The 2016-17 athletic season recently came to a close for the Porterville College Pirates and last week, the Athletic Department honored 18 student-athletes as well as a pair of special Pirate supporters at the annual Academic and Athletic Achievement Awards ceremony.
The 2017 season came to a close for the Porterville College softball team on Thursday as the Pirates dropped a Central Valley Conference doubleheader on the road to West Hills College Coalinga. Porterville ends the year with an 11-23 overall record and went 7-13 in the CVC to finish in seventh place in the final standings.
Sophomore Jordon Grader tossed eight shutout innings before allowing a pair of runs in the ninth, but held on for a complete-game victory as Porterville College beat the visiting Cerro Coso College Coyotes by a final score of 6-2 on Wednesday to open a three-game Central Valley Conference series.
Freshman shortstop Jose Narvaiz had a day at the plate to remember. The lead off batter paced the Porterville College offense going 4 for 6 while scoring four runs scored and driving in three to help lead the Pirates to an 11-2 win over the Antelope Valley College Marauders in Lancaster on Monday.
The Porterville College softball team ran its season-best winning streak to five games thanks to its narrow 3-2 win at Merced College on Thursday. Unfortunately, the streak came to an end later on after the Blue Devils handed the Pirates an 11-0 loss.
Porterville College sophomore pitcher Matt Weis turned in a quality start, allowing three runs and four hits in a complete-game effort, but the Pirates' offense left 14 runners on base in a narrow 3-2 loss at College of the Sequoias on Thursday.
The Porterville College bats couldn't get much going over a three-game Central Valley Conference series and were swept by the Reedley College Tigers. The set wrapped up on Saturday with a 9-0 loss at Reedley as the Pirates were held hitless.
Porterville College suffered a pair of Central Valley Conference losses on Thursday, falling by scores of 7-2 and 3-2 at College of the Sequoias. Freshman Taylor Maddox had a pair of hits and a RBI to lead the Pirates at the plate.
Porterville College first baseman Dane Wasden (pictured) went 3 for 4 with a double but his good day at the plate was overshadowed by poor defensive play by the Pirates in a 9-1 loss at Taft College on Tuesday.
Porterville College not only produces quality individuals on the field, but also in the classroom. Two fine examples are the Pirate student-athletes Brandon Lozano and Jose Prieto who were recently named to the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association (CCCBCA) Academic All-State team.
The Porterville College baseball team will be glad to not have face Merced College again this season. On Saturday, the Pirates wrapped up their three-game Central Valley Conference series with a 16-0 loss in Porterville to the Blue Devils. Marcos Alvarez went 3 for 4 with a double and RBI in Saturday's defeat.
It was a tough way to open the 2017 Central Valley Conference schedule for Porterville College. The Pirates managed just one hit and lost 6-0 to visiting Merced College in both teams' conference opener on Tuesday.
Coming off their first win of the season on Tuesday, the Porterville College Pirates couldn't keep the momentum going and suffered a pair of losses to Taft College in a Central Valley Conference doubleheader at home on Thursday. Taylor Maddox went 4 for 8 with 3 RBI over both games to lead PC.
PC men's basketball head coach and former Pirate student-athlete Rob Haynes was recently inducted into the Porterville College Hall of Fame. The seventh annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held on Feb. 25 at the River Island Country Club in Porterville.
Freshman first baseman Mckenzie Hendricks went a perfect 4 for 4 with a pair of doubles and 3 RBI to help lead Porterville College to its first win, a 14-0 victory at Cerro Coso College in their conference opener on Tuesday.
The Porterville College Pirates are still in search of their first win of the season after dropping a pair of doubleheaders in the Bay Area. Sophomore Britnei Murray led the Pirates offense over the weekend, batting .500 over four games by going 5 for 10.
Sophomore first baseman Dane Wasden (pictured) launched a pair of home runs and drove in all four runs for Porterville College but the Pirates were still outhit by Barstow College and suffered a 14-4 non-conference loss on the road on Tuesday.
Sophomore Denisheun Jackson scored 16 points in Porterville's season-ending loss at Merced College on Saturday. Jackson scored in double digits in all 26 games this season and led the Central Valley Conference with 20.1 points and 11.2 rebounds per game.
Sophomore Denisheun Jackson scored in double-figures for her 23rd consecutive game but Porterville College couldn't keep up with No. 6 state-ranked College of the Sequoias as the Pirates fell 86-57 at home in a Central Valley Conference game.
The Porterville College softball team is still in search of its first win of the season after dropping a pair of tough games at West Valley College in Saratoga on Saturday. The Pirates suffered a 10-5 loss to host West Valley in their 2017 season-opener and then were edged 6-5 in extra innings by Santa Rosa Junior College.
Porterville College Softball head coach Vickie Dugan has seen a lot over her 20 years at the college. But the 2017 season go in any direction. With just four starters returning from last season, Dugan will need to get contributions from some key newcomers for her Pirates to contend in a tough Central Valley Conference.
A final overall record of 11-25 and seventh-place Central Valley College record of 7-17 doesn't quite reflect an accurate picture of the 2016 Porterville College Baseball season. "We made big strides in the right direction," said second-year Porterville head coach Ben Walkowiak.