Immanuel Tourney previews league

Spring is here and with it is the return of high school baseball. East Sequoia and East Sierra league teams kicked off their season last week with scrimmages, preseason games and tournaments.

Lindsay baseball opened their season on March 1 with two disappointing losses to Fowler in a double header match up.

Fowler took a 5-0 shutout over the Cardinals in their first contest. Abel Gamboa and Javier Ibarra managed the only hits for Lindsay to total three.

Michael Castanon relieved starting pitcher Bernardo Lemus. Facing 21 batters, Lemus gave up four runs as Fowler created their lead in the fourth inning.

In the second game, Fowler found their swing in the second inning, bringing in six runs against Lindsay starting pitcher Abel Gamboa.

Lindsay brought in four runners of their own this time by way of Michael Castanon, Ruben Guerrero, Dionicio Olmos and Eugene Paz in the third fourth and seventh innings. But the Cardinals four runs weren't enough to keep up with Fowler's 15. Lindsay hurt themselves with 8 total errors and only four hits to Fowler's five errors and 10 hits.

Things looked brighter for the Cardinals when they traveled to Reedley for the Immanuel tournament over the weekend. So far Lindsay has managed 3 of 3 wins in the two week tournament.

Lindsay took preseason victory over three league teams, Immanuel, Corcoran and Dinuba.

The Card's kicked off the tournament with a win over Corcoran.

The Cardinals took a one point, 6-5 win over the Panthers.

Gamboa was the Cardinals top scorer with three runs. Daniel Tapia, Michael Castanon and Dionicio Olmos each managed a single run for the Cardinals as well.

Castanon was the winning pitcher for the game with three strikeouts.

Starting pitcher Franscisco Diaz also struck out three Panther Batters before Castanon stepped up to the mound.

Corcoran's fielders held themselves to only two errors while Lindsay made four.

In the second day of the tournament, Lindsay took back-to-back wins over Dinuba and Immanuel.

Javier Ibarra was the Cardinal's winning pitcher in the 7-5 victory over the Emperors. Ibarra threw seven strikouts facing 18 batters over all.

Top hitters for the Cardinals were Castanon and Gamboa who hits and two runs each.

In their second game of the day, the Cardinals took a 1-2 win over the Immanuel Eagles.

The game went scoreless for eight innings. The Eagles and Cardinals each brought in one run in the ninth to tie the game.

But Lindsay brought in a final runner at the bottom of the tenth to take the victory.

Bernardo Lemus walked to first and moved around the bases while Juan Zapata was the second runner in.

Lindsay's fielding was a success with zero errors. The Cardinal offense managed five hits off the bats of Francisco Diaz, Gamboa, and Zapata.

Exeter baseball also started their season off last week. The Monarchs fell 8-0 to Monache on March 1.

The Marauders took an early lead with two runs in the second inning then tacked on three more in the third and made it hurt with a final three in the sixth inning.

Woodlake baseball also made a rough start with three losses in a row.

The Tigers took a hard hit from Central Valley Christian to start out the week. The Cavaliers brought in a whopping 12 runs over Woodlake's five.

On Saturday, Sierra brought on another big win over the Tigers ending the game at 11-1. On the same day, Kingsburg served up a 13-0 shutout over the Tigers.

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