Baseball CENTRAL SECTION Championship History

The list of Yosemite Large Schools/Division 1 championships since the beginning of time:

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2021

Division 1

Buchanan Bears 17 Liberty Patriots 4

Buchanan Bears win their 7th Central Section Championship

Division 2

Madera Coyotes 9 Arroyo Grande Eagles 1

Coyotes also won a Division 2 Championship in 2013

Division 3

Ridgeview Wolf Pack 3 Kerman Lions 2

RIDGEVIEW WOLF PACK ARE THE DIVISION 4 STATE CHAMPIONS BEATING ROYAL 5-4

Division 4

Bakersfield Christian Eagles 14 Santa Maria Saints 6

EAGLES FIRST CHAMPIONSIP SINCE 2010

Division 5

Washington Union Panthers 5 Minarets Mustangs 3

Panthers also won it in 1983, 1992, 1999, 2009 and 2010

Division 6

Kennedy Thunderbirds 19 Fresno Christian Eagles 0

1st CHAMPIONSHIP IN THUNDERBIRDS SCHOOL HISTORY

2020 SEASON CANCELED BECAUSE OF THE VIRUS

2019

Division 1

Clovis 14 Frontier 3

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James Patrick retires with 9 Central Section Championships (10 overall) as a Cougars head coach and a career record 756-272-3

Division 2

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Memorial 3 Sanger 2 in 9 innings (SJM Back to back Champions)

Division 3

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Highland 3 Atascadero 0

Division 4

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Chowchilla 4 Monache 1

Division 5 

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Liberty Madera 2 Minarets 1 (Hawks are Back to Back Champions)

Division 6

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Bishop Union 25 Foothill 2

2018

Division 1 Stockdale 6 Clovis West 0

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Mustangs 1st Central Section Championship since 2009

Division 2 Memorial 8 El Diamante 2

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Head Coach JD Salles wins his 1st title in his 2nd year as the Memorial coach

Division 3 Garces 5 Immanuel 3

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Garces last won it in 2015

Division 4

Fowler 4 Exeter 0

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Head coach Bill Feaver has now won 6th section championships

Division 5

Liberty Madera 4 Arvin 2

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Head coach Mario Cosma wins a section Championship in his 1st year

Division 6 Lindsay 7 Bishop Union 6 

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(Cardinals 1st title since 1992)

2017

Division 1 Clovis 2 Buchanan 1

ClovisClovis Cougars are 8 time Valley Champions!

Division 2 Mt Whitney 2 Redwood 1

Screenshot_20170528-210501 (1)Mt Whitney Pioneers with their 5th section championship 

Division 3 Highland 8 Porterville 5

HighlandScots 1st section Championship in school history

Division 4 Wasco 5 Firebaugh 4

Screenshot_20170528-2042141st section championship for the Wasco Tigers since 1990

Division 5 Sierra Pacific 3 CVC 0

Screenshot_20170528-205035Sierra Pacific Golden Bears win their 2nd section championship (2013)

Division 6 Fresno Christian 5 Sierra 3

FCFresno Christian Eagles win their 1st section Championship in school history

Fresno High Warriors 1958 team

Screenshot_20170528-211756Record: 25-1; Head Coach: Ollie Bidwell

Only loss was to Fresno State Freshman Bulldogs.  Ace Dick Ellsworth and junior Jim Maloney both became 20-game winners in the major leagues within five years of graduation. The catcher of the team was Pat Corrales, who went on to play nine years in the major leagues and was a major league manager for nine more years. With those two pitching, Fresno posted 15 shutouts among its 25 wins. It’s a state record that was just tied in 2013 by a team that played seven more games and this was when games were nine innings long.

Offensively, the Warriors were almost as potent. They averaged 11 runs per game and only really had one close game, a 17-11 triumph over Roosevelt in which they scored 7 runs in the 9th inning to turn around an 11-10 deficit.

This Fresno High team isn’t just the greatest high school baseball team in California, arguably the best state for high school baseball. It is the greatest high school baseball team ever. The only loss for Fresno in 1958 came to the Fresno State University freshman team, and Fresno High posted wins over the freshman teams from Cal and Stanford.

Half of Fresno High’s 30 wins were shutouts, and no one was more dominant than pitcher Dick Ellsworth, who went 15-0 and was called up to play for the Chicago Cubs just a few months after his high school career ended.

Ellsworth, a future 20-game winner in the majors, was one of three players who made it all the way to MLB alongside fellow pitcher and 20-game winner Jim Maloney and catcher Pat Corrales, who managed three different MLB teams.

