Rallying for the third time in four games, the Sierra College softball team staged its most dramatic comeback.
Down 4-0 in the fifth inning, the Wolverines beat Mount San Antonio 6-5 for their first state championship Sunday in Bakersfield.
The Wolverines (43-5) won when Kaitlyn Garcia drove in Carly Evans with a shot down the first-base line in the bottom of the eighth.
Sierra became the first Northern California team to win the state title in 10 years.
Mt. SAC (40-10), battling through the losers’ bracket, beat Sierra 4-3 earlier Sunday to set up a winner-take-all game.
The Wolverines came back with five runs with two outs in the sixth, capped by Alexis Johnson’s three-run homer. Mt. SAC tied it 5-5 with a run in the seventh.
Garcia, who had two hits and three RBIs, was named the tournament’s MVP. Kalyn Paque (22-2) earned the victory in relief and the Most Valuable Pitcher honor.
Six Sierra players made the all-tournament team: Jordan Becker, Courtney Kelley, Sydni Scott, Kasie Trezona, Evans and Johnson.
– Joe Davidson
• UC Davis had a season-high 21 hits in a 12-3 Big West Conference baseball win over visiting Hawaii, the Aggies reported. Tanner Bily had four hits for the Aggies (23-28, 7-14). The Rainbow Warriors fell to 20-30 and 4-17.
• Geoffrey Kenisi of Kenya won the Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco, covering the 7-plus-mile course in 35 minutes, 10 seconds. Diane Johnson of Burundi repeated as the women’s winner in 40:10.
– Bee Sports staff,
The Associated Press