Porterville High School boys tennis defeated second-seed Buchanan 4-1 for third place Saturday at the two-day Redwood High School Invitational in Visalia.

Competing in Division II, the Panthers lost 3-2 to Paso Robles in the semifinals.

Joseph Catalina earned also earned a third-place medal for Div. II No. 2 singles.

Porterville hosts Tulare Union at home today.


Spartans sweep Bears 2-0

Strathmore High School baseball swept Summit Charter Saturday in a non-league doubleheader at home.

The Spartans won the first game 5-0 and the second 8-4.

In the first game, freshman Aidan Jackson picked up his first win as a Spartan going 5 1/3 innings. He gave up four hits and no walks while striking out eight. Jaylen Oats finished the game striking out three.

At the plate, Jacob Flores was 2-for-2 with two doubles and two RBIs. Rigo Alvarez, Taylor Lollis and Oats also contributed with two hits a piece.

For  Summit, Michael Diaz went 3-for-3 with a couple of stolen bases and Dustin Bear was solid on the mound striking out five in five innings.

In the second game, Oats, Matt Brown and John Leal put together a strong seven innings on the bump.  Brown got the win and Leal got the save.

Josue “Jackie” Topete had two hits and two RBIs. William Reece was 2-for-3 with two stolen bases. Leal and Alvarez each had big two-run RBI hits.

Bear had two hits and two RBIs with a double for Summit. Joseph Toledo also had a pair of hits for the Bears.

Strathmore hosts Granite at home Tuesday in a league game.


Spartans go 2-0 vs. Bears

Strathmore High School softball picked up two big wins over Summit Charter in Saturday’s non-league doubleheader at home.

The Spartans won the first game 15-5 and the second 22-5. Both games only went to five innings.

For the first game, Makayla Trujillo pitched a complete game. She allowed five runs – two earned – on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts.

Strathmore had four hits but were walked 11 times. Jazmine Soto led the team at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a home run, a triple and one RBI.

Kimberly Sanchez went 2-for-2 to lead Summit.

In the second game, Makaylee Duer pitched a complete game. Duer gave up five runs – three earned – on seven hits and three walks. She also had four strikeouts.

Duer also went 2-for-3 with two doubles, three RBIs and two runs scored. Soto had another big game and went 2-for-2 with two home runs, four RBIs, four runs scored and three walks. Joanna Carranza also had a double.

For Summit, Kristen Salazar went 2-for-2 with a run scored and Janessa Gonzalez was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

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