Buchanan goes back to No. 1 with Redondo staying at No. 2 in this week’s rankings while previous No. 1 Davis slides back only to No. 3 after losing for first time. The only team that Buchanan has lost to, Clovis North, also is now in the State Top 20 as this week’s top newcomer and will be No. 12 when it meets No. 5 Clovis. Cleveland of Reseda (22-1) also is now up to No. 15.
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(After games of Saturday, April 15)
(Previous ranking in parentheses)
1. (3) BUCHANAN (CLOVIS) 19-1
Sure, we could have moved previous No. 2 Redondo up to No. 1 after previous No. 1 Davis lost its first game of the season, but decided to leave that team at No. 2 after it won twice by forfeits and still hasn’t been No. 1 in the L.A. Times’ rankings. Buchanan has just played a much stronger schedule and still has two games left in the regular season against both Clovis and Clovis North, which now also are both state-ranked. In fact, those four games are the Bears’ final ones of the regular season. Head coach Tom Donald’s team won last week 16-4 and 8-0 over Central of Fresno. In the first game, Cliff Lopez and Quentin Selma drilled two-run homers while Blake Wells launched a solo shot. In the second game, Grant Gambrell dominated with a one-hitter, his second straight week of pitching a one-hitter. The Bears play Clovis East in this week’s games.