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No more heartbreakers for Chowchilla senior class: Tribe wins section baseball title

Chowchilla picks up first section baseball title since 2008

Chowchilla High defeated Monache 4-1 to win the Central Section Division IV championship at Beiden Field on Saturday, May 18, 2019.
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Chowchilla High defeated Monache 4-1 to win the Central Section Division IV championship at Beiden Field on Saturday, May 18, 2019.

Senior Austin Hickman endured a couple particularly difficult losses playing for the Chowchilla High baseball team. So did some of his senior teammates.

Funny how a few hours on a Saturday morning can wipe it all away. Hickman drove in two runs to help the Tribe defeat Monache 4-1 in the Central Section Division IV championship game at Beiden Field Saturday.

Chowchilla, long a section baseball power, hadn’t won a title since 2008.

It had gone out in the quarterfinals three straight years, including tough-to-swallow losses of 4-3 in eight innings to Exeter last year and 10-9 to Fowler in 10 innings in 2016, Hickman’s freshman year.

“Both heartbreakers and we finally got here,” Hickman said. “Winning a title finally came true … had to keep working and keep fighting.”

The Tribe took the fight to Monache with a two-run first, then protected a 2-1 lead with a pretty first-to-home double play to end the sixth before adding insurance runs.

Back at home Saturday afternoon, they earned a police escort to the school.

Chowchilla joined Liberty-Madera Ranchos (D-VI) as section champions from the North Sequoia League.

Anthony Galaviz writes about sports for The Fresno Bee. He covers the Oakland Raiders, high schools, boxing, MMA and junior colleges. He’s been with The Bee since 1997 and attended Fresno City College before graduating from Fresno State with a major in journalism and a minor in criminology.
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