CELINA — After two district games, Anna’s Coyotes are still searching for their first run — and after a 6-0 loss at Celina on Friday that’s a bit of a surprise to Anna head coach Joey Hector, whose team opened with a 10-0 setback at Aubrey.
“I really thought we’d be swinging a little better than we are right now,” he said. “We’ve kind of hit a lull. The other team is doing a good job against us — not taking anything away from them — but we’re swinging at a lot of bad pitches. And I think we’re pressing a little bit. We’re in district ball games and the kids know that those mean more, per se. I think the biggest deal is we’re just pressing a little bit, and our youth is starting to show a little bit.”
Freshman Zane Barnett went the distance on the mound for the Bobcats, allowing two hits and walking one, with three strikeouts.
“He came and pitched with us in the varsity tournaments,” Celina head coach Jake Davis said, “… We kind of had a spot start for him tonight and he performed well. We’re more than happy with him.”
Davis added that he was pleased with how his team performed at the plate.
“With this whole pitch-count deal, you don’t know who’s got what left to throw. We’ve talked about being patient and having quality at-bats. And we’ve struggled at times this year. … So that’s what we’ve been kind of stressing, to have good quality at-bats and we did tonight. I’m pretty proud of them.”
Zach Howard threw four innings for Anna, allowing five hits and four walks with no strikeouts. Daniel Scott finished out the last two frames, permitting two hits, two walks and striking out one. Koy Harris and Marshall Good collected the lone hits for Anna, a single to left by Good in the second inning and a Harris single to right in the sixth. The Coyotes posted two errors to Celina’s one on the night.
The second frame is when the Bobcats registered their most damage to Anna’s cause. Logan Point led off with a walk on five pitches and soon stole second base. Evan Jeanise then laid down a bunt that advanced the runner to third. After a catcher’s interference call put Christian Rivas on first, the Bobcats had the bases loaded with nobody out. A ground out to Howard by Carson Cobb scored the Bobcats’ first run of the game. After a walk loaded the bases for Celina again, Cade Medellin singled to left and the Bobcats led, 2-0. A fielding error and a sacrifice fly led to two more runs before Mason Ray grounded out to Howard to end the Bobcat surge.
A walk and a hit batter put two Celina runners on to open the bottom of the fourth and Medellin’s sacrifice fly to left brought one home, boosting the Bobcats’ lead to 5-0. In the sixth, a double to left by Ray closed out the night’s scoring.
“I think our pitching has been really good,” Hector said. “We’re not giving up many hits. We took a no-hitter into the fifth on Friday and I think today we gave up four hits.”
He added, “We’re just not throwing enough strikes. I think if we’ll just throw strikes and compete, if the pitchers do a better job of not walking people, I think our bats will come back to life. … Really, we’re focused on things that we can control,” Hector said. “The effort — the scoreboard doesn’t really show it — but we played a whole lot better today than we did Tuesday against Aubrey. And we’ll continue to work. We know we’ve still got eight games to go and, regardless if there’s eight games or one game, we’re going to play has hard as we can and keep on trying to get where we want to be.”
Anna blanked at Aubrey in district-opener
Aubrey’s Chaparrals shut-out Anna, 10-0, at Aubrey on Tuesday, March 21, in the district-opener for both teams. Coyote starting pitcher Koy Harris went 4.1 innings in the run rule-shortened contest before giving way to Daniel Scott. Harris allowed two hits and two walks while striking out five. Scott gave up two hits and walked four. Anna committed three errors to the Chaps’ one and left nine runners on base. At the plate, Harris and Dillon Burr each had a single for the Coyotes. Aubrey’s 7-run fifth inning ended the game early.