El Diamante High’s dominating run through last week’s Clovis Easter Classic softball tournament has garnered national accolades for the program.
The Miners (17-7-1) debuted at No. 17 on Tuesday in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 national rankings after a 7-0 run through the 23-team tournament that was capped by a 10-0, mercy-rule victory over Bullard for the title. El Diamante outscored tournament opponents Centennial, Clovis West, Memorial, Taft, Mt. Whitney, Clovis and Bullard by a combined score of 70-8.
On Monday, Miners pitcher Sierra Hyland was named one of four regional MaxPreps/NFCA National High School Players of the Week.
The senior bound for Cal Poly went 4-0 with a 0.56 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 25 tournament innings. Hyland, player of the week for the West Region, also went 8-for-16 with two doubles, two triples, seven RBIs and seven runs.
For the season, Hyland is 13-0 with 104 strikeouts in 88 2/3 innings while batting .529 with six doubles, four triples, a home run and 17 RBIs.