Pirates received 8 All-CVC honors in total
Porterville College freshman, Dominic King, ruled the All-Central Valley Conference postseason awards.
The Las Vegas native racked up the honors on Sunday, being named the CVC Freshman of the Year while also being selected to the All-CVC first team, All-Defensive team and All-Freshman team.
King averaged 12.0 points, 5.3 assists, and 4.4 rebounds over his first season with the Pirates. He ranked second in the conference in assists and was among the CVC’s top 20 in scoring.
His four awards were part of eight earned by the Pirates following a turnaround season for head coach Rob Haynes and his PC squad.
Sophomores Da’Morea Green (12.0 PPG, 6.4 RPG) and Elijah Cardenas (12.7 PPG) were named All-CVC honorable mention while Treager Wallace (9.8 PPG, 6.1 RPG) and Tayshawun Bradford (7.7 PPG) joined King on the All-Freshman team.
Porterville went 7-18 just a year ago but just missed the playoffs this season with a 13-14 overall record while going 8-8 in the highly-competitive CVC.
The Pirates appeared to be on the right path towards the postseason but suffered losses in their final four games. Three of those defeats were by four points or less, including a heart-breaking 86-85 loss at Merced College in the regular-season finale.
Pirates sweep Panthers
Porterville College defeated Hartnell 15-1 then 11-4 in a non-conference doubleheader on the road Friday.
Alexis Rodriguez got the win on them mound in the five-inning 15-1 first game victory. Facing 20 batters, Rodriguez struck out three gave up five hits and allowed one earned run.
In the second game, Ashley Eyraud faced 36 Panther batters and retired four of them. Eyraud allowed nine hits and three walks, along with three earned runs.
The Pirates had a day offensively with Kuea Angilau hitting three home runs — two in the second game — and going 3-of-8 on the day with eight RBIs and three runs scored. Chelsea Ramos had a big day at the plate after going 7-of-7 with a home run, four doubles, four RBIs, two walks drawn and seven runs scored. Shantae Gutierrez went 5-of-9 with five runs scored and two RBIs. Anissa Gomez finished the day with four RBIs and had three of them in the first game.
Granite Hills 6
Granite Hills High School baseball came back to defeat Tranquility 6-4 in a non-league game Thursday on the road. The Grizzlies were down 4-2 but scored four runs in the seventh for the win.
Randy Leon had the big hit of the day after getting a home run on his lone hit and finishing with two RBIs. Chris Duran, Rene Lopez and Jose Lemus also had a hit apiece.
Lopez got the start on the mound and went 4 2/3 innings where he allowed six hits, one walk and one earned run but struckout four. David Ramirez got the win in relief after pitching the final two innings and striking out two.
Monache High School baseball defeated Exeter 7-3 in a non-league game Thursday on the road. The win improves the Marauders to 4-3 on the season.
Aaron Hernandez pitched three innings for Monache retiring three batters but allowing two earned runs on four walks and a hit. Tori Powell pitched four innings where he struck out seven and allowed one earned run on one hit and one walk.
Powell also led the team offensively after going 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Hernandez, Matthew Cloyd and Anthony Carabay all went 2-for-4 with Hernandez getting an RBI, Cloyd hitting a double and scoring two runs, and Caraby finishing with two runs scored.