TC ends regular season with a 10-game winning streak and 9-1 win over West Hills-Coalinga

Taft College clinched the Central Valley Conference softball championship Tuesday with a 9-1 mercy-rule victory over visiting West Hills-Coalinga.

It was the Cougars’ 10th consecutive win. They’ll get two more next week via forfeit to make it 12 in a row because Cerro Coso College of Ridgecrest had to forfeit its last 14 games due to a lack of players.

That means TC will finish 17-4 in the conference and 25-12 overall.

The Cougars get to rest up before post-season playoffs get underway on May 5.

In beating West Hills for the third time this season the Cougars buried the Falcons with a six-run third inning highlighted by Kelsey Wilmer’s third homer in less than a week – a three-run shot to right field. She almost had another dinger in the same inning, but West Hills centerfielder Brenna Cortez was able to make the catch at the fence.

Pitcher Andrea Garner improved her record to 15-6 by limiting the Falcons to a run on two hits. She struck out two and walked two.

Sonja Lawrence also belted a homer and added a single. Brinley Rosenberger and Keana Ratcliff-Hogan had two hits, Halle Neher a double and Tiana Cantero-Kawelo Jaqulyn Martinez, Kyndal Harmer and Alyssa Garcia singles.

CVC Standings

Taft 17-4 (25-12)

COS 13-5 (23-12)

Merced 13-5 (21-14)

Fresno 11-8 (18-17)

Reedley 9-10 (16-21)

P’ville 7-11 (11-21)

W. Hills 6-12 (7-24)

Cerro Coso 0-21 (1-22-1)