PREP ROUNDUP: Sanger boys volleyball goes 4-2 at Redondo Tournament

Apaches tune up for postseason after clinching another CMAC crown, prepare for upcoming Division 1 section playoffs at end of month

Sanger High’s Trent Navo (12) makes a dig during the Apaches’ three-set sweep of Madera High on April 13 at Nicholson Court in Sanger. Navo was one of five seniors honored by the school prior to the Senior Night match. (George Armenta)
Sanger High’s Trent Navo (12) makes a dig during the Apaches’ three-set sweep of Madera High on April 13 at Nicholson Court in Sanger. Navo was one of five seniors honored by the school prior to the Senior Night match. (George Armenta)
Jon Earnest
Published April 22, 2024  • 
11:00 am

SANGER – The Sanger High Apaches tuned up for postseason play with a trip to Southern California after wrapping up another County Metro Athletic Conference (CMAC) boys volleyball championship.

Sanger (34-7 overall) traveled to the rugged Redondo Tournament on April 19-20, winning four of six matches and finishing in ninth place in the Gold Bracket. The Apaches defeated Canyon Coast Academy, Wilson-Long Beach twice and Oak Park, with the losses coming against Santa Monica and fellow Central Section school Clovis West.

Before heading south, Sanger officially clinched its sixth straight outright CMAC title with wins at Edison (three-set sweep on April 16) and home against Madera (3-0 at April 18). In the process, the Apaches stretched their CMAC match win streak to 26 straight; the last loss coming against Bullard in May 2021.

Before the win over Madera, the Apaches honored seniors Seth Dillon, David Benningfield, Eduardo Gonzalez-Alcazar, Ryan Diehl and Trent Navo. The Apaches survived a 28-26 challenge in set two, but allowed just 15 and 18 points in sets one and three.

Sanger closes out the regular season on Thursday, April 25 with a 6:30 p.m. match in fresno against Justin Garza High. The Apaches will compete in the Division I postseason, and play begins on Tuesday, April 30 with first round matches. Section finals matches are scheduled for Thursday, May 9.

BASEBALL

Dinuba hands Tulare Western first WYL loss

The Dinuba High baseball team has struggled through the early West Yosemite League season, but had a highlight on April 19 by handing first place Tulare Western its first league loss with a 2-0 shutout victory. The win improved the Emperors to 3-5 league (7-14 overall) and avenged an 8-1 road loss to the Mustangs (12-11, 8-1) on April 16.

Junior pitcher Austin Kelly (3-6) had his best outing of the season with a two-hit complete game, striking out eight and working around two walks. Seniors Daniel Pruneda and Carmelo Mendoza drove in the two Dinuba runs in the second inning. Noah Gonzalez had two hits while Jayce Prendez drove in the only run in the road loss.

The Emperors have two games against Lemoore High this week, including a 7 p.m. evening road contest in Lemoore on Thursday, April 25.

Reedley loses twice to Selma

Reedley High fell to 7-12, 3-4 in Tri-County Conference Sequoia Division play, following a pair of losses against Selma High last week. The Pirates lost by a 9-2 score at RHS on April 16, then were blanked 9-0 in Selma three days later.

Reedley struggled at the plate with just seven hits during the week, two by Jacob Silva who took the pitching loss at Selma. Gage Betancourt hit a solo home run in the home loss, and Angel Godinez collected the Pirates’ other RBI.

Reedley had a pair of cross division afternoon games this week against Kerman (14-7), in Reedley on April 23, and another at Kerman on Thursday, April 25.

SOFTBALL

Pirates lose first place showdown in Kingsburg

Reedley High battled for first place in the Tri-County Conference Kings Canyon Division on April 19, but was limited to one hit in a 3-0 loss at Kingsburg High (14-4-1, 4-0). The Pirates (13-9, 3-1) managed just a single by Katelynn Molina against Vikings junior Aliyanna “Yaya” Gonzales, who struck out 14 in a complete game effort.

Sierra Hallum worked six innings and allowed one earned run on six hits to take the loss, but collected a save in a 7-6 home win against Sierra Pacific on April 16. Freshman Delillah Marin picked up the decision with six innings of work, and catcher Candince Moreno-Hairabedian went 3-for-4 with two runs scored while Jocelyn Fonseca doubled and drove in three runs.

Reedley has games this week against Tri-County Sequoia leader Immanuel (April 23) and at Hanford West (Friday, April 26, 6:30 p.m.).

Jon Earnest
Reporter