The No. 4 seeded Madera Coyote baseball team (15- 13) got what it worked for all year — a home playoff game. The Coyotes hosted No. 5 Tulare Western (19-12) on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Central Section Division II playoffs in the friendly confines of Mel Parker Field.
The final score should have read Madera 4, Tulare Western 3. But the Mustangs brought in a player off the bench named Blustery Winds who accounted for two runs on rather routine fly balls that were dropped by the Coyotes, giving the Mustangs a 5-4 decision and ending the Coyote season.
“We work on fly balls probably more than any team around,” said Madera head coach Andy Underwood. “The winds were blowing sure, but those catches should have been made and would have gotten us out of the inning. We gave (Tulare Western) six outs that inning.”
While the Coyotes banged out 10 hits compared to just five for the Mustangs, it was like deja vu all over again as Madera finished the season the way it played the majority of it: Failing to get a timely hit and stranding runners while also making every defensive play seem like players were in a minefield...