•Central Section brackets were unveiled for playoffs in baseball and softball.
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•Baseball will play Wednesday and Friday.
Tri-River Athletic Conference baseball champ Buchanan High was awarded the No. 1 seed in the Central Section Division I playoffs Saturday, earning a first-round bye into a Friday quarterfinal where it would meet league rival and ninth-seeded Clovis North or No. 8 Frontier.
Centennial (23-5) is seeded second and has the other bye as it awaits the winner between No. 10 Stockdale and seventh-seeded Bullard. County/Metro Athletic Conference co-champion Madera is seeded fifth and will host No. 12 Central in Wednesday's first round.
The top division’s opening round also features a rematch of last year’s D-II title game, with No. 13 Memorial facing No. 4 Tulare Western. The Mustangs won last year’s final 3-2, with both teams moved up under the section’s competitive-equity-based realignment.
In D-II, CMAC co-champ Edison is No. 1, earning byes along with second-seeded El Diamante and No. 3 Redwood.
North Sequoia co-champ Kerman is No. 1 and Ridgeview No. 2 in D-III, and Central Sequoia title winner Exeter and Golden Valley took the top two seeds in D-IV. Cesar Chavez and Rosamond are 1-2 in D-V and Farmersville and McFarland in D-VI.
Softball: Clovis, Redwood claim top seeds in D-I, II
Clovis, which knocked off The Bee’s top-ranked Buchanan and No. 7 Clovis West this week to win the TRAC, is the No. 1 seed for the D-I softball playoffs.
The Cougars (30-6), ranked No. 7 in the state and sixth in the nation by MaxPreps, have a first-round bye before hosting eighth-seeded Stockdale or No. 9 Liberty on Thursday.
Central is second-seeded and also has a bye, along with No. 3 Buchanan and No. 4 and defending champ Centennial.
West Yosemite League champion Hanford West (last year’s D-II champ) got the sixth seed and hosts No. 11 Clovis East in Tuesday’s first round.
WYL runner-up Redwood earned the top seed in D-II, getting a first-round bye with No. 2 Madera and No. 3 El Diamante.
In D-III, South Sequoia League champion Taft is the top seed. Sunnyside, which won its eighth in a row Friday in a 7-0 shutout of Reedley to capture the first outright North Yosemite title in school history, is seeded seventh and will host No. 10 Cesar Chavez.
Other top seeds were Central Sequoia title winner Selma in D-IV, Riverdale in D-V and Orange Cove in D-VI.