VISALIA — After a split with Tri-River Athletic Conference rivals Clovis West on Tuesday, the Madera Coyote softball team hoped to use the momentum from a second game win on the first day of the Redwood Softball Tournament.
However, the Coyotes had trouble fielding the ball, committing five errors and allowing three unearned runs, in a 4-3 loss to Redwood-Visalia in the first game Thursday at Redwood High School. The Coyotes banged out nine hits in the second game to record an 8-3 victory over Hanford.
“We improved as the day went on,” head coach Judy Shaubach said. “I was upset with our defense because Emily (Martinez) pitched well enough to win that first game. Defensively, we made too many mistakes. We didn’t stop runner’s feet. However, all the mistakes are correctable things to move forward.”
Freshman Emily Martinez was the tough luck loser in the first game. She allowed just four hits, but also four runs, two earned in four innings...