Roundup: El Diamante holds off East Bakersfield in D-II basketball playoffs

Roundup: El Diamante holds off East Bakersfield in D-II basketball playoffs

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Roundup: El Diamante holds off East Bakersfield in D-II basketball playoffs

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El Diamante boys basketball coach Jim Moore said he was emotionally drained and exhilirated.

He had every reason to feel that way after his No. 4-seeded Miners knocked off No. 5 East-Bakersfield 56-55 in the Central Section Division II quarterfinals on Thursday in Bakersfield.

“We’re really excited,” Moore said. “We basically led the game from start to finish. Somehow we looked up at the scoreboard and we went from being up seven or eight to being tied or up one. But our seniors continued to fight and hit big shots. I’m so proud of this group of kids.

The Miners will play at No. 1 Hanford on Tuesday in the Division II semfinals. The West Yosemite League champion Bullpups defeated the Miners twice by double digits in the regular season.

“We’ll go out there and play our hearts out,” Moore said. “We’ll play as hard as we can and so will Hanford. Whoever plays their best basketball that night will win the game. You can’t play your ‘C’ or ‘B’ game and win. It has to be a high-level basketball game. We’re a different team than the one we were in the middle of the season.”

Bailey Baskovich led the Miners in scoring with 14 points. His 12th, 13th and 14th points were the biggest as he hit a late 3-pointer to give the Miners a 56-51 lead. East managed to get to within one point, but the Miners were able to run out the clock and preserve the win.

“We see it every day,” Moore said of Baskovich’s big 3-pointer. Every time the ball leaes his hands, everybody stands up and thinks the ball is going in. The shots he took tonight were really difficult shots, but he knocked them down. He worked his way open. Him and Tanner Faria were able to knock down big shots for us.”

Tanner Faria added 13 points, Krus Bass scored nine points and Caleb Johnson chipped in with eight points.

El Diamante improved to 16-9 on the season.

Baseball

Golden West 2, Kingsburg 1: The Trailblazers held on to beat the Vikings at the Central Valley Diamond Classic.

Blaine Cox tossed five scoreless innings to pick up the victory. He also helped himself at the plate, going 2-for-3.

Troy Stainbrook closed out the game to pick up the save.

Chase Champlin went 1-for-2 with one RBI, and Gio Estrada drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.

Golden West (3-1) plays at Fowler on Saturday.

Mission Oak 6, Yosemite 4: The Hawks remained undefeated in the Central Valley Diamond Classic with a 6-4 win against the Badgers.

Tyler Aldaco produced one hit and three walks to scored once and drive in a run for the Hawks (2-2). Stephen Maloy batted 1-for-3 with a RBI. Justin Garza and Emanuel Salazar each batted 1-for-3 with a run.

Tyson Hooks earned the win on the mound for Mission Oak. Up next the Hawks play Corcoran at 10 a.m. Saturday in Fowler.

Sanger 10, Tulare Union 1: Brenden DeCampos drove in the only run for the Redskins in a loss to the Apaches.

DeCampos finished the game 2-for-4 with a RBI double. Adam Bustos took the loss for Tulare Union (1-4).

Softball: Visalia Invite

Golden West: The Trailblazers beat Porterville 7-2 and lost to San Joaquin Memorial 3-0 to finish in second place at the Visalia Invitational.

Natalie Flores earned the win against Porterville with five strikeouts, three hits and two walks in seven innings pitched. Macey Schonbachler batted 2-for-3 with two runs batted in for Golden West (5-2), which finished the tournament 4-1 with only five runs allowed. Lauren Hull batted 2-for-4.

Elizabeth Flores took the loss against San Joaquin Memorial with no earned runs allowed. She struck out four and allowed three walks and four hits. Jordyn Street batted 1-for-2.

Mt. Whitney: The Pioneers earned thir first two wins of the season by beating Stockdale 7-6 and Tulare Union 13-1.

