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Clovis' win shakes up TRAC baseball race

Clovis High will not win a fourth-straight Tri-River Athletic Conference baseball title, but the third-ranked Cougars played like champions at home Tuesday night, throttling No. 2 Clovis West 10-3.

Zach Coy (10-2) didn't allow an earned run in five innings, Cody White had three hits and Dusty Valero, John Kruger and Dalton Dupree each drove in two runs as Clovis improved to 22-6 overall and 10-4 in the TRAC with one game to go.

The loss knocked the state's fifth-ranked Golden Eagles (25-4, 11-3) out of a first-place tie with Buchanan (23-4-1, 12-2), which clinched at least a share of the league crown by beating Central 7-2 behind sophomore Seth Moranda's 10th victory and Brett Bishop's two-run homer.

The teams will match up again Friday, but at opposite sites -- Clovis at Clovis West and Buchanan at Central.

Then, they'll look forward to results from the Central Section's Division I seeding, which will be decided Saturday in the office of section commissioner Jim Crichlow.

Buchanan, as the leader of the section's strongest league, has positioned itself well for the No. 1 seed.

And Clovis, with a sweep of Clovis West this week, could earn a possible No. 2 seed -- leveraged by a season-opening doubleheader sweep of D-I defending champion Stockdale, which is unbeaten in the Southwest Yosemite League.

Clovis West, meanwhile, is shaken for several reasons: the loss, which came after winning 16 of its previous 17; the treatment of senior left-hander Sean Silva, who arrived with a 9-1 record and 1.50 ERA, only to give up six runs in three innings; and the absence of starting catcher John Koretoff, the team's leading hitter (.422, 30 RBIs), who's out indefinitely with a broken nose after being struck by a Haden Hinkle pitch in a 7-4 win Friday at Madera.

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