OVERALL TOP 10
1. Stockdale 13-1-1
2. Buchanan 13-2-1
3. Hanford West 7-2
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4. Clovis West 8-3
5. Clovis 8-4
6. El Diamante 10-3
7. Frontier 14-1
8. Central 9-2-1
9. Bullard 3-6
10. Kingsburg 14-2
D-I: 1. Stockdale; 2. Buchanan; 3. Clovis West
D-II: 1. Frontier; 2. Clovis North 7-5; 3. Lemoore 3-2-1
D-III: 1. Hanford West; 2. Kingsburg; 3. Kerman 10-6
D-IV: 1. Independence 7-3; 2. Chowchilla 9-1; 3. Riverdale 6-6
D-V: 1. Liberty-Madera Ranchos 8-5; 2. Lindsay 8-1; 3. Woodlake 9-2
D-VI: 1. McFarland 6-2; 2. Mendota 1-0; 3. Kings Christian 1-1
Top-ranked Stockdale and No. 3 Hanford West each traveled to Huntington Beach last week to compete in the 30-team Faster to First Classic, which featured five teams ranked in the Maxpreps Xcellent 25 national poll. Rain forced both to play an abbreviated schedule, with the Mustangs going 1-1-1 and the Huskies going 1-1. Hanford West's win came against Poly-Riverside, which went on to defeat Valencia, the No. 2 team in the nation according to Maxpreps.
Wet weather washed out most of last week's games, including a doubleheader scheduled for Saturday between Clovis West and San Jose-area power Archbishop Mitty (rescheduled for April 21). The Golden Eagles are off to a strong preleague start behind a cast of experienced juniors that includes pitcher Sydney White, catchers Jessie Moorhead and Katie Robertson, first baseman McKenzie Cain, shortstop Kaelyn Worman, second baseman Rainie Thiessen and center fielder Amber Mills. "Last year we had some girls who, what's the old saying, were like deer caught in the headlights," Clovis West coach Peggy Rigby said. "Now they know what's coming and what to expect. They are playing with confidence, and it's nice to see."
The switch to 43-feet hasn't slowed down Central pitcher Lindsey Clarkson, who has 73 strikeouts in 43 innings.
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