Buchanan High’s baseball team remains top ranked by The Bee in the Central Section — and state-ranked as well by Cal-Hi Sports — emerging from Easter week tournaments and leading into the final five weeks of the regular season.
The 15-3 Bears, four-time section Division D-I champions in the past 10 years, are also ranked No. 14 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports. They lead Nos. 2-5 Centennial of the Southwest Yosemite League, Tulare Western of the East Yosemite and Clovis North and Clovis of the Tri-River Athletic Conference among The Bee’s top five.
Centennial and, especially, Tulare Western, are facing the teeth of section history.
An SWYL team hasn’t won the section Division I baseball title since Stockdale in 2009. And an EYL team hasn’t won among the big boys since Monache defeated Bullard 5-4 under coach Paul Begin in 1991.
Coach James Patrick, who has won seven D-I championships at Clovis in 28 years, including one last season, says: “We’ve got to learn how to score to become a legitimate contender.”
The Bee’s Central Section Baseball Rankings
Tulare Western 15-6
Clovis North 10-8-2
Clovis West 13-6
El Diamante 12-9