Clovis News: Sports

Clovis West baseball edges No. 1-ranked foe

James Bitter's two-out, two-run double broke a 3-3 tie in the fourth, and Eric Karch made it stand up with a three-hitter as fourth-ranked Clovis West High defeated No. 1 Centennial 5-4 in the Fresno Easter Baseball Classic on Tuesday at Stan Bledsoe Field.

Five teams stand tied at 3-0 overall and have one game to play this morning, and the top two teams make the championship game scheduled for 7:30 p.m. today at Clovis West. If more than two teams tie, the tiebreaker is fewest runs allowed.

Pleasant Grove (two runs allowed) and Fresno (four) currently hold the tiebreaker, with Buchanan (five), Rocklin (six) and Clovis West (13) still in the hunt.

While the forecast of rain has the title game in question -- it could be moved to Thursday -- there is little doubt as to the future impact Clovis West's win will have on seeding for the Central Section Division I playoffs.

Head-to-head results are the top priority for the seeding committee, and the Eagles banked a big one against the Golden Hawks (12-4).