With a berth at the first Valley Championship baseball games to be played at a professional ballpark, the Madera Coyotes and the San Joaquin-Memorial Panthers slugged it out for nine innings at Mel Parker field.
With the two teams almost coming to blows in the first inning, it was the Panthers that delivered the knockout punch with an unearned run in the top of the ninth inning to break up a 4-4 tie in the Div. II semifinals.
Panthers ace Justin Heskett retired the Coyotes in order in the bottom of the ninth to send the Panthers to Visalia on Friday to play for their second straight Div. II championship at Rawhide Field, the home of the Visalia Rawhide, Single-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
“It’s a tough way to end the season,” head coach Andy Underwood said...