Softball: Kingsburg vs Hanford West

Kingsburg pitcher Kayla Medrano makes a pitch during the fourth inning of a Central Sequoia League game against Hanford West at Norman Boyles Field on March 15. 

HANFORD - The Vikings defeated the Hanford West Huskies 6-5 in a Central Sequoia League game on March 15.

Down 4-2, Kingsburg scored four runs in the fifth inning to take a 6-4 lead.

Kayla Medrano was the winning pitcher after pitching a complete game.

The Vikings had a total of 12 hits including two each from Caitlyn Vela (2-for-4), Brianna Vela (2-for-4) and Taryn Irigoyen (2-for-4). All three each knocked in a run. Blaire Willson knocked in two runs, going 1-for-4 at the plate.

Three days prior, Kingsburg defeated Immanuel 22-1.

In the game against the Eagles, freshman pitcher Mia Estrada stuck out 10 batters while allowing three hits and one run in five innings.

Catcher Marissa Gonzalez went 4-for-4 with a home run and nine RBI.

On March 16, the Vikings swept a doubleheader against Arroyo Grande at home. In game one, Kingsburg defeated the Arroyo Grande Eagles 6-4 behind multi-hit performances from Irigoyen (3-for-4), Brianna Vela (2-for-4), and Marissa Montelongo (2-for-4). One of Montelongo’s hits was her first home run of the year.

In game two, the Vikings scored seven runs in the second inning enroute to a 11-3 win.

Brianna Vela went 3-for-4 with three RBI and Gonzalez and Irigoyen each knocked in two runs.

Kingsburg improved to 8-1-1 overall after the doubleheader.

The Vikings last played Clovis East in a nonleague game on Tuesday (after press time). Kingsburg will host Dinuba (11-1, 1-1 in CSL) on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, the Vikings will play two games at two different schools in the Central Coast. Kingsburg will play at San Luis Obispo and Nipomo high schools.

Selma softball

SELMA - The Bears improved to 2-0 in CSL play after defeating the Dinuba Emperors 11-6 at home on March 15.

It was Dinuba’s first loss of the season after heading into the matchup at 11-0 overall and 1-0 in CSL play.

Selma took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but the Emperors scored five runs in the second to take a 5-2 advantage.

In the bottom half of the second inning, the Bears rallied back, scoring five runs for a 7-5 lead. Selma’s lineup continue to soar, scoring four runs in the third to extend its lead 11-5. Dinuba scored its final run in the fourth inning.

Bears’ outfielder Dom Trevino went 3-for-3 with an RBI and two doubles. Shortstop Clarissa Moreno went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and RBI double. Chrissy Wallace batted 4-for-4 with four RBI and two doubles. Hannah Garcia went 2-for-3 and Ashley Paz was 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBI.

Alyssa Grijalva was the winning pitcher after throwing a complete game. Grijalva improved her record to 5-1.

Three days prior to the Dinuba game, Selma defeated Central Valley Christian 8-3 to start CSL play.

Moreno went 2-for-3 with two home runs and four RBI. Wallace hit a solo shot during a 2-for-3 afternoon against the Cavaliers.

The Bears last played Hanford West on Tuesday (after press time). Huskies went into the matchup at 7-6 overall and 0-2 in CSL play.

Up next for Selma is a home game against Exeter (8-2, 2-0 in CSL) on Thursday. First pitch is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start. After, the Bears will host a doubleheader against Mission Prep on Saturday. Game one is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. while the second game is slated to start at 2:30 p.m.

Selma is scheduled to continue CSL play at Immanuel on March 26.

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Jeremiah Martinez can be reached at 559-583-2413 or jmartinez@hanfordsentinel.com

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