COLLEGE: Reedley College baseball takes 2 of 3 from Taft

Tigers softball has seven-game win streak snapped in road loss to Merced, sweep home doubleheader against Ohlone College

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Mid Valley Times Staff
Published March 25, 2024  • 
11:30 am

REEDLEY – The Reedley College Tigers remained tied for second place in the Central Valley Conference baseball standings after taking two of three games last week from Taft College.

The final game was a 14-10 home loss on March 23, which ended an eight-game win streak for Reedley (18-7, 8-4). The Tigers earlier downed the Cougars (11-12, 6-6) 4-3 at home on March 19 and 7-1 in Taft on March 21. Fresno City College (19-5, 10-1) sits in first place.

Sophomore pitcher Will Gagnon (Reedley High) pitched six innings, allowing one run on two hits with 10 strikeouts, in the road win. Colin Rios went 3-for-4 and scored twice while Dusty Vela and Mike Collins each collected two hits.

The Tigers went with pitchers by committee in both home games, with Cruz Cabral working a scoreless eighth inning and Gio Groppetti retiring the side in order in the ninth to get the save on March 19. Vela’s RBI single in the bottom of the eighth to highlight a 3-for-5 performance, while Rios also had three hits.

In the Saturday loss, Reedley yielded a combined seven runs to the Cougars in the fifth and sixth innings and could never catch up. Each team collected 13 hits with Mikey Ramirez, Brody Block and Collins all finishing with three hits for the Tigers.

Reedley hosts Bakersfield College on Tuesday, March 26  at 1 p.m to start a home-and-home non-conference set. The Tigers and Renegades (6-18) then plays at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27 in Bakersfield.

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Reedley College’s softball team ran its win streak to seven games last week, capped by a home doubleheader sweep of Ohlone College on March 19, before Merced College ended the run with an 8-0 shutout decision on March 21 in Merced. The Tigers (14-7 overall) sit in fourth place in the Central Valley Conference, a game back of Merced and College of the Sequoias in the loss column and three back of first place Fresno City College.

Reedley racked up 21 hits in the two wins over Ohlone (15-12), including three each by Anahi Castillo (Orange Cove) and Alexa Valdez (Reedley Middle College High School) in the Game 1 rout. Alexis Wright and Rylee Lerma collected the pitching wins; Wright in relief of Trinity Sanchez and Lerma with four starting innings in the nightcap.

The Tigers welcomed a pair of special guests, State Center Community College District Chancellor Carole Goldsmith and SCCCD trust Nasreen Johnson, to the doubleheader with Ohlone and both officials cheered on the team. In the road loss to Merced, Reedley was limited to two hits by Blue Devils pitcher Melody Gomez.

Reedley plays a pivotal conference doubleheader at first place FCC on Tuesday, March 26, then hosts San Joaquin Delta at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 in a non-conference matchup to wrap up holiday week play.

OTHER COLLEGE

Salas finishes fifth in men’s D-II 800 at West Coast Relays

Sanger High product Emanuel Salas placed fifth in the men’s 800 meters race at the West Coast Relays in Fresno on March 23. The sophomore clocked a season-best time of 1 minute, 55.5 seconds to place second in his heat behind Fresno State’s Mohamed Saleh (1:51.32).

Salas also posted a time of 3:54.92 to finish second in his heat of the men’s 1500. It was three seconds off his season best time.

Salas and the Sunbirds will compete at the Mike Fanelli Distance Carnival in San Francisco on Friday and Saturday, March 29-30.

Mid Valley Times Staff