Natalie Frausto hit a solo home run for the Tulare Western softball team, but it was not enough as the Mustangs saw their 2013 season come to an end.
The No. 5-seeded Mustangs gave No. 4 Garces all it could handle, but the Rams held on for a 2-1 victory on Thursday in Bakersfield to advance to the Central Section Division II semifinals.
Junior Haley Witt hit a home run to help lead the Garces offense.
Two runs for the Rams proved to be more than enough support for Garces starting pitcher Cassie Handel.
The senior limited the Mustangs to just the one run to improve to 17-5 on the season.
Tulare Western starting pitcher Karalyn De La Rosa took the loss even though she gave up just two runs.
Garces (23-8-1) will host No. 8 Ridgeview in the semifinal.
Ridgeview knocked off No. 1 Sanger.
Tulare Western finished the season with a 21-11 overall record.
It was the eighth straight season with a record of at least .500 for the Mustangs.
The 2013 season featured a pair of long winning streaks for the Mustangs. They won 10 straight games from March 13 through March 23, and had an eight-game winning streak April 11 through May 2.
No. 2 Exeter 2, No. 7 Delano 1: Amanda Acosta went 2-for-4 with one RBI and a run scored and the Monarchs defeated the Tigers from the Central Section Division V playoffs.
Gabby Roa went 1-for-3 with two runs scored, and Hunter Johnson went 1-for-1 with two RBIs to lead the Exeter offense.
Johnson also went the distance in the circle, giving up one run on two hits and striking out nine.
Exeter (18-10) will host No. 3 Central Valley Christian in the semifinals at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
No. 3 CVC 8, No. 6 Roosevelt 2: Demi Danell tossed a complete game and the Cavaliers won their first playoff game since 2003, eliminating the Roughriders in the process.
Danell gave up two runs on three hits and struck out eight. She also went 3-for-3 at the plate to help her own cause.
Alanna Jameson went 2-for-4 with one RBI, Maddie Potts went 2-for-3 with one RBI, and Savanah Garbani went 1-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs to lead the CVC offense.
The Cavaliers improved to 16-10 on the season.
CVC and Exeter played each other three times this season. Exeter won the first meeting 5-2 on March 19, CVC won the second meeting 3-2 on April 16, and Exeter won the third meeting 9-1 on April 19.
Caruthers 10, Lindsay 1: The No. 4 seeded Cardinals lost to the No. 5 Blue Raiders in the Central Section Division V quarterfinals in Lindsay.
Lina Padilla, who Lindsay coach Brett Kendig said pitched the final month and a half of the season with a strained back muscle, took the loss on the mound. She scored the only run for Lindsay in the first inning on a hit by Kassidy Kendig that one-hopped to the wall.
Lindsay (18-8) drew nine walks in the game, but failed to capitalize. Brett Kendig said the Cardinals left the bases loaded twice.
“The girls competed really hard,” Brett Kendig said. “They were ready to play today. Caruthers just played a great game. They played perfect defense.”