Liberty High-Madera Ranchos needed five innings to take control Tuesday, but for the third straight year was crowned the Central Section Division V softball champion.
The top-seeded Hawks scored all their runs in the fifth inning, with Carrie Wiegand driving in two, and beat No. 2 Exeter 3-1. Liberty managed just four hits, a year after it beat Riverdale 10-7 in the final.
Hannah Shevenell pitched a seven-hitter.
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Fourth-seeded Madera watched a 3-1 lead evaporate in the sixth, then defending champ and top-seeded Stockdale pushed across the winner in the seventh.
Madera's Brianna Perez had a double and an RBI, and Naomi Gomez added two hits and two RBIs.
The Mustangs will face No. 3 El Diamante in Thursday's final.
Defending champion and sixth-seeded Lemoore is headed back to the final, rallying for two runs in the top of the seventh to edge No. 2 Clovis North 4-3.
After Krystal Romero and Cherish Lindgren got the rally started with one-out singles, Crystal Miller hit a two-out, two-run double to put the Tigers ahead.
Lemoore faces top-seeded Frontier, an 11-1 winner over No. 4 Monache.
Kerman's Jordan Yates struck out nine in a two-hitter and drove in the lone run as the No. 3 Lions edged No. 2 Kingsburg 1-0 in a semifinal. Haley Crevolin and Yates each went 2 for 4.
Kerman faces No. 1 Ridgeview – which hit five homers in an 11-5 win over reigning champ and No. 4 Hanford West – in the final.
Lexi Morris and Cassidy Vlot combined on a two-hitter as top-seeded Chowchilla advanced with a 2-0 win over No. 5 Dos Palos.
Chowchilla faces No. 2 Mission Oak, a 6-2 winner over No. 3 Fowler.
Top-seeded McFarland beat Laton 2-0 for the title.
The No. 3 Mustangs missed on several chances, with Jaylene Montalva getting thrown out at the plate on a passed ball in the second and Brianna Adams getting tagged out at home on Sydnee Cisneros' single in the fourth.