MNLL fights back for comeback
After trailing all game long, the Madera National Little League 10-11-year-old All-Stars secured a comeback victory over the Chowchilla All-Stars after scoring three runs in the final two innings to secure the victory.
Nine hits, five errors and five walks fueled Madera National all-stars in a 9-8 win Sunday.
Cleanup hitter Brenton Bohm tallied two doubles, two runs and two RBIs on the day to help secure an improbable victory.
The boys from Chowchilla jumped on the Madera All-Stars early. In the bottom of the first, pitcher Jayden Chavira tossed a couple of quick strikes before the opponents jumped on the right-hander. Chowchilla sent three runners across the plate in the first inning.
Chowchilla had a bigger fourth inning, bringing four runs across for a 7-3 lead.
That wouldn’t dampen the hopes of the Madera National.
Bohm drove in two runs in the top of the third and Eric Nelson walked and later scored in the top of the fourth.
In the following inning, the Madera National all-stars loaded the bases when Bohm singled, while Eli Sablan and Nelson both walked.
Chavira sent a sacrifice fly into the outfield, scoring a run before two runs came across after Blake Burton and Ivan Flores singled.
Madera National came back to trail by one heading into the sixth.
With the game closing in and their backs against the wall, Madera National turned it up at the end.
They responded with three runs in the top of the sixth inning to steal the game. Doubles by Bohm and a Chavira gave Madera National the punch they needed late to earn the victory. Reedley 8, Madera National 7
REEDLEY — After coming back to tie Reedley in the opening game of the District 10 Tournament, Madera National couldn’t hold onto the lead in an 8-7 eight-inning walk-off loss to the host team.
While Madera National hit its way back into the game, Reedley capitalized on six walks to get back into the game.
Reedley took the initial 2-0 lead in the second inning.
Madera National came back to tie the score in the top of the third. Ivan Flores drew a walk and Josh McKeever singled. Both runners came in to score after Ruben Garcia singled and Brentan Bohm reached on a fielder’s choice.
Reedley responded with three runs in the third inning for a 5-2 lead.
Madera National added a run in the fourth on Aiden Ramirez’s solo home run. Reedley answered with a run in the bottom of the inning.
In the fifth, Flores drew a lead-off walk. McKeever singled and Garcia doubled both runners home. Garcia came in to score on a groundout by Jayden Chairez to tie the game at six.
Madera National held Reedley scoreless in the bottom of the inning and took its only lead in the top of the sixth. With two outs, Eli Sablan singled and came around to score on an Ivan Flores triple for a 7-6 lead.
However, Reedley took advantage of Madera National mistakes to turn a two-out walk into a game-tying run.
Madera National had runners in scoring position in the eighth, but couldn’t get the run to score.
Reedley ended the game with a single, an error and a game-winning single for the 8-7 win.