Madera National cruises to first All-Star victory
REEDLEY — The Madera National Little League 10-11-year-old All-Star team scored 11 runs in the first inning and didn’t let up in a 20-0 victory over the Sunnyside-Lone Star Little League All-Stars to open the District 10 tournament at Reedley Little League.
Madera National sent 15 batters to the plate to score the 11 runs. The first 14 batters of the game reached base for Madera National. They also scored a run in the second, a run in the third and seven more in the fourth for the mercy-rule victory.
Madera National pounded out 14 hits, but also took advantage of five walks.
Christian Guerrero led Madera National with three hits, all doubles, to go with three runs scored. Eric Nelson, Michael Lucero and Ethan Laird each had two hits. Nelson drove in four runs and Lucero drove in three more. Adam Ornelas also drove in three runs and Ezekiel Reyes scored three runs.
The Madera National pitching trio of Lucero, Nuzayh Granadoz and Reyes tossed a no-hitter. Lucero picked up the win by throwing the first 1 1/3 innings. He struck out three. Granados struck out three in 1 2/3 innings. Reyes tossed a perfect fourth inning.
Nelson opened the game with a walk. He went to second on Reyes’ grounder. Guerrero walked to load the bases. Ornelas reached on a fielder’s choice, but Nelson came in to core.
Jeevan Bains was hit by a pitch to drive in Reyes. Joshua Cardiel singled up the middle to drive in Guerrero and keep the bases loaded.
Lucero singled up the middle to drive in Ornelas. Nathaniel Avila drew a walk to force in Bains. Zachary Sanchez forced Cardiel at the plate, but the bases remained loaded.
Nelson singled up the middle while Lucero scored. Reyes forced Nelson at second, but Avila scored. Guerrero doubled to left center to drive in Sanchez and Reyes.
Ornelas singled to drive in Guerrero. Bains singled to left and the ball was misplayed for an error. Ornelas advanced to third while Bains took second. Ornelas scored on a wild pitch for an 11-0 lead.
In the second, Trey Garcia reached on a bunt single. He went to second on a passed ball and Davion Pino drew a walk. Lucero went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly by Nelson.
Madera National added another run in the third. Reyes led off with a single up the middle and advanced to third on a Guerrero double. Ornelas grounded out and Reyes scored for a 13-0 lead. Bains was hit by a pitch and Nuzayh Granados walked to load the bases. A forceout and a groundout ended the inning.
Madera National put the game away in the fourth, sending 12 batters to the plate to score seven runs.
Laird led off the inning with a single to right and scored on a triple by Nelson. Nelson scored on a Reyes groundout.
Guerrero hit his third double of the game with a shot over the centerfielder’s head. He went to third in a groundout and scored on a wild pitch.
Bains and Cardiel drew walks and advanced on wild pitches. Lucero singled up the middle while Bains and Cardiel scored.
Lucero went to second on the throw and to third on a wild pitch. Avila drew a walk and Laird singled home Lucero. Nelson reached on an error while Avila scored the final run of the game in the 20-0 victory.