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Coyotes give coach 700th win

Tomas Kassahun/The Madera Tribune

The Madera Coyotes softball team celebrates a 3-2 victory over Bullard on Tuesday to give head coach Judy Shaubach her 700th victory.


FRESNO — With a run in the top of the seventh inning, the Madera Coyotes softball team gave head coach Judy Shaubach her 700th victory with a win over the Bullard-Fresno Knights.

The Coyotes scored two runs in the first inning and added the go-ahead run in the seventh to remain undefeated in the County/Metro Athletic Conference after a 3-2 victory over Bullard.

The win gave Shaubach her 700th career victory against 354 losses (.664 winning percentage). She coached her 1,000th game in 2020. In her 32 years, Shaubach has not had a losing season and recorded 21 20-win seasons. She won the Central Section championships in 1989 (her first year) and back-to-back titles in 2015 and 2016.

The Coyotes banged out nine hits in the win. Kaylynn Powell, who had the game-winning hit last week against Sanger, continued her hot hitting with three hits, including a two-run single. She has six hits in the last two games.

Coyotes’ ace Alexis Galvan kept the Knights off balance. She allowed five hits and struck out three batters.

Madera got on the scoreboard in the top of the first inning. Lead-off batter Erika Perez singled and advanced to third on a single from Brianah Hamilton with Hamilton taking third on the play.

After a strikeout, Powell singled up the middle to drive in Perez and Hamilton for a 2-0 lead.

Madera had a one-out rally in the second inning. Sadie Gonzalez and Leilani Moreno each reached on an error. After a flyout, Nevaeh Galvan singled to load the bases. Another flyout ended the threat.

The Knights tied the game with a two-run, two-out, nobody on rally. Bullard hit back-to-back singles and a double tied the score. Alexis Galvan got a groundout to end the inning.

Bullard had a chance to take the lead in the fourth, but the Coyotes threw out two Knights on the bases to get out unscathed.

Galvan settled down and allowed three baserunners in the final three innings, and stranded two in scoring position.

Nevaeh Galvan started a one-out rally in the seventh with a single. After a flyout, Nastasha Griffin and Powell singled to load the bases.

Kailea Ricks took the first two pitches for balls. After two strikes, Ricks took another ball. On a full count, Ricks took another ball to force in Galvan with the go-ahead run.

Alexis Galvan got a groundout to open the seventh, but hit the No. 9 batter. After a stolen base, Galvan got a groundout for the second out. With the tying run at third, Bullard hit a swinging bunt down the third base line. Third baseman Perez charged in, made the scoop and threw to first for the out to end the game and give Shaubach her 700th win.



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