Melissa pitcher Andrew Cole took the win in Cardinals’ run rule-shortened 15-2 take down of Class 3A Pilot Point on Tuesday, Feb. 21. The Cards jumped on the Bearcats early with nine big runs in the first inning, including a two-run homer by Dalton Vestal.

“I think we swung the bats well,” Melissa head coach Jason Russell said. “We jumped out on them. We just kept scrapping for some runs. I thought we played pretty well overall.”

“Andrew threw really well,” Russell added. “He kept his pitch count down, threw strikes. He did everything I asked him to do. He gave a chance, kept us in the game. He does that.”

Other Cardinal highlights from the game included: a double by Jake Burrow; three stolen bases and an RBI from Grayson Hurst; a two-run single by Brady Morrison and two hits from Danny Britt in three at-bats.

Coyotes blank Callisburg in new ballpark

Anna opened its new baseball facility in fine fashion on Monday, Feb. 20, shutting out Class 3A Callisburg, 10-0. Coyote pitcher Koy Harris got the win, going 4 2/3 innings with nine strikeouts and allowing four hits with no walks. Zach Howard came on in the fifth to close it out with a strikeout.

Anna played error-free ball as the Wildcats collected four miscues along the way. The Coyotes out-hit Callisburg, 6-4, in the run-rule shortened contest.

Daniel Scott went 2-for-3 at the plate for Anna, with a triple and three RBIs. Coyote Jake Williams got two hits in two at-bats, with a double and two RBIs. Colton Brown scored three times for Anna, and Jeran Lewis and Williams each came home twice.