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Garces rallies to beat Ridgeview 8-3 for D-III baseball crown

Nick Ellis / For The Californian Garces teammates celebrate their win of the Central Section Division III championship game against Ridgeview in Visalia Saturday afternoon.

VISALIA — When Garces’ Central Section Division III championship hopes started to go down Saturday at Rawhide Ballpark, the Rams did what they’ve done all season long.

They stood up.

With most of the team standing on the top step of the dugout, No. 5 seed Garces scored six runs in the decisive sixth inning of an 8-3 victory over Ridgeview, a win that gave the Rams their second D-III baseball championship in four years.

“It’s a simple fact that when this team gets down, we know how to battle,” Garces coach Guy Dees said.

Nick Ellis / For The Californian McFarland's Julian Rizo heads to first during Saturday's Central Section Division VI championship game against Farmersville.

Long time coming: McFarland baseball wins first section title

VISALIA — John Wenger has coached McFarland’s baseball team for 27 years, hundreds of games and countless 12-hour days. “It’s all worth it now,” said Wenger, as he exited Rawhide Ballpark through the center-field gate Saturday, moments after the Cougars beat Farmersville 9-3 for the Central

Taft graduate Steven Gee pitched Cal State Bakersfield to a 4-0 victory over Sacramento State in an elimination game at the WAC tournament Saturday in Mesa, Ariz.

CSUB stays alive at WAC tournament with win over Sacramento State

MESA, Ariz. — Steven Gee picked the right time for his best collegiate start in his Cal State Bakersfield career. Cal State Bakersfield, facing elimination from the Western Athletic Conference Tournament on Saturday afternoon, used Gee’s four-hitter to beat Sacramento State 4-0 and advance to

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