Buchanan High placed fifth and Clovis North lost the consolation final Thursday to close Orange County’s National Classic baseball tournament.
The 20-1 Bears continued to receive impact performances from several sophomores in a 4-2 morning win at El Dorado-Placentia.
And it was there a couple of hours later that the Broncos, despite two home runs from sophomore Brock Jones, had defensive problems wire-to-wire in a 7-5 loss to IMG Academy-Bradenton, Fla.
Jones was named All-Tournament after going 7 for 11 (.636) with a double, triple, five RBIs and six runs.
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Sophomores continuing to excel for Buchanan on Thursday were left-hander Marcelo Saldana, who gave up one run in six innings; second baseman Brady Hormel, who went 3 for 3 with a double; and first baseman T.J. Fondtain, who had two hits three days after pitching the team to an opening 7-3 victory against Esperanza-Anaheim.
In addition, sophomore Jacob King earned his sixth save against El Dorado, co-host of an invitational tournament that drew 16 teams from five states.
“Our sophomore class is really strong,” says Bears coach Tom Donald, who has played as many as six of them in a game. “We always say, ‘The scoreboard doesn’t say how old you are.’ ”
20-1 Baseball record for nation No. 1 Buchanan
Buchanan had arrived in five vans Monday at 17-0 and the nation’s consensus No. 1 team – top-ranked by MaxPreps Xcellent 25, USA Today Computer and Baseball America.
The Bears had a 31-game winning streak, which had stretched across two seasons, snapped Tuesday in an 11-7 loss to Sunrise Mountain-Peoria, Ariz., a highly ranked team from that state. But the Bears rebounded Wednesday with a 7-1 win over Oaks Christian-Westlake Village as Cal-commit Carson Olson improved to 7-0 while striking out seven in six innings.
Against Esperanza, Miguel Ortiz doubled twice, Quentin Selma doubled and singled and Keenan Wolf delivered a pinch RBI single.
Buchanan and Clovis North will resume Tri-River Athletic Conference play Wednesday.
The Bears will go to Clovis East and the Broncos will visit Clovis in 6:30 p.m. games.
Buchanan, two-year Central Section Division I reigning champion, is 7-0 and a game up on Clovis in the league. Clovis North is 4-3.
Clovis’ Allison honored at Fresno Easter Classic – Clovis senior Chet Allison shared Most Valuable Player honors with two others at the 48th Fresno Easter Classic, which was won 3-1 by Santana-Santee over state-ranked Pleasant Grove-Elk Grove on Wednesday night at Clovis West.
Santana, in its first Classic appearance, went 5-0 while being led by former Clovis East coach Rigo Ledezma.
Clovis, 18-3-1 and ranked eighth in the state by Cal-Hi Sports, saw Allison go 6 for 12 with four doubles and a triple and earn a win with a four-hitter.
He shared the MVP award with Santana’s Aiden Rasmussen (11 for 16, .688) and Oakmont-Roseville’s Carlos Salaiz (8 for 13, .615; three-hitter with 10 strikeouts).
Outstanding Pitchers were Santana’s Noah Nunez (three-hitter in a 7-0 win over Clovis) and Pleasant Grove’s Connell Ellner (2-0 pitching win over Edison).
Bears boys volleyball crowned at Las Vegas – Buchanan went 9-0 in two days, losing only one set, while capturing the championship of the Las Vegas Easter Volleyball Classic.
Kyle Merchen had 24 assists and five digs, Spencer Heimerdinger eight kills and Rece Constable 13 digs as the Bears defeated Brophy College Prep-Phoenix in Tuesday’s final.
Merchen, as a junior setter, was a fixture throughout the tournament.
He was one of 12 players selected to the USA Volleyball youth national team that competed in the NORCECA Boys Under-19 Continental Championship in June in Havana.