Coaching Legends

IMG_8224James Patrick (756 wins) Mike Noakes (708 wins) Ken Papi (628 Wins)

1915: Fresno 4 Tulare 1

1916: Bakersfield 13 Fresno 3

1917: Bakersfield 16 Visalia 0

1918: Bakersfield 6 Fresno 3

1919: Fresno 9 Hanford 1

1920: Bakersfield 11 Dinuba 1

1921: Dinuba 15 Fresno 6

1922: Hanford 7 Fresno 6

1923: Madera 5 Dinuba 2

1924: Visalia 6 Madera 1

1925: Hanford 11 Porterville 0

1926: Fresno 3 Madera 2

1927: Fresno 10 Delano 9

1928: Delano 11 Merced 1

1929: Kingsburg 10 Delano 5

1930: Merced 14 Taft 7

1931: Merced 10 Taft 9

1932: Taft 5  Livingston 4

1933: Roosevelt 17 Hanford 4

1934: Merced 4 Fresno 3

1935: Merced 15 Reedley 4

1936: Roosevelt 8 Delano 5

1937: Roosevelt 8 Los Banos 7

1938: Fresno 14 Delano 3

1939: Tulare 4 Roosevelt 2

1940: Roosevelt 3 Taft 0

1941: Taft 21 Dos Palos 2

1942-1945: No playoffs due to WWII

1946: Bakersfield 2 Sanger 0

1947: Sanger 7 Bakersfield 2

1948: Merced 8 Bakersfield 3

1949: Delano 5 Fresno 4

1950: Sanger 9 Visalia 8

1951: Bakersfield 2 Roosevelt 1

Small school Garces 10 Central 0 (Rams went 10-0)

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Top Row: Coach Mosconi, T. Cornejo, C. Maddux, L. Lopez, Middle Row: G. Ziegler, M. Guhl, Madruga, J. Abonnel, R. Brite, B. Gauss,

Front Row: E. Hernandez, L. Gaitan, J. Lamb, J. Uhalt, T. Kelly, J. Conroy

1952: Bakersfield 8 Fresno 6

1953: Bakersfield 6 Roosevelt 5

Small school

Garces 2 Riverdale 1 (Rams went 12-1)

Garces

Back Row: J. West, J. Munoz, T. Kelly, W. Jett, B. Smith, B. Anspach,

Front: J. Uhalt, C. O’Connor, T. Duncan, J. Abonnel, R. Nelson, J. Tribolet

1954: Roosevelt 8 Bakersfield 2

1955: Roosevelt 6 Bakersfield 4

1956: Mt. Whitney 10 East Bakersfield 8

1957: Fresno 5 Mt. Whitney 2

1958: Fresno 17 Roosevelt 11

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1960 Roosevelt (20-2)

1961: Hanford 5 Roosevelt 3

1962: Roosevelt 1 East Bakersfield 0

1963: Roosevelt 7 Mt. Whitney 5

1964: McLane 7 Hanford 5

1965: Roosevelt 6 Bakersfield 2

1966: Bakersfield 3 Hoover 2

1967: Hanford 4 Bakersfield 0

1968: Hoover 10 Bakersfield 3

1969: Fresno 8 Bakersfield 5

1970: Bakersfield 6 Roosevelt 2

1971: Hanford 6 Bakersfield 1

1972: McLane 6 Arvin 3

1973: McLane 7 Hanford 0

1974: Coalinga 5 Porterville 2

1975: Hoover 2-0 South 0

1976: North 4 Madera 3

1977: BULLARD 11 Lemoore 4. Head Coach Mike Noakes

20170507_204511Finished 31-1-1 and the team that started the Bullard Knights dynasty. The 77 team is also in the Fresno Hall of fame. (Pag Meters team) The 77 team will go down as one of the best teams in the state history! The 77 team was the start of Bullard Hard ball! This Monument is at Mike Noakes field.

1978: West 12 Hoover 11

1979: Mt. Whitney 7 Redwood 2

1980: BULLARD 11 South 6

Record: 29-2; Head Coach: Mike Noakes

For the decade of the 1980s, the Knights had the best record in the state at 227-50 and arguably had the most consistently outstanding program. Head coach Mike Noakes built the machine and had 4 teams earn No. 1 national rankings. The 1980 Knights were the first of those teams and seemed to set the bar high after Noakes’ 1977 team.

Bullard’s pitching staff  was led by senior Richie Gaynor, who won 16 games and later was a sixth-round pick in the MLB Draft. Infielder Randy Asadoor was the team’s other all-state choice. He was later picked in the 11th round of the draft.

