Monarchs sink Vikings: Exeter splits week

Suffering a hard luck loss to Immanuel, Exeter split the week to put its Central Sequoia League record at 3-6. The Monarchs are in fourth place in the league with six games to play.

On Tuesday, April 17, the Monarchs traveled to Reedley to face the Eagles, a team that Exeter beat 8-4 on March 23.

In a game that brought frustration for the Monarchs from beginning to end, Cody Williams was the hard-luck loser. Williams gave up only three hits in a complete game, struck out one batter and walked four.

Although the game began with just one umpire, the real challenge for Exeter was Immanuel's pitcher Jarrod Katayama. Katayama struck out seven batters and walked only two.

Exeter left men in scoring position in four innings, but could only scrape across two runs on RBI singles by Patrick Hutcheson in the fifth and Jonathan Phillips in the sixth. As a team, the Monarchs finished the game with a .192 batting average with five hits in seven innings.

Immanuel executed its sacrifice bunts to advance runners and eventually scored the winning run with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning.

The Monarchs recovered to sink the Vikings 5-3 in Kingsburg on Friday, April 20.

&#8220As unsatisfying as Tuesday's loss was, the win Friday night in Kingsburg was rewarding,” Exeter varsity coach Steve Garver said.

Against the league-leading Vikings, the Monarchs scored first and never looked back.

Hutcheson led off the game with a single then stole second base. Cody Williams hit a sacrifice fly to move Hutcheson to third and Jack Griggs grounded out to bring him home.

In the second inning, Brandon Edmonds led off with a double and the next batter, Chris Parker, followed with another double to bring Edmonds home.

While the Monarchs hitters were scoring, Exeter pitcher Sam Williford held the Kingsburg hitters at bay.

The Vikings scored an unearned run in the fourth inning, but the Monarchs responded in the top of the fifth with three runs. Sam Garver led off with a bunt single. Kyle Espinola followed with a bunt single and the third baseman made a throwing error that brought Garver home from first and allowed Espinola to reach third base. The Monarchs continued the rally as Hutcheson walked, Williams singled Espinola home and another Griggs single loaded the bases. Edmonds was hit by the pitcher to bring home the last Exeter run.

The Vikings wouldn’t go down easy and scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth with two outs.

In the sixth inning, Williford worked quickly to retire Kingsburg, but the seventh provided more drama. Williford again quickly got two outs on a strikeout and a ground out, but Kingsburg loaded the bases on a walk, a single and an intentional walk.

Williford coaxed a flyout to end the game and dent Kingsburg's 7-2 league record.

Exeter freshman win Monache Tourney

The Monarchs freshman baseball team won four straight games on Saturday, April 14 and 21 to win the Monache Frosh-Soph tournament in Porterville.

Exeter downed Tulare Western 13-5 and Delano 9-2 on April 14 then edged out Granite Hills 3-2 in extra innings to advance to the Championship game where the Monarchs dropped Tulare Western 7-4 to win the Title.

The Monarchs were lead by Austin Albinson and Wilson Garver. Each pitched and won two complete games. Garrett Souza, Albinson and Garver each contributed multiple hits throughout the tournament.

Eric Morgan had an RBI single in extra innings against Granite Hills to win the game.

Garver was named the tournament MVP.

&#8220I am still speechless at the boys performance. The first weekend we played great and we just exploded in the second Saturday. Great performances all around,” Coach Mark Loya said.

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