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March 31, 2023

Watsonville’s Rylee Gomez named Cal-Hi NorCal softball player of the week | Sports Roundup

Aptos baseball crushes SLV to move farther up in SCCAL standings

Watsonville High senior Rylee Gomez once again lit up the scoreboard with just one crack of the bat for the Wildcatz softball team. 

The nifty short stop launched a two-run home run in Monday’s 9-5 victory against North Salinas High in Pacific Coast Athletic League Mission Division play.

With the win, the Wildcatz improved to 2-4 in league play and own a 12-6 overall record. It also extends a season-best four-game win streak.

Gomez, who will play next year at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, was named the Cal-Hi Sports Northern California Softball Player of the Week on Tuesday. 

She batted 3-for-4 with a triple, double, two RBIs and three runs scored in a 14-3 victory over Christopher High in league play April 12.

Gomez batted 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored in a 9-4 victory against Stevenson in the tournament-opener hosted by Watsonville. 

She was also instrumental in a 5-4 win over cross-town rival St. Francis, finishing with two home runs, three RBIs and two runs scored for the Wildcatz. 

Gomez leads the team in batting average at .483, home runs (8), doubles (7) and RBIs (28) this season. 

According to the Cal-Hi website, the eight home runs is tied for No. 21 in the state and is tied for No. 4 in the Central Coast Section. 

In 63 plate appearances, Gomez has walked four times and has struck out twice—both times in a 5-1 victory over Leland High.

Cal-Hi reported that Gomez is hitting .459 with 15 home runs, 61 RBI and 57 runs scored in 51 total games during her four-year varsity career, including one game as a sophomore.

Watsonville (12-6, 2-4) plays at Salinas (10-5-1, 3-2-1) on Thursday at 4:30pm.

Editor’s note: This story will be updated with quotes. Check back later for an updated version.

North Monterey County 4, Stevenson 0: Deja Visesio and Leslie Ruiz each hit a home run for the Condors in their win over the Pirates in PCAL Mission Division play Tuesday. 

Ame Visesio was credited with the shutout win in the circle for NMC (13-6, 4-1), which plays at Carmel High (2-12, 1-4) on Friday at 4:30pm.


Aptos 10, San Lorenzo Valley 3: A trio of pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts for the Mariners in their SCCAL win over the Cougars on Tuesday.

Quinn Hocom finished with a team-best eight strikeouts, followed by Sam Chitwood with four and Chase Aiken with three.

Sophomore utility player Edward Peters batted 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored for Aptos, and fellow senior teammate Reed Moring batted 2-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored. 

Gabe Gaeckle batted 3-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI for the Mariners (12-6, 9-1), who host SLV (6-13, 3-7) on Friday at 4:30pm.

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Major Division

Rockies 13, Giants 12: Chris Sigala had a double, triple, three RBIs and three runs scored, and fellow teammate Isaiah Lopez had a pair of base hits for the Rockies (3-5) in their win April 13.  

Nico Walter finished with a pair of base hits, Layla Romero had a single and double, and Nate Arias had a triple and two RBIs for the Giants (3-6). 

Rockies 25, Athletics 14: Chris Sigala had two base hits including a triple, three RBIs and four runs scored for the Rockies (2-5) in their win April 9. Isaiah Lopez had two base hits and two RBIs, Eduardo Castaneda had a double, a triple and two RBIs, Sawyer LaGrange had a double and both Aaron Martinez and Andy Jarquin each scored three runs. Eli Salgado had two base hits for the Athletics (0-8). Israel Hernandez, Jakari Freeman, Sebastian Padilla each had a double.

Nationals 13, Giants 3: Kenny Allen had an inside-the-park home run for the Nationals (9-0) in their win April 9. Tyler Brooks had a home run with two RBIs and three runs scored, Robert Lopez had two doubles and a triple with three runs scored. With the loss, the Giants dropped to 3-5 this season. 

Nationals 18, Athletics 0: Three pitchers (Julio Valenzuela, Ryker Fitz and Owen Osburn) combined one a four inning no-hitter for the Nationals on April 8. Tyler Brooks had a home run and scored three runs. Kenny Allen, Jared Verdia and Joshua Brooks each scored three runs.

Twins 12, Giants 7: Shane McCoy had two triples and three RBIs for the Twins (6-2) in their win April 6. Jacob Nielsen had a pair of base hits, and J.J. Martinez had two base hits and scored four runs. Angelo Urabe-Chavez had a double and a triple for the Giants, and fellow teammate Bryce Ruiz finished with a triple. Roman Magana, Nico Walter and Mauricio Estrada each had a pair of base hits.

Nationals 8, Twins 2: Jared Verdia and Tyler Brooks gave up a combined two runs, three hits, four walks and 13 strikeouts for the Nationals in their win April 4. Brooks had two base hits including a double, and fellow teammates Izzy Landa and Ryker Fitz each had two base hits. J.J. Martinez had two base hits including a triple for the Twins.

Minor League

Mariners 8, Red Sox 7: Mason Martinez retired all seven batters he faced in relief while recording six strikeouts for the Mariners in their win April 12.  

Martinez also finished with a double, and fellow teammates Austin Cortez had a pair of base hits and James Palmer finished with two RBIs for the Mariners (5-4). 

Lily Nielsen scored two runs and Brady Duque had a base hit and scored one run for the Red Sox (7-1).

Braves 10, Reds 4: Jereck Hernandez scored three runs and Alexander Delgadillo finished with a pair of base hits for the Braves (5-4) in their win on April 14. 

Jordan Ortega finished with a triple and two RBIs for the Reds (3-6), and fellow teammate Freddy Martinez had a double. 

Juan Reyes
A Watsonville native who has a passion for local sports and loves his community. A Watsonville High, Cabrillo College, San Jose State University and UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism alumnus, he primarily covers high school athletics, Cabrillo College athletics, various youth sports in the Pajaro Valley and the Santa Cruz Warriors. Juan is also a video game enthusiast, part-time chef (at home), explorer and a sports junkie. Coaches and athletic directors are encouraged to report scores HERE.


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