Tyler Takeda/The Madera Tribune
Madera National third baseman Christian Guerrero makes the tag on an incoming Sunnyside baserunner to complete a double play during Saturday’s victory.
Four runs in the fourth and six runs in the fifth powered the Madera National 9-10-year-old All-Star Team 1 to a big win over its Madera National counterparts, 12-5.
Team 1 needed nine hits to score their 12 runs. Not only did they get a few important hits, the Madera National Team 2 pitching staff allowed a few free bases with walks and hit batsmen.
Adam Ornales led Team 1 with three hits, two runs and two RBIs. He was one of three players to score more than one run. Team 1 got on base early and often.
The action picked up in the bottom of the fourth inning. A single by Jayden Roman opened the flood gates as his next five teammates all reached base for Team 1. Three doubles and two singles powered Madera National Team 1 to a four-run inning.
The first four batters in the inning all reached base. For the second time, in back-to-back innings, Madera National Team 1 had their counterparts on the ropes.
The top of the order proved to be too much on the afternoon.
Pitching for Madera National Team 2 couldn’t contain their counterparts. They tagged six more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Although down by 10 runs, Team 2 battled back to score three runs in the top of the sixth inning.
Although they strung good hits together and had a little rally, the whole they dug themselves in from the 10 runs in two innings, proved to be too much.
Madera National 11, Sunnyside 1
REEDLEY — Sunnyside took an early lead and Madera National Team 1 tied the game in the third.
Then, the Madera National All-Stars started putting the bat on the ball and scored 10 runs in the final two innings to record an 11-1 mercy-rule victory to open the District 10 Tournament on Saturday.
Madera National banged out 12 hits, including five extra base hits.
Michael Lucero got the start on the mound, but he had trouble finding the plate, walking four and allowing an unearned run.
Ethan Tate came in and got out of the jam and closed the game out with no runs on three hits with seven strikeouts over the final 3 1/3 innings.
Sunnyside scored an unearned run in the second, but that was all Tate allowed.
After tying the game in the third inning, Madera National exploded in the final two innings.
Carlos Gomez opened the fourth with a triple to right field. He scored on a single to center from Jeevan Bains.
Bains went to second on offensive interference and to third on a wild pitch. Justin Gamiz reached on a fielder’s choice as Bains was tagged out at the plate for the second out.
Jayden Roman tripled to drive in Gamiz. Ricardo Garcia chopped a double to left-center to drive in Roman. After a walk to Nuzayh Granados, Garcia scored on an error. Tate doubled home Granados and Adam Ornelas singled home Tate.
Gomes doubled in Ornelas for an 8-1 lead.
Madera National added three runs in the fifth to close out the win. Zachary Sanchez led off with a single to center. Michael Lucero forced Sanchez at second. Jayden Roman singled and Garcia walked to load the bases.
Christian Guerrero forced Garcia at second, but Lucero scored. Tate singled in Roman and Ornelas reached on an error as Guerrero scored the game-ending run for an 11-1 victory.