Powered by a triple with the bases loaded by by Josie Simas of Hanford West High, the County stormed back with six runs in the seventh to defeat the City 7-4 in the 38th annual City/County All-Star Softball Game on Wednesday night at Fresno State’s Margie Wright Diamond.
The County trailed 3-0 going into the seventh. City/County games are scheduled nine innings to allow for maximum time to get players on the field.
Each team made four errors, and the teams combined for three hit batters and six walks.
County pitchers Kelsey Volkmar and Jana Pope, both from Chowchilla, combined for 13 strikeouts, with Pope striking out the side in the ninth to end it.
City left fielders made the highlight defensive plays of the game: Sanger’s Madelyn Mata reached over the fence to snag a foul fly to end the second inning, and Clovis East’s Aubrey McGregor-Moore made a diving catch of a sinking liner hit by Kerman’s Elliie Montalvo, turning it into a sacrifice fly in the seventh.
County 7, City 4
Wednesday at Margie Wright Diamond
WP: Jana Pope, Chowchilla. LP: Sierra Freeman, Clovis North. City: Savaanah Garcia, Madera South, 1-1, BB, 2 SB, R; Tayah Hernandez, Madera, 1-2, SB, R; Maykayla Lewis, Roosevelt 1-1; Claire Buckley, Buchanan, 1-3; April Xiong, McLane, 1-1, 2B, R, Freeman RBI; Cici Tennison, Edison, R; County: Madison Alves, Kingsburg,2-2, R; Ellie Montalvo, Kerman, 1-1, SF, RBI; Josie Simas, Hanford West, 1-3, 3B, 3RBI, R; Carla Duarte, Kingsburg, 1-3; Morgan Sewell, Chowchilla, R; Marissa Gutierrez, Firebaugh, R; Sierra Phelps, Lemoore, 1-3, R; Brianna Duncan, Immanuel, R; Dom Trevino, Selma, R. MVPs: City, Xiong; County, Simas. Jenny Eller Most Inspirational Players: City, Buckley; County, Emma Mulligan, Reedley. Jimmy Ivory Memorial Scholarship: Alyssa Montoya, McLane.