Squeeze! That was the shout coming from the Edison Tigers dugout when Aaron Vallez put down a bunt up the first base line. As he was being thrown out, Adriano Coronado was racing home with the game-winning run in a 4-3 County/MetroAthletic Conference victory over the Edison-Fresno Tigers on Tuesday at Eddie Chapa Field.
“At first, I wasn’t even going to look at the sign, but, in that situation, I knew it was crucial,” Vallez said. “I felt it was necessary for me to do and it came out at the end.”
The seventh inning started innocently enough with Edison leading 3-2. Romano Gallardo led off with a flyout to center. Then, Ezekiel Gallardo started the rally. He sent a blooper to right field.
Edison’s Chris Galarza, just inserted when the inning began, came in and looked to make a sliding catch. He juggled the ball slightly, but showed the ball to the umpire. The umpire ruled no catch and Gallardo had a single. However, Gallardo started to jog towards the dugout when the catch wasn’t made and had to hustle back to first base. Galarza threw to Mitch Soper and appeared to make the tag on Gallardo, but it was ruled Gallardo slid under the tag and was safe...