Prep Baseball & Softball

Local sports briefs: Clovis West High falls short in Boras baseball final

Clovis West High, which was stretched to 13 innings in a win Wednesday night, didn’t escape Thursday, losing 1-0 to St. Francis-Mountain View in 10 innings of the Boras Classic North Division Baseball Championship in Sacramento.

The 13-7 Golden Eagles, competing in arguably the state’s elite baseball tournament, beat state-ranked Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills 5-4, Stockdale 1-0 and Elk Grove 2-1 in 13 innings behind the pitching of Austin Johnson, Tyler Ewell, Jordan Yoshida and Joe Cleary in the first three games of a tournament. It drew 32 of the state’s top teams, split in North and South Divisions.

Thursday, the Eagles started Fernando Ramirez, a junior right-hander, who had only pitched 11/3 innings this season. And he shut out the 12-3-1 Lancers of the Central Coast Section for six innings before yielding to closer, David Haros.

Cuesta pitcher goes distance to beat Rams

Cuesta College right-hander Alex Fagalde shut down a red-hot Fresno City team, pitching a six-hitter in an 8-1 victory at the Allan Hancock Tournament to snap the Northern California second-ranked Rams’ 12-game winning streak.

Fagalde improved to just 4-5 on the season with a 3.58 ERA but has been far more impressive of late, going at least seven innings without allowing more than two runs in his past five starts. He stepped it up a bit further against Fresno City (24-4), going nine innings for the first time this year while striking out a season-high eight.

The Rams’ Jorge Alvarado (7-2), meanwhile, endured one of the worst outings of his otherwise stellar year to date. He matched a season-low in lasting just 31/3 innings, charged with six runs though only three were earned.

Cuesta (14-13) took command early, with three hits and a pair of Fresno City errors helping the Cougars score three in the bottom of the first. Two walks, a passed ball, a groundout and an error helped make it 5-0 through two innings.

Christian Funk’s sacrifice fly in the top of the fourth pulled the Rams within 5-1, but Cuesta got the run right back in the bottom half of the inning.

Fresno City has nonconference games at Oxnard (Tuesday) and at Santa Barbara City (Wednesday) before returning to Central Valley Conference play April 14 at Sequoias. The Rams lead the conference at 17-1, with Merced and COS both 9-6.

Fresno Pacific defense fails in loss to Dixie State

A two-out error in the sixth opened the door for three of Dixie State’s six unearned runs on the day and the NCAA Division II No. 17 Red Storm pulled away to beat Fresno Pacific 8-2 in the opener of a Pacific West Conference series at FPU Diamond.

Wilson Ashford took a three-hitter and a 2-1 lead into the sixth, where a leadoff single and a sacrifice put the tying run at second.

Just when it appeared Ashford would escape after inducing back-to-back infield grounders, the second of those plays was thrown away by shortstop Michael Tittle as the tying run came home.

An intentional walk was followed by a balk and No. 5 hitter Donald Glover’s two-run single.

Ashford (5-2) exited with two out in the seventh, charged with six hits and five unearned runs. He walked one and struck out seven, one short of his career high.

Nick Pate was the star for the Sunbirds (20-11, 8-9), hitting a pair of doubles, scoring a run and driving in one.

Dylan File (4-1) struck out eight and allowed two runs in six innings for the Red Storm (21-8, 16-1), who have won nine straight and 21 of their past 22. Kolton Brost closed with three scoreless innings.

The teams play a doubleheader at 4 p.m. Friday.

Sunbirds lose despite Harvey’s 17 saves

Kelsie Harvey posted her 11th double-digit save game of the year but Fresno Pacific saw a halftime lead slip away in losing to host Santa Clara 9-7 in a Golden Coast Conference water polo match.

Harvey made 17 saves and had four steals for the Sunbirds (7-20, 0-4), who have lost five straight. Santa Clara is 12-10 and 1-1.

“I’m disappointed with the loss, but proud of how hard our team played,” coach Bryan Suhovy said. “We had a 2-minute lapse in defense in the fourth quarter and Santa Clara took advantage of it to take the lead. We couldn’t recover after that. The women played hard all game and have shown so much improvement. We are excited to see them play at home as we continue conference play in the upcoming weeks.”

Alyssa Stevens scored two goals and Nia Apodaca one to go with three assists for Fresno Pacific, which hosts Pacific on April 11.