After a 9-8 comeback victory over the Reedley Pirates in game one to a 2-1 gut-check win over the Redwood-Visalia Rangers in game two, the Clovis West baseball team stands undefeated in the 50th anniversary of the Fresno Easter Classic.
In game one, two hits and two RBI’s from Michael Garabedian and two RBI’s from Karson Simas, helped the Golden Eagles to outlast the Reedley Pirates.
Clovis West held a 5-1 lead in the game until a rally attempt by the visitors saw them flip the script and outscore the Golden Eagles 5-1. Clovis West rallied in the bottom of the seventh inning with three runs to win the first of two games Monday at Stan Bledsoe Field.
“I’m just proud of our guys. That’s why you play hard all seven innings. It was a great comeback that gave us some momentum,” Clovis West head coach Kevin Patrick said.
In game two, Noah Galvan threw a complete game, allowing four hits, a single run and nine strikeouts. Despite the rain, despite the West Yosemite League leaders in the batter’s box, Galvan rose to the occasion and delivered for the Golden Eagles.
“These two games were the exact opposite,” Patrick said. “The second was pitching and defense, with a couple key hits, but I just can’t say enough about Noah Galvan and the job he did out there tonight.”
Galvan took the Golden Eagles to the end, and on his final batter of the night with a reliever ready to come, Galvan finished how he started.
“That was his last batter right there, so I’m glad he was able to get (the final out) done and that is a quality team right there, so I’m proud of how he and the team did in both games.”
The Golden Eagles only collected two hits, but that was all they needed as their two runs were enough to get the win.
After scoring a first inning run, after Simas capitalized on the Rangers’ mistake, Clovis West had a lead, but that faded as the visitors scratched in the top of the fourth.
Galvan’s only blemish in the game came in the top of the fourth inning after allowing an earned run, but quickly got back to his best with three shutout innings after.
At the plate, the Golden Eagles responded in the bottom half of the fourth inning. Bradley Senneway led off the inning with a double. Gordon Vaughn followed Senneway, but was hit by a pitch, putting two men on with no outs.
After the runners moved over on a wild pitch, Ixan Henderson stepped up to hit what would be the game-winning sac fly.
Galvan finished the rest and the Golden Eagles moved to 2-0 in the Fresno Easter Classic.