PC’s Sierra Perez signs to SDCC

Jake Hernandez helped lead Porterville High School baseball to back-to-back trips to the Valley finals and a CIF Central Section Division III title in 2016. Now after two strong years at College of the Sequoias, the sophomore pitcher is set to become a Spartan with NCAA Division I San Jose State University.

“My dreams always been to play Division I baseball,” Hernandez said about choosing San Jose. “I really am focused on getting an education but you know I figured I can play D1 baseball and get an education at the same time. They gave me a pretty good scholarship and it was something that I felt like I couldn’t turn it down.”

Hernandez committed to SJSU in mid-May after the Giants (23-6-1,16-5 CVC) finished third in the CVC for the second year and made their ninth-straight playoff appearance.

In postseason accolades, Hernandez (5-1) was selected the team’s Pitcher of the Year by his team and was named to the All-CVC first team. The left-handed pitcher had the conference’s fifth-best ERA (2.39) with 47 strikeouts and just seven walks allowed.

“I think COS was definitely the right choice,” Hernandez said. “I don’t know if you knew this but I had a scholarship offer to Bakersfield. They’re Division I but I just felt like it wasn’t somewhere I wanted to go. Or maybe it wasn’t something I was ready for. So I took the junior college route and I feel like the way [PHS Coach Mike] Hill kinda coaches is the same way that Coach [Jody] Allen coaches over [at COS]. And I feel like I was pretty prepared but I think the two years there really helped me develop as a pitcher and become stronger and know the game a little bit more than I did in high school.”

San Jose State plays in the Mountain West Conference along with Fresno State. The Spartans finished the overall season 20-34 with a conference record of 13-17.

Hernandez said he plans to major in liberal arts to become a college professor and a pitching coach.

Sierra Perez, women's basketball

Porterville College’s Sierra Perez is moving onto the next level after signing with San Diego Christian College, a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) program.

Perez started both season for the Lady Pirates’ women’s basketball program as a guard. Her career stats were 7.5 points per game, five rebounds per game and 2.5 assists per game. She shot 34 % in conference from 3-point.

“She’s been one of the most coachable athletes I’ve ever worked with,” said PC head coach Jeremy Parker.  

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