El Diamante’s Sierra Hyland and Golden West’s Elizabeth Flores allowed only four total hits during a pitcher’s duel decided by a single unearned run in favor of the Miners.
Hyland no-hit the Trailblazers through six innings while pushing her streak of innings without an earned run out to 42. She faced only two batters above the minimum for her ninth complete game shutout of the season. El Diamante coach Travis Roebuck called her a “straight laced” individual and said he doesn’t even know if she knows she had a no-hitter going for so long.
“We still haven’t figured [Hyland] out yet,” Golden West coach Rod Schonbachler said. “We spent the last few days with the pitching machine cranked up and close. The girls were working all day long on hitting fast pitching. There’s a reason she’s going to a D-1 school. She can pitch.”
Flores did not allow a hit until the fourth inning and matched Hyland’s strikeout total of five. She said her screwball was the pitch she had working best.
El Diamante’s lone run did not come until the sixth inning on an error after Baylee Jensen and Katy McJunkin lead off the frame with consecutive infield singles. McJunkin had the Miner’s only other hit of the game, another infield single to lead off the fourth.
“[Flores] is not afraid to come in at you,” Roebuck said. “She’s not afraid to jam you inside. She works with that rise ball. It keeps you guessing. Instead of us playing our approach, now we’re playing into her approach. We’re trying to think what she’s going to throw instead of us looking for the pitch that we want.”
The 1-0 win was El Diamante’s 18th consecutive victory in West Yosemite League action. The Miners (22-1-1, 6-0) have now won 13 games in a row and ride an 18-game unbeaten streak.
Golden West (15-5, 2-3) has now lost four of its last five games after an 11-1 start to the season. The Trailblazers have scored only two runs in seven consecutive losses against Hyland and the Miners after beating her as a freshman 4-3 in 2010. Five of those losses came by a combined total of just eight runs, but Golden West scored only one run on nine hits in those games.
“Us winning league is pretty much done,” Shonbachler said. “We’ve just got to keep working now and getting better every game and getting ready for playoffs. I really feel when this team puts it together we can do this right here. A break here and a break there, maybe we win this 1-0.”
Wednesday’s loss at Golden West was eerily similar to last year’s WYL finale when Hyland no-hit the Trailblazers during a 1-0 El Diamante road win. Flores was her counterpart in that game, which was their second meeting after a 3-0 Miner win during which each ace allowed just two hits.
Hyland nearly allowed a hit in the fifth inning of Wednesday’s game when Brianna Sanchez ripped a line drive to left field, but Lyssa Arzola tracked it down to preserve the no-hitter for the time being. Tiffany Phillips eventually led off the seventh with a sharp single to center for Golden West’s only hit. Kaitlyn Robinson walked twice.
El Diamante’s lone run was nearly prevented when Jensen rounded third base a little too aggressively on a sacrifice bunt by McJunkin, but she escaped the pickle safely back to the bag before scoring on a fielding error on the next play.
“We need games like this,” Roebuck said. “I told our girls this will gear us up for the playoffs. We’re going to see this team again. They may be the most scary team we see in the playoffs with the way they play us.”
Redwood 13, Mt. Whitney 1: Rebekah Cervantes induced the mercy rule with a home run in the bottom of the fifth inning as the Rangers beat the Pioneers to stay only one game back from undefeated El Diamante in the WYL standings.
Cervantes finished the game with five runs batted in and two runs scored for Redwood (20-4, 5-1). Ashley Cervantes batted 3-for-3 with a RBI, run and two stolen bases. Lina Vaca, Sara Soleno, Lora Gubler, Jennie Mendivil and Keeley Hernandez each finished with a hit and a run. Vaca and Hernandez each doubled and drove in a run. Soleno also doubled. Gubler and Mendivil also drove in a run.
Mt. Whitney (7-13, 0-6) only produced three hits off of Vaca, but all three were doubles.
Krystin Gilmore batted 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles. Elizabeth Torosian also doubled and drove in a run.
The Rangers only led 2-0 after three innings, but exploded for five runs in the fourth and six runs in the fifth.
Redwood 6, El Diamante 3: The Rangers defeated the Miners to capture the West Yosemite League championship outright.
Dom Quintanilla, Alex Gong, Sam Lechtman and Zachary Madruga each won their singles matches to lead the way for Redwood. The Rangers won two doubles matches to seal the victory.
El Diamante’s Tyler Lorentzen and Derek Galvan won their singles matches.
Mt. Whitney 5, Lemoore 4: The Pioneers defeated the Tigers in a West Yosemite League match.
Jared Lavinder, Spencer Jones, Nikola Cosic and Nicolas Robles each won their singles matches to lead the Pioneers.
CVC 93, Exeter 90: Jimmy Koster won the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke to lead the Cavaliers past the Monarchs in a Central Seqouia League match.
Joshua Koster also won two events, winning the 200 individual medley and the 500 freestyle, and Jeremiah Tiemersma won the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke.
Exeter’s Zach Peltzer won the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle.
Handford West 91, Golden West 89: The meet came down to the final race with the Huskies pulling out the victory. Hanford West won all but one event. Golden West’s Jeffrey Wheeler took first in the 100 butterfly, but the Trailblazers (2-2) kept the meet close with their depth.
Exeter 113, CVC 71: The Monarchs defeated the Cavaliers in a Central Sequoia League match.
Rebecca Wright led Exeter with wins in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle, Haley Hopper won the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke, and Abby Mendonca won the 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke.
CVC’s Cheyenne Penn took first in the diving.
Golden West 97, Hanford West 83: The Trailbazers were led by wins from Mary Akin in the 200 freestyle, Kelsey Walsh in the 100 backstroke and Jessica Richardson in the 100 breaststroke. Golden West is currently undefeated in WYL dual meets at 4-0.
El Diamante 101, Golden West 35: The Miners won 13 events en route to beating the Trailblazers.
Juan Campos won the 400-meter run and the 800 to lead the Miners, Shaun Stephenson won the high jump and 200, Pharaoh Coleman won the long jump and triple jump, and Calvin Snowden won the shot put and discus throw.
Golden West’s Scott Hickam won the 110 high hurdles and the 300 individual hurdles.
El Diamante 69, Golden West 66: The Miners edged the Trailblazers.
Marisa Lemus won the 100 and 200 to lead El Diamante, and Nicole Fosnaugh won the shot put and discus throw.
Golden West’s Sammy Rachal won the 100 high hurdles and the 300 individual hurdles, and Angel Hill won the long jump and triple jump.