PC baseball, softball wins
The Porterville College baseball team has put together two straight solid games leading to two straight wins, with the second victory arguably its best all-around game of the season.
PC won 12-3 at Taft on Thursday to improve to 8-10 and 4-7 in the Central Valley Conference. PC had a season-high 17 hits and Johnny Sanchez pitched eight strong innings to pick up the win for the Pirates. PC was coming off a 3-1 win over Taft on Tuesday.
Johnny Sanchez allowed two earned runs on nine hits and didn’t walk a batter. It was a second straight game a PC pitcher went eight innings without walking a batter as Jamie Good allowed an unearned run to pick up the win on Tuesday.
Sanchez and Good were both able to scatter a high number of hits as Taft scored just one run on 10 hits on Tuesday, with nine of the hits coming off Good. “We had another strong outing on the mound,” PC coach Jake Kiser said.
About the number of hits allowed, Kiser said, “both times it’s been about a hit an inning. The bottom line is you can give up a hit an inning if you play good defense and don’t walk guys.”
When asked if it was his team’s best game of the season, Kiser said, “I would say so.”
Offensively for PC, Christian Hamett went 2-for-6 with an RBI, James Lopez had a hit and an RBI, Bryce Telfer went 2-for-5, James Bingaman went 2-for-4 with an RBI, Dylan Watson was 3-for-4 with a double, Andrew Lopez went 3-for-5 with two RBI and three runs, Zach Johnson was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs and Tyler Czech was 2-for-5 with two RBI. Zack Laurin pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out one for PC.
PC 3, MERCED 0
Chelsie Childs pitched a complete game shutout for Porterville College, which picked up its first Central Valley Conference win. Childs struck out just one and walked just one with her only walk coming in the seventh inning. Childs pitched a two-hitter, allowing one hit in the first and two hits in the seventh.
The Pirates played perfect defense behind Childs, committing no errors. “She did a much better job of placing the ball and the defense played well behind her,” PC coach Vickie Dugan said. “That’s our best game fielding-wise. It was a good day.”
In the seventh, Childs gave up a leadoff triple. But Childs got the first out on a safety squeeze bunt attempt when she fielded the ball and threw to first with the runner holding a third. Third baseman Ashley Keener followed by making a run-saving play when she knocked a ball down that went for an infield single, again with the runner holding at third. With runners at second and third and one out, Childs got a popup and and a ground out to escape the jam.
Maria West led PC’s offense. In the first, West singled, stole second and scored on Bethany Threlkeld’s RBI double. West hit a home run in the third to give Porterville a 2-0 lead. PC manufactured a run in the sixth when Erin Keener walked, went to second on Shaycie Atene’s sacrifice bunt and scored on Ashley Higgins’ single.
West had two hits, Jessica Heffley doubled and Ashley Keener and Danyela Salas each added a hit for PC. Dugan said her team could have still had a better approach at the plate. “We weren’t as disciplined as we need to be,” she said.