Daniel Gardner and Zak Taylor were a two-man wrecking crew atop the lineup as Fresno City College outscored Cypress 14-6 on Wednesday in a battle of regional JC powers at the Allan Hancock Spring Classic in Santa Maria.
Gardner and Taylor were each 3 for 5 with two RBIs and two runs scored as the NorCal No. 2 Rams improved to 24-3. The Chargers, ranked No. 3 in Southern California, fell to 19-8.
The Rams tied it 2-2 on Gardner’s double in the fourth. It turned into a four-run inning, helped by a pair of bases-loaded walks, and Taylor singled in two runs in the fifth.
Tucker Salles’ two-run homer in the sixth made it 9-2. Justin Heskett (4-1) allowed two runs on four hits in seven innings and struck out five.
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Christian Funk homered for the fourth time in six games, a two-run shot in a five-run ninth that seemed superfluous until Cypress came back with four in the bottom half.
• Jacob Herrera’s two-run single in the seventh proved decisive as Bakersfield beat host Reedley 5-3 in the Sequoias Easter Classic. Down 5-1, the Tigers (10-16) got close again in the bottom of the seventh on Adam Aleman’s RBI single and a run-scoring groundout by DeA’ndre Smith. Christian Sinnott (3-1) retired seven of the last eight he faced to finish off a nine-hitter for Bakersfield (11-14). … Sequoias (14-13) made it 0 for 4 for the local teams at the tournament, losing 17-3 to SoCal No. 11 Saddleback (17-10).
Clovis North’s Lim shares Len Ross lead
Clovis North High golfer Tammy Lim moved into a tie for first in the girls 15-18 division entering the final round of the 68th annual Len Ross-Fresno City Junior Amateur.
Lim shot 76-82-69-227 and finished 2-under Wednesday at Airways Municipal Golf Course to pull even with Rocklin’s Nicole Schroeder (75-79-73).
Friant’s Jacqueleine Ngo (77-78-78) slipped to third and six strokes back after shooting seven-over for the round.
Other girls leaders are Aya Enkoji (12-14), Ellie Sand (10-11) and Elizabeth Cha (7-9).
Hanford’s Lane Pulliam built on his lead in boys 16-18, recording six birdies and an eagle to finish with a 6-under 63. Pulliam (72-72-63-208) leads the field by eight strokes.
Fresno’s Blake Hathcoat (73-75-68) moved into second, while Centennial’s Tyler Burnes (69-77-71) dropped to third.
Other boys leaders are: Ian Oehlschlaeger (14-15), Connor Larkin (12-13) and Aidan Tran (10-11).