Reedley goes extra to beat Fresno and repeat as CVC softball champ
Pinch-hitter Marissa Rendon hit a walk-off single with the bases loaded in the 11th inning that propelled the Reedley softball team to a 5-4 victory against Fresno City on Tuesday as the Tigers captured the Central Valley Conference crown for a second straight season.
The Rams (19-20, 11-4) entered the day needing a doubleheader sweep to unseat the defending champion Tigers (21-17, 12-3).
The Rams won the first game 5-3, highlighted by Nicole Roberts’ two RBIs. In the second game, Fresno City led 4-2 going into the bottom of the seventh.
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But Reedley’s Morgen Blanchard and Jaylee Villarreal responded with back-to-back solo homers to send the game into extra innings. Blanchard finished 5 for 5 with two RBIs and scored the winning run. Reedley pitcher Elizabeth Flores went the distance with five strikeouts.
• Alyssa Benally went 2 for 4 with three RBIs to power Porterville in a 6-5 win against West Hills Coalinga.
• College of Sequoias fell in eight innings, a 3-2 loss to visiting Merced.
Rams pitcher stays perfect
Fresno City pitcher Connor Brogdon stayed undefeated on the season after throwing seven shutout in a 7-0 Central Valley Conference win at Porterville on Tuesday.
Brogdon limited Porterville to three hits and one walk to boost his record to 9-0.
Fresno City had 12 hits, including three by Scott Silva. Teammates Joe Garabedian and Nate Navarette drove in two runs each. And Rams outfielder Daniel Gardner, who was named NorCal player of the week Tuesday, supplied an RBI.
Fresno City (27-7, 19-3), which clinched the CVC title last week, has two regular-season games remaining.
• COS lost 2-1 to Taft, giving up a walk-off single in the 10th. COS catcher Dillon Kelley went 2 for 5.
• West Hills Coalinga took a 19-4 beating from Merced, allowing 25 hits and committing five errors.
Bulldogs frosh climbs leaderboard
Fresno State freshman Mimi Ho fired her way into the top 10 at the Mountain West women’s golf championship Tuesday, shooting an even 72 during the second round.
At 77-72—149 and 10th overall, Ho is 5 over for the tournament and nine stroke behind leader Milagros Chaves of San Diego State.
Fresno State (312-300—612) is eighth among the nine-team field. San Jose State (293-296—589) and San Diego State (288-301—589) are tied for first entering the final round Wednesday at Mission Hills Country Club.
Fresno State’s Madchen Ly carded a 4-over 76 on Tuesday, to follow a 74 on Monday that put her in ninth place after the first day. Ly sits one stroke back from Ho and is in 14th place.
Sunbirds earn conference honors
Fresno Pacific’s Kelsie Harvey and Emily Marr earned honorable mention and Emily Knowles was All-Freshman on the All-Golden Coast Conference women’s water polo team.
Harvey finished as the conference leader in saves per game at 11.20 and third in steals at 1.85 and will graduate as the school’s career leader in both categories. Marr scored a team-high 27 goals and with 89 in her career ranks fifth all-time at Fresno Pacific. Knowles had 12 goals and nine steals on the year.
San Diego State sophomore Caroline Israels and Pacific senior Anna Kertes were named co-Players of the Year. The second annual GCC Championships open Thursday in Stockton, with seventh-seeded Fresno Pacific facing second-seeded and nationally No. 14th-ranked Pacific at 1:30 p.m.