Buchanan repeats as badminton champ
After falling to Clovis High in the regular season and losing out on the league championship, Buchanan wasn’t going to let the Cougars play spoiler once more in their run for back-to-back Central Section badminton championships.
The Bears rallied from a 9-6 deficit the second round of doubles to win 11-10 and successfully defend its Central Section title.
The Cougars, behind Bee All-Star Maddie Ogas, struck early, sweeping the first round of singles for a 5-0 lead. But the Bears swept the first round of doubles for a 6-5 lead. Clovis rallied back, claiming a 4-1 advantage in the second round of singles and a three-point lead heading into the final set of doubles matches.
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Buchanan tied it 10-all on court No. 6 as Lasya Gudipudi and Erica Hornton beat Rebecca Thiessen and Aly Pear to leave the deciding point at court No. 5, where teammates Emily Braun and Shayye Dubberke clinched it with a 21-17, 21-12 win over the Kelly Crouch and Sara Wright.
• Top-ranked Buchanan, which had already secured the TRAC title outright, nonetheless added leverage to its probable D-I top-seed stance by defeating Clovis North 8-1 behind the pitching ofD.J. Martinez
and the hitting of
(two hits, two steals),J.T. Arruda
(two hits, two steals) andLevi Zosky
(double, two RBIs). Elsewhere, in the TRAC,Austin Johnson
pitched a five-hitter with four strikeouts andJordon Yoshida
hit what proved to be the game-winning RBI double in the fourth inning as No. 7 Clovis West downed No. 3 Clovis 2-1. AndJosh Manning
pitched the shutout — Central’s fourth straight to end the regular season — in a 3-0 victory over Clovis East.
• Fresno State-boundAlec Gamboa
, closing his senior season in a charge, delivered the win, two hits and three RBIs,Conlin McGuire
had three hits and three RBIs andFernando Galindo
added three hits and an RBI as Madera throttled Madera South 14-0 to earn a CMAC title tie with Edison and position itself well for a high D-I seed.
pitched a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts andOscar Topete
had two doubles, a single and three RBIs as Fresno closed a 14-1 NYL-winning season with a 14-1 win over Roosevelt.
pitched a complete game and struck out nine as Sunnyside clinched its first outright NYL title with a 7-0 win over runner-up Reedley. The Wildcats won their eighth in a row and were also led byReyanne Contreras
, who went 3 for 3 with a double and four RBIs.
two-run single in the top of the first inning held on to be the eventual winning runs and freshmanDanielle Lung
pitched a three-hitter as Clovis, ranked No. 2 in the section overall and second in D-I, held off No. 7 Clovis West 2-0 to win the TRAC. The Cougars, who knocked off No. 1 Buchanan 5-2 Tuesday, have now won six in a row.
went 2 for 2 with a double and an RBI andChristina Garcia
plated two more runs as Coalinga (20-7) beat Firebaugh 6-2 to split the season series and West Sierra League title.Linnay Wilson
struck out 11 for the Horned Toads.Tori Crevolin
hit 2 for 3 to lead the Eagles (19-6-1).