Monarchs of the Week
Each week, Exeter Union High School coaches will nominate outstanding players in each sport. These players will be featured here in the newspaper as well as at Kirkman’s VIP Pizza. This week’s players are listed below.
Raelynn Dewitt – girls’ team
Jace Evans – boys’ team
Kaylee Nelsen – girls’ team
Zach Welch – boys’ team
Ethan Hernandez – boys’ team
Shawn Blake – boys’ team
COS played their last game without fans before the season was suspended
In the last College of the Sequoias sporting event for the immediate future, the Giants softball team went out with a bang.
COS rang up 16 hits and took advantage of seven errors while thundering Taft 17-0 during a five-inning Central Valley Conference game March 12.
The game was played without fans at the Giants’ softball park as a precaution due to the growing coronavirus pandemic.
After the game concluded, the California Community College Athletic Association — the state’s governing body for community college athletics — announced it was suspending all practices and competitions throughout the state indefinitely.
This comes after the CCCAA first announced that it would bar anyone other than players, coaches and essential school staff from the state Elite Eight men’s and women’s basketball tournament, and then later cancelling the event at West Hills-Lemoore altogether. COS’ men’s basketball team was part of the field.
The Giants softball team (14-8-1, 3-1) went up 2-0 in the bottom of the first on a run-scoring single by Callie Vincent (Woodlake) and a sacrifice fly by Alexis Garcia (Orange Cove), and never looked back.
COS went up 5-0 in the second Felicity Morales (Dinuba), Yennifer Gaitan (Mission Oak) and Kayla Matus (Dinuba) all scored on errors.
The Giants broke the game wide open with a 12-run third inning highlighted by an RBI triple by Garcia and a pair of run-scoring singles from Gaitan.
Audra Pratt (Golden West), Emily Ibarra (Redwood), Vincent, Morales and Matus all had run-scoring singles, while Monica Meza (Caruthers) had an RBI fielder’s choice and Garcia added an RBI groundout.
Vincent led COS with three hits. while Matus, Ibarra, Garcia, Morales and Gaitan all had two apiece as every player in the lineup had at least one hit.
Olivia Aguigam and Garcia combined on a five hitter. Aguigam (10-7) allowed four hits while striking out six over four innings, while Garcia yielded one hit and struck out two in one inning.
The win allowed COS to pull into a tie for first-place in the CVC with Fresno City (9-10, 3-1) and Porterville (7-12, 3-1) heading into the suspension of play.
The Giants have won or shared the past two CVC titles.
COS had 14 games remaining on its schedule that are now in limbo. The regular season was originally scheduled to end April 21 with a doubleheader at Porterville. The Northern California Regional playoffs were set to begin in late April with the state championship tournament May 14-17 at Bakersfield College and Cal State Bakersfield.
The baseball team was on a scheduled week-long break from games when word came down about the suspension of play. The Giants (18-4, 6-3) were scheduled to return to action April 17 at Central Valley Conference-leading Fresno City (17-3, 7-0). That game, and the 17 other regular season games remaining on COS’ schedule are in limbo.