Strathmore High School

Strathmore High School softball held their first "Stand Up 2 Cancer" game Monday, March 1 in their East Sequoia League home opener against Corcoran at Strathmore High School. 

Strathmore High School softball hosted Corcoran in the program’s first “Stand Up 2 Cancer” game Monday for their East Sequoia League home opener.

“We’re going to try have this as an every year thing against Corcoran,” SHS head coach Martin Hernandez said. “It’s something that I’ve been trying to do for the last three years here. ... I’ve had so many friends, ballplayers that I’ve coached, that have cancer. So trying to give back and support the fight against cancer.”

In the second inning of the game, the teams had a moment of silence. During that time, signs with the names of people that players and coaches wanted to acknowledge who had fought cancer were held up.

The Spartans lost the game 12-7 but had a big fourth inning where they scored four runs and were able to keep the game close. Makaylee Duer went 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored. Daisy Martinez got on base on a hit-by-pitch and an error, and scored twice.

“The game, it went well,” Hernandez said. “The first inning it was 1-1. We had a solid defense. We only had [five errors]. But for having a young team. Five freshmen, six sophomores, three juniors and two seniors — I think we did good. I’m impressed. They’re getting better. They’re putting the work in.”

BOYS TENNIS

Porterville 9

Tulare Union 0

Porterville High School boys tennis swept Tulare Union 9-0 in an East Yosemite League match at home Monday.

In singles, No. 1 Juan Cerros won 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 Adrian Remigio won 6-1, 6-0; No. 3 Joseph Catalina won 6-1, 6-0; No. 4 Roman Ayon won 6-3, 6-0; No. 5 Derek Perez won 6-0, 6-3 and No. 6 Landon Sharp won 6-1, 6-4.

For doubles, No. 1 Cerros and Catalina won 8-0, No.2 Remigio and Ayon won 8-2 and No. 3 Nate Prieto and Oscar Pacheco won 8-4.

The Panthers host Delano in a 4 p.m. match at home Wednesday. If Porterville wins, they’ll take first place in league.

Delano 5

Monache 4

Monache High School boys tennis lost 5-4 to Delano in an East Yosemite League match on the road Monday.

Tied 3-all after singles, the Marauders were unable to pick up two wins in single for the win. The No. 3 duo of Angel Chavez and Gabriel Burns won 8-4 for the lone doubles win. Jake Buckley and Josue Orozco lost a close one 9-7 in the No. 2 match.

In singles, No. 3 Buckley won 6-2, lost 6-3 but won the tiebreaker 10-7. No. 4 Johnny Hu won 6-0, 6-2 and No. 5 Nick Nuno won 6-2, 6-2.

BASEBALL

Granite Hills 6 

Farmersville 5

Granite Hills High School baseball picked up their first East Sequoia League with a 6-5 comeback over Farmersville Monday at home.

After a shaky first inning, the Grizzlies brought in Alonso Bedolla to pitch. Bedolla went 6 1/3 innings with 11 strikeouts, three walks and only gave up two hits for the win. David Ramirez got the save in the seventh.

Trailing 5-1 in the bottom of the fifth Granite Hills’ bats finally woke up and they scored five to take a 6-5 lead. Offensively Jason Alvarez led the way going 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored. Alexis Bedolla was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Abraham Gabinete was 2-for-3 with a run scored. Gabinete led off the 5th with a single to spark the offense in the fifth. 

“He’s getting his swing down after coming off basketball, which is good for us,” GHHS head coach Al Garcia said.

Granite Hills travels to Strathmore today for a 4 p.m. game.

BOYS GOLF

Larson on par in ESL tourney

Strathmore High School’s Jeeven Larson was par for the course, shooting a 35 to be the day’s medalist in Monday’s East Sequoia League boys golf tournament at Porterville Municipal Golf Course.

Sierra Pacidic won the tournament with a team score of 225 while Granite Hills shot a 235 for second, Strathmore a 269 for third and Lindsay a 316 for fourth.

Finishing in the top 10 for individual scores was Granite Hills’ Colton Painter and Bryce Painter, who both shot a 40 to tie for third, Strathmore’s Chris Ferrer a 44 for fifth and the Grizzlies’ Sergio Salinas a 48 for ninth.

TRACK AND FIELD

The Monache High School track teams raced at Liberty High School on Friday for the Kern County Track and Field Championships. Competing against 19 teams, the Marauders’ girls finished fourth behind last year’s Division I runner up, Liberty, and the boys placed eighth.

The girls were led by Marilou Ruiz who was narrowly out-kicked in the last hundred meters of the 1,600-meter race and finished with a time of 5 minutes, 20.49 seconds. She was also fourth (2:28.69) in the 800 and anchored the third-place girls’ 4x400 meter relay team that ran a 4:23.60. 

Aislin Taylor (11:50.9) finished third in the 3,200-meter race with a strong finishing kick to overtake a strong Highland runner.  “The girls have been very strong as a team this year,” MHS head coach Seth Ishida said. “To place fourth in Kern County is very impressive. They really support each other and take their role on the team seriously.”  

Ivan Mendez (4:30.41) out-kicked Tulare Union’s Joseph Macareno for second place behind the surprise finish of a Stockdale’s Adham Maher (4:30.13) that won the 1,600-meter race in the final 3 meters.  Isaiah Sotelo led for 700 meters of the 800-meter race and was out kicked by two surging runners from Highland and Liberty.  

“Our boys did very well, finishing in the top half of the meet, but we looked a little tired and lost some focus,” Ishida said. “We are slowly seeing some improvement. We just need to be patient and continue to work hard.”

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