REEDLEY COLLEGE: Reedley College baseball splits with Bakersfield College

Tigers have three Central Valley Conference games this week with College of the Sequoias, softball team goes 0-3 during holiday week,

Reedley College baserunner James Corral dives back into first base during the Tigers’ 10-6 victory over Modesto College on March 12 at RC Diamond. The Tigers won three games last week to improve to 16-6 on the season. (Danny Jimenez)
Reedley College baserunner James Corral dives back into first base during the Tigers’ 10-6 victory over Modesto College on March 12 at RC Diamond. The Tigers won three games last week to improve to 16-6 on the season. (Danny Jimenez)
Mid Valley Times Staff
Published April 1, 2024  • 
11:30 am

REEDLEY — The Reedley College baseball team has three games this week against a regional rival as it tries to keep on the heels of Fresno City College in the Central Valley Conference baseball pennant chase.

The Tigers (19-8, 8-4) hosts College of the Sequoias on April 2, travel to Visalia on Thursday, April 4 (both 2 p.m. starts) and then return to Reedley on Saturday, April 6 (1 p.m.) to take on the Giants (13-16, 6-8). Reedley remains tied for second place with Merced College at 8-4 behind Fresno (22-5, 11-1).

Last week, the Tigers split a pair of non-conference games with Bakersfield College (7-19). Eight pitchers combined to limit the Renegades to five hits in a 5-0 shutout win on March 26, before BC’s Jordan Mora pitched a complete game 2-1 victory in Bakersfield on March 27.

Reedley collected 12 hits in the home victory, led by three hits by Mikey Ramirez (Redwood HS, Visalia) who tripled and scored two runs. Chipping in with two hits each were Mike Collins (Bullard HS, Fresno), Brody Block (Redwood), Colin Rios (Bullard) and Jonathan Callison (Tulare Western). Collins also drove in two runs.

Ace pitcher Will Gagnon (Reedley High) struggled with his control in the road loss, walking five and striking out six while allowing four hits and both BC runs in 3.2 innings to fall to 6-2 for the season. Dusty Vela (Chico) had three hits while James Corral (Tulare Western) had two hits.

Softball drops two at FCC

Reedley College lost a pair of CVC contests at Fresno City College last week to slip into fourth place with a 5-3 record, 14-10 overall. On March 26, Tigers fell by scores of 5-3 and 2-1 to the first place Rams (21-5, 5-0), managing just five hits in 14 innings against pitcher Giana Quintanar.

Alexa Valdez (Reedley Middle College High School) had two of the Tigers’ five hits in the opener, including a double while scoring around. Orange Cove High product Anahi Castillo hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning and also drew three walks.

In the nightcap, Trinity Sanchez (Reedley HS) had the lone hit for RC while Alexis Wright (Tulare Western) took the pitching loss in a complete game performance. The Tigers also lost 11-1 in a non-league home game against San Joaquin Delta on March 27, with Castillo going 1-for-1 and scoring the team’s only run.

This week, Reedley hosts West Hills College Coalinga in a 2 p.m. start on Thursday, April 4. The Tigers then travel to the Central Coast for non-conference doubleheaders against Santa Barbara (Friday, April 5) and Cuesta College (Saturday, April 6). Games each day begin at noon and 2 p.m.

Mid Valley Times Staff