It’s Buchanan and Clovis highs, Round II, for the Central Section Division I baseball title.
Chandler Bengston and Ross Dodds hit two-run homers and D.J. Martinez improved to 11-1 by giving up two hits in six innings as top-seeded Buchanan coasted 6-1 at home against No. 4 Tulare Western.
Third-seeded Clovis, meanwhile, rode the four-hit pitching of Preston Mott and a solo home run by Jeremy Garcia to a 9-0 victory over No. 2 Centennial.
The Bears and Cougars will meet at 8 p.m. Saturday in the showcase game of the two-day, six-game section finals gathering at Visalia’s Rawhide Ballpark. Clovis, then top-seeded, edged No. 2 Buchanan 3-2 in the final last season.
At Buchanan, Zach Ashford set the tone by lining an opposite-field single on a 3-0 count off Kobe Portillo (9-2) in the first inning, Bengston followed with a massive drive to right-center field two batters later and it was all Bears from there as they improved to 28-4.
Tulare Western, elevated to D-I this season after winning D-II in 2014, closed at 27-8.
Ashford, a senior center fielder who has signed with Fresno State, went 2 for 3, scored three times and stole his 27th base while raising his batting average to .477.
Dodds, another Fresno State signee who began his career at Tulare Western, also had an RBI double.
Martinez, a senior right-hander, struck out two with no walks. Grant Gambrell, who has committed to Oregon State as a junior, pitched the seventh.
The Bears will throw senior right-hander Conner Loeprich (8-0, 1.37 ERA) against Clovis while seeking their fifth section title in since 2005.
It’s an all-West Yosemite League final after fourth-seeded Hanford ended No. 9 Sunnyside’s Cinderella run 4-2, and No. 3 Redwood edged No. 10 Mt. Whitney 8-7.
The Bullpups and Rangers will meet at 8 p.m. Friday at Rawhide Ballpark for the title.
Hanford took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single by Jensen Brotherson and a two-run single by Ethan McRae.
Sunnyside, which eliminated top-seeded Edison 5-0 last Friday, had gone ahead 2-0 in the top half of the inning on Gabe Corona's two-run homer.
Redwood received a walk-off, run-scoring single from Blake Proctor in the bottom of the eighth inning against rival Mt. Whitney.
Andrew Coleman’s RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted No. 2 Ridgeview over No. 3 Porterville 1-0.
The Wolf Pack advance to the 1 p.m. Saturday final against No. 5 Garces, which received a go-ahead two-run home run from Reece Males in a 6-4 victory over No. 8 Independence. (Note: The original version of this story incorrectly reported Saturday’s game time as 3 p.m.)
Brian Lopez pitched a three-hitter with seven strikeouts, and Noe Garcia hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning as No.4 Firebaugh beat No.8 Dos Palos 6-0 in the semifinals.
The Eagles advance to face second-seeded Golden Valley in a 9:30 a.m. Saturday final after the Bulldogs downed No. 6 Chowchilla 8-4.
Central Valley Christian, which entered 12-17, will play for a section title after winning its semifinal 1-0 over No. 3 Sierra Pacific.
The Golden Bears received five innings of one-run pitching from Matt Leslie, who was making his first start of the season after tearing his ACL in football.
The Cavaliers will face top-seeded Cesar Chavez, a 7-0 winner against No.13 Liberty-Madera Ranchos, in the 4:30 p.m. Friday final.
Top-seeded Farmersville reached its second straight section final with a 2-1 defeat of No. 5 Parlier.
The Aztecs will face No.2 McFarland in the 4:30 p.m. Saturday final after the Cougars beat No.3 Orosi 6-3.
Minarets edged Farmersville 3-2 in the D-VI championship game last season.
An earlier version of this roundup listed an incorrect score for the Clovis-Centennial game.