In their second-straight must-win road test on Friday, Anna’s Coyotes shut out first place Sanger, 5-0, to stay alive in the post-season hunt with one game left. In a complete game performance for Anna, Rawley Hector struck out 13 and walked no one.
Hector also went 2-for-2 at the plate.
Michael Burnside’s 3-RBI double to right in the sixth inning effectively sealed the deal for the Coyotes. Zach Howard and Dylan Burr had reached base on back-to-back singles to open the frame then, with one out, Derek Kirschner walked to load the bases. Josh Packard got aboard on a fielder’s choice to home and the bases remained loaded for Jaden Adams. Adams’ single to center scored Burr for a 2-0 Anna lead.
Up next, Burnside cleared the bases with his two-bagger on a 2-1 pitch.
The Coyotes had taken a 1-0 lead in the fifth when Kirschner scored from third on a passed ball.
Three days prior to this win, Anna blanked Celina, 2-0, with Howard going the distance on the mound.
In defeating Sanger, the Coyotes’ district mark improved to 4-5. With a win over 0-9 Gainesville Tuesday — and a Melissa victory over Celina — the Coyotes and Celina will meet in a play-in game for the district’s fourth playoff spot.