Cody White made an immediate statement offensively, Zack Coy took care of business on the mound and Clovis High knocked J.D. Salles and Clovis West from the unbeaten ranks Friday night in the semifinals of the Coca-Cola Baseball Classic at Lloyd Merriman Field.
White, a senior center fielder, singled, doubled, drove in a run and scored twice in his first two at-bats as the Cougars bolted to a 4-0 lead, received a decisive home run from John Kruger and held on for a 4-3 victory over the Golden Eagles.
Coy, a senior left-hander, pitched a four-hitter while improving to 3-0 and becoming the first pitcher in two years to conquer Salles.
The Fresno State-bound senior right-hander from Clovis West was 13-0 last season as The Bee's co-Player of the Year and 2-0 this year for the Eagles (8-1).
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Salles' RBI triple in the third inning launched a Clovis West comeback, but it fell short as Coy retired the last four batters he faced, including two by strikeout.
That sets up today's 3 p.m. championship at the same site on Clovis' campus, matching 8-1 teams in Buchanan and Clovis, last year's Tri-River Athletic Conference titlist and the Central Section Division I runner-up.