Here’s some record updates and highlights of top coaches, players & teams from the past week as reported to us from CIF Central Section historian Bob Barnett of Fresno. Bob has done phenomenal work on behalf of CIF Central Section schools, athletes and coaches for more than 40 years.
Senior Ryan Hicks of Fresno High School set a CIF Central Section record and he tied a state & national record as he was hit by a pitch four consecutive times at the plate in a 19-0 nonleague win over Coalinga. There were no reports of any brawling between the teams.
As mentioned in this week’s SoCal/NorCal Player of the Week honors, senior Blake Sodersten of Clovis pitched his second no-hitter of the season in a 4-0 win over Clovis West of Fresno in a Tri-River Athletic Conference matchup. Sodersten also set a school record with the most no-hitters in a season & career since he had one earlier this season. Teammate Jay Massey paced Clovis at the plate with two hits & two RBI.
Kade Sheedy from Stockdale of Bakersfield had a nice game by going 2-for-4 at the plate, hitting a home run to go with five RBI in a 20-7 win in the Southwest Yosemite League over Garces of Bakersfield.
The Sierra Pacific of Hanford softball team is keeping the school in the headlines after the recent D5 state title in girls basketball. In a 21-0 win last week against Granite Hills of Porterville, Kaitlin Thayer led the way by going 4-for-5 at the plate with four runs scored and a game-high five RBI. Teammates Arianna Chavarin and Mikayla Goggard each had four hits.
Stephanie Herring of Sanger smacked two triples, scored four times and had one RBI in a 13-0 win over Hoover of Fresno.
Samantha Alvarez helped Kern Valley of Lake Isabella stay unbeaten for the season with a 7-0 record by going 8-for-12 at the plate with 12 RBI in three wins for the week. The lopsided wins were 19-0 against Kennedy of Delano, 19-1 over South of Bakersfield and 11-1 over West of Bakersfield. Those are some big schools the Broncs are blasting too.
Speaking of blasting, Frazier Mountain of Lebec ran past Maricopa 32-0, as Shawnau Johnson hit two home runs and had a career-high of eight RBI. Teammate Emily Lira also was perfect at the plate, going 5-for-5 with five runs scored and two homers.