Buchanan High – No. 2 in the USA Today Super 25 – received, as expected, the top seed in the Central Section Division I baseball playoffs.
History, however, might not be on the Bears’ side.
Nor favoring another Tri-River Athletic Conference power, Clovis, for that matter.
The last time Buchanan (27-1), Clovis North (22-6-1), and Clovis (22-8) were the Nos. 1-3 seeds – as they were awarded at Saturday’s 2016 seedings meeting – neither the Bears nor equally storied Cougars reached the final.
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Instead, Clovis North beat Stockdale for the D-I crown in 2013.
Will recent history repeat? Or will longer-term tradition continue?
Buchanan and Clovis have won 12 of the past 21 top-division section titles. That includes last year, when the Bears beat Clovis in the final 15-1.
The Bears’ lone loss this season came against Clovis North, 12-5, on April 8.
Buchanan answered with 7-0 and 5-1 victories over the Broncos to conclude the regular season and enters the playoffs on a 10-game winning streak.
The Cougars, ranked as high as No. 10 in the nation this season, have lost three of their past four.
Clovis was swept 3-0 by Buchanan and went 1-3 against Clovis North.
The Broncos had won nine straight before dropping those two to the Bears last week.
The playoffs begin Tuesday, though top seeds – including the first six in D-I – will wait until Thursday’s quarterfinals.
Among other divisions, D-III top seed Kerman (22-7) could meet defending champion Garces in the second round. Garces (10-17-1) was seeded No. 8 and will open against No. 9 Independence (17-11).
And a year after Central Valley Christian’s surprise D-V title run as a No. 7 seed, falling to Cesar Chavez in the final, the Cavaliers (17-12) were awarded this year’s top seed. The Titans (19-4) were seeded No. 2.
Other top seeds are Mt. Whitney (D-II), Firebaugh (D-IV) and Sierra (D-VI). The other defending champions are Redwood (D-II), Firebaugh (D-IV) and McFarland (D-VI).
Central Section baseball playoffs
A look at the seedings, opening-round matchups and byes for the 2016 Central Section baseball postseason, which gets under way May 17.
No. 9 Clovis East at No. 8 Liberty-Bakersfield, 4:30 p.m.; No. 10 Centennial at No. 7 Clovis West. Byes: No. 1 Buchanan, No. 2 Clovis North, No. 3 Clovis, No. 4 Bullard, No. 5 Stockdale, No. 6 Tulare Western
No. 9 El Diamante at No. 8 Fresno; No. 12 North at No. 5 Tehachapi; No. 13 Hanford at No. 4 Madera; No. 14 Sanger at No. 3 Redwood; No. 11 Sunnyside at No. 6 Memorial; No. 10 Bakersfield at No. 7 Hanford West; No. 15 Tulare at No. 2 Edison. Bye: No. 1 Mt. Whitney
No. 9 Independence at No. 8 Garces; No. 12 Kingsburg at No. 5 Reedley; No. 13 Porterville at No. 4 Madera South; No. 11 East at No. 6 Selma; No. 10 Ridgeview at No. 7 Highland. Byes: No. 1 Kerman, No. 2 Dinuba, No. 3 Lemoore
No. 9 Yosemite at No. 8 Dos Palos; No. 12 Mira Monte at No. 5 Taft; No. 11 Delano at No. 6 Chowchilla; No. 10 Bakersfield Christian at No. 7 Wasco. Byes: No. 1 Firebaugh, No. 2 Immanuel, No. 3 Fowler, No. 4 Exeter
No. 9 Washington at No. 8 Caruthers; No. 12 Foothill at No. 5 Sierra Pacific; No. 13 Coalinga at No. 4 Minarets; No. 11 Shafter at No. 6 Woodlake; No. 10 Rosamond at No. 7 Arvin. Byes: No. 1 Central Valley Christian, No. 2 Chavez, No. 3 Liberty-Madera Ranchos
No. 9 Orosi at No. 8 Fresno Christian; No. 12 Tranquillity at No. 5 Parlier; No. 13 Kings Christian at No. 4 McFarland; No. 11 Orange Cove at No. 6 Farmersville; No. 10 Kennedy at No. 7 Strathmore. Byes: No. 1 Sierra, No. 2 Kern Valley
Central Section baseball championships at Rawhide Ballpark in Visalia.
Monday, May 30: 9:30 a.m., Division IV; 1 p.m., Division III; 4:30 p.m., Division V; 8 p.m., Division II.
Tuesday, May 31: 4 p.m., Division VI; 7:30 p.m., Division I.