Bakersfield College will host the state softball championships today through Sunday.
The four-team, double-elimination tournament begins today with a 5:30 p.m. game between San Mateo (41-4), Northern California’s top seed, against Palomar (30-13), the No. 2 Southern California seed.
Immediately following will feature the South’s top team, Riverside (42-4) against Shasta (39-7), No. 2 from the North.
Three games will be played Saturday, with the first contest at 3 p.m. Sunday’s finals begin at noon with a second game following if necessary.
Palomar has won three state titles, its last in 2000. None of the other three have won a state title.
Tickets are $8 daily and $5 for students, faculty, staff and those 60 and older or 12 and younger.
CSUB’s Judge extends season
Cal State Bakersfield senior hammer thrower Thomas Judge has qualified for the Division I Outdoor Track and Field West Preliminary Round, which will be held May 23-25 in Austin, Texas.
Athletes who rank in the top 48 of their respective events earn berths into the competition. Judge is ranked 47th.
A two-time Great West Conference hammer throw champion and Garces graduate, Judge had his season-best mark of 194 feet, 5 inches on March 9. He is the only Roadrunner to qualify for the meet.
Deng officially joins Roadrunners
Deng Deng, a 6-foot-6 forward, has joined the Cal State Bakersfield men’s basketball program.
Deng, from West Valley, Utah, averaged 5.3 points and 2.3 rebounds in 32 games as a true freshman at Long Beach State last season. He is considered to be an excellent 3-point shooter.
Deng announced earlier this month via twitter that he was transferring to CSUB. CSUB made it official Thursday.
Deng, who has three years of eligibility, will sit out the 2013-14 season to comply with NCAA transfer rules.
WAC adds men’s swimming
The Western Athletic Conference announced that men’s swimming and diving will be added starting next season, giving Cal State Bakersfield a new conference home.
CSUB will become an official member of the WAC on July 1 and will be a WAC member in all sports offered by that league.
Men’s swimming was dropped by the WAC in 2000. CSUB has been competing in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.
CSUB, Grand Canyon and Seattle are the WAC members with men’s swimming. They will be joined by affiliate members Air Force, UNLV, North Dakota and Wyoming.
Blaze falls to Ports
The first four of six Blaze pitchers combined to walk nine Stockton batters and the Ports also ripped 16 hits in a 14-4 California League baseball victory at Banner Island Ballpark.
Bakersfield starter Jake Johnson (3-2) allowed four earned runs on six hits with two walks in 2-1/3 innings.
Stockton scored four second-inning runs for a 5-2 advantage and led the rest of the way.
Bobby Crooker went 4-for-6 with four runs and three RBIs to lead the Ports (20-20). Rashun Dixon had two hits, including a two-run homer, and Addison Russell added two hits, including a triple, and three RBIs for Stockton.
Juan Duran hit a two-run homer, and Juan Silverio had two hits for the Blaze (11-29), which was limited to seven hits by five Stockton pitchers.
The series continues tonight at Stockton.