PREP ROUNDUP Sanger baseball downs SJ Memorial for first CMAC win

Rain delays remainder of Fowler Easter Classic to March 25-27 while Reedley plays in Fresno Easter Classic those same days; three softball teams play in Fowler tournament

Reedley High’s Jacob Silva leads off second base during the Pirates’ 10-3 Tri-County Conference Sequoia Division baseball victory over the Bears on March 19. The senior went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI and then was 4-for-4 in a 9-5 victory over Hanford West on March 21. (Danny Jimenez)
Reedley High’s Jacob Silva leads off second base during the Pirates’ 10-3 Tri-County Conference Sequoia Division baseball victory over the Bears on March 19. The senior went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI and then was 4-for-4 in a 9-5 victory over Hanford West on March 21. (Danny Jimenez)
Jon Earnest
Published March 25, 2024  • 
11:00 am

FRESNO – Sanger High’s hot start to the baseball season had been shadowed by a pair of losses to open up County Metro Athletic Conference play, but the Apaches finally clawed back to their feet with a much-needed road victory at San Joaquin Memorial High.

Sanger (10-3, 1-2) captured a 5-2 decision over the Panthers at SJM diamond in Fresno on March 22. Anthony Avalos collected the pitching win with 5.2 scoreless innings allowing two hits and striking out five. Ricky Simental went 2-for-4 with an RBI and stolen base, and Nate Rocha was 2-for-4 a double and run scored.

The Apaches hoped to keep the momentum going the next day at the Fowler Easter Classic, but rain washed out the scheduled contest against Firebaugh (1-10). The remaining tournament games have been rescheduled to Monday through Wednesday, March 25-27.

Sanger also has a scheduled tournament game against Lemoore (9-3), which defeated the Apaches 9-1 in the final of the Central Valley Diamond Classic on March 9. Sanger won its first Fowler Easter Classic game by a 12-0 score over Taft High on March 16.

The Apaches are one of four teams tied for third place in the CMAC with 1-2 records, trailing first place Bullard (3-0) and Edison (2-1). Madera also is part of that logjam after pulling out a 2-1 victory at Sanger on March 19. Sanger will play Bullard for the first time on Friday, April 3 in an afternoon contest at SHS varsity diamond.

​Pirates win pair of road games, square TCC record

Reedley High collected a pair of road wins against Tri-County Conference opposition last week. On March 21, the Pirates rapped out 16 hits and went on to defeat Hanford West, 9-5. Senior Jacob Silva worked four innings allowing two earned runs, and also added four hits along with senior Angel Godinez. 

Two days earlier, pitcher Ryan Velasquez allowed three hits in six innings to lead Reedley (5-5, 1-1 TCC Sequoia) to an 11-3 crossover win at Selma High.

The Pirates rallied from a 2-0 deficit against Selma with six runs in the fifth inning getting five straight hits, knocking Drew Cerda out of the game. The biggest blow was a two-run double by Silva, who finished with two hits and a pair of runs batted in. Reedley added three runs in the final two innings.

Reedley plays this week at the Fresno Easter Classic, opening against Clovis West at 10 a.m. and Liberty-Madera Ranchos at 4 p.m. on Monday, March 25 at Clovis West varsity stadium. The Pirates then take on Hanford at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 at Clovis East High before playing at Clovis High at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 27.

The Easter Classic championship game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 at Clovis West stadium.

Will Goldbeck contributed to this writeup.

Dinuba gets first WYL win, play in Fowler tourney

Dinuba High (4-9 overall) will carry the momentum of its first West Yosemite League victory into its three remaining scheduled games at the Fowler Easter Classic this week. The Emperors play McLane on March 25 and Central Valley Christian on March 26, then close with an opponent to be determined on March 27 at Fowler High diamond.

Dinuba fell to 0-2 in league following a 4-0 loss at Tulare Western on March 19, but rebounded to rally past Lemoore High 8-7 on March 21. The Emps busted loose for six runs in the fifth inning to wipe out a 6-1 deficit, then pushed across the winning run in the top of the seventh after the Tigers tied the score in the sixth.

SOFTBALL

Rain delays Fowler Classic schedule

Rain in the region on March 23 postponed scheduled games and pushed back the remaining schedule for the Fowler Easter Classic softball tournament at Marshall Elementary School near Fowler High.

Reedley High (7-6) has scheduled games with Bakersfield and Dos Palos on Monday, March 25, then has a scheduled 6:30 p.m. game with host Fowler on Tuesday, March 26. Orange Cove (3-8) plays Shafter on March 25, Chowchilla (8:30 a.m.) and Dinuba (4:30 p.m.) on Tuesday, March 26, and an opponent to be determined on Wednesday, March 27.

The Emperors (2-8) open the Fowler tourney with a pair of games on March 25; playing Chowchilla and Shafter before facing Orange Cove on the 26th. Dinuba will play a single scheduled game on March 26.

Immanuel 10, Sierra Pacific 9

At The Nest in the Immanuel Sports Complex on March 19, the Eagles (7-5) ran their win streak to three games with a 10-9 victory over the visiting Golden Bears (1-9). Immanuel held a 9-3 advantage after three innings and held off a spirited comeback.

Seniors Allison Wood and Leah Thomas paced the Eagles’ 13-hit attack with three hits apiece, with Wood belting a triple and knocking in two runs while scoring three times. Juniors Amanda Herrera and Maritzah Cibrian each knocked in two runs, and Herrera picked up the pitching win scattering 10 hits in a complete game performance.

Immanuel is idle over the Easter break, returning to action with a 3:30 p.m. non-league road game at Firebaugh on Tuesday, April 2.

TRACK AND FIELD

Locals register 5 PRs at Azusa Meet of Champions

Local track and field athletes representing Reedley and Sanger collected five personal record times at the Azusa Meet of Champions in Southern California on March 23.

Sophomores Mauricion Herrera of Reedley High and Lexi Schartmann of Immanuel both collected fourth place finishes; Herrera in the 1600 meters frosh-soph Invitational 3 division with a time of 4 minutes, 30.48 seconds while Schartmann clocked 2:18.05 in the varsity Invitational 2 girls 800 meters.

Other PR times were turned in by Sanger High sophomore Sawyer Pugliese (12th in Invite 2 3200, 9:21.41) and Apaches senior Daniel Galvez (17th in 3200 Invite 2, 9:30.06), along with junior Alexa Vaca (girls 3200, 10th in 11:11.01). Parlier High star senior Evan Torres didn’t set a PR, but clocked 9:27.02 to place 22nd in the Invite 1 division.

Other locals competing in Azusa were Immanuel sophomore Clara Riddle (16th in Invite 2 1600 in 5:12.21), Eagles sophomore Koen Ensa (19th in boys frosh-soph Invite 1 3200 in 10:08.08) and Sanger High junior Zowie Hernandez (32nd in Invite 2 3200 in 11:50.69).

Sanger hosts multiple Central Section schools — including Dinuba, Reedley, Immanuel and Sanger West — at its annual Sanger Easter Classic on Tuesday, March 26 at Dodson Field. Events begin at 4 and 4:30 p.m.

GOLF

Reedley High golf fundraiser on April 6 

The second annual fundraiser golf tournament for Reedley High’s golf programs will take place on Saturday, April 6 at Ridge Creek Golf Club in Dinuba. Play begins at 9 a.m.

Registration is $150 per player and includes green fees and golf cart, breakfast burrito and lunch. Deadline to register is Saturday, March 30. Go online to  https://ridge-creek-golf-club.shoplightspeed.com to register.

Jon Earnest
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