Clovis News: Sports

Baseball and softball news & notes 5/11

BASEBALL BUZZ

The Central Section baseball seedings will be determined Saturday morning at commissioner Jim Crichlow's office in Porterville.

Can only wonder what Madera would have done in any league other than the Tri-River Athletic Conference, where the Coyotes are in last place at 2-11. And this is after their 7-5 win Friday at nationally top-ranked Clovis West behind James Brager's five-hitter and 12 strikeouts. This wasn't a great surprise for a junior right-hander who lost 2-1 and 3-0 to Buchanan earlier.

Baseball America, which ranked Clovis West No. 1 two weeks ago, is expected to release new rankings today. The Golden Eagles, who can clinch outright the TRAC title tonight at home with a win over Clovis, remained No. 2 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports.

Today's game-of-the-day in the section sends Fowler (19-4-2, 5-1) to Fresno Christian (19-4, 6-0) in the West Sequoia League.

SOFTBALL BUZZ

Buchanan suffered its first loss to an opponent from the Central Section last week -- 4-3 against Clovis West -- but retains its top ranking based on its overall body of work, including two previous victories over the Golden Eagles. The Bears already have clinched at least a tie for the Tri-River Athletic Conference title.

Stockdale also slips after getting blanked 2-0 by Ridgeview last week. The Mustangs can still wrap up the outright Southwest Yosemite League title with a win over North or West this week.

Kingsburg, which has a one-game lead in the Central Sequoia League with two to play, debuts in the Division IV rankings this week at No. 2.

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