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Madera takes control early to head to championship game

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FOWLER — After waiting until the sixth or seventh innings to take control and win games in the first two rounds of the Central California State Babe Ruth Tournament, Madera’s 14-year-old All-Star team scored early and often for a commanding semifinal victory.

Jackson Leach scored in the bottom of the sixth to walk-off with a victory. Although it wasn’t a walk-off in scoring the game-winning run in the final inning, Leach’s run gave Madera a 12-2 victory Sunday after invoking the 10-run mercy rule in the sixth to send Madera into today’s championship game at 5 p.m. in Fowler.

“It’s huge to have a day, but I always have a bad vibe about taking the day off,” manager Sedric Jimenez said. “I like the momentum so I would like to keep going. We’re going to take some BP and take it easy Monday.”

The night capped off a 16-hit performance and a four-hitter by the pitching staff in a game highlighted by Madera’s Cameron Sexton and Nick Zamora getting ejected for arguing with the umpires...


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