Defending champion Buchanan (20-2), which has slipped a bit to No. 10 in ESPN-RISE's FAB 50 national rankings, defeated Hanford West 3-2 on Shota Runge's two-out walk-off homer. Nate Rousey, in 1 2/3 innings of hitless relief, earned the win a night after getting a save in his first appearance of the season following double hernia surgery. "A welcome addition," coach Tom Donald said.
The Bears, winners of six of the past 10 Classic titles, have yet to use ace Seth Moranda. They'll play at home today at 10 a.m. against Liberty.
Clovis tops state's 10th-ranked team
Clovis beat the state's 10th-ranked Pleasant Grove-Elk Grove 4-1 on Michael Fain's four-hitter and eight strikeouts. The Cougars (18-4) will play at home at 10 a.m. against Madera South.
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Fresno's Hawkins continues tear
Anthony Hawkins, extending the hottest hitting display in the Classic's 42-year history, went 3 for 3 with two home runs, a double and four RBIs while powering Fresno to a 9-4 win over Independence. He's 9 for 11 (.818) with four home runs, one triple, three doubles and 10 RBIs in the tournament. The Warriors (17-3) are seeking their first Classic title since 1989. The event's hosts will play Davis at 10 a.m. at Euless Park.
Yosemite still surprises
Yosemite, remaining the tourney surprise after arriving Monday with a 4-12 record, received a six-hitter on the mound and two hits and two RBIs at the plate from Luke Riley in a 7-1 win over Sierra-Manteca. The Badgers will close the final phase against Hanford West at 2 p.m. at Clovis West.
Bullard upsets Centennial
Jon Farino earned the win, Savea Sefo and Niko Pacheco each had two hits and Bullard rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh for a 4-1 win over third-ranked Centennial.