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Sports Roundup: Tigers, Huskies advance to quarterfinals

HANFORD — Hanford West pitcher Maddie Shimmin fired a three-hitter and the offense carried the team to an 8-0 CIF Central Section Division I first-round victory over No. 11 seed Clovis West on Tuesday.

With the No. 6 seed Huskies (19-9, 9-3 CSL) leading 5-0, Allison Heffley hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to put the game out of reach. She also had a double in the third inning and scored two runs.

Josie Simas was 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and two runs. She was intentionally walked in the fourth inning.

Hanford West will travel to face No. 3 seed Stockdale (24-5, 14-1 SYL) on Thursday in the quarterfinals. The game begins at 4:30 p.m. Stockdale defeated No. 14 seed Arroyo Grande 3-1 in the first round on Tuesday.

Lemoore

LEMOORE — The Tigers got multi-hit games from five different players and ran away with a 10-2 CIF Central Section Division III opening-round victory on Tuesday.

Sierra Phelps had a huge game at the plate and went 3-for-3 with two triples and two RBIs. She also had a walk and scored three runs. Jacky Esquer, Selina Perez, McKenzie Dutra and Shelley Jobe all had two hits each.

Esquer had a game-high four RBIs with two doubles and two runs. Dutra had two RBIs and Perez drove in one run and scored a run. The Tigers had a total of six extra-base hits.

Tomi Ford pitched a complete game allowing two runs in seven innings with three strikeouts and three walks.

Lemoore (12-9-1, 6-4 WYL) trailed 2-1 in the third inning, but scored four runs to take a 5-2 lead. Esquer hit a two-run double with Dutra’s two-run single later in the inning.

Esquer replicated the feat in the bottom of the fourth inning with another two-run double followed by Perez’s RBI single, which gave the team an 8-2 lead.

Santa Maria (10-17, 4-6 OL) scored both of their runs in the top of the third inning off a two-run single by Carlie Solorio.

Lemoore will travel to face No. 3 seed Selma (17-9, 6-6 CSL) in the quarterfinals on Thursday. Selma defeated No. 14 seed Nipomo 11-2 in the first round on Tuesday.

Sierra Pacific

HANFORD — The season came to an end for Sierra Pacific after they were upset by No. 12 seed Caruthers in the CIF Central Section Division V first round on Tuesday.

The Golden Bears (20-7, 12-0 ESL) outhit the Blue Raiders (17-11, 8-4 WSL) 15-11, but couldn’t muster up enough offense as they fell 8-4.

Sierra Pacific led 1-0 after the first inning, but it was the only time they led. Caruthers scored two in the second and third innings before Sierra Pacific answered and trailed 4-2.

The Blue Raiders added two more in the fifth and sixth, and the Golden Bears couldn’t keep up.

Kaitlin Thayer was 3-for-3 with two runs, while Mikayla Hoggard was 3-for-4. Arianna Chavarin was 2-for-3 with an RBI and run. Bella Culp and McKenna Randell each had an RBI.

Lauren Alarcon struggled in the circle allowing eight runs (seven earned) on 11 hits over seven innings. She had two strikeouts and three walks.

Sierra Pacific concludes its season having won back-to-back East Sequoia League titles.

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Noe Garcia can be reached at (559) 583-2431 or ngarcia@hanfordsentinel.com. Follow Noe on Twitter at @noecarlosgarcia.

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