Reedley High almost gave away its spot atop the North Yosemite League softball standings, but turned the tables just in time to remain unbeaten in league play.
After blowing a six-run lead after one inning and trailing by two runs after five, the Pirates (11-6, 4-0) rallied for single runs in the sixth and seventh, then pushed across another run in the eighth for a thrilling 10-9 victory over the Sunnyside High Wildcats.
Reedley held a one-game lead over Hoover (a 9-6 loser to McLane on April 4) heading into an April 9 showdown with the Patriots in Fresno. Results were unavailable at press time.
The Pirates jumped on Sunnyside (9-8, 2-2) in the first inning when Emma Mulligan doubled off the fence in center and scored on a wild pitch Aryanna Gonzalez belted a two-run homer while Stephanie Castro and Jackie Gutierrez delivered RBI hits and an error plated another run. But the Wildcats roared back with three runs in the second, one in the third and five in the fourth for the 9-7 lead before RHS countered with the decisive rally.
Mulligan finished 2-for-3 with two doubles, two walks and three runs scored while Lauren Cuevas went 3-for-4 with two doubles. Castro picked up the pitching victory with five innings of four-hit relief while going 2-for-4 with a double.
Four different players collected two hits apiece for Reedley in a 16-1 rout of McLane on April 2. Mulligan went 2-for-4 with an inside-the-park home run and a double, Gonzalez was 2-for-3 with a homer and double, Castro went 2-for-3 with a triple while Jocelyn Diaz also went 2-for-3.
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