Central High senior pitcher Gianna Mancha made state and national headlines for a record-setting performance.
Mancha struck out 21 of 24 batters she faced, best ever in the Central Section for a seven-inning game according to section historian Bob Barnett, as she no-hit Clovis West in an April 6 Tri-River Athletic Conference game.
Mancha walked three but didn’t permit a batted ball into play in the 5-0 win.
The 21 strikeouts tied her with 13 others for the second-best seven-inning mark in state history, according to Cal-Hi Sports. The record of 22 was set in 1983 by Blenda Selvey of Chaffey. Selvey got an extra out because of a passed ball on a third strike.
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The Boise State-bound right-hander is 9-2 with a 0.42 ERA and 134 strikeouts in 82.2 innings this season. She has led TRAC co-leading Central offensively by hitting .531 with seven doubles, three triples and 12 RBIs.
Mancha was the Outstanding All-Around Performer on The Bee’s 2015 Softball All-Star Team.