Clovis High’s Connor Jorgensen saw the ball hit the dirt.
And that was all the prompting he needed to take off.
Never mind that the pitch from Buchanan reliever Jacob King had bounced only about five feet from home plate.
Jorgensen was on his way, blazing down the third-base line.
And the gamble paid off. Huge.
Jorgensen narrowly beat the tag at home to score the go-ahead run in the sixth and No. 3 Clovis edged top-seeded Buchanan 2-1 for the Central Section Division I title Saturday night, capping the two-day championships at Rawhide Ballpark.
The Cougars (25-7-1) captured their eight section title while dethroning the two-time defending champ Bears.
Clovis beat Buchanan for the first time this season after going 0-4 during the regular season.
We’ll call it the mad dash. He’s a smart player.
Clovis coach James Patrick on Connor Jorgensen’s winning run
“They’d kind of had our number,” Jorgensen said. “But this is the championship. We came ready to play.”
Buchanan (28-4), ranked third in the state by Cal-Hi Sports, was denied the three-peat and what would have been the sixth section title in team history.
Cougars starter Darby Tatum scattered four hits while allowing a run in 6 1-3 innings – pitching on two days’ rest after throwing 3 2-3 in Thursday’s semifinals.
Clovis, Cal-Hi’s 11th-ranked team, scored on an error in the first inning.
Buchanan tied it in the third on a J.D. Ortiz solo homer.