Looking to bounce back from an eight-run loss to the top team in the County/Metro Athletic Conference — not to mention a main contender for the Div. II title — the Madera South baseball team had its leadoff runner at third base with zero outs and one of its top hitters up to bat in a 3-3 ballgame in the bottom of the fifth inning.
In the ideal situation to not only upset the San Joaquin Memorial Panthers, but also avenge an 8-0 road loss to them, Madera South batter Donovan Bertoncini made perfect contact as his teammate Aaron Vallez charged home looking to score.
With Vallez sliding in, reaching out and touching home base with his left hand while being tagged on his left shoulder by Memorial catcher Drew Engelman, Madera South head coach John Fernandez awaited the call from the home plate umpire.
The umpire ruled Vallez out and minutes later the sound of thunder followed by a hail storm forced Friday’s game to be suspended. The game resumed Monday, with a Stallions’ 5-3 loss to the league-leading Panthers on Eddie Chapa Field…