Coyotes lose CMAC clash to Edison Tigers
Wendy Alexander/The Madera Tribune
Madera’s Izaak Murillo tries to reach base on a bunt attempt during Wednesday’s loss to the Edison Tigers.
The Edison Tigers baseball team scored a run in the first inning and then added runs in the next four innings for a 10-2 victory over the Madera Coyotes.
By the fourth inning in the Tigers and Coyotes County/Metro Athletic Conference clash, Edison-Fresno led by seven runs.
From there, the Tigers kept Madera off the base paths in a 10-2 win over the Coyotes at Mel Parker Field.
The Coyotes were unable to manufacturer enough scoring chances despite six hits in the game.
Logan Wattenbarger led the way with two hits, including an RBI, while David Zavala had a hit in three at bats and Adam Arias finished the night with two hits, an RBI, a walk and a run scored in four at bats.
The Coyotes have the talent to put runs on the board, but against the Tigers, the Coyotes were playing from behind early.
Evan Candelaria took the mound and pitched three innings, allowing eight hits and five earned runs. Candelaria was one of four Coyotes to pitch, each finding the Tigers lineup tough to crack.
Edison’s Michael Fung got the day started with an RBI single in the first inning. The Tiger’s timely hit sparked a run for the Tigers that contributed to seven unanswered runs.
Two top of the second singles by the Tigers gave them two men on, before Madera caught the Tigers stealing.
However, with two on and one out, the Tigers’ Isaak Perez doubled to deep center, bringing home two runs. Madera found themselves down 3-0 in the second inning and the hits kept coming in the following inning.
A leadoff walk in the third inning allowed Edison on base again before a wild pitch and a single allowed the Tigers to score.
Edison added two more runs in the top of the fourth before adding three more in the fifth inning.
Down 10-0, the Coyotes finally got going after a Marcus Defranco single to right field in the bottom of the fifth inning. Arias followed up by roping a triple to the right field wall, allowing Defranco to cross the plate.
Madera finally scored to make it 10-1 behind former Madera Tribune Athlete of the Week, Arias, who continues to shine for the Coyotes in center field and in the box.
And as fate would have it, Wattenbarger followed his teammate with an RBI single to right field, once again. Three straight hits to right field was all the Coyotes could muster.
Despite the score line, the Coyotes nearly had a few breaks go there way, but in the CMAC there is little time to dwell on defeats as the next game is the most important thing.
Although Edison’s loss makes it seven in a row for the Coyotes, expect Madera to bounce back the best way they know how.
After going toe-to-toe with San Joaquin Memorial-Fresno in a 3-2 loss, the Coyotes showed they can play with any team.
For Madera, it’s about putting all the talent together.