It was a seesaw turn of events for Mountain Baseball this past week, with a pair of blowout victories against East 17-3 and Foothill 33-0 and a 17-5 loss to North in league action.
Tehachapi (7-7; 3-1 SEYL) went up 10-0 over East after just three innings, recording a one-hitter over the Blades in the wipeout victory.
Ryan Hanzel picked up the win against East with three strikeouts in four innings, with David Wier coming in relief for two innings and David Carter the final inning, both recording two strikeouts.
Carter went 3-4 with a homerun, a double and four RBIs and Hiroto Sagawa went 3-4 with three runs scored to lead THS.
Nathan Hedberg and Reid Feeley both had two hits, with Hedberg recording a double. Eric Johnson also had a double for the Warriors, with Brandon Ursua, Cade Temple, Davin Domingo, Michael Cole, and Wier also recording singles in the game.
Against Foothill, Tehachapi recording an eye-popping 28 hits and gave up only two hits to the Trojans in the big win.
The Warriors put the game away early with a 16-run second inning and a 26-0 lead through three innings.
It should be noted, the SEYL mandated that varsity contests not incorporate a mercy rule if a team is up by 10 runs or more after five innings, hence the lopsided score. Results like the contest against Foothill should bring the ruling back on the table in the off-season when the league-realignment takes place for the Yosemite division.
Tehachapi did what they could to keep the scoring to a minimum in the latter innings. Every able-bodied Warrior in uniform saw action in the game, with 16 different THS players recording hits and 19 players seeing action overall.
Recording three-hit games against Foothill was Sagawa, Ryan Nielsen, Hanzel and Johnson, and recording two hits apiece were Lucas Underhill, Hedberg, Cole, Domingo and Ursua. Recording doubles were Tyler Huebner, Nash Franko, Zach Wagner, Ursua, Underhill, Cole, Hedberg, Hanzel and Nielsen.
Pitching was Nielsen, Wier and Carter, who all combined for eight strikeouts in seven innings on the mound.
In-between the two victories was a 17-5 loss to North. Reid Feeley had a three-run homerun in the game and Domingo and Ursua both went 2-2 at the plate, but the Stars offense proved to be too much in the road loss.
Tehachapi will be participating in the Fresno Easter Classic this week, with early round games scheduled against Edison, Reedley, Carlmon-Belmont and Central this week. The next league contest for the Warriors will be next Wednesday, April 23 on the road against Garces.
The Braves (3-1 SEYL) have won three straight games in league play after defeating East 20-7, North 16-1 and Foothill 12-0 last week.
Against East, Jake Gonzales went 3-4 with and homerun five runs scored and two RBIs and Jack Salzman went 3-4 with five RBIs to lead the offense. Other contributors included Nathan Boesler and Brett Walker, who both had two hits. Lars Olofson and Leo Cano both pitched in the victory, combining for five strikeouts.
In the win over North, Nic Ledesma, Sage Voda and Gonzales all had three hits and Salzman and Boesler each had two hits in the big win. Tyler Metzler pitched five innings, recording seven strikeouts.
Leading the shutout victory over Foothill was strong pitching by Dawson Pendergrass and Gonzales, with RBIs recorded by Gonzales, Jalen Wallace and Cano.
The Indians (4-0 SEYL) have continued their dominance in the SEYL with three more victories, defeating East 16-2, North 24-3 and Foothill 22-1.
Koby Klinnert pitched a complete game in the win over East, recording 10 strikeouts in five innings. Tim Williams went 4-4 with three runs scored, Tanner Herman 2-3 with three runs scored and Paul Stephens-Green had two doubles in other highlights.
Against North, Tehachapi did not have a single batter strikeout in three innings at the plate. Alex Gallagher went 3-3 with a double, Yeager Jarrett went 3-4 and Sean Manes had a single with two runs scored. On the mound, Marty McIrvin had seven strikeouts in four innings.
The Indians closed the week with a big win over Foothill, led by McIrvin's 3-3 with a triple and a double and Johnathon Eppler going 2-4 with a stolen base. On defense, Josh LaMonte pitched a no-hitter in three innings, recording five strikeouts and Justin Sasia closed the game with three strikeouts. The game also featured a 1-2-4 double play, with Logan Snider taking a strikeout pitch and throwing a rope to second base to tag out a stealing Trojan runner.