Clovis News: Sports

Playoff highlights from May 20


Fourth-seeded Clovis, two years after losing the Division I title 8-7 in eight innings at Stockdale in a game the Cougars led by three runs with two outs and no runners on in the seventh, reversed the heartbreak at home by scoring five runs in the bottom of the seventh for an 8-7 quarterfinal win over the No. 5 and two-year reigning champion.

Dusty Valero triggered the rally with a double and closed it with a bases-loaded hit by pitch -- Clovis' third straight with the sacks full. Absorbing the previous two were Ryan Massey and Brandt Weber. And the three hit by pitches followed a bases-loaded walk to Taylor Tempel.

Steven Lozier struck out eight to power No. 2 Buchanan past No. 6 Central 10-6 in D-I. No. 3 Frontier held off No. 6 Edison 12-8 in D-II. Seniors Skippy Ferreira (4 for 4), Max Schuh (3 for 3) and Kenny Travis (home run) powered the visiting Tigers, the defending section champs.

Madera, seeded 11th in D-I, lost 4-3 at No. 3 Centennial in a game the Coyotes were leading 2-1 before junior ace James Brager left the game with an arm injury in the fifth inning.

Kevin Seeger hit two of No. 1 Golden West's four home runs in an 11-3 victory over West in D-II. Seeger also got the win with eight strikeouts in five innings.

Chris Mariscal had seven strikeouts pitching and was 4 for 4 with three doubles, a triple and four runs as top-seeded Clovis North defeated No. 9 Highland 7-1 in a D-III quarterfinal.

Konor Meeks homered twice and drove in four runs, and Zack Raeber hit a three-run double as defending D-III champion Hanford advanced to a semifinal showdown with cross-city rival Hanford West with a 15-7 rout of Dinuba.

Patrick O'Brien hit an RBI double and Justin Casida followed with an RBI single in the eighth inning to lift No. 6 seed Kingsburg past No. 3 Chowchilla 4-2 in Division IV. Chowchilla's Tyler Cook had 13 strikeouts but was chased in the eighth. Kingsburg's A.J. East (six innings) and Bryan Helms combined on a three-hitter.

Patrick Martinez's double, Aaron Sing's two-run double off the wall and Leland Tilley's bases-loaded, full-count, game-ending walk highlighted a four-run seventh as second-seeded El Diamante escaped with a 4-3 D-II win over No. 7 Memorial.

Jacob Phillips provided one-hit relief over 22/3 innings to get the win, led off a four-run sixth with a double and added an RBI single in the seventh to power defending state champion Washington to a 9-5 victory over No. 2 seed Taft in D-IV.

Michael Whitford beat Central Valley Christian for the second time in a week and hit a grand slam to power No. 4 Selma's 10-6 win in D-IV.