Redwood baseball and softball are currently amidst their league play to gain sole possession of WYL and advance into playoffs on a good note
By Krissy Hetherington
Special to the Sun-Gazette
VISALIA – Varsity Softball came off a season last year finishing as the WYL Champs and D-II Central Section Champions. Prior to league play, the team coached by Bob Rooney, was 7-7 but the girls pulled away to a winning overall record after their first few games in league going 2-1. They won their first league game against Lemoore High School shutting the Tigers down 11-0. To kick off league, the girls rallied together after the tough preseason schedule to keep the ball rolling and strive for yet another successful season.
Next the girls faced Golden West with a final score of 18-1. Their first home game for league play was a big game coming off a three-game winning streak. They entered with a new fire and continued with big bats led by Abby Hillan, Prya Burns, and Emilie Hernandez. All seniors from last year’s Valley Championship team. Hillan also holds the second most in the Central Section after her three-run dinger in the fourth inning with 5 total homers this season. In the fourth inning, the girls rallied six runs after the score already being 5-1 which was all started by sophomore Sydnee Weber. The girls kept the ball rolling into the fifth inning totaling 7 more runs.
After this massive run only lasting 5 innings, the girls used the same energy to face off against Hanford. The hard-fought battle resulted in a win for the Bullpups, 5-3. Redwood enters a cross town rivalry game against El Diamante next on April 3rd at the Miners’ home. Currently Hanford leads the standings (3-0), Redwood follows closely tied with Lemoore, both 2-0.
Although the boys aren’t deep into their league play yet, they hold an overall 10-4 record and advance to 2-0 in league after two recent wins against Lemoore. They hosted the first game on Wednesday where they won 2-0. Sam Bower pitched 10 strikeouts to open the game holding the Tigers to a scoreless game. Bronson Chamberlin and Rico Aguirre together tallied the two hits and runs scored for Redwood with the help of Bower’s batting too.
When the two faced off again, this time at Lemoore, Redwood went on a roll and finished with a final score of 12-1. Sophomore, Ethan Garcia led the defense with 6 innings pitched and 4 total strikeouts. Chamberlin led the offense with 4 RBI’s. Bower closely following with 3 RBI’s, and Lee Trevino’s 2 RBI’s helped the team surge through the game and as the team continued to accumulate hits against the Tigers, they just extended their lead proving they are a tough competitor for league this year.
Redwood is led senior and sophomore heavy with a lot of talent in the lower programs too as they all move into their next two league games next week starting with Varsity away at Golden West on Wednesday. Hopefully the boys can keep this motivation going after some big wins prior to league and their powerful offense as they seize full control of the WYL championship this year.