. In the Game 2 win, Celine Ramos (Clovis East HS) went 3-for-3 with a double and triple while Sanchez was 2-for-3 with a walk.

Reedley returns to Tiger Diamond for a March 12 doubleheader with winless Taft before a Thursday, March 14 game at Porterville. On Saturday, March 16, an 11 a.m. makeup home twinbill with Shasta College.will be played. The games originally were scheduled for Feb. 2.

OTHER COLLEGE

Former RHS star Gates has game in Fresno

Forner Reedley High girls water polo standout Morgan Gates came to Fresno with her California Baptist University on March 9 for a non-conference matchup with Fresno State. The sophomore attack specialist saw playing time but didn’t score in the Lancers’ 20-4 loss to the No. 6 nationally-ranked Bulldogs.

Gates, who was the CIF Central Section Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2022 and two-time North Yosemite League Player of the Year, has eight goals and four assists this season for Cal Baptist (6-12, 1-1 Golden Coast Conference). She’s the Pirates’ single season (165) and career (413) goals record-holder, and led Reedley to four consecutive league championships.

Gates and the Lancers return to action at the La Salle University Tournament with three games beginning on Tuesday, March 12.

Will Goldbeck
Mid Valley Times | Contributor