The Reedley Buccaneers came up just short of capturing the Central Valley Athletic League overall championship, falling by a 6-3 score to the Jefferson Patriots from Madera on May 9 at Reedley High.
The Bucs (9-1) couldn't overcome a four-run third-inning outburst by the visitors, who capitalized on a bases-loaded error by executing a squeeze bunt and hitting an RBI single. That wiped out an early 2-0 Bucs lead fueled by an RBI double by Aneas Vargas in the second inning. Reedley opened the scoring with a single run in the first.
Vargas later delivered a run-scoring single in the third to bring Reedley within 4-3. But the hosts couldn't push across a run the rest of the way, and the Patriots added insurance with two runs in the seventh inning.
Matthew Armendarez picked up the pitching victory for Jefferson, with both teams collecting seven hits on the afternoon.
Vargas had a double and single while Sam Rodriguez collected two hits with a run scored for Reedley.
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