1981: North 11 Hanford 0

1982: Tulare 4 Hanford 2

1983: Hanford 10 McLane 9

1984: Redwood 11 Hanford 10

1985: Hanford 6 Tulare Western 5

Sequoia division

Garces 7 Memorial 5 (Rams went 19-5)

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Back Row: Coach Mike LeBare, Bernard Puget, Ron Fanucchi, Joey Bianco, Mike Lewis, Tim Edwards, Scott Gray, Matt Deming, Dustin Garcia. Front Row: Mike Atkison, David Lawrence, John Calvillo, Bob Millsap, Brian Wells, Frankie Maitia, Larry Valero, Rudy Negrete

1986: Hanford 9 Tulare 0

1987: Fresno 5 Golden West 3

Sequoia Garces 5 Yosemite 2 (Garces went 17-5)

1988 Sequoia Division Garces 3 Selma 1 (Garces went 18-6)

1988: BULLARD 9 Exeter 2 (The Knights went 29-1)

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1989: BULLARD 15 Hanford 2

Record 28-2; Head Coach: Mike Noakes

Bullard ranked No. 1 in the nation, put its reputation on the line by traveling to take on top teams from the South at the Colonial Classic in Orlando, Fla.

Pitcher-catcher Todd Johnson was the team’s leader and was chosen as the 1989 State Player of the Year. He had a 34-2 pitching record for his career (with a 1.64 ERA as a senior). Johnson also batted .429 and blasted 12 homers. Pitcher Bobby Waits and outfielder Darrick Walker were two the squad’s other top players. Knights head coach Chad Thornhill is part of this team

1990: Mt. Whitney 4 Bullard 3

1991: Monache 5 Bullard 4

1992: Golden West 15 Mt. Whitney 1

1993: BULLARD 5 West 2 (The Knights went 26-3-1) Mike Noakes, USA Coach of the year

1994: Hanford 6 Arvin 5

1995: Clovis 3 Lemoore 1

1996: Madera 7 Clovis 4

1997: Clovis 13 Clovis West 3 (No 1 in the nation going 33-2) James Patrick, USA coach of the year

1998: Clovis 8 Centennial 4

Record: 33-2 Head Coach: James Patrick, USA coach of the year

The Cougars again were ranked No 1 in the USA!  Clovis rocked with a .373 team batting average and collected 359 hits, a total that makes the all-time state list for hits in a season. Outfielder Cody Nowlin was the team’s top all-state player (he batted .417), but sophomore Chris Patrick (Clovis North head coach) had the best batting average at .463.

On the mound, all-state pitcher Mike Bumatay was sensational with a 15-0 record, 0.84 ERA and 126 strikeouts. Junior Steve Frazier also went 10-0 with a 1.25 ERA.

1999: Bullard 7 Golden West 0

2000: Centennial 2 Hoover 1

2001: Clovis 8 Buchanan 6

2002: Clovis 1 Buchanan 0

2003: Clovis 3 Buchanan 0

2004: Clovis West 2 Fresno 0

Sequoia division Garces 8 Taft 4 (Rams went 19-16)

Rams

Back Row: Coach Wallace, Coach Guy Dees, Noel Avison, John Frost, Kalub Flory, Esteban Mendoza, Marco Icardo, Xavier Tavorn, Steven McDermott, Joey Gardner, Justin Icardo, Noe Flores, Jeff Inman, Coach DeMario, Coach Canalas

Front Row: Jack Campbell, Chad Loomis, Scott Barry, Ben Sill, Nathan Tudor, Clint Keown, Keven Inman

2005: Buchanan 8 Clovis West 1 (Bears 25-6)

2006: Buchanan 2 Clovis West 0 (Bears 26-6)

2007: Centennial 12 Clovis West 8 (Golden Hawks school record for wins 29-6)

2008: Stockdale 7 Clovis 6 (Mustangs school record for wins 31-4)

2009: Stockdale 6 Clovis West 2 (Mustangs 26-5)

2010 Buchanan 7 Clovis West 5 (Bears 30-2)

2011 Buchanan 9 Centennial 3

Record: 30-2; Head Coach: Tom Donald

They were No. 1 in the ESPN FAB 50 national rankings and won their 2nd straight CIF Central Section.

