OVERALL TOP 10
1. Buchanan 25-2
2. Centennial 20-3
3. Central 21-5
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4. Clovis 21-7
5. Clovis West 17-9
6. Frontier 18-7
7. Memorial 18-9
8. Garces 19-6-1
9. Clovis North 14-13
10. Fresno 20-5
D-I: 1. Buchanan; 2. Centennial; 3. Central
D-II: 1. Frontier; 2. Memorial; 3. Clovis North
D-III: 1. Garces; 2. Fresno; 3. Hanford West (19-10)
D-IV: 1. Kerman (20-4); 2. Fowler (21-6); 3. Bakersfield Christian (20-6)
D-V: 1. Corcoran (12-7); 2. Immanuel (13-10); Caruthers (13-8)
D-VI: 1. Mendota (11-10); 2. Farmersville (6-6); 3. McFarland (6-8)
Seedings for the Central Section playoffs will be Saturday in commissioner Jim Crichlow's office in Porterville. They will be determined by Crichlow and three section area superintendents.
With Tri-River Athletic Conference champion Buchanan a lock for the Division I top seed, the section's marquee games match D-I Centennial and D-II Frontier on Wednesday and Friday. They are tied atop the Southwest Yosemite League with 11-2 records. Frontier defeated the Golden Hawks 4-3 in the league's first round. Conventional wisdom says the TRAC – which has gone an unprecedented 72-11 in nonleague play – will score the top three, if not four, D-I seeds should Centennial place second to a D-II team in the SWYL.
Probable low D-I seeds that must be feared in the playoffs: Clovis North and Clovis East. Both are 2-11 in the TRAC after going 12-2 and 11-3, respectively, in nonleague.
It will be interesting how the seeding committee handles Madera in D-II. The Coyotes are a game behind D-II Memorial in the County/Metro Athletic Conference, but beat Frontier 4-1 on a neutral field. That's sure to be a key consideration for Crichlow and his group.
D-III representatives Fresno and Madera South are tied atop the North Yosemite League at 11-2 and appear destined for a tie. The Warriors, who play Roosevelt twice, and the Stallions, who play Reedley twice, aren't expected to lose this week.
Hanford West coach Michael Remy, whose Huskies scored six in the bottom of the seventh to tie Mt. Whitney before winning Friday's West Yosemite League game 7-6 in nine innings, remembers being on the other side of the fence. He was an assistant under the late Stan Bledsoe at Clovis West 10 years ago when the Golden Eagles saw Buchanan score nine runs without making an out in the seventh inning to win 9-8.
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