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Local sports briefs: Fresno Pacific erupts in latest sweep of Academy of Art (video)

Fresno Pacific exploded for a pair of double-digit games on the scoreboard Saturday in earning a second consecutive doubleheader sweep of Academy of Art in a Pacific West Conference baseball game at FPU Diamond.

Eian Raeber and Jake Martinez starred on the mound, Preston Scott hit a pair of home runs and the Sunbirds improved to 24-14 overall and 12-12 in the conference with a 10-4 victory in game 1 and a 12-0 seven-inning win in the nightcap.

In Saturday’s opener, Scott — a junior from Hanford and Fresno City College — hit a three-run homer to right field in the first. A four-run eighth that followed Michael Tittle’s solo home run in the fifth blew open what was a 6-3 game.

Raeber (2-4), a senior right-hander and former teammate of Scott’s at Hanford, allowed two earned runs in eight innings.

In game 2, Fresno Pacific scored five times in the opening inning after the first two hitters had been retired. A two-out error by Urban Knights (6-31, 4-20) was followed by Michael Hostetler’s RBI single and Travis Beck’s two-run base hit. Scott hit a two-run homer in a four-run second. And Martinez (5-3), a junior right-hander from Bullard and Fresno City, fired five shutout innings.

Fresno Pacific swept the first two games of the series Friday, with Wilson Ashford setting the school career strikeouts record in a 7-6 victory in game 2.

COS stumbles ahead of Fresno City rematch

College of the Sequoias finished off a weather-interrupted 10-0 victory over West Hills, but the Falcons struck back in the regularly scheduled Central Valley Conference game.

West Hills pulled off the 9-7 surprise to stem a little of the momentum the Giants had hoped to carry into Tuesday’s home game against frontrunning Fresno City.

COS (15-14, 10-7) has been the only team capable of slowing the Rams’ juggernaut in CVC play this season, with the Giants winning 9-4 at home in the middle game of a three-game series in early March.

That’s the only blemish in the conference and one of the few dings at all for Fresno City, which will carry a 25-5 overall record and 17-1 conference mark into Tuesday’s 2 p.m. game.

Clovis Ranch Rodeo champs repeat

Dan Locke, Frank Martinez, Pat Boyle and Wyatt Bourdet repeated as champions of the 15th annual Ranch Rodeo, the latest of a series of events that counts down to the 101st Clovis Rodeo later this month.

The Ranch Rodeo features four-person teams of local cowboys and cowgirls competing in the kind of ranching activities they must do every day on a working cattle ranch. More than $16,000 in prizes were awarded, including custom-made saddles and silver bits.

Gene Roberts Sr., Zeb Burroughs, Frank Heinrichs and Dan Erickson combined to finish second while the team of Don McCaslin, JW Brewer, Hec Hurley and Lee Whitney were third. Kacey Hurley, Taylor Hurley, Lacey Bourdet and Stacey Schmidt were the top cowgirl team and fourth overall.

Competitors ranged in age from John Boschi, 63, to Cole Dodds, 15.

Tickets for the Clovis Rodeo, which runs April 23-26 and has back-to-back concerts the first two nights, are on sale at the ticket office on the rodeo grounds, by calling (559) 299-5203 or at clovisrodeo.com.

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