Seth Moranda led the team in home runs and finished his career with 32 pitching wins. Catcher Jeff Brown, who led the team with 40 RBIs, batted .430 and was behind the plate for every inning except two 

2012 Bullard 6 Clovis 2 (Knights 26-7)

D2 Edison 6 Mt Whitney 2 (Tigers 15-20)

D3 Garces 4 Fresno 3 in 8 innings (Rams 27-6)

Rams 2011

Garces Rams Back Row: Jake Sweaney, Nick Tigner, Vinny Hudiburg, Adam Hartwick, Konrad Kuntz, Steven Hardt, Tristan Hammans, Cameron Pacheco, Trey Davidson, Vincent Randolph, Vincent Del Papa, Coach Guy Dees, Jake Pavletich, Coach Matt Deming, Patrick Farley Bottom Row: Jack Anspach, Colin Jamieson, Kenny Lopez, Chris Sakowski, Nick Vehlewald, Joey Tate

D4 Kerman 2 Bakersfield 0 (Lions 22-9-1)

D5 Corcoran 6 Caruthers 5 in 8 innings (Panthers 22-6)

D6 Mendota 11 Sierra Pacific 5 (15-13-1)

2013

D1 Clovis North 13 Stockdale 2 (Broncos 27-6)

D2 Madera 6 Memorial 0 (Coyotes 22-9)

D3 Golden West 3 Tehachapi 0 (Trailblazers 20-10)

D4 Selma 6 Fowler 1 (Bears 20-10-2)

D5 Firebaugh 4 Caruthers 0 (Eagles 24-8)

D6 Sierra Pacific 6 Minarets 0 (Golden Bears 16-7)

2014

D1 Clovis 3 Buchanan 2  (Cougars 33-5 and No 1 in State)

D2 Tulare Western 3 Memorial 3 (Mustangs 29-5-1)

D3 Golden West 9 Dinuba 7 (Trailblazers 19-13)

D4 Kerman 3 Golden Valley 0 (Lions school record for wins 28-4-1)

D5 Exeter 8 Immanuel 4 (Monarchs 18-14)

D6 Minarets 3 Farmersville 2 (Mustangs school record for wins 28-5)

2015

D1 Buchanan 15 Clovis 1 (Bears 28-4)

D2 Redwood 4 Hanford 0 (Rangers 28-7)

D3 Garces 8 Rideview 3 (Rams 13-16)

D4 Firebaugh 6 Golden Valley 0 (Eagles school record for wins 29-7)

D5 Chavez 2 CVC 0 (Titans school record for wins 24-4-1)

D6 McFarland 9 Farmersville 3 (Cougars 18-9)

2016

D1 Buchanan 4 Clovis North 0

Buchanan was named national champions. The Bears won with a wealth of college and pro talent. Pitcher Grant Gambrell went 12-0 with a 0.69 ERA, played for Oregon State’s 2018 College World Series championship team and was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 2019. Infielder Quentin Selma was an All-Pac 12 pick at Cal, and second baseman J.T. Arruda was an All-Mountain West pick at Fresno State and drafted by the Washington Nationals in 2019.

D2 Redwood 14 Tehachapi 4

D3 Porterville 7 Selma 3

D4 Immanuel 2 Firebaugh 1

D5 Chavez 10 CVC 8

D6 Sierra 12 Kern Valley 11

2017

D1 Clovis 2 Buchanan 1

D 2 Mt Whitney 2 Redwood 1

D 3 Highland 8 Porterville 5

D 4 Wasco 5 Firebaugh 4

D5 Sierra Pacific 3 CVC 0

D6 Fresno Christian 5 Sierra 3

2018

D1 Stockdale 6 Clovis West 0

D2 Memorial 8 El Diamante 2

D3 Garces 5 Immanuel 3

D 4 Fowler 4 Exeter 0

D5 Liberty Madera 2 Arvin 2

D6 Lindsay 7 Bishop Union 6

2019

D1 Clovis 14 Frontier 3

D2 Memorial 3 Sanger 2 in 9 innings

D3 Highland 3 Atascadero 0

D4 Chowchilla 4 Monach 1

D5 Liberty Madera 2 Minarets 1

D6 Bishop Union 25 Foothill 2

2020 SEASON CANCELED BECAUSE OF THE VIRUS

2021

D1 Buchanan Bears 17 Liberty Patriots 4

D 2 Madera Coyotes 9 Arroyo Grande Eagles 1

D3 Ridgeview Wolf Pack 3 Kerman Lions 2

D4 Bakersfield Christian Eagles 14 Santa Maria Saints 6

D5 Washington Union Panthers 5 Minarets Mustangs 3

D6 Kennedy Thunderbirds 19 Fresno Christian Eagles 0

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