Buchanan High, arriving with a 31-game winning streak in two seasons and as the nation’s consensus top-ranked baseball team, was beaten 11-7 by Sunrise Mountain of Peoria, Ariz., on Tuesday in the National Classic at Esperaza High in Anaheim.
The Bears came in 18-0 for the season and ranked No. 1 in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25, USA Today Computer and Baseball America after finishing as the nation’s consensus No. 1 following a 30-1 season in 2016.
Their last previous loss was 12-5 at Clovis North in a Tri-River Athletic Conference game April 8, 2016.
Senior right-hander Hunter Reinke, who had been 16-0 in two seasons, absorbed the loss for a team that had won 43 of its past 44 and 62 of 64.
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Sunrise Mountain, ranked 15th in Arizona, improved to 19-3.
The National Classic, with 16 teams from five states, including Clovis North, will continue through Thursday.
31 Consecutive baseball wins by Buchanan in two seasons before Tuesday’s loss
Buchanan has played as many as six sophomores in a game this season, and two of those powered the Bears to a 7-3 win over Esperanza-Anaheim in a Classic opener Monday night at Cal State Fullerton.
Among that sophomore class, T.J. Fondtain – normally a first baseman but making his second pitching start – struck out six in six innings and Brady Hormel hit a grand slam against the tournament co-host.
Hormel’s home run was preceded by Jake Renteria’s double, Chase Rocamora’s walk and Jamal O’Guinn reaching on an infield error.
Zach Presno delivered a two-run single and Rocamora added an RBI double for the Bears against Esperanza.
Clovis North (11-7) rebounded from a last-inning tournament loss to defeat Doral Academy-Miami 5-4 as sophomore reliever Kyle Moats secured the win.
Doral entered 13-5-1 and with several pro prospects.
Clovis North, in its Monday opener, gave up a run in the top of the seventh and lost 2-1 to JSerra-San Juan Capistrano at El Dorado-Placentia.
Fresno Easter Classic – Redwood, headed to a certain Central Section Division I promotion next season after winning the past two D-II titles, improved to 18-0 by defeating Clovis West 3-1 and Bullard 13-1 on Monday to open the 48th Fresno Easter Classic.
Vincent Cervantes beat Clovis West of the Tri-River Athletic Conference with a four-hitter and Vincent Pratt followed a few hours later by giving up one hit against Bullard of the County/Metro Athletic Conference.
Cooper Allen went 3 for 4 with three RBIs, Hunter Bryan drove in three runs and Parker Cantrell two more for the Cal-Hi No. 18-ranked Rangers, who played Madera on Tuesday night at Clovis North.
Redwood, which leads the West Yosemite League at 5-0 behind coach Dan Hydash, will close the 34-team event against Santana-Santee at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Buchanan.
Teams with the best records will play for the title at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Clovis West. Fewest runs allowed is the first tiebreaker.
Also emerging with 2-0 records after the first day were Sunnyside, Reedley, Garces and state No. 17 Pleasant Grove-Elk Grove.
Clovis’ Wilson climbs ranks – Clovis senior Jonah Wilson climbed into the section’s all-time top 10 in the discus and shot put after a phenomenal double performance in last weekend’s Arcadia Invitational.
He’s now No. 5 in the discus and No. 9 in the shot after throwing 201-0 and a winning 64-3 in the national-class event.
Wilson, who has signed with Washington, trails Bakersfield’s Jeff Buckley (210-1, 1991), Clovis East’s Willie Irwin (208-10, 2010), Foothill’s Dayshan Ragans (203-7, 2008) and Redwood’s Rob Powell (203-4, 1990) in the section discus all-time, according to historian Ron Blackwood.
Wilson ranks sixth nationally in the discus for the season, according to Athletic.net. He placed fourth in Arcadia. Turner Washington of Canyon del Oro of Oro Valley, Ariz., won with a nation-leading 217-5.
Buchanan’s Jacob Wilson (66-1) and cousin Jonah Wilson (64-3) are ranked Nos. 4 and 9 nationally in the shot. Jacob Wilson’s mark is second all-time in the section to Bakersfield’s Van Mounts (71-10, 1997).