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Baseball notebook, 3/30: Easter Classic Day Two Wrap Up

(Photo by Gabe Camarillo)

Cougars outlast Rangers in shootout

It would be hard to find a more wild game flow than what took place at Lloyd Merriman Field on Monday night. The final score: Clovis 15, Redwood 11…but that hardly tells the whole story. After the Rangers put up a four spot in the top of the first, Clovis answered for seven of their own off of Redwood standout pitcher Ethan Garcia. Garcia walked seven of the first nine hitters he saw, which opened the floodgates for the Cougs. Redwood again would grab the lead, chipping away over the next several innings to take a 9-7 lead into the fourth. After that, it was all Clovis who totaled just five base-hits on the night, but took advantage of walks and errors that combined to be in the double digits. Nolan Sumter, Brayden Nicholson, Mick Backowski, and Brody McAvoy, who accounted for 5RBIs by himself, led the way for the Cougars. The game was paused after the top of the 6th inning, due to a time limit rule within the rules of the Easter Classic. Nicholson was credited with the win.

Memorial bounces back

If you read the above summary, this one may sound familiar…at the start. Clovis West came out hot as their first three hitters–Cayden Munster, Jacob Haros, Kaleb Lattimer– all singled to start the game. Clean-up hitter Wyatt Gibson was hit by a pitch giving the Golden Eagles an early lead. A Logan Pontecorvo single scored two and it was CW 3-0 after the top half of the first inning. Memorial answered the bottom of the inning with a five-spot–a mixture of base-hits and errors on the part of Clovis West. Bryce Padilla executed a perfect safety squeeze early on. Charlie Monterrosa threw five innings of scoreless baseball for the Panthers while Eddie Saldivar’s 2RBI double blew the game open in the 5th inning. Memorial would go on to win in a route, 12-3.

Bears stay hot

Buchanan blitzed Edison 13-0 in a game that saw the Bears score early and often. Evan Wallace was plunked to lead off the game and sophomore JP Acosta singled a batter later. Austin Young drove in both with a double and scored on a fielder’s choice two batters after. Young totaled four RBIs on the night while Wallace, Acosta, and Corbin Ybarra all had two-hit nights. Cade Twitty added a no-doubter homer in the sixth. Sophomore Colton O’Toole saw his first varsity action on the mound. The Long Beach State commit picked up the win over four innings of work, giving up two hits.

Clovis North runs past Reedley

Clovis North beat Reedley 7-3 behind freshman pitcher Jayden Hertel, who was seeing his first varsity innings. Hertel tea finished with 4Ks on the night, picking up the W. Cole Fellows lit up the stat sheet going 3-3 including a double and a triple. Blake King went 2-3, Rees Kent added a double, and Cooper Pommenville had a pair of RBIs to fill out the Bronco’s offense.

Hertel’s four strikeouts

Other notable scores:

Bullard 16, Hanford 6

Central 7, Madera 2

Fresno 3, Clovis East 2

Today’s notable games

#8 Central at #5 Bullard, 1pm

#2 Memorial at Chowchilla, 1pm

Sunnyside at Clovis East, 1pm

Hoover at #7 Clovis West, 6:30pm

Liberty-Madera at #10 Clovis, 6:30pm

#9 Redwood at #3 Clovis North, 6:30pm

Hanford at #1 Buchanan, 6:30pm

***New rankings will be released after the Easter Classic. We do not update rankings after each game, but rather do it weekly.***

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