Porterville High School baseball took sole possession of first place in the East Yosemite League with a 5-2 win at Tulare Union High School Thursday afternoon.

For the Panthers, Daniel Perez had three hits while Ricky Carranza, Santiago Sanchez and John Herrera had two hits apiece.  

Seth Correa picked up the win in relief after going 4 2/3 innings with no runs and only one hit allowed.

Strathmore 10

Woodlake 2

Strathmore High School baseball defeated Woodlake High School 10-2 Thursday in an East Sequoia League game on the road.

Josue “Jackie” Topete led off the game with a single, and led the team to victory, according to SHS head coach Thad Reece. Topete had three hits, two doubles, two RBIs, two stolen bases and scored three runs. William Reece hit second and was 2-for-3 with two stolen bases and two runs scored. Jacob Flores hit third and was on base four times. Flores also had two hits with a double. Batting fourth, Rigo Alvarez had two hits.

Aidan Jackson pitched five strong innings, with seven strikeouts, for the win.

SOFTBALL

El Diamante 16

Monache 4

Monache High School softball fell 16-4 at home to El Diamante Thursday in a non-league game at home. 

“My defense played really well,” MHS head coach Dave Koontz said. “My offense had 10 hits, hit the ball hard against a pretty good pitcher.”

Freshman Ariana Rivas took the loss on the mound for the Marauders. Despite their pitching struggles, Koontz said he continues to see improvement.

Center fielder Kailyn Castle had a big day defensively with three diving catches in the outfield and also pitched the final two innings for the team. At the plate, the sophomore went 3-for-4 with a triple and a run scored.

“I was really proud of her today, she stepped up for the team,” Koontz said.

Back at Monache was Danielle Emerson, a four-year varsity player for the Marauders from 2010-13, who is now the head coach of El Diamante.

“Great having her at the field,” Koontz said. “Very proud of her.” 

TRACK AND FIELD

Marauders win first EYL meet

Monache High School track and field earned their first East Yosemite League victories Wednesday in the boys and girls’ varsity meet against Delano at Jacob Rankin Stadium.  

“The girls have been performing well lately and have more depth and talent when compared to our boys teams,” said MHS head coach Seth Ishida. They outscored Delano 117.5-18.5 while the boys beat Delano 98-36.  

Many younger boys runners were moved up to deal with a strong Delano boys team led by strong sprinters. Adrian Almendarez (12.02 seconds) rose to the challenge with a narrow win against Delano’s Joel Meza (12.07) in the premiere 100-meter race. Meza returned the favor with a time of 24.65 seconds and the win in the 200 meters versus Almendarez’s 24.73.  

“I am especially proud of Adrian’s season so far,” Ishida said. “For him to come back from multiple knee surgeries is a credit to his character and work ethic.”

Isaiah Mendez moved down from the distance crew to try an open 400-meter race and anchor a narrow loss in the 4x400 relay race to end the meet.  He ran a 52.74 for the close win in the 400 and a 52.10 for his relay leg. Ivan Mendez won the 1,600, 800 and 3,200-meter races; and had an impressive 4:28 in the 1,600-meter race.  

Izaiah Pasqua won the 110 high hurdles (18.00) and the 300 hurdles (45.66) and the high jump (5 feet, 8 inches).  Marcus Salazar won the long jump with a personal record of 18-2. Julian Rowe was promoted to Varsity and won the triple jump with a 36-foot jump. Mateo Guerrero won the pole vault with an 8-foot-6 leap.  

“The boys rose to the challenge and showed a great deal of improvement as a team,” Ishida said.  

The girls were led by Marilou Ruiz with wins in the 400, 800, 3,200 and 4x400 meter relay; and Laila Alghonaym with wins in the 100 and 300-hurdles as well as the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.  Both did not run any PRs, but put in a great deal of work for the team win.  

Ruby Fiori won the long jump with a leap of 15-1 and Kelci Seaman followed it up with a 15-foot jump of her own and a win in the triple jump (31-foot-5). On Fiori and Seaman, Ishida said, “These two sophomores are fantastic. They work hard and are extremely dedicated. They are very versatile.”  

Isis Johnson won the pole vault with an 8-foot vault and the high jump with a 4-2. 

Monache faces 17 teams at Golden West High School on Saturday that include Edison, Tulare Union and Bullard, for the Larry Lung Track and Field Invitational.

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