Wendy AlexanderThe Madera Tribune
Madera South’s Mealeah Galvan swings at a pitch during Tuesday’s victory over Edison.
Behind a seven-run second inning, the Madera South Stallions softball team picked up an 11-8 victory over the Edison-Fresno Tigers in the County/Metro Athletic Conference opener for both teams.
Erica Perez tossed six innings of relief to pick up the victory. Savaanah Garcia and Viviana Porras each scored two runs. Garcia and Aleecia Rosel scored two runs each while six other players scored a run.
Edison opened the game with two runs in the top of the first inning against starter Taylor Valerio. The Tigers banged out four hits, including the first two batters of the game, for the early lead.
Madera South battled back with a two-out rally in the bottom of the first. Valerio started the rally with a four-pitch walk. Rosel singled and Galvan drove in pinch-runner Hannah Tatro and Rosel to tie the score.
Edison then got a single, walk and error to chase Valerio. After a strikeout and a popout, Edison reached on an error and took a 5-2 lead into the second.
Then, the Stallions struck for seven runs, sending 11 batters to the plate.
Elena Garcia led off the inning with a single. Alexis Ramirez reached on an error. Monique Martinez singled to drive in Garcia while pinch-runner Emma Howe advanced to third. Savaanah Garcia reached on an error while Howe scored.
Martinez scored on an error and Porras singled to drive in Garcia. Valerio reached on a fielder’s choice, but Porras beat the throw to second.
Rosel reached on a fielder’s choice to load the bases. Galvan and Valdez each reached on a fielder’s choice as Porras and Valerio were thrown out at the plate.
Elena Garcia reached on an error. Rosel Galvan and Valdez each scored in the inning to open a 9-5 lead.
Edison scored on a triple and an error to cut the lead to three runs.
Madera South added two more runs in the fifth inning. Ramirez was hit by a pitch and Martinez sacrificed her to second. Savaanah Garcia singled home Ramirez for the first run. After Porras sacrificed Garcia to second, Valerio singled home Garcia for an 11-6 lead.
Edison added a run in the sixth and another in the seventh. Valdez struck out the final batter with runners at first and second to end the game.