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Softball rankings April 5

OVERALL TOP 10

1. Stockdale 16-2-1

2. Hanford West 9-2

3. Clovis West 9-3

4. Buchanan 15-3-1

5. Clovis 10-4

6. El Diamante 12-3

7. Frontier 16-1

8. Central 10-3-1

9. Bullard 5-7

10. Kingsburg 17-2

DIVISIONAL RANKINGS

D-I: 1. Stockdale; 2. Clovis West; 3. Buchanan

D-II: 1. Frontier; 2. Clovis North 9-5; 3. Monache 9-2

D-III: 1. Hanford West; 2. Kingsburg; 3. Kerman 14-6

D-IV: 1. Indepen. 8-6; 2. Chowchilla 15-2; 3. Woodlake 11-2

D-V: 1. Liberty-M.R. 10-5; 2. Lindsay 10-3; 3. Exeter 6-5

D-VI: 1. McFarland 7-4; 2. Kings Christ. 3-2; 3. Strathmore 3-4

THE BUZZ

The rankings shaker of last week took place Friday at Clovis West, where Sydney White pitched a three-hitter with seven strikeouts and delivered a go-ahead two-run double in the sixth inning to lift the then-No. 4 Golden Eagles over previous No. 2 Buchanan in a Tri-River Athletic Conference game. Thanks to a head-to-head win over Clovis West earlier this season, Hanford West moves up to second, with the Golden Eagles third and Buchanan fourth. The Golden Eagles-Bears rematch is set for May 3 at Buchanan.

Hanford West's position behind consensus No. 1 Stockdale will be put to the test Friday with a 4:30 p.m. West Yosemite League showdown at No. 6 El Diamante against sophomore pitcher Sierra Hyland, who has 91 strikeouts in 73 1/3 innings this season. The Huskies are hitting .303 as a team, led by Morgan Sweet (.519, 1 HR, 9 RBIs).

Woodlake, which had been No. 3 in Division V in previous editions of these rankings, actually is in D-IV. A clerical error on the Central Section website had listed Woodlake under both divisions, but commissioner Jim Crichlow confirmed the Tigers will be in the D-IV playoff bracket. Woodlake has won seven straight games and sits atop the East Sequoia League with a crucial game today against D-V No. 2 Lindsay.

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