REEDLEY COLLEGE: Reedley College baseball drops two of three CVC contests

Tigers softball loses non-conference home doubleheader, honors five sophomores prior to final week of conference season

Reedley College utility player Hailee Zapien stands with family members before the Tigers' non-conference softball doubleheader with Bakersfield College on April 20. The Dinuba High product was one of five sophomores honored by the school before the final week of Central Valley Conference play. (Danny Jimenez)
Reedley College utility player Hailee Zapien stands with family members before the Tigers' non-conference softball doubleheader with Bakersfield College on April 20. The Dinuba High product was one of five sophomores honored by the school before the final week of Central Valley Conference play. (Danny Jimenez)
Mid Valley Times Staff
Published April 22, 2024  • 
12:00 pm

REEDLEY — A top three finish in the Central Valley Conference now is unlikely for the Reedley College baseball team, after the team lost two CVC home games following a road win to fall three games behind third place Taft College in the loss column.

Reedley (22-15, 11-10) fell off the pace with home losses to Porterville (4-0 on April 18) and second place Merced (5-2 on April 20). The Tigers opened the week with an 11-6 win in 13 innings over College of the Sequoias in Visalia on April 17.

Reedley rallied to force extra innings with single runs in the seventh and ninth against COS (16-19, 9-11), then after each team scored once in the 11th inning the Tigers erupted for five runs in the top of the 13th. Trevin Paulson had a two-run single for the big hit in the inning. Mikey Ramirez, Brody Block and Mike Collins all collected three hits. 

In the loss to Porterville, the offense was stymied by Jacob Amador, who pitched a five-hit complete game with seven strikeouts. Jobe Olson allowed two earned runs in six innings to take the loss. Merced then wiped out a 2-1 deficit with four runs in the fifth inning against starter Cameron Castor. Callison went 3-for-4 to pace the Tigers’ eight-hit attack.

Reedley closes out the regular season this week with games at Taft (April 23), at Coalinga College (Thursday, April 25, 2 p.m.) and finally at home Saturday, April 26 in a 2 p.m. start against first place Fresno City College (27-10, 15-6).

Softball team shoots for at-large postseason bid

The Reedley College softball team attempted to reverse a three-game losing streak this week as they close out Central Valley Conference play with two home games against Merced College (April 23). The Tigers (20-16, 9-7) are solidified in fourth place in conference, and still have hopes for an at-large berth in postseason play. 

The Tigers last week honored five sophomore players during a non-conference home doubleheader against Bakersfield College on April 20. Alexis Wright (Tulare Western), Alexa Valdez (Reedley Middle College High School), Hailee Zapien (Dinuba), Abigelle Buchanan (Galt) and Mia Barbosa (Immanuel High) all were recognized before the games.

Reedley lost the doubleheader by scores of 6-3 and 6-2. Anahi Castillo (Orange Cove) homered and drove in both runs in the opening loss while Zapien collected two hits in the nightcap. Trinity Sanchez (Reedley) and Wright took the pitching losses, with the visiting Renegades breaking a tie with a run in the sixth and two in the seventh to finish off the sweep.

On April 19, Reedley split a doubleheader at San Jose City College. The Tigers won the opener 6-2 as Castillo homered and drove in three runs while Sanchez struck out seven and scattered eight hits in five innings. San Jose won Game 2 by a 2-1 score as Sanchez took the loss despite allowing just five hits and striking out three.

Mid Valley Times Staff