Mt. Whitney’s first win came via a sac-fly in the bottom of the sixth inning against Stockdale with the time limite running out. The lead runner was thrown out at home on a double by Maddy Forrester, who moved to third on the throw home and scored on a fly ball by McKenna Howerton.

Jayme Knauer earned the win on the mound. Elizabeth Torosian batted 2-for-3 with a double. Erica Fierro batted 2-for-3.

Stockdale led the game 6-0 after the top of the second inning before Mt. Whitney scored two in the bottom of the second and four in the fourth.

Mt. Whitney earned a mercy-rule win against the Redskins in the Visalia Invitational after the Redskins won via mercy rule against the Pioneers earlier this season.

Elizabeth Torosian and Maddy Forrester both hit home runs for Mt. Whitney (2-6), which won its first two games of the season on Thursday. Torosian batted 3-for-4 with two runs batted in. Forrester batted 2-for-3 with three RBI. McKenna Howerton batted 3-for-3 with two RBI. Jayme Knauer batted 2-for-3 with a double and RBI. Alyssa DeLeon earned the win on the mound.

Brayden Nunley took the loss on the mound for Tulare Union after allowing only one run to Mt. Whitney in an 11-1 mercy-rule win against the Pioneers on Tuesday.

Stockdale 6, Mission Oak 3: Aubrey VanSickel homered and doubled to drive in all three runs for the Hawks in a loss to the Mustangs at the Visalia Invitational.

Mariah Mazon took the loss on the mound for Mission Oak (5-3).

Redwood 2, Mission Oak 0: Crimson Kaiser shut out the Hawks in a win for the Rangers at the Visalia Invitational.

Mariah Mazon took the loss on the mound for Mission Oak.

Boys Soccer

No. 1 Orosi 2, No. 3 McFarland 1: The Cardinals defeated the Cougars in overtime to capture their second straight Central Section Division V championship.

Jesse Gonzalez and Nico Pantaleon each scored goals for the Cardinals.

The Cardinals improved their record to 14-6-3.

The Cardinals are eligible to compete in the Southern California Regional Division III playoffs, but the Central Section’s automatic bid will most likely go to Farmersville, which defeated Orosi twice this season en route to winning the East Sierra League title.

Boys Golf

Woodlake 217, Golden West 270: Ryder Rochin shot a one-over-par 37 for the Tigers in a nonleague win against the Trailblazers on the Valley course of Valley Oak’s.

Angel Cervates shot 44 for Woodlake. Isaac Gonzales shot 45, Nick Diaz shot 45 and Foster Hengst shot 46.

Jake Sherman shot 46 for Golden West. Dustin Stewart shot 54, Ben Rodriguez shot 56, Cody Shank shot 56 and Kenny Cruz shot 58.

Boys Swimming

Golden West 124, Tulare Western 55: Sawyer Nordell won the 200 Free (2:01.79) and 100 Back (1:04.99) as the Trailblazers beat the Mustangs. Seth Nordell won diving with a 259.40.

The Trailblazers beat Exeter 98-86 on Tuesday. Sawyer Nordell won the 100 Fly (1:05.16) and 500 Free (5:19.93). Seth Nordell won diving with a 243.75.

Girls Swimming

Golden West 106, Tulare Western 69: Elaine Draper 50 Free (26.85) and 100 Fly (1:05.76) as the Trailblazers beat the Mustangs. Hayley Brown won diving with a 95.30.

The Trailblazers beat Exeter 101-75 on Tuesday. Mary Akin won the 200 Free (2:12.21) and 100 Free (1:00.39). Hayley Brown won diving with a 104.45.

JC Baseball

COS 3, Taft 2: The Giants scored in the bottom of the eighth inning as they picked up another Central Valley Conference victory.

Christian Gastelum came through with the game-winning hit, breaking a 2-2 tie.

Edmonson, who led off the eighth with a double and scored the game-winning run, pitched the ninth inning to pick up his sixth save of the season.

Gene Cachu pitched 1 2-3 innings in relief to pick up the win. He is 4-1 on the season.

COS finished with just five hits. Dillon Kelley went 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored.

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