Coyotes clinch share of CMAC
Tyler Takeda/The Madera Tribune
Madera’s Brianah Hamilton hit a two-run home run in Tuesday’s 7-3 victory over the Sanger Apaches. The homer ties her record she set last year for most home runs in a season with seven and extended her school-record career home run total to 14.
Behind two record performances, the Madera Coyotes picked up a 7-3 victory over the Sanger Apaches to clinch at least a tie for the County/Metro Athletic Conference title.
Brianah Hamilton hit her seventh home run of the season to tie the school record she set last year for most homers in a season. Alexis Galvan struck out nine batters to pick up the win and also set the school career strikeout record.
Madera scored four runs in the first two innings to take the lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Although Sanger cut the lead to one, the Coyotes closed the game with three runs in the final two innings for the victory to improve their CMAC record to 9-0 with one game left.
Hamilton hit a second inning home run to tie her record from last season. She had two hits and drove in three runs. Erika Perez continues to torch the CMAC with two hits, and two runs scored.
Galvan allowed three runs, two earned, in a complete game victory to improve to 8-0 in the CMAC.
Perez led off the game with a single and Nevaeh Galvan tried a sacrifice and reached on an error. Hamilton singled home Perez and Kaylynn Powell reached on a fielder’s choice to drive in Galvan for a 2-0 lead.
The Coyotes left the bases loaded in the first, but struck for two more runs in the second inning.
Sadie Gonzalez led off the inning with a bunt single. She advanced to second on a Galvan groundout.
Hamilton hit the next pitch over the fence for her seventh home run of the year to give the Coyotes a 4-0 lead.
The Apaches wouldn’t go away. They kept the pressure on Alexis Galvan by putting a runner on in every inning except the sixth.
The Apaches got a lead-off walk in the third inning and beat out a force play. After two outs, Sanger’s No. 9 batter singled home two runs to cut the lead to 4-2.
A hit batter, sacrifice and error drove in another Sanger run to cut Madera’s lead to one.
The Coyotes bounced back with two runs in the sixth. With one out, Gonzalez reached on an error and stole second. Perez doubled home Galvan and came in to score after a passed ball and a groundout by Nevaeh Galvan for a 6-3 lead.
Kailea Ricks started another rally in the seventh with a walk. She stole second and scored two batters later on a Nastasha Griffin single for a 7-3 lead.
Although Sanger reached base in six of the seven innings, Alexis Galvan stranded seven runners, including four runners in scoring position. She allowed a two-out double in the seventh, but got a pop out to end the inning.
Madera closes the regular season Friday at 3:30 p.m. against Bullard-Fresno.