Fresno Christian High won its first Central Section baseball championship.
The seventh-seeded Eagles upset top-seeded Sierra 5-3 in eight innings to capture the Division VI title Saturday as part of the two-day championship gathering at Rawhide Ballpark.
Aaron Lacroix drove in the go-ahead run with a double in the eighth and Jonah Lozano brought home another as the Eagles pulled off their third consecutive postseason surprise.
Fresno Christian (12-17) began the season with eight consecutive losses while playing higher-division opponents.
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But the Eagles also lost eight straight to end the regular season.
In the playoffs, though, Fresno Christian turned it on and knocked off No. 10 Orosi, No. 2 Lindsay, No. 3 Parlier and defending champ Sierra.
These boys have learned to battle in tough games.
Fresno Christian coach Noah Heinz
“These boys have learned to battle in tough games,” said Fresno Christian coach Noah Heinz, whose team went 2-4 in extra-inning games this season. “It really means a lot to be successful in baseball in the Valley.
“I’m just so proud of everything that they’ve done.”
Sierra (17-10), which had a five-game win streak snapped, finishes as runner-up a year after beating Kern Valley 12-11 for its first section title.
D-IV: Wasco 5, Firebaugh 4
The second-seeded Tigers won their second title, with the other in 1990, by edging the top-seeded Eagles.
Wasco (27-2) rallied from a 4-1 hole through six innings, scoring four runs in the seventh.
Lalo Barraza provided a bases-clearing double to complete the rally.
Firebaugh (25-7) had a nine-game win streak snapped.
The Eagles scored three runs in the fifth to break a 1-1 tie.
D-III: Highland 8, Porterville 5
The third-seeded Scots won the first baseball title in the school’s 47-year history, knocking off the top-seeded Panthers.
Cade Sakamoto went 5.2 innings and had two hits and scored two runs.
Highland led 6-0 after two innings.
Porterville (21-9) score once in the third and two runs in the fourth and sixth but saw a six-game winning streak halted.
At Rawhide Ballpark in Visalia
D-IV: No. 2 Wasco 5, No. 1 Firebaugh 4
D-III: No. 3 Highland 8. No. 1 Porterville 8
D-VI: No. 7 Fresno Christian 8, No. 1 Sierra 3
D-I: No. 1 Buchanan vs. No. 3 Clovis, 8 p.m.