Winning for Coach Oly; THS reach semis after pair of playoff victories; face Golden West Tuesday, May 20
Even though THS came into last Thursday afternoon’s CIF playoff quarterfinal against Hoover-Fresno as an underdog, the mission was clear. Win for Coach Oly.
Mountain Baseball was resolute in belief, fueled by the determination for their coach that was taken away by ambulance in a first round playoff game two days prior.
The team made a brief stop to see Coach Olofson in the hospital on their way to Fresno for the quarterfinals. That meeting would serve as the only motivation that the No. 5 seeded Warriors would need, responding a few hours later with a dominating 10-1 victory over No. 4 seed Hoover.
Tehachapi (15-11) set the tone early in the game, taking a 3-0 lead after the first two innings and putting the game away with a four-run sixth inning and a three-run seventh inning.
David Carter was unwavering on the mound, going six innings and striking out seven batters. Brandon Ursua came in relief in the seventh inning, recording a strikeout.
Carter also provided the big stick in the game, going 3-4 with three RBIs and a double. Tyler Huebner also went 3-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored and Nathan Hedberg went 3-4 with an RBI.
Michael Cole also had two hits and two runs scored, Justin Amparan had a hit and Reid Feeley recorded two RBIs.
The Warriors reached the CIF quarterfinals after recording a first round playoff victory over Highland, 10-5.
Eric Johnson helped Tehachapi take the lead in the game with an inside-the-park three-RBI homerun for a 4-2 lead in the second inning.
Leading 7-2 in the top of the fourth inning, Coach Olofson was struck on the head with a line-drive in the third base coach’s box. The game was delayed so that medical personnel could arrive and transport Coach Oly to KMC for treatment.
The game continued, with Reid Feeley responding with a two-run home run blast over the left field fence to put the game away.
Cole finished the game going 3-4, with Johnson and Feeley both finishing with two hits, a homerun and a double apiece. Justin Amparan also had a double and two RBIs and Huebner had a single and two RBIs. Other highlights included Nash Franko finishing with two runs scored and Carter and Hedberg a run scored each.
On the other side of the CIF Division III playoff bracket, defending CIF champions and No. 9 seed Golden West upset No. 1 seed Ridgeview, 4-1.
Golden West will be in Tehachapi on Tuesday, May 20, for the playoff semifinals. The winner of that contest will play in the CIF championship this Saturday at 2 p.m. at Rawhide Stadium in Visalia.