Clovis High baseball coach James Patrick will retire after 2019 season
The Clovis High baseball team gave retiring coach James Patrick one last game when it rallied for a 7-5 win Wednesday at San Luis Obispo High in the Central Section semifinals.
Patrick will go for his 10th section championship Saturday night in the Division I final against No. 8 Frontier. Game time at Beiden Field is approximately 8 p.m.
Patrick announced that he’s retiring after 34 seasons as a coach. His record is 755-272-3 in two seasons at San Joaquin Memorial (1983-1984) and 32 at Clovis (1988-2019), according to section historian Bob Barnett.
His sixth-seeded Cougars (19-11) made an improbable comeback to beat the host No. 2 Tigers on Wednesday. Trailing 5-3 in the sixth inning, Clovis tied it on an RBI groundout by 6-foot-4 power hitter Noah Beal and a run-scoring wild pitch – both off left-hander Cooper Benson, an Arizona State recruit.
Then in the seventh Justin Tiger hit a two-out RBI single and Benson threw another run-scoring wild pitch. Miles Henderson closed it out with a 1-2-3 bottom of the inning.
Frontier advanced with a 2-1 win over No. 4 Righetti in 11 innings as daylight faded. Kris Anglin, who pitched a one-hitter against top-seeded Buchanan in the quarterfinals, threw the last two innings for Frontier.
Sanger into section final
In Division II, No. 2 Sanger shut out No. 3 Fresno 5-0 to send the Apaches into Friday night’s final against No. 1 San Joaquin Memorial, the defending champion which ousted No. 4 Porterville 9-4.
Sanger (22-6-1) beat Memorial (26-5) in two of three meetings during the County/Metro Athletic Conference season. Sanger won the first two 8-6 and 3-1 before Memorial’s 6-5 win April 11 that ultimately propelled the Panthers to the CMAC title by one game over the Apaches.
▪ Chowchilla didn’t get a hit until the sixth but turned a two-out RBI single in the top of the seventh into a 1-0 win over Fowler and a berth in the D-IV final.
▪ Top-seeded Minarets and No. 2 Liberty-Madera Ranchos will meet in the D-V final. On the way to winning the 2018 championship, Liberty blasted top-seeded Minarets 17-0 in the semifinals.