Coyotes’ coach wins 698th game
Wendy Alexander/The Madera Tribune
Madera’s Erika Perez connects for a two-run home run to give Madera an 8-0 lead during Tuesday’s 10-0 win over Madera South.
Through the first three games of the County/Metro Athletic, the Madera Coyotes softball team has defeated its opponents by a 31-0 score, including this week’s victory over Madera South at Zimmerman Field.
The Coyotes closed Tuesday’s game with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to evoke their third straight mercy-rule in the CMAC, after victories over San Joaquin Memorial-Fresno and Edison-Fresno, to give Madera Coyotes legendary coach Judy Shaubach her 698th career victory.
Madera pitcher Alexis Galvan tossed a one-hitter and faced the minimum 15 batters in the five-inning victory. She struck out five and the only baserunner she allowed was a one-out single to Jocelyn Barrera in the fifth inning.
Meanwhile, the Coyotes got home runs from Erika Perez and Brianah Hamilton for the 10-run outburst. They scored four in the first, four in the third and two more in the fifth to end it and start the Senior Night Celebration for Galvan, Perez, Meah Avila and Kendal Bartsch.
Mariah Williams suffered the loss for the Stallions. Three of the 10 runs she allowed were unearned. She walked three and struck out three.
Madera struck for four runs before the Senior Night crowd could settle in. Perez drew a four-pitch walk and Naveah Galvan drew a full-count walk.
After Ricks sacrificed the runners over, Hamilton hit a full-count pitch to deep center that turned around the Madera South centerfielder. The ball went over her head and one-hopped the fence. Meanwhile, Perez and Galvan raced around the bases and Hamilton was given the green light to head home. She hit home plate without a slide for an inside-the-park three-run home run.
After a pop-out, Jocelyn Mendez started another rally by reaching on a single. Nastasha Griffin hit another ball over the centerfielder’s head for a double while pinch-runner Sadie Gonzalez scored from first for a 4-0 lead.
Meanwhile, in the circle, Alexis Galvan was mowing down Madera south batters. She struck out two batters in four of the five innings.
Barrera hit a one-out change-up into left field in the fifth inning for the Stallions’ lone baserunner. However, as Galvan struck out the next batter, Barrera tried to steal third and Mendez threw her out to end the inning.
The Coyotes began a two out, nobody on rally in the third inning. Griffin was hit by a pitch. Leilani Moreno singled into left field. Avila put down a bunt and reached. However, the throw went into right field to allow Griffin to score. A wild throw to the plate allowed Moreno to score and Avila to advance to second. Avila went to third on a wild pitch.
On the next pitch, Perez lined a ball over the right field fence for a two-run home run for an 8-0 lead.
The Coyotes were retired in order in the fourth, but put across two runs in the fifth to end it.
Mendez reached on an error. Griffin singled up the middle to advance pinch-runner Gonzalez to second. A passed ball danced both runners 60-feet.
After a strikeout, Avila grounded out, but Gonzalez scored for a 9-0 lead.
The first pitch to Perez was wild and Griffin scored to end the game with a 10-0 victory.