Tonight’s Fresno Easter Baseball Classic final: It’s Memorial vs. Frontier

Memorial 17-year coach Pete Dalena will guide the Panthers into Wednesday night’s Fresno Easter Baseball Classic championship against Frontier at 7:30 at Clovis West . Both teams are seeking their first Classic title.

The Fresno Easter Baseball Classic, in its 44th year, will crown a first-time champion Wednesday night, when Memorial and Frontier play at 7:30 at Clovis West.

Memorial and Frontier closed the three-day, 34-team tournament’s regular phase earlier Wednesday by defeating Liberty-Bakersfield 9-3 and Davis 3-0 to finish with 4-0 records.

Clovis and Clovis North of the Tri-River Athletic Conference also went 4-0, but were denied final berths by tiebreakers.

The first tiebreaker is fewest runs allowed: Frontier gave up five and Memorial, Clovis North and Clovis seven each.

That then forced the second tiebreaker of fewest offensive strikeouts: Memorial had 11, Clovis North 22 and Clovis 25.

Clovis had 13 alone to Kerman’s Carlos Salazar Wednesday morning, but the Cougars countered with a no-hitter by Jake Gatewood in a 1-0 win.

Clovis North, meanwhile, defeated Sanger behind Matt Walker, who gave up one hit in six innings.

Wednesday’s final will mark only the second time in 16 years a team outside of the Tri-River Athletic Conference won it. The other was Bullard in 2004.

Frontier (12-3-1) of the Southwest Yosemite League have been moved up to Division I this year. The Titans, playing their sixth season of varsity baseball, captured D-II titles in 2010 and ’11.

Against Davis — 3 hours after Gatewood completed his gem — Frontier senior right-hander Eddie Torres lost a no-hitter with two outs in the seventh on Trey Golston’s single to center field.

Memorial (13-4), a D-II team from the Central Sequoia League, is the section’s comeback team of the year to date after going 8-20 last season.