BONHAM – Bonham’s Trevor Hartwell two-hit the Anna Coyotes for a 5-0 Warriors win on Tuesday, April 18, as both teams now eye a final two-game stretch in District 11-4A. With this result, Bonham has sole possession of second-place behind Melissa, and the Coyotes (1-7), well, they just need another win.
Hartwell struck out eight and walked one as Bonham (6-2) got out to 3-0 lead after two innings and added two more runs in the fourth.
“I thought their pitcher did a phenomenal job,” Anna head coach Joey Hector said. “Going out on a limb, he’s probably the best pitcher in this district. They’ve got a really good ball club. The (Austin) Simmerman kid — the lead-off guy — we can’t get him out for nothing. He’s a good ball player. They did a good job.”
Simmerman had two hits and an RBI for Bonham and drew two walks. Hartwell also drove in two runs himself.
“It was important for us to show up early and we did in the first inning,” Warriors head coach John Ramsey said. “We showed up, played well, pitched well. And Trevor did a heck of a job pitching. … He threw first-pitch strikes, went after hitters. And we played good defense behind him. We had no errors today. Anytime we can play error-free and pitch like that and hit the ball like we did, we’ll be hard to beat.”
Zach Howard led off on the mound for Anna and went three innings, allowing three hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Jeran Lewis worked the next two frames, permitting two hits with two walks and a “K.” Koy Harris closed out the final inning, giving up a lone hit and no runs.
Lawrence Goade and Dillon Burr each had singles for the Coyotes, with Goade’s coming in the game’s first at-bat and Burr’s coming in the second inning. After that, no one touched Hartwell.
Anna’s third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings went three-up, three-down, with a walk reaching base in the seventh.
Simmerman opened the game for Bonham with a triple to right field and was brought home on a Hartwell sacrifice fly. In the second inning, Josh Easley slapped a double to left then Tanner Herriage reached on an error after a bunt attempt. Both would score to push the Warriors’ lead to 3-0. After Lewis struck out Bonham’s first batter in the fifth, Brady Nichols walked. Kade Trompler then singled to bring home Nichols. After another walk, Hartwell doubled to score Trompler for Bonham’s final margin.
Anna’s come-from-behind win over Celina last week was a much-needed boost for Hector’s troops, though a couple more like it would be much appreciated.
“When you’re losing like we are right now, you need something to help you come to the ball park,” Hector said of the lift the Coyotes got from that victory. “It’s hard when you’re on a skid like we are. The kids have done a good job maintaining their composure and continuing to come out every day and practice hard. We’ve had a rough season. A couple of different things have gone on that have played against us and we lost some good ballplayers last year. But to come out and beat Celina the other night like they did — they do like they’ve done their whole lives. They’re battlers. They played hard and it paid off.”
Anna will search for more of that elixir over these final two games.