Tulare Western’s Jordon Garcia led off Thursday’s baseball game against the Hanford Bullpups with his third home run of the season during the Mustangs’ 10-2 nonleague win Thursday at Hanford.
It was Garcia’s only hit of the game, because he was hit by the pitcher in his next three at-bats.
The entire scene left Tulare Western coach Ken Searcy quite upset despite the lopsided result in his team’s favor.
“Hanford was just being a bunch of punks,” Searcy said.
Searcy didn’t like seeing his player thrown at three times, but he didn’t like how the umpire handled the situation, either. According to Searcy, Hanford was not given a warning until after Garcia’s fourth at-bat because the umpire told him that he didn’t realize Garcia had been hit three times.
During Garcia’s next turn at the plate, the Hanford catcher yelled out to his pitcher reminding him not to hit the batter. This prompted a few comments from Garcia, which drew a rebuke from the umpire. Searcy also felt the umpire was more concerned with controlling off-the-field matters than what was happening between the lines, as he warned vocal spectators well before the pitchers throwing at his player.
Searcy did not shy away from any of his post-game remarks about his opposition or the umpiring.
“That’s my story and I’m sticking to it,” Searcy said.
Ross Dodds was the winning pitcher for Tulare Western (6-5), which supported him with three runs in the first inning, two in the second and third and three more in the fourth.
Lumus Russell batted 1-for-1 with a double and a run. Derrick Perales batted 3-for-3 with a double and three runs. Michael Sanchez homered, but was not hit by any pitches.
Mt. Whitney 15, Tulare Union 6: The Pioneers recorded just seven hits, but it was more than enough in their nonleague win over the Redskins.
Paul Fierro went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run for the Pioneers, Tucker Mendonca had a pair of RBIs, Gaige Chacon had a double and a RBI, Garrett Correia had two RBIs and Blake McGowan had one RBI.
Starting pitcher Dillon Kelley went 5 1-3 innings, giving up two runs on four hits while striking out eight to pick up the win.
Tulare Union’s (3-7) Chris Senn took the loss. Oscar Reyes went 2-for-3, and Tanner Sa went 2-for-4.
Woodlake 2, Strathmore 0: Eddie Pena fired a no-hitter for the Tigers in their East Sequoia League-opening win over the Spartans in Strathmore.
The sophomore right-hander struck out and issued three walks for Woodlake (1-5, 1-0).
Cade Headrick had a double and a run for Woodlake. Wesley Stevenson had a double and an RBI, and Gunnar Little laid down a successful squeeze bunt to drive in the Tigers’ first run.
Sierra Pacific 6, Lindsay 1: The Golden Bears defeated the Cardinals in both team’s East Sequoia League opener.
Robbie Thayer led Sierra Pacific (1-1, 1-0), going 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI.
Lindsay’s Angel Vasquez went 2-for-3 as the Cardinals fell to 0-1 and 1-5 overall.
El Diamante sweeps Madera: Sierra Hyland pitched 11 total innings in her second game back from an ankle injury as the Miners beat the Coyotes in both games of a double header in Visalia.
Hyland pitched all seven innings of a 5-3 win to open the series with five strikeouts for the Miners (8-1). She batted 2-for-4 with a run batted in.
Baylee Jensen batted 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three stolen bases. Katy McJunkin batted 3-for-3 with a run with a double, a run and two runs batted in.
Madera scored two runs in the top of the first inning, but El Diamante answered right away with three runs in their half of the frame.
Hyland pitched the first four innings of a 6-0 win in the second game before Elizabeth Luna finished off the shutout.
Jensen batted hit an inside the park home run while McJunkin batted 2-for-4 with a RBI.
El Diamante opens the Buchanan Tournament against Stockdale on Saturday before facing Clovis West, the team that knocked the Miners out of the Central Section tournament semifinals last season.
Mission Oak 5, Dinuba 4: The Hawks scored a nonleague win over the Emperors in Dinuba.
Aubrey VanSickel went 3-for-4 for the Hawks with a run, an RBI and a stolen base. Ally Castillo-Nunez had two hits, including a double, and two runs. Meghan Dias earned the win in the circle with a complete-game effort.
Ashley Paradine batted 2-for-3 with a double for Dinuba (1-2-1). Alyssa Navarro and Ronni McReynolds each batted 2-for-4.
Hanford West 11, Tulare Union 3: Presley Jameson had a triple, a single, a run and an RBI for the Redskins (2-7) in their nonleague loss to the Bullpups in Tulare.
