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.

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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.

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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.

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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

EASTER WEEK BASEBALL TOURNAMENT SCHEDULES

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.

AMERICAN AMBULANCE FRESNO EASTER CLASSIC

MONDAY, MARCH 25
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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