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Central Section D1 baseball rankings; recap of last weekend

How far did Clovis North fall in this week’s rankings after their 1-0 loss to Frontier? The young Bears of Buchanan continue to shine and Memorial keeps on winning.

Memorial is back up to the top spot in this week's rankings as we enter league play. (Photo courtesy of the Memorial baseball program)

The Central Section saw a handful of teams in action over the weekend. Righetti came into town to play two games–against Clovis and Clovis West. Senior right-handers Noah Beal and Caleb Dulay found each other in a dual on Friday night which saw Clovis win 1-0. On Saturday, Righetti fought back to tie Clovis West 2-2 in the 7th inning, but it was Hayden Driggs who drove in the game-winning RBI in the 8th. Ixan Henderson hit two solo HRs and also tossed four shutout innings on the mound.

Ixan Henderson (right) celebrates with Tanner Ewell (left) after Henderson hit his second HR of the game. (Photo by Tim Kent)

Also on Friday, state-ranked Turlock made another trip to the 559 only to see Memorial take an early lead and never surrender it with the Panthers winning 3-1 behind a Jayden Jones complete game.

Central came from behind to beat Redwood on the road by scoring five runs in the top of the seventh to win it 8-6. Ryan Wiltse went 5.1 innings, striking out eight and was only charged with one earned run.

The section headliner, however, came at Clovis North with the then #1 Broncos hosting a hot Frontier squad. With both aces on the mound (Riley Cooper, Kris Anglin) a low scoring affair was expected. In the end, it was a Tommy Hopfe solo HR in the sixth inning that made the difference as the Titans picked up a 1-0 victory. Anglin went six strong innings for Frontier, striking out 11 batters. Dylan Smith got the save, striking out two. Cooper, who was dominant in his own right, also struck out 11 in his complete game loss.

Clovis Sports Report D1 Top 10

1. Memorial (8-1) – 🔼

2. Buchanan (8-1) – 🔼

3. Frontier (8-1-1) – 🔼

4. Clovis North (8-2) – 🔻

5. Clovis West (7-2) – No movement

6. Clovis (6-3) – 🔼

7. Stockdale (5-2-1) – 🔻

8. Liberty (5-3) – No movement

9. Central (6-3) – 🔼

10. Righetti (4-4) – 🔻

On the bubble: Bullard, Centennial, Tulare Western, San Luis Obispo, Clovis East, Redwood

Rationale:

  • Buchanan stays ahead of Frontier despite the Titan’s big win. Frontier’s case for #2, and even #1 is certainly strong with wins over Central, Clovis North and Clovis West. Still, the Titans (8-1-1 record) have an 11-2 loss vs Liberty and tied D III Ridgeview. Buchanan (8-1 record) beat Liberty last week 7-1, has a “better” loss (Memorial in 8 innings), a better win (Turlock), and has overall shown to be a more complete team thus far. Bears get the #2 spot this week.
  • Righetti stays in the top ten, despite a winless weekend. Listen, the Warriors have offensive flaws to work out, but they still pitched and played good enough defense to put a scare into both Clovis and Clovis West. A 1-0 loss and 3-2 loss in extra innings doesn’t drop Righetti completely out. However, if they happen to win their league, they’ll have trouble earning any kind of respect from the committee and will likely be a lower seed. Earlier last week, Righetti also fell to Stockdale, but picked up a win versus Centennial.
  • Bullard could have been the main beneficiary of Righetti’s losses this weekend, but the Knights went down to Hanford and lost 6-4. Juaron Watts-Brown threw three innings for the Bullpups.
  • San Luis Obispo is 5-0. The list of teams the Tigers have beaten are: Lompoc (Twice, D IV), Nipomo (D III), Galena-Nevada (Twice, Class 4A). That scheduling doesn’t get rewarded. In fact, San Luis Obispo won’t play a DI opponent until May 4. Get comfy on the bubble.

Games to watch this week:

Monday, March 9

#2 Buchanan at #8 Liberty, 3:30pm – Foundation game

Tuesday, March 10

#6 Clovis at Bullard, 3:30pm

Friday, March 13

Bullard at #1 Memorial, 3:30pm

#6 Clovis at #9 Central, 3:30pm

#2 Buchanan at Clovis East, 6:30pm

#5 Clovis West at #4 Clovis North, 6:30pm

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  1. RB

    March 9, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    SLO scheduling is so weak, that if they run the table? The best they should be rewarded is a 9 seed. If they want to play a D3 schedule, then seed them like a D3 team in D1. Keen County, Tulare County along with Bullard/SJM/Righetti have figured it out. Play tough schedules. You might take some lumps, but a loss against a Trac school get you way more credit than beating up on DIV’s.

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