Reedley softball earns season split with Immanuel

Pirates pound 17 hit-and-use six run fourth inning to post 9-3 Senior Night victory on May 10, avenging earlier cross division loss to Eagles

Immanuel High’s Allison Wood prepares to swing at a pitch from Reedley High’s Sierra Hallum during the Eagles’ 9-3 cross division loss to the Pirates at Reedley High on May 10. Senior Wood finished 2 for 3 with a run scored while senior Hallum pitched a complete game allowing six hits and three earned runs while striking out six. (Jon Earnest)
Immanuel High’s Allison Wood prepares to swing at a pitch from Reedley High’s Sierra Hallum during the Eagles’ 9-3 cross division loss to the Pirates at Reedley High on May 10. Senior Wood finished 2 for 3 with a run scored while senior Hallum pitched a complete game allowing six hits and three earned runs while striking out six. (Jon Earnest)
Jon Earnest
Published May 14, 2024  • 
11:00 am

REEDLEY – A big fourth inning enabled the Reedley High Pirates to avenge an earlier Tri-County Conference cross division softball defeat to city rival Immanuel High to close out the regular season.

The Pirates (16-13) erupted for six runs to take the lead for good, finishing with 17 hits and cruising to a 9-3 win over the Eagles (16-8) on Senior Night at RHS varsity field on May 10. Reedley turned the tables from a tight 8-7 loss at Immanuel Sports Complex on April 23.

Junior Katelyn Molina and freshman Macy Ruiz had big nights at the plate for Reedley, with Mollina belting three doubles and finishing with two runs scored and two runs batted in. Ruiz also had three hits, finishing with a double and four RBI. Senior shortstop Ashlee Chavez (2-for-4) also doubled twice while Isabella Marin (2-for-3) knocked in a pair of runs.

That was all the offense that pitcher Sierra Hallum needed. The senior righthander shook off a pair of early runs and finished with a six-hit complete game allowing three earned runs while striking out six. The Pirates offense roughed up Immanuel starter Amanda Herrera, who still went the distance and finished with eight strikeouts.

Senior Allison Wood went 2-for-3 with a run scored to pace the Eagles, while sophomore Alison Efird homered for the second time this season against Reedley. The solo shot followed a grand slam home run that fueled a comeback victory in the first round.

Immanuel has a home game in the first round of this week’s Division IV playoffs, hosting Arvin on May 15 and potentially traveling to fourth seed and TCC Sequoia champion Kerman High. Reedley, which finished in third place in the TCC Kings Canyon division standings, earned a Division III No. 10 seed and is traveling to No. 7 Tehachapi on May 15.

Jon Earnest
Reporter