Buchanan and Clovis high schools split their meetings during the Central Section softball regular season, with each winning by a 1-0 score.
Should they meet again in 2016, it’ll be in the section Division I championship at Fresno State’s Margie Wright Diamond.
Buchanan (23-5) edged Clovis (23-4) for the top seed in D-I, with the Cougars sent to the opposite side of the bracket as the No. 2 seed.
The Bears held the edge of having won the most recent head-to-head matchup Tuesday in Tri-River Athletic Conference play. Clovis won April 25, as both teams defended their home field.
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A third game would be on a neutral field, with the section holding its softball championships at a single site for the first time. It’s similar to the finals format used for other sports, including baseball and boys and girls basketball.
The Fresno State venue, once known as Bulldog Diamond, last hosted a section championship in 1999, when Bullard defeated Clovis 1-0 in a 21-inning affair.
Postseason play gets under way Wednesday in all but D-VI, which plays quarterfinals along with the other five divisions Friday.
Last year, Clovis received the top D-I seed en route to the championship, while Buchanan was No. 3 and got bounced in the second round.
Though the Cougars weren’t awarded the top seed this year, D-II Madera (23-7) and D-VI Orange Cove (19-5) received No. 1’s among reigning champions.
Liberty-Madera Ranchos (24-4), section runner-up last season, is the top seed in D-III. The Hawks have won 10 straight going into the playoffs.
Selma (22-4) will try to redeem itself as the D-IV top seed for the second straight season after falling in last year’s semifinal.
And Caruthers (19-3-3) is top-seeded in D-V after spending last year in D-IV and getting eliminated in the second round. The Blue Raiders won the D-V title in 2014.
Other defending champions are Taft (D-III), Mission Oak (D-IV) and Riverdale (D-V).
Central Section softball playoffs
A look at the seedings, opening-round matchups and byes for the 2016 Central Section softball postseason, which gets under way Wednesday.
No. 9 Clovis North at No. 8 Liberty-Bakersfield; No. 12 Centennial at No. 5 Central; No. 11 Clovis West at No. 6 Bullard; No. 10 Frontier at No. 7 Hanford West. Byes: No. 1 Buchanan, No. 2 Clovis, No. 3 Clovis East, No. 4 Stockdale
No. 9 Tulare Western at No. 8 Kingsburg; No. 12 East at No. 5 Ridgeview; No. 11 North at No. 6 Redwood; No. 10 Garces at No. 7 Edison. Byes: No. 1 Madera, No. 2 Monache, No. 3 El Diamante, No. 4 Sanger
No. 9 Chavez at No. 8 Independence; No. 11 Sunnyside at No. 6 Kerman; No. 10 Porterville at No. 7 Reedley. Byes: No. 1 Liberty-Madera Ranchos, No. 2 Hanford, No. 3 Taft, No. 4 Tehachapi, No. 5 Dinuba
No. 9 Fowler at No. 8 Fresno; No. 11 Washington at No. 6 Madera South; No. 10 Mira Monte at No. 7 Exeter. Byes: No. 1 Selma, No. 2 Mission Oak, No. 3 Chowchilla, No. 4 Dos Palos, No. 5 Wasco
No. 9 Sierra at No. 8 Roosevelt; No. 12 McFarland at No. 5 Coalinga; No. 14 McLane at No. 3 Riverdale; No. 11 Shafter at No. 6 Highland; No. 10 Bishop Union at No. 7 Sierra Pacific; No. 15 Immanuel at No. 2 Firebaugh. Bye: No. 1 Caruthers
Friday quarterfinals: No. 8 Bakerfield Christian at No. 1 Orange Cove; No. 5 Frazier Mountain at No. 4 Farmersville; No. 6 Granite Hills at No. 3 Mendota; No. 7 Tranquillity at No. 2 Parlier
Central Section softball championships at Margie Wright Diamond at Fresno State
Friday, May 27: 4:30 p.m., Division V; 7 p.m., Division II.
Saturday, May 28: 11:30 a.m., Division IV; 2 p.m., Division III; 4:30 p.m., Division VI; 7 p.m., Division I.