North Lamar roughs up Coyotes

North Lamar’s Panthers rolled past Anna, 14-4, on Saturday, March 4, at Van Alstyne in non-district tournament play. A seven-run third inning was the big blow to the Coyotes, as the Panthers quickly expanded their 4-2 lead. Two homers and a triple in the inning pushed North Lamar’s advantage to 9-2. An error and a single brought across two more Panther runs.

Daniel Scott collected a team-high three hits for Anna (3-4-3). The Coyotes committed four errors in the contest to none for North Lamar. Three pitchers worked for Anna: Koy Harris, Jeran Lewis and Derek Kirschner.

Coyotes, Panthers battle to a draw

Anna and Van Alstyne scrapped to 1-1 tie on Friday, March 3, at Van Alstyne in a tournament time-rule limited game. The Panthers tied the contest in the bottom of the sixth on Jordan Velekei’s single to left that scored Chase Wilson from second. The Coyotes (3-3-3) had taken the lead in the fifth, when Lawrence Goade got things started with a walk. Jeran Lewis sacrifice-bunted Goade to second, and Goade soon motored to third on a passed ball. Daniel Scott’s line drive to right brought Goade home and the Coyotes led, 1-0.

Scott worked the mound all six innings for Anna, allowing three hits and striking out six.

Cedar Hill shuts out Coyotes

Kyland Richey hurled a no-hit shutout for five innings to lift Cedar Hill past Anna, 9-0, on Friday, March 3, at Van Alstyne. The Longhorns led, 8-0, after three innings. Keagan Williams and Kaden Burkoff did the most damage at the plate for Cedar Hill, with two hits each and five combined RBIs.

Colton Brown pitched four innings for Anna, allowing nine hits and five earned runs, while striking out five. Coyote Derek Kirschner closed out the final inning, allowing one hit. Anna was plagued by three errors in the game while Cedar Hill played error-free ball.

Howard’s walk-off single beats Sunset

Zach Howard’s single in the bottom of the sixth inning scored Daniel Scott from third base, lifting Anna past Dallas Sunset, 4-3, on Thursday, March 2, at the GCEC/Panther Classic. Howard also went six innings on the mound for Anna, spreading three hits and striking out five. Scott led the Coyotes’ batters with two hits in two at-bats.

Sunset led early, 1-0, but Anna answered with two runs in the second. Scott’s line drive to center scored Trey Good from third, then Mason Simmons came home when Howard walked with the bases loaded. The Bison tied it at 2 in the fourth, but Anna hit back on Jake Williams’ run-scoring double in bottom half of the frame.

The Bison would knot the game once more in the sixth before Howard’s walk-off single ended it.

Coyotes rally to down Commerce

ANNA — Anna’s Coyotes found themselves down, 6-3, in the fourth inning to a scrappy Commerce squad on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Anna Sports Complex. But no worries: They simply broke out the big sticks in their half of fourth and cruised to a 15-10 win.

The Coyotes sent 11 batters to the plate that inning and when the turf’s rubber pebbles had settled, Anna had seven new runs and a 10-6 lead. The Tigers wouldn’t lead or tie the rest of the way.

“I liked the fact that we got down … and came back in the fourth and scored seven, then two in the next inning and two in the next,” Anna head coach Joey Hector said. “And I was glad that we swung the bats a lot better than we’ve been swinging them.”

Hector said his pitching was “a little bit sketchy,” though.

“We’re a little beat up after the tournament last week (at Harmony). Pitch-count-wise we had to watch some things there. We didn’t command the zone very well – off-speed wasn’t there. It was basically a bull pen is what it was, and it wasn’t a very sharp bull pen.”

Koy Harris went four innings for Anna, allowing six hits, four earned runs and collecting five strike outs, before Jeran Lewis and Daniel Scott came on to close it out. Lewis allowed four hits, including a homer, and four earned runs, with two strikeouts. Scott gave up one hit and no runs in one inning.

Scott, Zach Howard, Lawrence Goade and Colton Brown each posted two hits for the Coyotes.

Trey Good opened the Coyotes’ big fourth with a double to left, followed by a Jake Williams single. Mason Williams then walked to load the bases for Scott, who walked as well, bringing in a run. A Brown single to left drove in two more, knotting the game at 6-6. With one out, and after a double steal, Harris stepped to the plate with two runners in scoring position. His sacrifice ground-out brought home Scott with the go-ahead run.

Goade kept things rolling for Anna with a two-out walk followed by Lewis’ sharp two-RBI single to right-center and the Coyotes led, 9-6. Good followed with another single to right-center, pushing another run across for a four-run lead.

The teams traded two run each in the fifth, the highlights being Kolton Abrams’ two-out solo home run for Commerce and Goade’s double down the third-base line to push the Coyotes’ lead back to four, at 12-8.

