Fresno City College received home runs from Nicole Roberts and Sarah Santana, but lost 9-4 at home to Bakersfield on Thursday in a season-opening softball game that also marked the return of Rams coach Rhonda Williams.
Isabelle Martinez went 4 for 4 among the Renegades’ 15 hits.
Williams is back for her 20th season after stepping away last year to fill in as the college’s interim athletic director.
• Sydnee Cisnero struck out nine in six scoreless innings as West Hills blanked Siskiyous 9-0 in a game called after six innings via the mercy rule. In addition, Cisnero homered and drove in three runs. Teammate Kayla Day hit a home run, too.
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In the nightcap, West Hills fell 8-2 after allowing 12 hits. Day had a homer and two RBIs.
COS fall at tourney to open baseball season
College of the Sequoias, coming out of the preseason ranked fourth in Northern California, was outhit 13-5 and lost 8-1 to SoCal’s No. 20 El Camino in the opening round of the Bakersfield Tournament.
Matt Cota (Tulare Western) drove in a run to give COS a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but it was all Warriors from there as Darrian Sylvester, Fred Smith and Joey Notch each had two RBIs.
South Valley racers to be honored by USAC
Trent Carter of Terra Bella and Garrett Long of Porterville will share the USAC West Coast Sprint Rookie honors at the USAC Western States Banquet.
The event is Feb. 7 at the Woodland Auto Display in Paso Robles.
Carter posted a pair of Top 10 finishes, and both drivers finished in the Top 20 in the series standings.
Champion drivers also will be honored, including USAC/CRA Sprint Car titlist Damion Gardner, West Coast Sprint Car king Matt Mitchell, Western Classic Sprint champ Ryan Bernal, Western Midget Champ Ronnie Gardner, Western Pavement Midget Champ Chad Nichols, Western HPD Midget champ Shawn Buckley and HPD Dirt champ Ashley Hazelton. Kevin Montgomery will be honored as National Race Organizer of the Year.