2014 BASEBALL TEAM INDUCTEE
1989 BULLARD HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
Coach Mike Noakes’ Knights not only dominated the Central Section, but competition from coast to coast, finishing the season with an 28-2 record and rankings of No. 1 in California and No. 2 in the nation.
Led by catcher-pitcher Todd Johnson and undefeated left-handed pitcher Bobby Waits, the team won the Fresno Easter Classic, the Colonial Baseball Classic in Orlando, Fla., the North Yosemite League title and the Central Section Yosemite Division championship. Along the way, the Knights attracted national attention from ESPN and USA Today.
Johnson hit .429 and slugged 12 home runs. He also compiled a 10-2 record with 88 strikeouts and a 1.64 ERA on the mound while often facing the opposing team’s ace pitcher. He was named The Fresno Bee’s Player of the Year for the second consecutive time.
Waits followed an 11-0 junior campaign with a 10-0 record to close his career with nary a loss and earn all-section honors. As for Noakes, he repeated as The Bee’s Coach of the Year.
Shortstop Robert Swanbeck was also an all-section choice by The Bee. He hit .402, had 24 RBI and stole 13 bases while anchoring the infield defensively.
It was the second Yosemite Division crown in a row and third in the 1980s for Bullard. The Knights walloped second-seeded Hanford 15-2 in the title game, as third baseman Darrick Walker drove in five runs and Waits was the winning pitcher.