The County beat the City 5-4 Wednesday night in the 35th annual City/County All-Star Softball Game at Margie Wright Diamond.
County went ahead with a three-run sixth, then survived a grinding bottom of the ninth when City loaded the bases with two outs. Spencer Sansom of Buchanan was hit by a pitch to force in a run and Buchanan’s Sienna Swain worked the count full before she was called out on strikes to end it.
Liberty-Madera Ranchos catcher Ana Hayes was 3 for 3 with two RBIs and won the County’s Jenny Eller Most Inspirational award. Serena Torres of Riverdale was 2 for 3 with a triple, run scored and RBI and was County MVP.
Swain and City MVP Cassidy Clark of Clovis West each had two hits. Serena Lewis of Roosevelt won the City Eller award.
Bart Sciacqua, who totaled more than 430 wins in a coaching career spanning Madera, Memorial and Fresno Christian, and former Clovis star Courtney Scott Deifel were inducted into the game’s Hall of Fame.
City-County All-Star Softball Game
At Margie Wright Diamond
County 5, City 4
WP: Liliana Berber (Firebaugh). LP: Alyssa Ruiz (Clovis East). Sv: Anyssa Garvin (Hanford). County, Ana Hayes (Liberty-Madera Ranchos) 3-3, 2RBI; Serena Torres (Riverdale) 2-3, 3B, 2R, RBI, team MVP; Alyssa Vazquez (Lemoore) SF; Summer Mendoza (Liberty-Madera Ranchos) R; Amanda Jimenez (Fowler) R; Daci Tovar (Selma) R. City: Sienna Swain (Buchanan) 2-3, 2R; Cassidy Clark (Clovis West) 2-3, RBI, team MVP; Jyllian Ahart (Bullard) 2B, RBI; Hunter Sansom (Buchanan) R; Spencer Sansom (Buchanan) R; Arianna Navarette (Central) R.
Jenny Eller Most Inspirational award (voted by teammates): Hayes; Serena Lewis, Roosevelt.
Upcoming All-Star games
- June 17: City/County Football, 7:30 p.m. at Lamonica Stadium
- June 18: City/County Baseball, 6:30 p.m. at Chukchansi Park
- June 22: City/County Boys Volleyball, 7 p.m. at Fresno State
- June 24: North/South Football, 7:30 p.m. at Merced High
- June 24: East/West and North/South Boys Soccer, 6 and 8 p.m. at Lindsay High
- June 25: East/West and North/South Girls Soccer, 6 and 8 p.m. at Lindsay High
- June 25: City/County Boys and Girls Basketball, 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m. at Fresno City College
- June 25: East/West Football, 8 p.m. at Golden West High