Selma High boosters made it a school thing, promoting the theme “Drive For Five” as the Bears softball team tried to add one more Central Section title to others already won in football, boys basketball and girls and boys wrestling.
Hailey Garcia nearly turned it into a one-woman show.
A two-hit complete game highlighted a 2-0 win over Division IV top-seeded Mission Oak in a pitchers’ duel Saturday morning to kick off the final day of the two-day section championship gathering at Fresno State’s Margie Wright Diamond. Coalinga (D-V) and Monache (D-II) on Friday won the first of six titles to be awarded.
“Hailey pitched a great game, carried the team from Day 1 till now,” Selma assistant Brandon Abril said. “Our offense, our defense played strong all season long.”
It is the Bears’ third championship in the sport but first since 2001, according to section historian Bob Barnett.
Mission Oak had won the past two years, including 4-1 over Selma last season.
Carrie Posada drove in Dom Trevino in the first for the only run that the third-seeded Bears (19-7-1) would need. Alaina Marshall went 2 for 3.
Garcia still had plenty of work to do, especially given her opponent in the circle.
Mariah Mazon struck out 11, without a walk, while pitching a seven-hitter for Mission Oak (19-7-1). Mazon pitched a four-hitter in the 2016 final.
D-III: Independence 11, Kerman 5
The second-seeded Falcons banged out 17 hits, all singles, in beating the eighth-seeded Lions.
It’s the first title for Independence. Kerman’s lone championship came in 2009.
The Lions scored first but it was 10-1 through three innings. Independence had five players with multiple hits and all but one had at least one.
“We hit the ball, that’s what we do,” coach Mike D’Amato told The Bakersfield Californian. “We’re not a big power team. We do have power. We’ve hit a lot of triples and doubles this year.”
D-VI: Mendota 6, Central Valley Christian 4
Stephanie Cervantes pitched a five-hitter and the fifth-seeded Aztecs won their first championship by edging the No. 3 Cavaliers. Charline Sandoval drove in two in a three-run first and it was 6-0 through three innings.
CVC’s Rylie Atherton struck out 10 while also going the distance. Lauren Reed drove in two runs for the Cavaliers, whose titles came in 1996 and 1998.
At Margie Wright Diamond at Fresno State
Selma 2, Mission Oak 0
Mission Oak (19-7-1)
WP: Hailey Garcia (CG, 9Ks). LP: Mariah Mazon (CG, 11Ks, 0BB). S, Dom Trevino 2B, Alaina Marshall 2-3. MO, Aubrey Cardoza 2-3.
Mendota 6, Central Valley Christian 4
WP: Stephanie Cervantes (CG). LP: Rylie Atherton (CG, 10Ks). M, Krystal Del Río RBI, 2B. CVC, Lauren Reed 2rbi, Amy Daggs 2B.
D-III: No. 2 Independence 11, No. 8 Kerman 5
D-I: No. 4 Clovis 2, No. 2 Central 1