Porterville High School baseball claimed their first East Yosemite League title since 2015 with a 5-0 win over rival Monache at home Thursday.
The win gives the Panthers (21-5, 12-3 EYL) the outright EYL title, breaking Tulare Western’s seven-year streak of winning at least a share of the EYL championship.
“We came into this a game up with one to go,” PHS head coach Mike Hill said. “Western lost Tuesday and we knew we had a share of it but we had a good talk yesterday. Yesterday was an emotional day for me cause it’s my Senior Day, we had it for the parents today. But [yesterday was] mine, I talk about all my seniors. This group’s did so much in four years.”
Senior Will Hipps got the win on the mound after going all seven innings and giving up just one hit in 80 pitches. Senior Daniel Perez led the team on offense, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored. Senior Brandon Clingerman was 2-for-3 with a run scored.
“We pitched well, we played good defense,” Hill said. “Perez had a heck of a day offensively. “Defensively we were very good. And Will Hipps, threw 80 pitches with seven strikeouts and one walk. And where that kid’s come in one year is unbelievable. He’s a dominant kid for us. Boy, it’s nice to see it when kids grow up and do what he’s did the last eight starts.”
Troy Nieto was the only Marauder (15-12, 7-8 EYL) to get a hit.
Both teams qualified for the CIF Central Section playoffs.
Strathmore High School baseball defeated Lindsay 3-1 in Thursday’s East Sequoia League game on the road.
Aidan Jackson pitched another gem, giving up just one run on five hits, said SHS head coach Thad Reece.
The Spartans middle infield of Josue “Jackie” Topete and William Reece also turned three double plays to help solidify the win.
Strathmore scored in the first inning. Reece singled, stole second and third, and scored on a passed ball.
Angel Topete started the second inning and John Leal singled Topete to second. Rigo Alvarez sacrificed both to second and third, then the Spartans stole a run as Leal got caught to far off base and Topete scored when Leal was in the pickle.
Lindsay scored their only run in the sixth, but the Spartans countered in the seventh as Matt Brown singled, and after a walk and an error, Angel Topete got hit by a pitch for the Spartans only RBI.
Strathmore finished the regular season 15-9-1 overall — a school record in wins -— and 8-4 in league.
“Aidan pitched his fifth consecutive complete game,” Thad Reece said. “He was awesome and our defense was very good. We will find out who we play in the Valley playoffs. We still have lots of work to do. These kids continue to want MORE!”
TRACK AND FIELD
MHS girls 2nd, boys 3rd at EYL
Monache High School boys and girls track and field teams placed third and second, respectively, at Wednesday’s East Yosemite League championship meet at Bob Mathias Stadium in Tulare.
For the girls, Tulare Western won with 179 points, Monache (132) took second, Tulare Union (92) third, Mission Oak (38) fouth, Delano (23) fifth and Porterville (22) sixth. For the boys, the Tribe beat out the Mustangs 148.5-143.5 for first, the Marauders (94) were third, the Hawks (71) fourth, the Panthers (28) fifth and the Tigers (5) sixth.
“We had a very solid effort Wednesday, but came up a short in the girls,” MHS head coach Seth Ishida said. “Overall, we are lacking the raw speed and talent that Tulare Western has and we needed to be better in our key events.”
Monache’s Marilou Ruiz continued her undefeated streak for the year in league with wins in the 1,600 (5 minutes, 19.12 seconds) and 800 (2:25.27) meter race. She also had a second in the 4x400 relay as the anchor. Ruiz won the prestigious Acosta Award that is voted on by two coaches of every team in the league. It awards sportsmanship, leadership, academics and civic virtue.
Ivan Mendez won the 1,600 with a 4:28.65 in an all-out finish with Joseph Macareno (4:28.89) of Tulare Union and Jorge Sanchez (4:29.82 PR) of Porterville. Mendez showed some explosiveness to come from behind against one of the best in the Valley, Ishida noted. Isaiah Sotelo won the 800 in 2:01.06. He led wire to wire and never looked back, helping teammates Ivan Mendez and Adrian Martinez run personal records in the race to earn third and fourth in 2:02.11 and 2:02.88, respectively.
Izaiah Pascua was first and second in the 300 hurdles and the 100 high hurdles in 44.12 and 17.19. Laila Alghonaym was second in both hurdle events with a personal best of 50.35 and 17.20 in the 300 hurdles and 100 hurdles, respectively. She also ran a personal best in the 4x400 relay.
Ruby Fiori jumped 15 feet, 4 inches in the long jump for second and 31-9 in the triple jump for third behind teammate Kelci Seaman’s jump of 32-5.
“I am really impressed with the consistency that our group of jumpers have shown this year,” Ishida said. “They have a great attitude and put a lot of pressure on themselves. To be sophomores with this amount of pride and discipline is outstanding.”
Porterville’s Jorge Sanchez (10:01.45) also won the 3,200.