Orange Cove teams now 2-0 in ESL on the diamond

Castillo pitches 1-hitter in 12-0 softball blanking of Farmersville, baseball team erupts for 14 runs in third inning of 20-4 trouncing of Aztecs

Orange Cove relief pitcher Alexander Lizaola fires a pitch to the plate in the third inning of the Titans’ 20-4 rout of Farmersville High in an East Sequoia League baseball game on April 18 at OCHS diamond. The righthander struck out four and allowed just one hit in two scoreless innings, and Orange Cove broke open a tight game with 14 runs in the third inning. (Jon Earnest)
Orange Cove relief pitcher Alexander Lizaola fires a pitch to the plate in the third inning of the Titans’ 20-4 rout of Farmersville High in an East Sequoia League baseball game on April 18 at OCHS diamond. The righthander struck out four and allowed just one hit in two scoreless innings, and Orange Cove broke open a tight game with 14 runs in the third inning. (Jon Earnest)
Jon Earnest
Published April 22, 2024  • 
11:00 am

ORANGE COVE – It was a highly successful Thursday afternoon on the diamond for the Orange Cove High softball and baseball teams in East Sequoia League action against Farmersville High.

Led by a 10-hit attack and dominating performance by senior ace pitcher Mia Castillo, the Titans softball team (11-9, 2-0) scored 11 runs in the first two innings and rolled to a 12-0 five-inning victory over the Aztecs. The OC baseball team, meanwhile, wiped out an early 3-0 deficit and then blew it wide open with 14 runs in the third innings of a 20-4 rout to improve to 10-7 and 2-0.

Orange Cove’s reigning Central Section Division V softball champions are likely to fatten up their season record during ESL play, after going through a rugged pre-league schedule against multiple Division I schools in prestigious Valley tournaments.

Against Farmersville, the Titans feasted on six errors and rapped out 10 hits in the easy win. Junior Madeline Powers doubled and singled to drive in two runs while freshman Aliyano Cano also had two RBI. That was more than enough support for Castillo, who allowed just one single and struck out nine without walking a batter. Earlier this season, she surpassed the 500 career strikeouts milestone.

Earlier in the week on April 16, Orange Cove pounded out 22 hits and drew 13 walks in a 27-1 romp at Orosi High. Senior Sarah Portillo paced the hitting attack with a double and single, driving in four and scoring three runs. Castillo, Powers and freshman Miah Lopez each had three hits while Star Elizondo tripled and drove in three runs. Castillo pitched a five-inning no-hitter, striking out nine and walking one.

The Titans have three ESL games next week, then will take on Corcoran and Strathmore in non-conference matchups at the end of the month.

Orange Cove’s baseball team collected a good chunk of its 18 hits in the big third inning against Farmersville (3-13, 1-2). Roman Ocejo went 4-for-4 with five RBI while Josiah Guerra went 3-for-3 with two triples, two RBI and four runs scored. Roger Torres and Juan Lizaola each had two hits for the Titans.

On April 15, Orange Cove posted a 4-0  home shutout of Orosi High as three pitchers combined on a three-hitter and the offense contributed 12 hits. Lizaola went 3-for-3 with a double while Torres, Alex Rosas and Ocejo all added two hits.

Head coach Everardo Alvarez Jr. also has reached a milestone this season, collecting his 100th career coaching victory. Orange Cove hosted Wonderful College Prep Academy (5-8, 1-0) on Monday, April 22 and Summit Charter Collegiate Academy (2-11, 1-1) on Wednesday, April 24 at 5:30 p.m. ESL matchups.

Jon Earnest
Reporter