In order for the Madera South baseball team to beat Madera for the first time in program history, the Stallions needed a great defensive effort and some timely hits on their Senior Day.
With senior pitcher J.J. Saavedra and junior third baseman Donovan Bertoncini leading the way, Madera South got exactly what it needed Tuesday in a 2-1 County/Metro Athletic Conference win over the Coyotes at Eddie Chapa Field.
It was the fourth time in the series’ history between the two schools that the game was decided by one run as the Coyotes (18-9, 8-6 CMAC) won the first four cross-town rivalry match-ups before the Stallions (9-17, 4-10 CMAC) pulled off a thrilling win.
“How many more one-run games can we be involved in?” asked Stallion head coach John Fernandez. “But that’s the kind of game that we expect from both schools here in Madera. It’s guts-on-guts and feels really good to get one of those one-run wins against a quality team like that. I couldn’t ask any more from an intercity game. It was full of excitement and pressure, both teams put on a great display for our city.”...