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Rain puts a halt to Central Section Division I baseball title. When will it resume?

Rain suspends game as Clovis led Frontier 4-2 in Central Section Division I baseball championship

Watch as rain ends Saturday's Central Section DI Baseball Championship between Clovis and Frontier. CIF officials stated the game would continue Tuesday, May 21.
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Watch as rain ends Saturday's Central Section DI Baseball Championship between Clovis and Frontier. CIF officials stated the game would continue Tuesday, May 21.

Clovis High baseball coach James Patrick will have to wait several days to start his retirement.

And he’s sitting in a good spot.

Central Section officials suspended the Division I baseball game Saturday night at Beiden Field in the bottom of the fourth inning, relenting to a rainstorm that wasn’t going to let up anytime soon. Clovis leads Frontier 4-2.

The game will resume at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Clovis High, section assistant commissioner Jeff Cardoza said. The time was to be announced.

A forecast shows 90% chain of rain Tuesday, but Wednesday shows cloudy weather with a 20% chance of rain.

The Cougars are trying to send off their coach with his 10th section title.

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.

Ian Mortenson put Clovis up 2-1 in the bottom of the first inning when he hit a two-run single. After the game was tied 2-2, the Cougars added two runs in the fourth inning, highlighted by Justin Tiger’s solo home run.

Soon after the home run, the game was delayed for several minutes before resuming until Matt Sanchez’s bat slipped out of his hands and Cardoza and the umpires decided to suspend the game.

When the game resumes, Carson Evans is on third base with Sanchez at bat with a 1-1 count with one out.

Patrick said he doesn’t mind resuming the game next week.

“Believe me, it’s worth it,” he said. “I’ll coach them a couple more days.”

Anthony Galaviz writes about sports for The Fresno Bee. He covers the Oakland Raiders, high schools, boxing, MMA and junior colleges. He’s been with The Bee since 1997 and attended Fresno City College before graduating from Fresno State with a major in journalism and a minor in criminology.

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