Woodlake 27, Strathmore 3: Brenda Acosta and Karina Rodriguez combined to drive in 16 runs in the Tigers’ East Sequoia League win over the Spartans.
Acosta went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a triple and nine RBIs to lead Woodlake (4-2, 1-0). Rodriguez had seven RBIs on two doubles and a triple.
West Yosemite League mini tournament: El Diamante shot a combined team score of 414 to win the first WYL mini tournament of the season.
Roman Guzman shot an 80 to lead the Miners.
Medalist honors went to Lemoore’s Dylan Muskrat, who shot a 74. Mt. Whitney was led by Hunter Forner with a 78, Redwood was led by Nate Souryasack’s 79, and Golden West was led by Luke Coyne with a 93.
As a team, Hanford finished second with a score of 434, Redwood took third with a score of 440, Lemoore (472) took fourth, Mt. Whitney (484) took fifth, Golden West (514) finished sixth and Hanford West (566) took seventh.
Woodlake 216, Exeter 236: Ryder Rochin shot a 3-under par 33 on the front nine at Woodlake Ranch Golf Course and the Tigers defeated the Monarchs in a nonleague match.
Tim Diaz (42), Foster Hengst (44), Isaac Gonzalez (48 and Angel Cervantes (49) rounded out Woodlake’s top five scorers.
Exeter was led by Cameron Davis with a 43.
Monache 235, Mission Oak 255: The Marauders topped the Hawks in an EYL match at River Island Country Club in Porterville.
Mission Oak’s Casey Sewell led all players with a five-over 41. Nolan Jolley added a 44 for Mission Oak (3-2, 0-2).
Monache was paced by a 43 from Austin Margosian.
Golden West 91, Redwood 89: The Trailblazers did just enough to hold off the Rangers in a West Yosemite League meet.
Jessica Richardson won the 50 freestyle with a 26.39 and Joy Rubio won the diving with a score of 128.32 to lead the Trailblazers.
Golden West managed to win the overall match by squeaking out a win in the 400 freestyle relay. The team of Claire Akin, Mary Akin, Kelsey Walsh and Elaine Draper finished the race with a time of 3:59.35. Redwood was right behind with a time of 4:00.14.
Redwood’s Cori Hoover won the 200 freestyle (2:02.18) and 100 backstroke (1:06.31), Emily Vagim won the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:28.26 and the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:14.79, and Kailyn Glass won the 100 butterfly (1:05.12) and the 500 freestyle (5:59.37).
CVC 132, Coalinga 35: The Cavaliers opened the Central Sequoia League season with a win over the Horned Toads.
Tara Zwart led the way with wins in the 200 individual medley and the 100 freestyle, and Megan Taylor won the 50 freestyle and the 100 butterfly.
Redwood 125, Golden West 60: The Rangers cruised to a West Yosemite League win over the Trailblazers.
James Petree won two events for the Rangers, taking the 50 freestyle with a team of 23.45 and the 100 freestyle with a time of 52.36.
Golden West’s Logan Collins won the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:05.12.
CVC 136, Coalinga 19: The Cavaliers won every event in their Central Sequoia League win over the Horned Toads.
Jimmy Koster picked up wins in the 200 freestyle and the 100 backstroke, Josh Koster won the 100 butterfly and 500 freestyle, Jeremiah Tiemersma won the 200 individual medle and 100 freestyle, and Hans Gilkey won the 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke.
Lindsay 5, Corcoran 4: The Cardinals edged the Panthers in an East Sequoia League match by winning the tie-breaker in the third doubles match.
David Soltero and Jose Magana picked up the match-clinching point with an 8-7 (7-2) victory in the final doubles pairing.
Angel Rusiles, Luis Vallejo, Jaime Frias and Arturo Corona all won singles matches for Lindsay (1-2).
COS 15, West Hills 0: Mission Oak graduate Mayleen Mazon tossed a six-hit shutout in the Giants’ win over the Falcons.
Mazon struck out five and walked one.
Crystal Miller and Taylor Wright each had two hits and three RBIs for COS. Brigit Godfrey was 2-for-2 with four runs and a stolen base.
JC Men’s Basketball
College of the Sequoia’s mens basketball player Bill Borekambi was named to the all-state first team.
Borekambi led the Central Valley Conference with 17 points per game and 11 rebounds per game. He finished second in the conference with a 57.5 field goal percentage.
Borekambi earned first team all-conference honors in consecutive seasons. He was named to four all-tournament teams and was named MVP of the 37th Annual Kirby Mannon Tournament.