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Softball and Baseball compete in Whitney League Finals

On Saturday, the Hawks baseball team faced off against the Pirates from Lindsay in the semifinals of the Whitney League playoffs. Aiden Jackson didn't allow a single run against Lindsay, throwing a complete game shutout and leading the Sequoia Hawks to a 11-0 victory on Saturday. Sequoia Hawks secured the victory thanks to eight runs in the fourth inning. The big inning was thanks to a triple by Alex Narvaiz, a double by Jason Castillo, a hit by Josh Post, and an error on a ball put in play by Aiden Jackson.

In the championship game, the Hawks faced the undefeated Mustangs from Pioneer. Sequoia got out to a four-run lead in the first inning by key hits from Richie Bailey, Bryson Hornsby and Aidan Jackson.  The Mustangs cut the lead in half by scoring two runs after the the bottom of the first inning. Nevertheless, the Hawks added to their lead as Cooper Fish singled in a run in the bottom of the fourth inning to stretch the lead to 3, making the score 5-2.  The Mustangs battled back but Alex “Chubbs” Narvaiz was able to secure the  victory by fielding out a ground ball to third base and gunning out the runner at first. Richie Bailey toed the rubber for the Hawks. He went three innings, allowing two runs on one hit and striking out eight.  Jason “Panda” Castillo came into the game and pitched the last two innings to close it out.  With the victory, the Hawks are the 2018 Whitney League Champions.  Coach Chavez is extremely proud how each individual improved as the season progressed and how they came together as a team.  Hard work does pay off! 

On Saturday our girls softball played the Burton Bulldogs in a semi final game and beat them 9-7. Our girls struggled hitting the ball in the first inning while Burton was able to get 2 runs in. But in the 3rd inning Sonia Castillo hit a double, Alexa Yanez and Morgan Hunter hit singles and Jordyn Segura also hit a double giving us a 3-2 lead. In the fourth inning Burton scored 2 more runs but our girls answered back and scored 6 more runs. Even when Burton made a final run, our girls were able to close out the game and get the win.  

In the championship game our girls played the Wilson Warriors from Exeter. It was a tough game, their pitcher struck out 8 of our girls. Although Alexa Yanez had a double and Sonia Castillo had a triple off of her, which gave us 2 runs, she was too much to handle. Exeter also hit the ball well and had some great plays, which led to them winning 8-3. Coach Salazar is very proud of the girls for working hard and having a great season. We will lose all 4 of our 8th graders, who we will miss, but we will have 11 returning 7th graders which puts us in a great position for next year. Great job girls.  Go Hawks!!