Porterville Recorder

Monache softball beats Golden West

- THE RECORDER recorder@portervill­erecorder.com

The Monache softball team rolled to an 11-1 win over Golden West on Thursday at home.

The game was called after five innings due to the mercy rule.

Mia Rivas went 2-for2 with a triple, RBI and 3 runs scored, Kailyn Castle was 2-for-3 with 2 runs scored and three RBI and Jalene Villarreal also had a key triple in the game that scored 2 runs and she also scored 2 runs.

Morgan Hunter also had her best game of the year, Monache Coach Dave Koontz said as she went 3-for-3 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI and a run scored. Hunter was also the winning pitcher, pitching a complete game, allowing just two hits and striking out four.

“She pitched better,” Koontz said. “As long as she keeps making improvemen­ts like that we’re going to do well.”

Monache had 10 hits. “Just good all-around team hitting,” Koontz said. “Best we’ve hit all year.”

Morgan pitched a 5 inning mercy-rule game.

Had 4 KS, gave up 2 hits, one earned run. And 2 walks. “She pitched better. As long as she keeps making improvemen­ts like that, we’re going to do well.”

Monache (4-2) plays a doublehead­er against Taft, beginning at 11 a.m. today at home.

BOYS TENNIS Strathmore 5 Woodlake 4

Strathmore Spartan Boys tennis continued its winning ways with a narrow 5-4 victory over the Woodlake Tigers in Woodlake on Thursday.

Aden Ennis lost at No. 1 singles, Nathaniel Stevenson lost at No. 2 singles 8-5 and Sutter Lautenschl­ager lost at No. 3 singles 8-6 I hard fought matches for Strathmore.

No. 4 singles Samuel Kaufman won 8-3, No. 5 Seth Hernandez won 8-2 and Michael Kaufman won his match by forfeit for the Spartans. In doubles, Ennis and Lautsensch­lager lost in a hard fought match but the No. 2 doubles team of Stevenson and Samuel Kaufman sealed the victory with an 8-4 win. Woodlake forfeited the N No. 3 doubles match.

Strathmore is now 3-0 for the season and 2-0 in league.

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