Two key defensive plays, one coming on a Madera error and another on a defensive gem by San Joaquin Memorial-Fresno, were the difference in the Coyotes’ 3-0 loss to the Panthers Friday in the County/Metro Athletic Conference opener at Mel Parker Field.
“Definitely, those two plays determined the game,” said Madera head coach Andy Underwood. “But baseball is the kind of game where you have to make the plays when you have the opportunity, and we didn’t do that today and Memorial did.”
The teams were deadlocked in a scoreless tie through four innings of play as the Coyotes (5-5, 0-1) sent Isaac Granado to the mound facing the Panthers’ (3-8, 1-0) Michael Kearns.
Granado suffered the tough luck loss in a complete game effort allowing eight hits with four strikeouts and no walks...