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Central Section baseball notebook, 2/23

Luke Sula went a complete game in the Coca-Cola Classic which led Clovis North to a 7-0 win over El Diamante. (PHOTO BY AUSTIN KEMP)

Clovis North wins Coca-Cola Classic

Riley Cooper and Cason Brownell chase down a ball in the first inning. Cooper made the catch as the Broncos shutout El Diamante. (Photo by Austin Kemp)

Behind a strong pitching performance from senior Luke Sula, Clovis North defeated El Diamante 7-0 to win the Coke Classic Championship. The right hander went a complete game and gave up just two hits. “I knew my team had my back so I was just going out there, throwing strikes and being a dog for my teammates,” Sula said. “I love coming out here with these guys, the energy is always great and I love competing with them.” Riley Cooper found the right-center gap for a 2 RBI double in the first inning and the Broncos continued to add throughout the game. Reese Kent took a pitch over the left field fence to extend the lead to six when he led off the top of the 5th inning. “I knew I hit it hard and it felt good coming off the bat,” Kent said of that at-bat. “It’s a big field here so you are never completely sure, I just had to wait for the umpire to give the call.” Chase Pinheiro’s RBI double helped push across Clovis North’s last run of the game. The Broncos record now stands at 6-0 as they head into Cen-Cal Showcase next weekend.

Memorial comes through in late innings

Though they played without a lead most of the game, San Joaquin Memorial scored five runs between the 6th and 7th innings to beat Clovis 6-3. Noah Beal got the start for Clovis and went 5.2 innings and struck out eight. The Panthers tied the game in the sixth with a 2 RBI double from Joey Bell. After advancing to third on an error, a safety squeeze brought Bell home for the lead. Tanner Sagouspe added a double and triple at the plate and also provided three scoreless innings on the mound–where he picked up the win.

Isaac Ayon dominates

In his second appearance of the season, Isaac Ayon went 5 IP and totaled 12 strikeouts in Buchanan’s 4-0 win against Redwood. Ayon is now 9-0 in his Buchanan career and consistently sat in the low 90s on Saturday morning. The Bears scored all four of their runs in the first inning and though they had 10 team hits, couldn’t get anything the rest of the way.

Golden Eagles edge Coyotes

With the score tied 0-0 heading into the sixth, Clovis West received RBIs from Ixan Henderson, Tanner Ewell, and Art Navarette to beat Madera 3-0. Henderson, Navarette, and Noah Galvan combined for a one-hitter with Navarette getting the win, and Galvan getting the save.

Other D1 scores:

Bullard 11, Clovis East 8

Clovis East senior AJ Hodgerney with a homerun in their loss to Bullard on Saturday.

Central 10, Tulare Western 8

Centennial 8, Liberty 4

Frontier 3, Tehachapi 0

Senior shortstop Freddy Flores fields a ground ball in the first inning of the Coca-Cola Classic Championship game. (Photo by Austin Kemp)

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