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Prep baseball rankings: Clovis West and Madera make statements in leagues - and section

Clovis West High and Madera, coming off sweeps of highly ranked foes in the Tri-River Athletic and County/Metro Athletic conferences, have surged in The Bee’s Central Section baseball rankings.

Clovis West (15-7), which doubled up on then-No. 4 Clovis North last week, has risen to No. 3 in the rankings behind Buchanan (19-3) and Centennial (15-5).

The Golden Eagles, at 5-2, are tied for second with Clovis North in the TRAC behind Buchanan (6-1) with eight games remaining. Clovis West faces a formidable assignment Tuesday at Central and Grizzlies ace Colton Eastman at 3:45 p.m. The two teams will then play at Clovis West on Friday.

The Eagles will play a pair with Buchanan next week.

Madera, meanwhile, swept then-No. 8 Bullard last week to tie the Knights for second place in the CMAC at 5-2 behind 6-1 Edison.

The Coyotes (16-5), up to No. 6 in the rankings after being elevated to Division I this season, will play at home Tuesday against Memorial before playing at the Panthers’ yard Friday in 3:30 p.m. games.

The Bee’s Central Section Baseball Rankings

OVERALL TOP 15

(Records through April 13)

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1.

Buchanan (19-3)



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2.

Centennial (15-5)



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3.

Clovis West (15-7)



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4.

Edison (16-6)



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5.

Tulare Western (16-7)



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6.

Madera (16-5)



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7.

Clovis North (11-11)



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8.

Clovis (15-8)



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9.

Bullard (13-10)



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10.

El Diamante (14-9)



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11.

Redwood (17-5)



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12.

Kerman (17-5)



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13.

Exeter (15-5)



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14.

Central (8-11)



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15.

Frontier (10-8)



DIVISIONAL RANKINGS

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Division I:

1. Buchanan; 2. Centennial; 3. Clovis West



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Division II:

1. Edison; 2. El Diamante; 3. Redwood



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Division III:

1. Kerman; 2. Dinuba (11-7); 3. Lemoore (13-8)



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Division IV:

1. Exeter; 2. Firebaugh (18-5); 3. Chowchilla (13-4)



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Division V:

1. Chavez (16-2); 2. Rosamond (14-3); 3. Woodlake (13-3)



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Division VI:

1. Farmersville (8-6); 2. Lindsay (8-7); 3. Orosi (10-6)



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