Clovis News: Sports

Bullard baseball earns shot at No. 1 Clovis West

Bullard High has positioned itself for another possible upset. Madera already has executed one. And Edison rolls on.

Those were some of the developments in the first round of the Central Section baseball playoffs in six divisions Tuesday.

Eighth-seeded Bullard, a year after shocking top-seeded Buchanan in the Division I quarterfinals, advanced to yet another road duel with a No. 1 seed -- Thursday at Clovis West -- by winning 8-6 at home against No. 9 Bakersfield behind Matt Meyer's seven-hitter and homer.

Madera, a No. 11 seed further supporting the elite reputation of the Tri-River Athletic Conference, marched into Kern County and conquered No. 6 Liberty 8-3 in D-I behind the pitching of Trent Hinkle and James Brager's two-run homer. The Coyotes, who placed last in the six-team TRAC at 3-12, will visit No. 3 Centennial in the quarterfinals.

And defending D-II champion and sixth-seeded Edison, as expected, yanked veteran Kenny Travis out of a recent closer role and rode his six-hitter to an 8-3 victory over No. 11 Mt. Whitney.

Skippy Ferreria went 3 for 3, including two doubles, drove in two runs and scored twice for the Tigers, who will take an eight-game winning streak into a quarterfinal at No. 3 Frontier. The Titans coasted 32-7 at home against No. 14 Monache.

In D-III, Anthony Ocegueda pitched a four-hitter with 14 strikeouts as No. 6 Fresno defeated No. 11 Porterville 7-1.