HANFORD -- Not only is El Diamante High the best baseball team in the West Yosemite League, it's a heck of a mudder.
In horse parlance, that's one who runs well in wet conditions, and all the fifth-ranked Miners did in four innings of rain here Friday was pitch, hit and field as if the stage was ideal in bolting to a 6-0 lead over No. 7 Hanford.
On a day many games in the Central Section never started, this one did in a shower that wouldn't go away before being suspended after the Bullpups had batted in the bottom of the fourth, still hitless off El Diamante junior right-hander Jacob Enis.
It will resume at the same site Monday at 4:15 p.m. with the Miners batting in the top of the fifth.
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Then the question: Will Enis be brought back by El Diamante coach Bert Flores in the bottom of the inning with the opportunity to complete the no-no?
"He might," Flores said. "It's a big deal to pitch a high school game and not give up any hits, but we have to play to win. I think his pitch count was 65 or 70. I'll give him a call Sunday or Monday and see how he feels."
In the opposite dugout, Hanford coach Tim Scott was almost comforted by the suspension: "It actually may have helped us. We weren't playing with too much motivation. I told the team afterward, this is not the time to take a step back. We've got two more league games left and then it's playoff time."
El Diamante, which is 18-5 overall and top-rated in The Bee's Division II rankings, entered the day 7-0 in the league, leading D-III No. 1 Hanford (5-2) and No. 6 Redwood (5-3), which the Miners will host Wednesday.
"I was surprised we started, but I was glad we did after we got the lead," Flores said.
The Miners not only established command early, they did so with authority off Bullpups junior right-hander Dalton Silva on Harper White's two-out double and Anthony Dipietro's home run in the first, and then White's no-doubt solo homer to left on a 3-0 count with two outs in the third.
"I had a feeling," Flores said regarding his 3-0 green light to White. "He's had good luck hitting over here."
And, at 6-feet-5, White can do it all, whether it be basketball, playing in the band, whatever.
"He's a good athlete who could play any sport," said Flores. "But baseball's his first love."
The Miners began to separate in the fourth on Garrett Weese's single, Joey Andrada's walk, Mason Peck's bloop RBI single and Zack Dominguez's scorching two-run double to the right-field wall.
In Flores (Mt. Whitney) and Scott (Hanford), the game also matched coaches who played against each other in the WYL in the early 1980s before they played together for a year in the Los Angeles Dodgers' organization at Rookie League Great Falls, Mont.
No go for Cougars-Bears
A repeat Tri-River Athletic Conference showdown between No. 2 Buchanan and No. 3 Clovis was rained out Friday night and has been rescheduled for Monday at 3:45 p.m. at Buchanan.
This came three days after Bears sophomore Seth Moranda improved to 8-1 with a 4-1 win at Clovis.
And, because of what will be a three-day delay, this will give Buchanan coach Tom Donald the option of throwing Moranda again at the Cougars on Monday.
Another TRAC game matching Clovis East at No. 1 Clovis West also was postponed Friday. It will be played Monday at 6:30 p.m.
Buchanan and Clovis West are tied atop the TRAC with 8-2 records, with Clovis a game back at 7-3. There are five games remaining.