VISALIA — Hanford West came away with its largest shutout victory of the season – a 19-0 shellacking of Mt. Whitney in five innings.
It was the first time the team scored 19 or more runs since 2016 when they defeated Woodlake 22-2. According to MaxPreps, it's their largest shutout victory in 14 years. They previously defeated Reedley, Roosevelt and Garces Memorial 17-0. Reedley and Roosevelt came during the 2012 season and Garces Memorial in 2017.
The Huskies waited no time getting on the board with 10 runs in the first inning alone. They added five more in the third and four in the fourth.
Allison Heffley hit a grand slam — her second home run of the year — and was 3-for-5 with five RBIs and two runs. Bianca Castallanos was a perfect 3-for-3 with three runs and a walk. The Huskies drew 12 walks as a team.
Beyonce Epps went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and Jordyn Antuna was 2-for-2 with three RBIs and a run.
Nikki Antuna threw well in the circle with three perfect innings and two strikeouts. Irene Sias pitched two scoreless innings and allowed two hits.
The Huskies moved to a perfect 4-0 with a WYL victory over El Diamante on Thursday. They won 7-4 and setup a showdown against Redwood next Monday, also undefeated in league.
El Diamante took the early 4-0 lead, but Hanford West battled back with a run in the third and five more in the fifth to take the lead.
Heffley led the team going 3-for-4 (all doubles) with three RBIs and two runs. Maddie Shimmin was 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Antuna was effective again pitching a complete game with two earned runs on six hits. She also had one walk and three strikeouts.
VISALIA — The Lemoore softball team dropped a West Yosemite League game against El Diamante 11-9 on Tuesday.
The Tigers trailed 1-0 before they put together a five-run fourth inning to grab the lead. After two quick outs, the Tiger hit back-to-back singles. Sierra Phelps doubled to drive in the team’s first run and Kara Tellefsen followed with her own RBI knock. Susannah Campos delivered a two-run double to put the exclamation point on the inning.
But the Miners came back in the bottom of the inning with three of their own runs to cut the deficit to one. The Tigers added two more on a Sierra Phelps RBI single in the fifth, but El Diamante responded with seven runs to take an 11-7 lead.
Lemoore fought back with a run in the sixth and seventh, but it wasn’t enough. Phelps and Shelley Jobe both had great days at the plate with each going 3-for-4. Phelps had a double, three RBIs and a run. Jobe had three singles and finished with three runs.
Selina Perez, Megan VanAllen and Kiara Elizalde each had two hits apiece.
Ashtyn Lucas started the game and pitched three innings and allowed three earned runs on four hits, while striking out two, walking three and hitting three batters. Tomi Ford pitched the other three innings and allowed three earned runs on six hits and walked one.
Lemoore lost another WYL game on Thursday, this time versus Golden West. They put up plenty of offense, but couldn’t stop the Miners’ hitting who won 19-15.
The Tigers’ Jobe was 4-for-5 with two RBIs, two runs and two stolen bases. Madison Wallace was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs. It’s the team’s sixth loss in a row and second consecutive WYL loss.
Lemoore is now 9-11 overall and 1-3 in the WYL. They have rival Hanford (6-7-2, 2-2 WYL) next Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.
STRATHMORE — Sierra Pacific downed East Sequoia League opponent Strathmore 10-1 and extended its league record to a perfect 6-0 on Wednesday.
The Golden Bears (15-1-2, 6-0 ESL) had 11 hits as a team with Zach Barber going 3-for-5 with two runs and a RBI. Will Springer and Gavin Vangronigen were each 2-for-3 at the plate. Springer had two RBIs and one run and Vangronigen finished with one RBI and one run.
Barber got the nod on the mound and turned in his best pitching performance of the season. He struck out a season-high eight batters and allowed five hits over five innings of work. The one run allowed was unearned.
Springer and Vangronigen both pitched perfect innings in relief and each had two strikeouts.
Sierra Pacific gets Strathmore at home today at 4 p.m.
HANFORD — Sierra Pacific edged out a tough – and exciting – 5-4 non-league win against Lemoore on Monday.
The win was all the more impressive with Lemoore being a Division III team and Sierra Pacific a Division IV school. The match came down to the final two doubles matches after singles and third doubles left the Golden Bears with a 4-3 lead.
The No. 1 doubles team of Marco Diaz and JC Roa lost their match 8-2 and trailed 6-0 to start after Roa suffered a calf cramp.
It was the No. 2 doubles of Jackie Gong and Kristian Losenara who came through with an 8-3 win and the decisive victory for Sierra Pacific. Gong and Losenara still have not lost this season.
"This was just the type of match we expect and looked to from Lemoore," Sierra Pacific coach Michael Miya said.
The Golden Bears continued their winning ways on Wednesday with a 9-0 victory over Granite Hills and only dropped two games throughout the entire match.
Diaz, Roa, Gong, Losenara and Chounlamountry all won 8-0 with Lu winning 8-1. It was a dominant performance all around from Sierra Pacific. They’re now 14-0 overall and 10-0 in the ESL.
PORTERVILLE — The Sierra Pacific golf team took first in the East Sequoia League Mini Tournament by three strokes on Monday. It was the Golden Bears' third, first-place finish in the ESL.
Sierra Pacific finished with the low score of 231 with Granite Hills in a close second at 234. Woodlake and Strathmore tied for third with each school shooting 263. Lindsay and Orosi were disqualified.
No. 2 golfer Justin Fukano shot the low round for his team with a 44 and four other teammates were also in the 40s. No. 1 Ethan Dall carded a 45, No. 3 Chase Cromwell shot a 46, No. 4 Ethan Chhan finished with a 47 and No. 5 Thomas Bell had a 49. No. 6 Lucas Cameron shot a 55.
The boys won again on Thursday in a dual match against Chowchilla at Kings Country Club. The Golden Bears scored a 231 to Chowchilla’s 252.
Fukano continued to card the low round for his team with a 43 and Dall shot a 44. Chhan shot a 46 and No. 6 Mathew Santos shot a 48.
The team is now 6-1 in dual matches and has a big 18-hole tournament next Monday at River Island Country Club.