Clovis News: Sports

Eagles fly into big baseball week

Clovis West's pitching depth in baseball is unmatched in the section, and that's a particularly good thing this week.

Not only will the 25-3 Golden Eagles - ranked second in the section and No. 5 in the state - play the section's No. 3 Clovis twice while attempting to remain at least tied for first place with Buchanan atop the Tri-River Athletic Conference, they will oppose De La Salle-Concord on Saturday at Oakland's McAfee Coliseum. That one against the Spartans, who represent the most distinguished athletic program in Northern California, will be played at 1 p.m. as part of the three-game Dave Stewart Classic.

So deep is Clovis West's pitching staff, coach Kevin Patrick will start Sean Silva (9-1, 1.50 ERA) and J.D. Salles (7-2, 2.15) today and Friday against the Cougars, and still have no fewer than three quality starters available for De La Salle, which is 13-8 overall and leads the East Bay League at 9-3.

One of Patrick's options is Jared Lee, a 6-foot-5 right-hander recruited to UNLV as a pitcher. And he's thrown only 20 innings this season.

Tonight, at Clovis, Silva will be matched by Cougars senior left-hander Zach Coy (9-2, 1.55).

Silva, who's also hitting .375 with 32 runs and 23 RBIs in one of the section's most powerful all-around seasons, beat Coy 4-1 behind Salles' three-run triple six weeks ago.