Prep baseball playoff notes

A shoulder strain has removed Jake Gatewood from Clovis’ pitching rotation — or even bullpen — in the Division I baseball playoffs.

Clovis High junior star pitcher/infielder/center fielder Jake Gatewood, who was just selected for the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game, has a strain in his right (throwing) shoulder, meaning he’s “probably out of the question for the rest of the playoffs,” Cougars coach James Patrick says.

Gatewood, as a result, didn’t even play defense as a designated hitter in Clovis’ 3-2, nine-inning win over Centennial in Friday’s Central Section Division I quarterfinals.

Patrick says junior right-hander McCarthy Tatum (10-2, 2.22 ERA) will pitch Wednesday in the third-seeded Cougars’ semifinal at No. 2 Clovis North at 6:30. The winner will advance to Friday’s championship to play either No. 1 Buchanan or No. 4 Stockdale. The host Bears, the Tri-River Athletic Conference champions, and Mustangs of the Southwest Yosemite League play Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

The Clovis-Clovis North game matches Patrick against his son, Chris. Pops is 3-2 against him since the Clovis Unified programs began playing each other in 2011. That’s when the Broncos graduated their first senior class, and they went 0-3 against the Cougars that year, meaning they’ve gone 4-2 against Clovis the past two seasons.

More on the Patricks: Combined — with James (108-54), Chris (109-48) and brother Kevin (121-40) of Clovis West — they are 338-142 (.705%) since Clovis North began playing varisty baseball in 2009.

The rest of today’s section baseball playoffs:

Division II: No. 3 Western at No. 2 Madera, No. 5 Redwood at No. 1 Memorial.

Division III: No. 13 Madera South at No. 9 Tehachapi, No. 3 Sanger at No. 2 Golden West.

Division IV: No. 3 Bakersfield Christian at No. 2 Fowler; No. 4 Selma at No. 1 Kerman.

Division V: No. 3 Exeter at No. 2 Firebaugh; No. 4 Immanuel at No. 1 Caruthers.

Division VI: No. 3 Sierra Pacific at No. 1 Minarets (championship).

Final lineup card for Centennial great Randy Roberts today? We’ll see

Centennial baseball coach Randy Roberts, who just exchanged lineup cards at home plate with Clovis’ James Patrick, has announced his retirement, effective after the end of the season.

That means today’s Central Section Division I quarterfinal at Clovis’ Lloyd Merriman Field could be it for Roberts.

He’s 421-142-2 with 13 league titles and three section championships in 20 years with the Hawks, according to section historian Bob Barnett.

He’s opposed by Patrick, who’s 614-214-2 with seven section titles in a 28-year career (two Memorial; 26 Clovis).

Prep baseball: Buchanan 1B/P Aaron Arruda out for season?

The pregame buzz for Wednesday’s Tri-River Athletic Conference baseball showdown matching No. 2 Clovis at No. 1 Buchanan (a 1-0 Bears victory) focused on Bears junior first baseman/pitcher Aaron Arruda.

The two-year starter is feared to be lost for the season for Buchanan (16-1-1) after “feeling a pop” in his arm while pitching in the team’s fourth and final game of last week’s Boras Classic in Sacramento, coach Tom Donald said.

Buchanan coach Tom Donald may have lost veteran first baseman/pitcher Aaron Arruda for the season.

“He had an MRI last night and we’re waiting for the results,” Donald said a couple hours before the 6:30 p.m. first pitch against the Cougars (15-3) in a game matching 3-0 TRAC teams.

Arruda played in 31 of the team’s 33 games last year while hitting .262. And he’s played in 17 games this season while hitting .227 with a team-high 10 walks and a .404 on-base percentage. He’s also 2-0 with a 1.43 ERA, having struck out 19 and walked nine in 14 2/3 innings.


In Donald and Clovis’ James Patrick, Wednesday’s game matched coaches with two of the best winning percentages in Central Section history — regardless of sport or gender.

Patrick, in 26 years at Clovis and two at Memorial, is 606-209-2 (.743) with seven section titles.

Donald, in 15 seasons at Buchanan, is 343-105-1 (.765) with four section championships.

Clovis’ Patrick 2 wins from joining exclusive 600 club

Clovis’ James Patrick is two wins away from becoming the third baseball coach in Central Section history with 600.

Clovis High’s James Patrick needs two wins to become only the third baseball coach in Central Section history to reach 600, but getting there this week will be difficult for four reasons: Stockdale, Redlands, Frontier and rain.

He’s scheduled to play those teams at home Thursday through Saturday in his Central California Showcase — an 18-team, four-section tournament that rivals the state’s finest. But rain is forecasted Thursday and Friday.

The 7-1 Cougars, ranked fourth in the section and 11th in the state, are scheduled to play Stockdale Thursday at 2 p.m., Redlands Friday at 4:30 p.m. and Frontier Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

Stockdale and Frontier are perennial powers from Bakersfield, and Redlands is a Southern Section heavyweight that is 5-0 this season following 24-6, 24-5 and 24-5 campaigns.

Patrick is 598-207-2 in 28 seasons at Memorial (two) and Clovis (26), where he has captured six section titles.

Already in the 600 win club from the section, according to section historian Bob Barnett, are Mike Noakes (708-261-7, 32 seasons, Bullard/Central) and Ken Papi (610-419, 39 seasons, Fresno), who’s still coaching.