Bakersfield Christian softball will play for a Central Section championship after all.
The Eagles, seeded No. 3 in Wednesday’s Division VI semifinals, beat No. 2 Visalia-Central Valley Christian on the road 6-5.
BCHS will take the field in the D-VI title game Friday at 5 p.m. against No. 1 seed-Frazier Mountain, who beat No. 4 Parlier 5-1 in Wednesday’s other semifinal. The championship will be played at Fresno State University.
After falling behind 1-0 after two innings, the Eagles responded with six unanswered runs. BCHS scored one in the third, three more in the fifth, and single tallies in the sixth and seventh stanzas. That put the team ahead 6-1.
CVC loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh inning, however, and would score a handful of runs on BCHS errors (while the Eagles committed four errors on the evening, the Cavaliers had five).
With the score 6-5, CVC moved the tying run into scoring position, but BCHS freshman pitcher Kadyn Smith induced a groundout to end the game.
BCHS coach Jodi Russell credited timely hitting and good base running as offensive keys to success for the Eagles on Wednesday, adding that BCHS had a season high seven steals.
“It’s increible. To see this team fight for this, they deserve it,” she said. “It’s these girls. They’re coming out there swinging. So happy to be in this game, for these girls.”
“They don’t want to walk away with a loss in their last game.”
In the other Division VI semifinal, No. 1 Frazier Mountain downed No. 4 Parlier 5-1.
Junior Chaynau Johnson continued to be the catalyst for the Falcons, striking out 12 in the complete game effort. Johnson now has 253 strikeouts on the season, according to head coach Sharon Lemburg.
The Falcons went ahead 1-0 early, then plated four runs in the fifth inning to blow things open. Shawnau Johnson had two triples and an RBI while Cami Beurer went 2-for-3 with an RBI as well.
The Falcons will play No. 3 Bakersfield Christian in Friday’s 5 p.m. Central Section title game at Fresno State.
No. 2 Kern Valley downed No. 6 Shafter, 6-2, to move on to Saturday’s 5 p.m. D-V championship game against No. 1 Highland at Fresno State.
Helen Hayes had a complete-game performance in the circle for the Broncs, striking out 10.
Sadi Hartman had a big game at the plate, going 2 for 4 with four RBIs. Her base hit and run scored (following a series of Shafter errors) made the score 3-2 in the fifth inning, and was a turning point in the game according to Kern Valley head coach Brianna Moss.
The Broncs would add three more runs in the sixth to get separation on the scoreboard.
No. 4 Tehachapi fell on the road to No. 1 Dinuba, 8-2, in Wednesday’s D-III semifinal. Dinuba moves on to play No. 2 Selma in Saturday’s championship at Fresno State.