In its final game of the 14th annual Central Baseball Classic, Madera South ended the tourney on a winning note.
The Stallions (2-6) were able to produce a season-high 10 runs on eight hits — all singles — in a 10-5 win Saturday over the Liberty Hawks on Eddie Chapa Field.
Using the ‘small ball’ strategy—classified as an offensive scheme that centers on getting runners on base and moving them around systematically into scoring position — the Stallions reached base 20 times and forced Liberty (2-6) to commit eight errors in the game.
“We put a lot of pressure on the defense and those are the things that we focused on in practice,” Stallion head coach John Fernandez said. “It was small ball at its best. We’ve said it before, we’re not really a team with a lot of power that is going to bounce it off the fence every time. We are line-drive base hit oriented guys and the kids did that today, getting players in scoring position and executing the things that we wanted to do.”...