Sunnyvale’s Lady Raiders topped Anna, 4-1, on Saturday, Feb. 25, to close out the Lady Coyotes’ slate at the North Texas Invitational tournament in Sanger. Hannah Howell went four innings on the mound for Anna, allowing five hits with three strikeouts. Grace Price threw the final inning for the Lady Coyotes, posting a strikeout and allowing one hit.

Freshman Shelby Dombrowski drove in Anna’s lone run with double in the fifth inning. Madison Davis, Natalie Koenig and Nayln Koenig all had singles for Anna. The Lady Coyotes’ season record now stands at 4-3.

Anna blasts Blue Ridge on tourney’s final day

The Lady Coyotes romped past Class 2A Blue Ridge, 23-2, on Saturday, Feb. 25, at Sanger. Anna’s Grace Price threw all three innings of the time-rule shortened contest, allowing three hits. Lady Coyote Lauren Kerns went 3-for-4 at the plate, including two singles and a double. Teammates Madison Davis posted a single and double in three at-bats, and Hannah Howell collected a single and double, with two walks.

Price and Savannah Kendall each added doubles for Anna.

Lady Coyotes thump Lubbock Christian

Anna rebounded from a morning loss to S&S to dominate Lubbock Christian, 13-3, on Friday, February 24, the second day of the North Texas Invitational tournament at Sanger. The Lady Coyotes did most of their damage in the second inning, after the Lady Eagles had taken a 1-0 lead.

“We hit the ball well and we got to work on a lot of base-running things which is what I think we need to work on,” Anna head coach Lindsey Lacy said, “especially since we lost our first one today [versus S&S]. We got to come back out and kind of redeem ourselves. I thought we did a good job of that.”

Lady Coyotes pitcher Hannah Howell dominated, striking out 10 and allowing three hits.

“She’s very composed on the mound,” Lacy said of Howell. “People put the ball in play. We’ve got to learn to play defense behind her. She gets a lot of ground balls, which is all you can ask for as a coach. She’s very positive and always works hard.”

Anna freshman Shelby Dombrowski got things started in that second inning with a single, followed by one by Chastity Brown-Littleton. With runners at second and third, Hailee Anderson’s sharp single brought them both home and the Lady Coyotes led, 2-1. Freshman Nayln Koenig then reached on a single, followed by a Grace Price single that scored Anderson.

Things were going so well for Anna this inning that Nayln Koenig, trapped in a pickle between third base and home, managed to reverse course twice and score anyway, moving the Lady Coyotes’ advantage to 4-1. A Lauren Kerns single then brought Price home, boosting the Lady Coyotes’ lead to 5-1.

Madison Davis’ bunt-single loaded the bases for Howell who drove in Brown-Littleton on a fielder’s choice to first. A single brought home Kerns, who slid under the catcher’s tag for a 7-1 Anna lead.

A stand up triple by Natalie Koenig scored two more to make it, 9-1, but an Anderson double boosted the margin by another run. Davis later brought Price home on a fielder’s choice to first to make it 13-1.

So what about that inning? “When we lead off an inning with a good hit, the other girls feed off of that,” Lacy said. “That’s what we really instill in the girls: We’ve got to have some kind of lead-off for each inning. It seems like those are the innings that are big for us, when we have a good lead-off hitter.”

Leading Lady Coyote hitters included Natalie Koenig, who went 3-for-3 with a single, a double and a triple with 2 RBIs; Hailee Anderson, with a single and a double in two at-bats and two RBIs; and Madison Davis, who collected two singles and an RBI in three chances.

Lady Coyotes fall to S&S

The S&S Lady Rams topped Anna, 8-2, on Friday, Feb. 24, revenge of sorts for S&S whom the Lady Cards had defeated three days prior, 2-1. In this one, S&S broke out to a 6-0 lead after three at bats before Anna rallied for two in the bottom of the inning. The Lady Rams would add two insurance runs in the fourth.

“S&S, obviously, they’re a good team,” Anna head coach Lindsey Lacy said. “We played them on Tuesday, and we got the win. They figured us out a little bit, they made adjustments and they played really well.”

Lauren Kerns led Anna hitters with two singles in three at-bats. Shelby Dombrowski and Hailee Anderson each had a single and an RBI for the Lady Coyotes. Anna pitcher Hannah Howell stuck out four before giving way to Grace Price, who struck out three.

Anna opens Sanger tourney with win

The Lady Coyotes had no problem downing Class 2A Bland on Thursday, Feb. 23, on the opening day of the North Texas Invitational at Sanger. Anna exploded for five runs in the second inning enroute to a 7-1 victory. Grace Price picked up the win, spreading five hits over five innings’ pitched, while striking out five and allowing no earned runs. She also helped herself at the plate with a double and coming around to score.

Freshman Shelby Dombrowski tallied four RBIs for the Lady Coyotes off two singles in three at-bats. Anna’s Hannah Howell also collected a pair of singles and an RBI, and teammate Savannah Kendall drove in a run with a single. Lady Coyote Shataelyn King also added a double in two plate appearances.

Lady Coyotes rally, edge S&S at home

Anna’s Hannah Howell swatted a double in the in the bottom of the sixth inning to bring Madison Davis home with the eventual game-winning run in the Lady Coyotes’ 2-1 win over S&S on Tuesday, Feb. 21. It was Howell’s second double of the game.

Davis had just tied the game at 1-1 with an RBI triple to score Lauren Kerns, who had reached on a bunt single. The Lady Rams, after four scoreless innings, broke on top with a run in the top of the fifth.

Howell (1-1) also picked up the win for Anna (1-1), going all seven innings and collecting seven strikeouts.

Lady Cards top Van Alstyne in non-district play

Melissa rolled past Van Alstyne’s Lady Panthers, 7-2, at home on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

Alexis Pevehouse (6-1) got the win for the Lady Cardinals, allowing five hits and two walks in seven inning’s work. She struck out nine. Ashtyn Ishcomer worked the mound for the Lady Panthers, giving up five hits, four walks and seven earned runs in six innings. She struck out five.

In the bottom of the first, Melissa’s Becca Pittman smacked a double to the centerfield fence that scored both Pevehouse and Audrey Solomon. In the third, the Lady Cardinals boosted their lead to 4-0 when catcher Kylee Brakebill brought home Pevehouse and Kennedy Eanes with a single up the middle. Brakebill then stole home, pushing Melissa’s margin to 5-0.

In the fifth, Pevehouse picked up another single and scored on a wild pitch, and Brakebill later came home on a put-out at first base.

Van Alstyne’s Peyton Welch hit two doubles in three plate appearances.