After a second round loss to Reedley, the Madera Babe Ruth 14-year-old All Star team won two straight games to advance to the semifinals at the State Tournament in Arroyo Grande.
Madera lost its second game to Reedley in the semis Monday and were eliminated from the tournament. Reedley lost to San Benito in the championship game.
“We had a chance,” manager Cedric Jimenez said. “Our defense was impeccable leading up to the last game. Our errors caught up with us in the last game.” Jimenez’s team allowed six runs in the first four games before losing to Reedley, 7-1, in the semifinals.
“I give ourselves a B+ grade and that was because of our defense,” Jimenez said. “Our hitting was a little flat, but the defense held off teams from scoring.” ...