OVERALL TOP 10
1. Buchanan 10-1
2. Clovis West 9-1
3. Clovis 10-1
4. Centennial 6-1
5. Bakersfield 7-0
5. Clovis North 9-2
7. Central 8-1
8. Clovis East 9-2
9. El Diamante 8-6
10. Frontier 5-4
D-I: 1. Buchanan; 2. Clovis West; 3. Clovis
D-II: 1. Clovis North; 2. Frontier; 3. Memorial (6-5)
D-III: 1. Fresno (7-2); 2. Independence (6-1); 3. Hanford West (10-5)
D-IV: 1. Kerman (8-3); 2. Taft (4-1); 3. Bakersfield Christian (6-4)
D-V: 1. Immanuel (6-2); 2. Caruthers (5-1); 3. Exeter (7-4)
D-VI: 1. Mendota (5-4); 2. Farmersville (3-2); 3. McFarland (1-4)
Clovis' Jimmy Jurado, who one-hit Clovis East with a 16-strikeout performance Friday, has established himself as the section's premier pitcher. The 5-1 win improved the senior left-hander to 4-0 with an 0.00 ERA. In 24 1/3 innings, the 6-foot-3, 175-pounder has given up seven hits – all singles – struck out 45 and walked four. He committed to Fresno City College last week, but it might be difficult for Rams coach Ron Scott to secure him. "He's probably the best pitcher I've coached without a scholarship," Cougars 23-year coach James Patrick said. "He ranks up there with the best we've had. I always thought he would be good, but I couldn't have projected this. He's got a little velocity, command of three pitches and is a sponge when learning about the game." Jurado is scheduled to oppose Buchanan's Seth Moranda Friday night on the Bears' field in as good a pitching matchup as the section can offer.
The first of three Tri-River Athletic Conference showdowns between Buchanan and Clovis West will unfold today at 3:45 p.m. at Stan Bledsoe Field. Their coaches, Tom Donald and Kevin Patrick, agreed to play day games at each site for the first two Tuesday contests before meeting at 6:30 p.m. for game 3 on Friday, April 15. Last year, Clovis West swept the Bears in the TRAC before losing 7-5 for the Division I title.
Frontier, the section's 2010 D-II champion and an 8-3 winner against Buchanan in a jolting season-opener this year, belted 10 home runs – including three by Kyle Nixon – en route to routing Liberty-Bakersfield 26-2 Friday in a Southwest Yosemite League game. Liberty's coming off a 20-11 season highlighted by a Southeast Yosemite League title. The Patriots joined the SWYL for all sports this year.
Check out Andy Boogaard's analysis throughout the baseball season at fresnobeehive.com/sportsbuzz