James Patrick was ushered out on top and Frontier was left perplexed in one of the strangest Central Section Division I baseball championships in recent history.
In a title game that was postponed four days after it began at Fresno State on Saturday because of rain, No. 6 Clovis beat No. 8 Frontier 14-3 with the final three innings being played at Clovis on Wednesday in front of a capacity crowd.
The win is the 756th and final of James Patrick’s 34-year coaching career, with the last 32 coming as head coach for the Cougars.
It’s also the 10th section title for Clovis with Patrick as the coach, according to section historian Bob Barnett.
This was Frontier’s first D-I title game appearance after the Titans won consecutive D-II titles in 2010-11.
The game restarted with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning and Clovis leading 4-2.
The day started off well for Frontier (21-11) as Kris Anglin struck out Matthew Sanchez for the first out of the day and second of the bottom of the fourth inning, but then it all went haywire.
Clovis (20-11) scored 10 runs in the bottom of the fourth, including nine on Wednesday after the game was resumed with one out. All nine runs scored with two outs, including a two-run single by Sanchez in his second at bat of the fourth as the Cougars sent a total of 14 batters to the plate in the frame.
It was not the day expected for Anglin. After throwing a one-hitter over top-seeded Clovis-Buchanan in the quarterfinals, Anglin struck out eight batters in the first 3 ⅓ innings on Saturday. But after striking out Sanchez in the first at-bat on Wednesday, he did not record another out and was replaced by Brennen Fleischer.
The lone run for Frontier on Wednesday came on an RBI double by Kobe Silva with two outs in the bottom of the fifth scoring Elijah Pascual from second.
Frontier finished tied for second place in the Southwest Yosemite League with Stockdale, but caught fire with solid pitching in the playoffs behind Anglin and senior Austin Puskaric.
The Titans gave up just one run in the first three rounds, including a 2-1 thriller at No. 4 Santa Maria-Righetti in 11 innings in the semifinals.