Lyle Jacobs did all he could to give Anna a boost, but it wasn’t enough to get past district rival Melissa, as the Coyotes lost 7-4 in seven innings at Anna on Monday.
Jacobs racked up two RBIs for the Coyotes.
Melissa jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first when the Cardinals had sent batters to face Jeremy Gee. Landon Wilson came to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs and hit a ball that forced a fielder’s error that scored Camden Duzenack and Jace Whittington.
Anna went three-up, three-down in the bottom of the frame and trailed by two until the second inning when it got on the board with a sacrifice fly from JD Frazier that brought in Gee. Lyle Jacobs came to the plate a few batters later and took a walk with the bases loaded to tie the score at two-all.
The Coyotes took the lead in the third when Austin Watkins scored on a fielder’s error. Watkins had a stand-up double off the fence to put him in scoring position.
Melissa took control of the game in the fifth, and the game was never in doubt after that point as Melissa scored three runs on a two-run error and an RBI single by Duzenack.
Zach Torres and Chris Smith were both hit by pitches to get them on base. Duzenack subsequently brought in Grant Meeks to give Melissa a 5-3 advantage.
Melissa scored one run in the sixth inning, and then followed it up with one more in the seventh. In the sixth, an RBI double by Wilson scored Torres.
After pushing across one run in the bottom of the seventh, the Coyotes faced a recoverable 7-4 deficit. Their hopes for a comeback came up short, however, when Melissa when Wilson got Watkins to fly out to shut down the threat.
Anna will look to rebound when it travels to Community on Friday. Melissa stays perfect with the win.