In the sixth, the Tigers scratched out a run before Anna put the game away three more scores. Scott’s two-out double to the left-field wall brought home Williams, who had singled to center. Brown then brought Scott around with a shot to center. With two out, Brown scored to make it 15-9, on Commerce’s failed try to throw out Howard at first.

Anna broke on top, 1-0, in the first inning on a Howard single to center that scored Scott. Commerce tied it in the top of the second on Jarrod Hill’s single up the middle that drove in Kolton Adams. Adams had bounced a double over the left field wall to set up the score.

The Coyotes went back ahead, 3-1, in the third, scoring on a balk call and a Goade single that brought in Harris from second. That’s when Commerce answered with five runs to lead, 6-3. Hector said he was impressed with the Class 3A Tigers.

“They’re better than they’ve been in the past. They’ve got a couple of good arms, their defense is good and they swung the bats well. … The coach there has done a great job with what he got going on right now.”

— Rick Atkinson


Melissa falls to FM Marcus JV

Class 6A Flower Mound Marcus’ JV squad thumped Melissa, 10-1, at Pilot Point on Saturday, March 4, to close out Cardinal play in the Gunter/Pilot Point tournament. The Marauders jumped out to 5-0 first-inning lead and plated another four runs in the fourth.

Melissa’s lone run came in the top of the fourth, when Danny Britt’s single to left brought home Brady Morrison from second base, cutting Marcus’ lead to 6-1. Morrison and Adam Davis also collected hits for the Cards (3-9).

Boyd rallies past Cards late

The Boyd Yellowjackets posted five runs in the sixth inning to sink Melissa, 10-6, at Pilot Point on Saturday, March 4, after the Cards had taken a 6-5 lead in the fifth. Jake Burrows had just doubled to center to score Brady Morrison and David Crees and give Melissa the lead for the first time in the game.

Sam Cain threw five innings for the Cards (3-8), allowing five hits with four strikeouts. Crees and Sean Turnage pitched the sixth, with Crees allowing three earned runs on three hits and Turnage giving up one hit in one-third of an inning.

Melissa tops Graham at Gunter

Melissa’s Cardinals (3-7) corralled Graham, 5-3, on Friday, March 3, in tournament play at Gunter. Adam Davis led the Cards with two hits and two RBIs, as winning pitcher Brady Morrison sprinkled five hits in six innings and registered seven strikeouts.

In the Cards’ three-run third inning, Cody Jackson got things started, scoring on an error by the Steers’ third baseman. Danny Vestal, who had moved to third on the same play, then came home on a passed ball, and Melissa led, 3-1. An Adam Davis single to right field later brought home Morrison. Graham would score on an error in the bottom of the third, then draw to within 4-3 in the fourth when a Steer scored from third on a sacrifice fly.

In the fifth, Melissa picked up an insurance run on Andrew Cole’s double to left field, which brought home Jake Burrow.

Cards fall to Holliday

Holliday broke open a tight game with a two-run double in the fifth inning and cruised on to a 5-1 win over Melissa at Gunter. The Cards opened with a 1-0 lead in the first and held it till the third when the Class 3A Eagles put a run across then went ahead with another in the fourth.

Melissa’s early lead was provided by Grayson Hurst, who went from first to third on passed-ball pitches. Dalton Vestal led Melissa with two hits in three at-bats. Andrew Cole pitched all seven innings for the Cards, allowing 10 hits while posting six strikeouts. Melissa (2-7) collected five hits and committed two errors in the loss.

Allen JV defeats Melissa at Gunter

Class 6A Allen’s JV got by Melissa, 9-4, on Thursday, March 2, at Gunter. The Cards (2-6) rallied from a 3-0 deficit in first to trail, 6-4, after four, but the Eagles pulled away with three more runs in the fifth.

Tate Whittington led Melissa with 2 hits and 2 RBIs in three at-bats. Krisjon Segleski went five innings on the mound for the Cards, allowing eight hits and striking out five. Whittington pitched the sixth inning and struck out three. The Cards committed two errors to none for Allen.

Gunter builds early lead, tops Cards

The Gunter Tigers built a 5-1 lead after two innings and added three in the fifth to stop Melissa, 8-1, on Thursday, March 2, in tournament play at Gunter. Both teams put up five hits, but the Cards (2-5) were slowed by four errors.

Adam Davis threw two innings for Melissa, allowing five runs on three hits, with one strikeout. Austin Testerman came on for the Cards of three innings and allowed three runs on two hits and struck out five. Jake Burrow’s second-inning double provided Melissa’s lone run.

Cards go 1-4 at Frisco Heritage tourney

Melissa dropped four of five contests against Class 5A-6A competition at the Frisco Heritage tournament, Feb. 23-25. North Forney, Heritage, Amarillo and Dallas W.T. White all recorded wins over the Cards, while Royse City fell, 8-2, on Friday.