Olson pitching gem helps rally Reedley College baseball

Sophomore fires 1-hitter in 5-0 shutout of College of the Sequoias as Tigers salvage final game of three-game Central Valley Conference series

Reedley College pitcher Francisco Espejo delivers a pitch to the plate during the Tigers’ 12-2 loss to Monterey Peninsula College on Feb. 10 at Tiger Field. It was Reedley’s first loss of the season after opening the season with seven straight victories. (Jon Earnest)
Reedley College pitcher Francisco Espejo delivers a pitch to the plate during the Tigers’ 12-2 loss to Monterey Peninsula College on Feb. 10 at Tiger Field. It was Reedley’s first loss of the season after opening the season with seven straight victories. (Jon Earnest)
Will Goldbeck
Published April 8, 2024  • 
11:30 am

REEDLEY — Jobe Olson made Reedley College’s 20th win in 2024 extra special.

Olson pitched a one-hit shutout on Saturday afternoon as the Reedley College Tigers posted a 5-0 Central Valley Conference win over the College of the Sequoias Giants.

A two-out single to right center by Jesse Ortega (Dinuba) in the seventh inning was the only COS hit in the matchup at RC diamond. Olson, a sophomore righthander from Laton, struck out six and worked around three walks.

Nolan Keene (Fresno High) scored on a second inning wild pitch for the only run the Tigers would need. Garrett Garfield (Clovis) smacked two doubles while Colin Rios (Bullard, Fresno) had two singles and a double to lead the Tiger attack.

“Jobe had command of all of his pitches today,” said Tiger head coach Steve Pearce. “He located them all. He had a masterful performance that was much needed.”

Reedley improved to 9-6 in conference play and 20-10 overall while pulling out one of three meetings last week between the teams. COS fell to 8-9 and 15-17.

The Giants had won the first two games of the series. Dinuba’s Keine Prendez improved to 6-5 with a 10-5 COS victory on April 2 in Reedley, then the Giants knocked out 16 hits and broke a tie with three runs in the seventh inning to collect a 12-10 win in Visalia on April 4.

In the first game, Prendez and Nicholas Morrelli (Orosi) combined to limit Reedley to three earned runs while the GIants collected 16 hits off five RC pitchers. The Tigers had 17 hits in the Thursday loss; three each coming from Mikey Ramirez, Brody Block and Jonathan Callison. Mike Collins and Jason Corral both homered for the Tigers.

Reedley College’s next four games are against first place Fresno City College, starting Tuesday (April 9) at 3 p.m. in Fresno. Thursday’s (April 11) matchup at 2 p.m. is in Reedley, while the teams meet again in Fresno at 1 p.m. Saturday (April 13). Finally, the Rams host the Tigers in a Monday (April 15) 6 p.m. start at Beiden Field on the Fresno State campus.

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Rain washed out three of Reedley College’s five scheduled games last week, but the Tigers were able to split two non-conference games in San Luis Obispo against Cuesta College on April 6. Reedley (15-11) was edged 11-10 in the opening game before rapping out 17 hits and posting an 11-7 win in the nightcap.

Orange Cove’s Anahi Castillo went 2-for-5 in the victory, hitting a solo home run and doubling while scoring twice. Immanuel High product Mia Barbosa doubled and drove in three runs, while Trinity Sanchez (Reedley High) allowed two hits and struck out five to pick up the pitching victory.

Castillo also starred in the game one loss, belting a two-run homer and also drawing three walks. Alexa Valdez (Reedley Middle College HS) and Hailee Zapien (Dinuba) each collected two hits while Celine Ramos (Clovis East HS) also drove in two runs. The Cougars (19-14) rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull out the win.

Reedley plays a CVC doubleheader Tuesday (1 and 3 p.m.) at College of the Sequoias before traveling to Taft for a Thursday, April 11 conference game (2 p.m. start).

Will Goldbeck
Mid Valley Times | Contributor