Fans sing national anthem, Clovis softball wins third Valley Championship in four years
Friday night before the start of the Division I softball Valley Championship game between Clovis and Buchanan, fans from both school sang the national anthem together. After player introductions, both teams turned toward the flag, to prepare for the anthem. However, the anthem was played before the earlier game at Fresno State, so normal protocol would be to just start the game. This scenario didn't exactly play out as normal though, when the Public Address announcer said "there will be no anthem, play ball." That was followed by some booing from the crowd, and then a few people began singing the beginning lines of the Star-Spangled Banner. Pretty soon, just about everybody in the stadium was singing.
As for the game, Clovis scored four runs in the second on its way to a 6-3 win over rival Buchanan. It was the Cougars' third Valley Championship in the last four years, and 10th overall. Pitcher Danielle Lung earned the victory, and finished her senior season 25-0, becoming the first player in Central Section history to accomplish that feat, according to Central Section historian Bob Barnett.
In baseball title games played at Rawhide Ballpark in Visalia, San Joaquin Memorial beat El Diamante 8-2 for the Division II crown, and Liberty-Madera Ranchos topped Arvin 4-2 for the Division V win.