Mustangs place third in Madera tournament

The Minarets Mustangs softball team, coached by Ginny Taylor, took third place in last weekends 16-team Madera South Invitational Tournament.

The team had wins against Hoover High, Dos Palos, and Firebaugh.

The Mustangs started the tournament with a 6-3 win over the Patriots then moved on to record a win against the Broncos of Dos Palos. Madera South then beat the Mustangs 4-0. A tailing line drive was the difference as the Stallions emptied the bases on the drive to left to secure the win.

After being plagued by errors early in the season, the Mustangs came together with a solid performance during the tournament. Senior Alex Jimenez had a good tournament at third base recording several put-outs with great glove work. Pitchers Baily Avina and Kelea Kamalani provided Minarets with a powerful 1-2 punch that kept batters off balance.

The team took part in the championship round recording a 2-1 win against Firebaugh to advance to the simi-finale round against Kerman. The two teams went scoreless until the Lions pushed two across in the third inning off back to back hits and a walk. Patrichia Thomasian started off the fourth inning with a single, followed by a single by Avina, follwed by a RBI single by Mirranda Gonzales to put the Mustangs on the board. The Mustangs would score again in the top of the sixth as Kamalani doubled to the center field fence and scored off the bat of Avina as she recorded her second hit of the game.

“Mustangs softball showed this weekend that change is coming,” Taylor said. “We had some big wins for our program in this tournament and the team made Minarets proud.”

The Mustangs turned three double plays in the tournament and had six hits for extra bases.

The Mustangs will travel to Hoover to play the Patriots again Thursday (March 19), and will play in the Fowler Invitational next week - a showcase of the West Sequoia League teams as they prepare to enter league play.