For much of Monday’s softball games, the Madera Bobby Sox All-Star 10-under team put its fate in its gloves rather than its bats.
From the 7-0 morning blowout of Vacaville to go to the finals to the 2-0 first victory against Bakersfield to go to a second deciding game, the Madera squad relied on the efforts of its defense more than its offense to keep its season and championship dreams alive.
But in the end, its defense faltered and its offense wouldn’t prove enough as Bakersfield took the second game — and the Bobby Sox All-Star Tournament of Champions 10-under trophy — by a 3-0 margin.
“The season was fun and this is an awesome set of girls,” said Francine Ricks, head coach of the Madera team. “It’s disappointing on how it ended but hey, it happens.” ...