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Panthers jump on Coyotes in CMAC clash

Wendy Alexander/The Madera Tribune

Madera’s Cole Brincefield swings at a pitch for a triple in the fourth inning during Tuesday’s loss to San Joaquin Memorial.


It was one of those days for the Madera Coyotes baseball team.

Coming into the game, the heavy-hitting San Joaquin Memorial-Fresno Panthers had a 10-3 record and the most dangerous offense in the County/Metro Athletic Conference.

With more 90 runs scored this season — add 15 more to that total after Tuesday’s victory over the Coyotes — the Panthers have shown the ability to wreck games in a single inning.

Against the formidable Coyotes, the Panthers scored nine runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a 4-1 game and, effectively, wrap it up at Mel Parker Field. Tanner Sagouspe pitched a complete game with four strikeouts and two walks, while he had two hits and three RBI’s at the plate. Sagouspe fueled the Panthers against the Coyotes, but he was one of many to take advantage at the plate.

Eddie Saldivar had three RBI’s, Matt Alvarez had two hits and two RBI’s and Joey Bell had two hits and an RBI.

For the Coyotes, their chances were few and far between. With Sagouspe dealing on the mound, the Coyotes scratched a single run with six hits throughout the game.

Shane Pursell had two those hits in three plate appearances.

In two innings of work, Pursell allowed six earned runs on six hits, including three walks. Kristian Gomez also pitched two innings, giving up two earned runs, while walking three batters.

Although the Coyotes had few opportunities at the plate, they made strong contact with a double and triple.

Cole Brincefield tripled in the bottom of the fourth, before scoring the Coyotes’ only run. Sam Hass also recorded an extra-base hit after a double.

Despite the lopsided loss, the CMAC season is a grind and with many more games coming up, Madera head coach Andy Underwood and the players have many more opportunities to reestablish their standing within one of the toughest baseball divisions in the Central Valley.


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