Coyotes open 2-0 in CMAC
Wendy Alexander/The Madera Tribune
Madera freshman Sadie Gonzalez puts down a bunt she would beat out for a single and drove in the game-ending run for a 10-0 victory over Edison on Friday at Zimmerman Field.
The Madera Coyotes softball team opened the first week of the Country/Metro Athletic Conference schedule with a pair of dominating victories, culminating in a 10-0 victory over Edison-Fresno in Zimmerman Field.
After recording an 11-0 no-hitter against San Joaquin Memorial-Fresno, the Coyotes scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to cap a mercy-rule victory Friday over the Tigers.
The Coyotes were dominant in all three phases against the Tigers. They banged out nine hits and didn’t commit an error.
Pitcher Alexis Galvan struck out nine over five innings and allowed just two hits. She allowed just one runner to reach second base.
Lead-off batter Erika Perez hit a double and a triple to lead the Coyotes, who had six of their hits go for extra bases. Brianah Hamilton hit her second home run in as many games.
Friday’s game was the beginning of a five-game in four-day schedule as the Coyotes began the Clovis Easter Classic on Saturday.
“I thought we played an excellent two games,” head coach Judy Shaubach said. “We played well in every phase today. Now, we have to get ready for tomorrow and Monday.”
The Coyotes got the scoring started in the first inning and didn’t stop until the fifth.
Perez led off with a full-count walk. Sadie Gonzalez laid down a bunt and the throw went into right field to allow Perez to head to third and Gonzalez advance to second.
Perez scored on a wild pitch to Kailea Ricks while Gonzalez took third. Ricks earned a walk to put runners at the corner.
With Hamilton at the plate, Ricks took off for second. Gonzalez broke for the plate on the throw to second and scored. Ricks advanced to third when the throw wasn’t caught.
Ricks scored moments later on a passed ball for a 3-0 lead.
Powell started the next rally with a walk. Nevaeh Galvan forced Powell at second, but Galvan stole second. She advanced to third on Nastasha Griffin’s single to center.
Jocelyn Mendez, who had just two hits this season, hit a 1-1 pitch to left-centerfield that one-hopped the wall. Galvan and Griffin scored for a 5-0 lead.
No. 9 batter Lealani Moreno kept the rally going with a walk on the ninth pitch of the at-bat, but both runners were stranded to a pop-up.
Madera kept the pressure going in the second. With one out, Ricks doubled to right-center on an 0-2 pitch.
Two pitches later, Hamilton, who set the school record with seven homers last year, hit a moon shot over the left-centerfield fence for a two-run home run.
After a groundout, Galvan laced a ball down the left field line and slid into third with a triple. Griffin followed with a single up the middle to drive in Galvan for an 8-0 lead.
Perez hit a one-out triple down the right field line in the third inning. However, she was tagged out trying to score after a groundout by Gonzalez.
Meanwhile, Alexis Galvan kept the Tigers at bay. She struck out the side in the first and third innings. The only trouble she ran into was in the fourth. She allowed a one-out single and hit the next batter.
However, Mendez threw out the runner trying to steal third and Galvan struck out the next batter to end the inning.
Galvan struck out two batters in the fifth to set up the bottom of the inning.
With one out, Mendez reached on an error. Pinch-runner Meah Avila advanced to second on Moreno’s sacrifice bunt.
Perez lined a ball off the left-centerfield fence for a double while Avila came in to score. Perez went to third on a wild pitch.
Gonzalez put down a bunt down the third base line. She beat the throw to first while Perez scored to end the game with a 10-0 lead after invoking the mercy rule.