At Princeton, the playoff-bound Panthers built a 3-1 lead after five innings then pulled away to defeat Anna, 6-1, on Tuesday, April 25, in the final regular-season game for both teams. The result dropped the Coyotes to 1-9 in the district race and gave Princeton sole-possession of third place with a 5-5 mark.
The Panthers out-hit Anna, 7-1, with the Coyotes’ Zach Howard smacking a double to center field in the top of the sixth that moved Koy Harris to third base. In the fifth, Lawrence Goade drove in the Coyotes’ lone run on a fielder’s choice ground ball to the short stop.
“I thought Zach Howard pitched a phenomenal game,” Anna head coach Joey Hector said. “He did some good things on the mound to finish his sophomore year. I was proud to see that. I thought we competed hard. We had the bases loaded again a couple of times at crucial moments and just couldn’t get the big hit, or we had a base-running mistake.”
“It’s been a rough year,” he added. We’ll reflect in a couple of days and realize that we were in every one of the games except for one, really. We competed pretty well, except for the Princeton game the first time. We were a hit away, here and there. But, obviously, we’ve got a ways to go still.”