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JC roundup: Fresno City softball team reels off 15 straight wins

Fresno City College softball coach Rhonda Williams took a trip to the mountains near Oakhurst this week to enjoy the pleasant spring weather.

She and her Rams earned their midseason break with Fresno City on a 15-game winning streak after defeating Reedley 6-0 on Tuesday.

Williams plans to quickly regain her players’ attention ahead of the second half of Central Valley Conference play, which begins Thursday when the state third-ranked and NorCal No. 2 Rams (23-3, 8-0 CVC) host Sequoias (12-17, 1-5) in a doubleheader.

“On Monday, the message will be we’re starting the second round and we’re going to be focused on playing COS,” she said. “Talk about how their pitchers threw against us and talk about people in their lineup and how we need to strategize against them and take it one game at a time.”

22State-leading win total for Fresno City softball pitcher Sarah Santana and state-best home run total for Rams’ offense

Fresno City’s Sarah Santana leads the state in wins with 22. It helps that she’s backed by a lineup that has a state-best 22 home runs.

“So far, our bats have been alive,” Williams said. “We’re scoring runs, and that has made a huge difference for our team this year – so far.”

That was evident two games into the season, when the Rams faced NorCal now-No. 5 Sierra. Fresno City trailed 6-3 but rallied for a 7-6 win.

Sierra is always a quality team. That was a huge win for us. Any time you beat teams that play in the Big 8 it’s a quality win. It was only the second game of the season, and for our girls to see that they can come from behind and beat a team like Sierra College, I think that really set the tone.

Fresno City College coach Rhonda Williams

“Sierra is always a quality team,” Williams said. “That was a huge win for us. Any time you beat teams that play in the Big 8, it’s a quality win. It was only the second game of the season, and for our girls to see that they can come from behind and beat a team like Sierra College, I think that really set the tone.”

Baseball – After starting 4-6, Fresno City won nine straight before dropping two games this week at the Allan Hancock tournament.

The Rams enter their Easter break 13-8 overall and 8-1 in the CVC. NorCal No. 10 Fresno City has a two-game lead over Merced heading into the resumption of conference action at 3 p.m. Tuesday against Porterville at John Euless Ballpark.

Tennis – Fresno City’s women’s team, ranked No. 1 in NorCal by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, is 6-0 in the Big 8 South. Fresno City closes the regular season against Sacramento City on March 30 before hosting the conference tournament March 31-April 2.

The men’s team is 5-0 in the Big 8 and No. 4 in NorCal.

Track and field – Defending long jump state champion Moesha Davidson of Fresno City has the state’s top mark in that event and the top time in the 100 meters, according to DirectAthletics.Davidson is No. 2 in the 100 hurdles.

Teammate Melody Harris is No. 1 in the javelin.

Sequoias’ Ohdel James (400), Meleni Rodney (women’s 400) and Deshaunda Morrison (100 high hurdles) also own the top spots in their events.

Anthony Galaviz: 559-441-6042, @agalaviz_TheBee

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