Porterville High School baseball went back-to-back as upper-division champions of the Tulare/Visalia Pro-PT Invitational with a 8-0 shutout of Golden West Wednesday at Visalia Rawhide’s Recreation Park. 

The Panthers’ John Herrera threw all seven innings, giving up eight hits and no walks with two strikeouts on only 79 pitches. 

“We played great defense last night,” PHS head coach Mike Hill said.

Offensively, Seth Correa went 3-for-4 with two singles, a double and a RBI. Daniel Perez went 1-for-2 with two RBIs and two walks.

Porterville went 3-1 in the three-day tournament, starting with a 2-1 loss to El Diamante on Monday. In Tuesday’s doubleheader, Porterville defeated Sanger 8-4 and Golden West 5-2.

Monache                     6

Mission Oak                2

Monache High School baseball beat Mission Oak 6-2 to claim the lower division championship title of the Tulare/Visalia Pro-PT Invitational at Visalia Rawhide’s Recreation Park. 

The Marauders scored all six runs in the first half of the game with three runs each in the second and third inning. 

Richie Bailey got the win on the mound, going 3 1/3 innings with one run allowed on three hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Aaron Hernandez pitched 3 2/3 innings, giving up one run on one hit and seven walks. Hernandez also had three strikeouts.

Aidan Galvan went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a runs scored while Anthony Carabay went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored to lead the team at the plate. Matthew Cloyd also went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a walk. 


Monache girls, boys win Rocky Hill Invite

The Monache High School girls and boys track and field teams were victorious Wednesday in the first Rocky Hill Invite at Jacob Rankin Stadium. All four Porterville Unified School District high school teams participated in the meet, along with four other schools.

Monache won the girls division with 235 points, Granite Hills (122.5) placed second, Strathmore (65.5) third and Porterville (53) fourth. For the boys, the Marauders won with 178.5 points, Porterville (146) took second, Granite Hills (91) third and Strathmore (38) fourth.

The Marauders girls won both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays with times of 51.66 seconds and 4:29.94, respectively. Kelci Seaman, Ruby Fiori, Mikayli Moore and Francine Vasquez were on 4x100 team while Moore, Vasquez, Marilou Ruiz and Laila Alghonaym made up the 4x400 team. 

Ruiz won both the 800 and 3,200 meter races in 2:21.37 and 12:16.80, respectively. Seaman (13.71) won the 100, Moore  (1:04.14) the 400, Ruby Fiori (15-feet, 1-inch) the long jump and Isis Johnson (8-feet) in pole vault.

For Granite Hills, Veronica Buckman (28.32) won the 200 while Savanah Bugarin placed first in both the100-meter hurdles (16.56) and the triple jump (33-6.5)

Strathmore’s Kaija Ambriz (49.13) hit a personal record to win the 300 hurdles and teammate Paige Borges also PR’d to win the high jump with a clearance of 5-feet.


Picking up wins for Monache boys was Demetrius Ingram (54.35) in the 400, Adrian Martinez (2:07.45) in the 800, Ivan Mendez (4:27.54) in the 1,600, Isaiah Mendez (10:28.22), Rodrigo Tapia (123-10 PR) in discus and Kristian Guerrero (9-feet) in pole vault. The Marauders’ Julian Rowe, Nicholas Rodriguez, Marcus Salazar and Adrian Martinez also placed first in the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:46.49.

From Porterville, Tyler White won both the 100 and 200 in 11.94 and 23.88, respectively. White was also on the first-place 4x100 relay (46.12) with Lisandro Martinez, Daniel Cervantez and Gilbert Valencia. The Panthers’ Jose Herrera also won both the long jump (18-6) and triple jump (38-8).

Granite Hills’ Brandon Ennis hit a personal record 5-10 for the win in the high jump.

“It was a solid overall effort with five athletes working hard in every event,” MHS head coach Seth Ishida said about his girls’ team. “People needed to step up and they had a chance to contribute to the team scoring. There are a lot of athletes that don’t get a lot of awards, but work really hard in practice. Today they shined.

“The boys looked like a chess match with many athletes holding back a little with the Porterville versus Monache meet next Wednesday and the EYL championship meet right around the corner,” Ishida said. “The boys put in a great deal of work and I was very proud of the sprinters and jumpers holding up to very talented athletes to get the win. Adrian Almendarez, Demetrius Ingram and Julian Rowe did all the heavy lifting.  My thanks go out to Granite Hills for hosting an excellent meet.”

Full results available on Athletic.net.


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