Sierra College hosts NorCal finals this weekend

Three former Zebras help make it happen
By: Aaron Jackson
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The Sierra College baseball team is 34-10 on the season and won the Big 8 Conference title with a league record of 19-5.

In the recent California Community College Athletic Association Playoffs, the Wolverines won their first two series playing against Butte and Mission College. They enter the Northern California finals this weekend at home against Sacramento City College.

This is the first time in four years Sierra College has made it to the postseason.

The Wolverines have had a multitude of players who contribute over the season. Three of them happen to be former Lincoln High Fighting Zebras, Elijah Garcia, brother Isaiah Garcia and former Zebras’ teammate Charles Middleton. Elijah and Charles are freshmen and the three of them have been key assets to Sierra’s 2018 success.

Over the course of the season, Middleton, an infielder, had a .351 batting average hitting five home runs while adding 50 runs batted in. He was fourth on the team in batting average.

Right behind him was Isaiah Garcia, also an infielder, who had a .335 batting average, hitting six home runs while adding 52 RBIs.

Elijah Garcia has pitched 29 2/3 innings over the season and had an earned run average (ERA) of 4.25.

“We trust everyone on our team, no matter who is playing,” said Elijah. “We believe in each other and take every game one at a time.”

Elijah was the starting pitcher against Butte May 5. He pitched seven innings, giving up four runs and six hits. He was credited with the win.

So far in the playoffs, Isaiah has two home runs, nine RBIs and a batting average of .381. Middleton has hit three home runs, has five RBIs and has a batting average of .444.

“We play as one heartbeat. We have so many talented players that all play well together and strive for a common goal,” said Middleton, “I feel I have contributed a great deal on the offensive side by driving in a lot of runs for the team.”

If Sierra wins two out of the three games this weekend, they will make it into the state championships at Fresno City College from May 26-28.