Eighth-seeded Independence outlasts Tehachapi

 Tehachapi's Erin Askins would avoid the tag of Independence catcher Kali Warren and score a run for the Warriors in the fifth inning.

TEHACHAPI — It had been a long time for the Independence girls. Well, long like since never.

“We're so excited,” Falcons junior Allie Shaw said. “We've never gone this far. It's just super exciting to see the team come together like this.”

Shaw homered, pitched a couple of innings and helped Independence defeat Tehachapi 7-6 on Wednesday in the semifinals of the Central Section Division III softball playoffs.

Independence broke a 5-5 tie with two runs in the sixth inning and held on for the victory that sent the Falcons into the division

Stockade reacts to a 8-2 loss to Buchanan after a Central Section Division I softball semifinal game on Wednesday at Buchanan High School in Clovis.

Big sixth inning seals Buchanan win over Stockdale

CLOVIS — The Stockdale softball team hasn’t had many off days this season, and they picked a bad time for one of the rare ones: On the road against the top-seeded team in the Central Section Division I playoffs. That’s exactly what happened to the Mustangs in an 8-2 semifinal loss at Clovis-

Michael Hart swims the 50-meter freestyle during the CIF State Swimming and Diving Championships preliminaries on Friday.

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