Facing what many consider the top Div. II squad in the Central Section, the Madera South baseball team pushed San Joaquin Memorial-Fresno all the way to extra innings.
It was in the top of the eighth inning when the Panthers recorded five hits and scored five runs that helped them pull out a 6-1 County/Metro Athletic Conference win Tuesday over the Stallions on Eddie Chapa Field.
The Panthers (18-7) improved to 7-3 in the CMAC and are in a battle with Bullard-Fresno and Madera for a league crown.
“When you have a top-10 team in the Central Section at 1-1 in extra innings, you have to pop your chest out and get it done,” Stallion head coach John Fernandez said. “We didn’t take advantage of the opportunity that we had right there though. The fruit was ripe for the picking and we just walked right past it. That’s very uncharacteristic of us and disappointing. We just need to make sure that we don’t forget this feeling when we have opportunities to win the close games. We had opportunities to win close games this year but we haven’t learned how to handle or take advantage of it.” ...