Miracle Realty runs past Evening Lions
Tyler Takeda/The Madera Tribune
Miracle Realty celebrates in the pitcher’s circle after defeating Evening Lions, 12-2, to win the Madera National Little League Majors softball championship Saturday.
Evening Lions scored the first run of the game, but Miracle Realty scored the next 12 and cruised to a 12-2 mercy-rule victory to win the Madera National Little League Majors softball championship.
Jillian Villalobos was the offensive hero with five RBIs on a three-run inside-the-park home run and a bases loaded double to give Miracle an 11-run lead heading into the bottom of the fourth inning.
Miracle pitcher Jordyn Anaya did the rest and held Evening Lions scoreless in the second and third and allowed an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth in the win.
Evening Lions put the pressure on in the top of the first inning. They scored a run, but could have had more because two runners were thrown out at the plate with Villalobos placing the tags.
Miracle went to work to score five runs with the first five batters in the bottom of the first inning. Journey Gaona drew a walk and scored on three wild pitches.
Autumn Bloom and Myla Avila drew walks. Then, Villalobos lined a ball down the left field line that went to the fence. Villalobos raced round the bases for a three-run inside-the-park home run for a 4-0 lead.
Anaya kept the rally going with a walk and scored on three wild pitches for a 5-1 lead. The inning ended with the five-run limit.
In the bottom of the second, Giuliana Chavez tripled to the left-centerfield fence and scored on a wild pitch. Akira Ayala drew a walk and scored on a wild pitch for a 7-1 Miracle Realty lead.
Makayla Medley was hit by a pitch in the top of the second, but was caught stealing second. Dallas Chavira drew a walk in the top of the third and stole second, but a pop-out ended the inning for Evening Lions.
Miracle added five runs in the bottom of the third with a two-out, nobody on rally.
Cianna Chavez led off with a single and advanced to second on an error. Chavez scored on a pair of wild pitches.
Chavira singled to center and Akira Ayala drew a walk. Alina Martinez singled home Rivera. Ayala scored on a pair of wild pitches.
Bloom and Avila drew walks to load the bases. Villalobos doubled down the left field line to drive in Gaona and Bloom to extend the lead to 12-1.
Juliana DeLuna led off the top of the fourth by reaching on an error and advanced to second on another error for Lions. She advanced to third on a wild pitch. After a strikeout, Ella Schoettler drew a walk and stole second. Marley Avila grounded out to Anaya, but DeLuna scored to cut the lead to 12-2.
Anaya got a strikeout while Evening Lions had runners at second and third.
With Jade Jasper at the plate, Schoettler took too big of a lead off of third base. Villalobos threw to third and Schoettler got into a rundown. Third baseman Bloom threw back to Villalobos to tag out Schoettler to end the game.