Sanger downs Reedley to capture Swing Into Spring title

Estrada earns MVP honors as Apaches win four games, capped by 6-4 victory over Pirates in championship game on March 9

Sanger High’s Amber Estrada (7) is greeted by her happy teammates at home place after she belted a two-run home run in an 11-0 shutout of Sierra Pacific High during first day competition at the Swing Into Spring Classic on March 8. The Apaches (6-0) won four games to capture the tournament championship. (Jon Earnest)
Sanger High’s Amber Estrada (7) is greeted by her happy teammates at home place after she belted a two-run home run in an 11-0 shutout of Sierra Pacific High during first day competition at the Swing Into Spring Classic on March 8. The Apaches (6-0) won four games to capture the tournament championship. (Jon Earnest)
Jon Earnest
Published March 11, 2024  • 
11:00 am

REEDLEY – The Sanger High softball team and Amber Estrada were too much for their opposition during the two-day Swing Into Spring Classic tournament at Reedley High School.

Junior Estrada picked up two pitching victories and flexed extra base power in two games as the Apaches (6-0) swept to four victories including a 7-4 evening triumph over host Reedley High on March 9. Sanger also scored wins over Lemoore (6-3) and Sierra Pacific (11-0) on March 8, then reached the finals with a 4-2 triumph over Tulare Western on March 9.

Estrada pitched a two-hit shutout with eight strikeouts and belted a two-run homer against Sierra Pacific, then doubled and knocked in two runs against TW. In the championship game win, she went 2-for-3 at the plate and struck out 10 in a complete game performance to earn MVP accolades.

Also named to the all-tournament squad for Sanger were sophomore Emma Hernandez (two pitching wins with 18 combined strikeouts, home run against TW) and senior Jayden Herrera (home run and three RBI against the Pirates). Before the tourney, the Apaches blanked Wasco 1-0 on March 7 as Estrada pitched a two-hitter with seven strikeouts while Hernandez drove in the game’s lone run.

Reedley entered the tournament with momentum of an 11-0 dismantling of Garza High on March 5. Senior Candince Moreno-Hairabedian collected a home run for the Pirates, who travel to Tulare Union on March 12 and host Torres High (6 p.m.) on Thursday, March 14, before a non-conference game at Tulare Western on Tuesday, March 19.

Reedley’s Tri-County Conference Kings Canyon Division opener won’t be until Tuesday, April 9 at home against Hanford West High.

Reedley High shortstop Macy Ruiz (13) tags out Mt. Whitney High’s Avery Aquino after Aquino overran second base in the third inning of the Pirates’ 7-4 comeback win over the Pioneers in first day competition at the Swing Into Spring Classic on March 8. The Pirates (6-4) split their four games, losing to Sanger High in the championship game on March 9. (Jon Earnest)

Host Reedley (6-4) split its four tournament games, rallying past Mt. Whitney 7-4 following a 4-2 win over Mission Oak on March 8 before dropping a 5-3 decision to Tulare Western the morning of March 9. Sophomore Jocelynn Fonseca (five hits, two doubles against Mt. Whitney) and junior Katelynn Moreno (two triples) earned all-tournament honors for the Pirates.

Reedley entered the tournament with momentum of an 11-0 dismantling of Garza High on March 5. Senior Candince Moreno-Hairabedian collected a home run for the Pirates, who travel to Tulare Union on March 12 and host Torres High (6 p.m.) on Thursday, March 14, before a non-conference game at Tulare Western on Tuesday, March 19.

Reedley’s Tri-County Conference Kings Canyon Division opener won’t be until Tuesday, April 9 at home against Hanford West High.

 

Jon Earnest
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