Rams hold on, defeat Tulare Western to advance in Central Section softball playoffs on Thursday

Garces advances, gets home victory

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - First baseman Haley Witt hit a solo homerun in the third inning and Garces received a solid pitching performance from Cassie Handel Thursday afternoon in the team's 2-1, Central Section quarterfinal playoff win over Tulare Western. 

Handel struck out two batters in the first inning and ended the third with another strikeout on her way to the victory.

Witt hit her homer to lead off the third inning, a shot to dead center field which easily cleared the fence. 

Garces advances to next week's semifinal round against either eighth-seeded Ridgeview or top-seeded Sanger.

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