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.

Fresno Easter Baseball Classic: Day 2 live results, notes

Sanger coach David Cuellar, center, talks to Sawyer Pittman, left, and Josh Moreno, right, during the Apaches’ 12-4 victory against Hanford West at Clovis High’s Merriman Field on Monday at 44th annual Fresno Easter Baseball Classic game. (ERIC PAUL ZAMORA/THE FRESNO BEE)

8:28 p.m.:

** Frontier, another Classic unbeaten team, dominating Edison 7-1 in the fourth at Buchanan.

** Clovis 4-3 over Davis in the 6th.

** Clovis North 10-4 over Granite Bay in the 5th.


7:59 p.m.:

** Garces, 2-0 without giving up a run, still rolling — 5-0 over Clovis East in 4th. Rams at Clovis West at 10 a.m. Wednesday.


7:47 p.m.:

** Clovis bolts to 3-0 lead against Davis as sophomores Dakota Stilson (double) and Tevin Mitchell (single) and senior Logan Poisall (single) deliver two-out RBI hits in the second.

** And Clovis North, in a showdown of 2-0 tournament teams, takes a 5-2 lead against Granite Bay on two-run homers by Christian Rossi and Koby Cummings.


6:38 p.m.:

** As we speak, seven unbeaten teams: Clovis (2-0), Granite Bay (2-0), Kerman (3-0), Memorial (3-0), Garces (2-0), Clovis North (2-0) and Frontier (2-0).

** So here’s all scores from the afternoon round: Hanford 18, Porterville 7 (5 inn); Madera South 9, Hoover 4; Kerman 4, Sierra-Manteca 2; Lemoore 9, Laguna Creek 3; North 7, Liberty-Madera Ranchos 6, Madera 10, Reedly 0; Central 7, Franklin 5.

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Fresno Easter Baseball Classic: Day 1 thoughts, observations

Thoughts and observations concluding the opening day of the 44th American Ambulance Fresno Easter Baseball Classic. It will continue through Wednesday:

10:37 p.m.:

** Final scores from late games: Del Campo 3, Fresno 2 (8 inn); Memorial 5, Central 1; Clovis 5, Franklin 4; Liberty-Bakersfield 8, Clovis East 2; Granite Bay 5, Clovis West 1; Clovis North 7, Liberty-Madera Ranchos 0; and Edison 6, Davis 5.

** Teams with 2-0 records after the first of three days: Clovis, Clovis North, Memorial, Kerman, Del Campo-Fair Oaks and Granite Bay.

** Game of the Day Tuesday: Granite Bay at Clovis North, 7 p.m.

** McCarthy Tatum’s leadoff double and Alan Crowley’s walkoff RBI single in the seventh lifted Clovis past Franklin.

** Jack Labowsky’s four-hitter and 11 strikeouts, and Christian Rossi’s three-run double powered Clovis North past Liberty-Madera Ranchos.

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Easter baseball tournament schedules: Fresno, Tulare/Visalia and Fowler


Fresno High baseball coach Ken Papi is one of three Central Section members in the 600 Win Club and is once again directing the state-class American Ambulance Fresno Easter Classic, in its 44th year.


Euless Park: 10 a.m., Lemoore vs. Sunnyside; 1 p.m., Lemoore vs. Fresno; 4 p.m., Sunnyside vs. Del Campo-Fair Oaks; 7 p.m., Fresno vs. Del Campo.

Buchanan High: 1 p.m., Laguna Creek-Elk Grove; 4 p.m., Reedley vs. West; 7 p.m., Central vs. Memorial.

Clovis High: 10 a.m., Clovis vs. Sanger; 1 p.m., Hanford West vs. Franklin-Elk Grove; 4 p.m., Sanger vs. Hanford West; 7 p.m., Franklin-Clovis.

Clovis East High: 10 a.m., Clovis East vs. Madera; 1 p.m., Porterville vs. Garces; 4 p.m., Sierra-Manteca vs. Madera; 7 p.m., Liberty-Bakersfield vs. Clovis East.

Clovis West High: 10 a.m., Clovis West vs. Hanford; 1 p.m., Granite Bay vs. Bullard; 4 p.m., Bullard vs. Hanford; 7 p.m., Granite Bay vs. Clovis West.

Clovis North High: 10 a.m., Hoover vs. Clovis North; 1 p.m., North vs. Madera South; 4 p.m., Hoover vs. Frontier; 7 p.m., Liberty-Madera Ranchos vs. Clovis North.

Edison High: 10 a.m., Edison vs. Kerman; 1 p.m., North Salinas vs. Yosemite; 4 p.m., Kerman vs. North Salinas; 7 p.m., Edison vs. Davis.

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