Woodlake, Mission Oak softball win league titles

Woodlake’s Audrina Rodriguez runs the bases against Granite Hills.(Kason Clark)

Tigers go undefeated to win the East Sequoia-Sequoia League, Hawks finish 9-1 for a West Yosemite League title; Woodlake, Lindsay baseball share a league title with a 6-2 record

TULARE COUNTY – With the regular season for softball and baseball coming to an end, several local programs finished off their years with league titles. Woodlake softball is one of those teams as the Tigers won the East Sequoia-Sequoia League.

Over the course of the season, the Tigers went 23-2 overall and 7-0 in league play to capture the title. As his team finished the year on an 11-game winning streak, Woodlake head coach Ramon Lara believes their record demonstrates how resilient his team is.

“Winning league and going undefeated along the way shows the grit that the girls displayed all year,” Lara said. “They always had an answer for everything that was thrown their way.”

Throughout the season, several players stepped up for the Tigers. At the plate, Ella Lara had a strong season with a .500 batting average and 20 RBIs while her teammate Audrina Rodriguez led the team with 24 RBIs and three home runs. Rodriguez also excelled on the mound with a 1.47 ERA this season. Many other Tigers contributed throughout the season as their team chemistry led them to success.

“The team has really grown and matured over the season and adopted a team-first attitude,” Lara said. “If that continues into the playoffs, they are more than capable of making a good run.”

In the West Yosemite League, it came down to the final day as Mission Oak softball looked to win a league title. The Hawks first clinched at least a share of the title when they beat Dinuba, 4-1, at home this past Thursday night. The Hawks then clinched the WYL title outright thanks to a Tulare Union loss.

“It’s huge. The kids have just worked so hard this year. I don’t think we’ve had a day off since spring break,” Mission Oak head coach Ilissa Facchini said about winning the WYL. “We’ve been working hard, making adjustments and it’s paying off so I’m really happy for the kids.”

The Hawks finished the year 9-1 in the WYL with an overall record of 20-6. Players such as Braelyn Serpa had strong years with a .481 batting average for the Hawks while Jadyn Albright led the team with 25 RBIs. On the mound, Maleena Martin recorded a 2.28 ERA for Mission Oak. As they now prepare for the postseason, Facchini hopes that they can continue improving in order to go on a run.

“Our defense has really started stepping up to the plate and our offense has been coming through,” Facchini said. “We’ve accomplished our first goal of winning league and now our second goal is to take it all the way to Central Valley. To play well in the playoffs and hopefully make it all the way.”

In the East Sequoia-Sequoia League, Woodlake and Lindsay baseball both finished 6-2 to share the league title for this spring. Overall, the Woodlake Tigers went 19-8 while the Lindsay Cardinals had a 16-10 record.

Several players had strong seasons for Woodlake and Lindsay baseball. For Woodlake, Landon Gamez led the team with 18 RBIs while Ismael Pena recorded a 0.72 ERA. For Lindsay, Bailey Brown led the team with both a 1.09 ERA on the mound and 22 RBIs at the plate.

Next up for these teams will be the CIF Central Section Playoffs, which started this week.

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