Clovis News: Sports

Farmersville wins D-VI baseball title on no-hitter

The fourth no-hitter of Lance Blake's high school career couldn't have come at a better time.

The Farmersville High pitcher didn't allow a hit or a walk through eight innings to lead the third-seeded Aztecs to a 1-0 victory over top-seeded McFarland for the Central Section Division VI baseball title Tuesday.

The only thing that stood between Blake and perfection was a pair of Farmersville errors. He struck out 10.

"He just owned the game," Aztecs coach Brian Archuleta said.

Jorge Oropeza broke up a scoreless duel in the top of the eighth inning with an RBI double. Oropeza, Devon Wells and Sijifredo Espinoza all had two hits for Farmersville.

Division II

No. 1 Golden West 11, No. 4 Redwood 5: The Trailblazers reached the final behind the bat of Brent Hall, who doubled, singled twice and knocked in four runs.

Dax Turner (2 for 3, three runs) and Kevin Thompson (four runs) also helped make a winner of starter Chad Bean, who helped his own cause with two hits.

Golden West faces No. 3 Frontier, an 8-4 winner over No. 2 El Diamante, for the title.

Division III

No. 2 Hanford 6, No. 3 Hanford West 2: The first-ever all-Hanford matchup in the section baseball playoffs wound up a decidedly east-side celebration.

The defending champion Bullpups, who advance to face No. 1 Clovis North, struck first with a four-run third that included Dalton Silva's RBI double and Gage Dominguez's solo home run.

Hanford ace Brandon Putnam shut out the Huskies until a two-run homer by Jesse Gonzales in the seventh, then struck out the final two batters to close it out.

No. 1 Clovis North 6, No. 13 Ridgeview 1: Michael Tittle pitched five shutout innings and gave himself all the support he would need with a two-run home run to power the Broncos into the final.

Brandon Renwick (2 for 3, double, two RBIs) and Kyle Martinez (2 for 3) also contributed offensively for Clovis North.

Division IV

No. 7 Washington 5, No. 6 Kingsburg 4: The Panthers are making an unexpected return to the division final thanks to a balk call on Vikings starter Brett Helm in the top of the sixth that forced in the go-ahead run.

Washington, which beat Selma 2-1 in last season's D-IV final, got two hits from JD Mendez and doubles from Adam McCurley and Jacob Phillips, who was the winning pitcher.

No. 1 Kerman 6, No. 4 Selma 3: Travis Walker pitched a complete game and knocked in two runs to power the Lions into the final.

Division V

No. 2 Fowler 6, No. 3 Corcoran 4: Marc Cardenas scored the go-ahead run on a balk in the bottom of the sixth and Kenny Corona added an RBI single to send the Redcats on to the final against top-seeded Bakersfield Christian, which beat No. 4 Fresno Christian 15-4.