Third-seeded Strathmore High School baseball had two runners thrown out in a nail-biter 4-3 loss to seventh-seed Foothill in a CIF Central Section Division VI semifinal game Wednesday at home.
The Spartans Aidan Jackson had a tough second inning, giving up all four runs on three walks and three hits. He finished the day giving up only four hits with four strikeouts and never walked another hitter.
“He was lights out after the hiccup in the second,” SHS head coach Thad Reece.
The Spartans had a golden opportunity in the bottom of the seventh. The score was 4-2 when Angel Topete led the inning off getting on base via an error. Foothill then brought back their starting pitcher, who Reece said the team was trying to save for the finals. John Leal then hit a double that scored Topete and made it 4-3.
After a passed ball Leal was at third with nobody out. Rigo Alvarez then swung at strike three in the dirt, which got away from the catcher. The catcher threw to first but was too late. Leal tried to score from third but was thrown out by the first baseman. The next two Spartans struck out to end the season for Strathmore.
For Strathmore, William Reece went 1 for 2 with two stolen bases and a scored run. Jaylen Oats and Topete had the only other hits with Topete scoring also twice.
“This was a tough one to swallow,” Thad Reece said. “We were a much better team, they had the one superstar that won’t be able to pitch in the finals. Our mental mistakes cost us today, but our coaching staff is so pleased with what the kids accomplished this season. It will take a while for this one to go away.”
Strathmore finished the season 16-10-1. The team recorded the most wins in program history.
Bishop Union 13
Twelfth-seed Lindsay High School baseball lost 13-3 to top-seed Bishop Union in Wednesday’s CIF Central Section Division VI semifinal game on the road.
Aaron Macias took the loss on the mound after start going just 1 / 3 inning with four runs on one hit, two walks and two batters hit.
Ryan Scheufele was 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a run scored to lead the Cardinals offensively.. Isaac Munoz and Julio Godoy scored the teams other two runs.
Lindsay went 11-16 on the overall season and 6-6 in the East Sequoia League.
San Joaquin Memorial 9
Fourth-seed Porterville High School baseball lost 9-4 to top-seed San Joaquin Memorial Wednesday in a CIF Central Section Division II semifinal game on the road.
Porterville scored all four runs in the top of the sixth to tie Memorial 4-all, but Memorial scored five runs in the bottom of the inning and held Porterville scoreless in the seventh for the win.
Porterville ended the season with a 22-6 overall record and went 12-3 in the East Yosemite League to win the league title.