Immanuel softball advances to playoff rematch with Kerman

Eagles down Arvin in D-IV opener to gain third game this season against TCC rival; Reedley knocks off Tehachapi in D-III, Orange Cove rolls in D-IV while Sanger teams’ season comes to end

Immanuel High first baseman Addison Efird retrieves a low throw to register the putout at first base during the seventh inning of the Eagles’ 8-1 victory over Arvin High in a Division IV softball first round playoff game on May 15 at Immanuel Sports Complex. Immanuel (17-8) advances to a quarterfinal playoff on Friday, May 17 at Tri County Conference rival and division champion Kerman High. (Jon Earnest)
Jon Earnest
Published May 16, 2024  • 
12:00 pm

REEDLEY – The Immanuel High softball team is hoping that the third time will be a charm against the Tri-County Conference Sequoia Division champion Kerman High Lions.

The Eagles (17-8) set up a third crack at their league rivals with an 8-1 home victory over Arvin High on Wednesday, May 15 afternoon in a Division IV first round matchup. Immanuel overcame an early 1-0 deficit, and pitcher Amanda Herrera kept the Bears (17-10) over the final six innings.

Kerman’s two wins over Immanuel —  2-0 in Kerman on April 18 and 7-2 at Immanuel on May 7 — prevented the Eagles from a shot at the TCC crown. Coach Ryan Wood praised Lions freshman pitcher Roxy Alvarez, who struck out 18 in 12 innings of work.

“Their pitcher is good, their team is good and they’re well-coached,” he said. “I love (the challenge). I want another shot, the girls want another shot. Wins are sweet – playoff wins are even sweeter.”

Arvin parlayed a couple of hits into the game’s first run, but the Eagles responded big with three-run outburst in the first and second innings. Ava Regier drove in a pair of runs while Allison Wood, Leah Thomas and Natalie Delgadillo all collected two hits. 

Immanuel finished with six hits, all singles, but took advantage of three walks and four errors in the field by the visitors. Herrera allowed eight hits, but didn’t walk a batter and struck out three in pitching the distance.

Cabrillo 3, Sanger West 0

Cabrillo High first baseman Alana Monreal stretches while retiring Sanger West High baserunner Amiyah Acosta to end the inning during the Conquistadors’ 3-0 victory over the Hornets in a Division III softball first round playoff game on May 15. The team from Lompoc ended Sanger West’s season with a 24-6-1 record. (Jon Earnest)

At Sanger West, the North Yosemite League champion and No. 8 seed Hornets (24-6-1) were shackled on offense by Cabrillo High pitcher Marie Terrones, who threw a complete game shutout in the Division III first round matchup.

Sanger West ace Mia Arriola was touched for three runs early but still finished with a complete game performance. The Hornets collected a second straight NYL championship, this time going through league with a perfect 14-0 record.

Ninth-seeded Cabrillo, from Lompoc (12-7-1), next plays at top seed Taft (27-2-1) in a quarterfinal matchup on Friday, May 17.

Reedley 6, Tehachapi 1

At Tehachapi, the No. 10 seed Pirates pulled off the Division III road upset of the Warriors by getting a grand slam home run from senior shortstop Ashlee Chavez and a strong pitching performance by senior Sierra Hallum.

Chavez (2-for-4) blasted the long homer and also doubled to power the offense, while Hallum allowed just one unearned run and five hits while striking out eight and walking just one. Freshman Macy Ruiz added two hits as part of Reedley’s nine-hit attack.

The Pirates (17-12) travel to Kern County Friday, May 17 for a 4:30 p.m. quarterfinal contest against No. 2 Bakersfield Christian (24-1). The Eagles routed Chowchilla, 11-1.

Orange Cove 10, Kern Valley 2

At Orange Cove, the No. 2 seed Titans (20-9) started off their bid for a third consecutive section title with a convincing D-IV win over the visiting Broncs (18-8). Senior Star Elizondo launched a pair of home runs and drove in four runs while going 3-for-4, leading the 10-hit attack.

Senior pitcher Mia Castillo struck out 16 and walked just one yielding three hits to improve to 18-7 on the season. Castillo has 239 strikeouts this season, upping her career mark to 620.

Orange Cove hosts No. 7 Lemoore High (12-16-1) in a 6:30 p.m. start at OCHS varsity field Friday, May 17.

Centennial-Bakersfield 6, Sanger 0

At Bakersfield, the No. 12 seed Apaches (19-9) had their season ended by the No. 5 Golden Hawks (24-6). Junior pitcher Madison Cabrera pitched a two-hitter, striking out 13 and working around two walks.

Seniors Jayden Herrera and Julia Gutierrez had the lone hits for Sanger, and sophomore pitchers Emma Martinez and Jenna Alvarez each worked three innings yielding a combined seven hits. Centennial senior Chambree Delcid doubled and drove in three runs.

Jon Earnest
Reporter