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Central Section Division I baseball rankings; key games this week

Arial shot of the Memorial High School baseball diamond. The Panthers are this week's #1 team after defeating Clovis West, Clovis East, and Buchanan last week. (PHOTO FROM MEMORIAL BASEBALL PROGRAM)

The 2020 baseball season is underway and every Division I school from Clovis to Bakersfield has started their seasons. Though not every Coastal school has thrown their first pitch yet, there has already been shuffling on the rankings since the preseason list came out last week.

Clovis Sports Report Top 10

1. Memorial (3-0) — 🔼 2 spots

2. Clovis North (3-0) — 🔼 2

3. Clovis West (2-1) — 🔻 1

4. Buchanan (2-1) — 🔼 2

5. Liberty (2-0) — 🔼 1

6. Stockdale (1-0-1) — 🔻 1

7. Righetti (0-0) — No movement

8. Central (3-0) — 🔼 2

9. Tulare Western (2-1) — Unranked

10. Frontier (2-0-1) — Unranked

On the bubble: Bullard, Clovis, Clovis East, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Redwood, Centennial

Notes:

Clovis West moves to #3 after their loss to Memorial. The Golden Eagles have an argument to stay at the 2-spot, but Clovis North pitching has been dominant thus far. Clovis North will get their chance to move to #1 with a win over Memorial this week, but with a loss, Clovis West would reclaim their spot at #2 with an undefeated week.

Buchanan jumps Stockdale. Buchanan has a dominant win over ranked Tulare Western. In addition, their extra inning loss to Memorial is more easily digested than Stockdale’s tie against Division III Independence.

Tulare Western enters the top ten after going 2-1 vs TRAC teams during opening week.

Games to watch this week:

Tuesday, Feb. 18

#2 Clovis North at #1 Memorial, 3:10pm

#3 Clovis West at #9 Tulare Western, 3:30pm

Bullard at #8 Central, 3:30pm

Thursday, Feb. 20

#9 Tulare Western at #2 Clovis North, 3:30pm

Madera at #4 Buchanan, 3:30pm

Saturday, Feb. 22

#1 Memorial at Clovis, 11am

#8 Central at #9 Tulare Western, 11am

Madera at #3 Clovis West, 11am

#2 Clovis North at Bullard, 11am

Coca-Cola Classic Championship Game, at Clovis High School — 2:30pm on Feb. 22

Coca-Cola Classic Standings

(Runs given up listed after record)

Clovis North (3-0) 2

El Diamante (3-0) 3

Memorial (3-0) 4

Central (3-0) 8

Buchanan (2-1) 6

Mt. Whitney (2-1) 10

Clovis West (2-1) 10

Tulare Western (2-1) 21

Madera (1-2) 9

Clovis (1-2) 12

Clovis East (1-2) 12

Bullard (1-2) 13 

Edison (1-2) 13

Fresno (1-2) 15

Tulare (1-2) 27

Hanford (0-3) 13

Sunnyside (0-3) 24

Redwood (0-3) 24

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