CLOVIS - Shota Runge spoiled what may have been one of the biggest wins in Hanford West High's baseball history Tuesday night.
Runge's walkoff homer with two outs, and a 1-2 count at that, gave Buchanan a 3-2 win over the Huskies on Day 2 of the Fresno Easter Classic.
Buchanan (19-3) entered the game ranked No. 3 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports and No. 5 in the nation, but got a battle from the Huskies, who fall to 15-9 on the season with the loss.
"i never thought I'd be saying this, but we've lost two in a row, and we're on a roll. All we ever ask of our team is to have a positive attitude and put out maximum effort," said Hanford West coach Mike Remy "We've sold out the last two days. it's made us a better, closer team, and at some point, we're be the ones that come out on top. Don't get me wrong, winning is fun, but so is competing."
The Huskies opened the tournament Monday with a 3-2 win over Clovis East, followed by a 4-2 loss to Frontier (Bakersfield).
On Tuesday, Mike Hostetler took the loss for Hanford West, falling to 2-1 on the year. He walked none and struck out four.
"Hoss was the dude for us tonight, he had command of four pitches, throwing offspeed pitches for strikes even in 2-0 counts," Remy said. "He has not walked a batter this season in 36 innings, an amazing number. And, oh by the way, he also went 2-for-3."
The Bears scored single runs in the first and second innings on errors.
Hanford West scred one run in the third on Aaron Eck's grounder that plated Luke Tessman, who doulbed and went to third on an Alex Lopez bunt.
The Huskies tied it in the fifth when Lopez scored on a dropped fly ball to shallow center. Ricky Garcia tried scoring from first, but was thrown out at the plate.
Hanford 10, Granite Bay 0
CLOVIS - Erick Mcrae tossed a 2-hitter, striking out six as the Hanford baseball team beat Granite Bay (Sacramento) 10-0 at Clovis East High in the Fresno Easter Classic.
Donovan Fagundes was 2-for-3 with a 2-run home run and Wyatt Champlin was 2-for-4 with a 2-run double to lead the Bullpups to the victory in a game that was called after six innings due to mercy rule.
The Bullpups (11-8) put up three runs in the top of the first, fourth and sixth innings while committing no errors.
Hanford resumes play in the tournament today against Frontier (Bakersfield) at Clovis North High at 1 p.m.
Huskies win one, lose one
CLOVIS - Hanford West split its games in the Clovis Easter Softball Classic Tuesday, beating Clovis West 6-1, but falling 3-2 to Frontier (Bakersfield) in a semifinal game.
As might be expected in a matchup of two of the Central Section's top teams, the game with Frontier came down to an international tiebreaker.
With a runner on third to start the seventh and the score tied at 1-1, Hanford West's Breanna Young drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly.
The Huskies couldn't hold the lead, however, with Frontier winning with the help of three singles and a walk.
The loss dropped Hanford West to 16-4 on the season.
Jessica Heffley's homer in the third gave the Huskies a 1-0 lead, but Frontier scored once in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game.
Young held Clovis West to three hits in the opener, improving to 6-1 on the year.
Megan Sweet drove in two runs and had a double as part of a 3-for-3 game. Heffley doubled and was 2-for-4.
Hanford West resumes West Yosemite League play next Tuesday at home against Redwood. The Huskies also play Lemoore on Wednesday and travel to Golden West on Friday.
Track and field
Trio earns hat trick
Hanford's Isiah Perez and Andrew Maxwell as well as Sierra Pacific's Kevin Balallo each won three individual events apiece to lead locals at the Hanford Sierra Pacific Invitational Saturday.
Woodlake won both the boys division with 114 points. In the girls, Sierra Pacific finished one point behind winner Woodlake, which had 94 points.
Other teams in the girls division were Kings Christian (76 points), Hanford (69) and Hanford West (24).
Hanford was second in the boys division with 98 points, followed by Kings Christian (56) and Hanford West (23).
Maxwell won the 100 (11.82), the 200 (24.52) and the long jump (17-1).
Perez took first in the 1,600 (4:56.84), the 800 (2:13.46) and the 3,200 (11:27.03).
Ballalo was first in the high jump (5-2), the pole vault (7-6) and the triple jump (33-1.75).
Also winning multiple event winners in the boys events for Hanford was Francisco Gamboa and Chris Wilson. Gamboa won the 1,600 in 4:58.84 and the 800 in 2:08.57. Wilson took the shot put (43-0) and discus (118-2).
Kings Christian's Thomas Baker won the boys 110 hurdles (20.54) and the pole vault (10-0).
Winning multiple events for the Sierra Pacific girls team was Korey Domingos (1,600, 5:55.35; 800, 2:45.43).
Hanford's Kortnee Loftus was a double winner in the 200 (27.28) and the 400 (1:06.43).
Sierra Pacific ran away with the boys freshman/sophomore division with 217 points.