The Anna Coyotes opened the 2020 season with a four-game split in the Harmony ISD tournament Feb. 27-29 at Big Sandy, Texas. Anna is currently without All-State shortstop and ace pitcher Rawley Hector who injured a knee during practice two weeks ago. His precise return date is not known. The Coyotes host Melissa in the District 11-4A-opener on March 24.
Brief recaps of Anna’s games at the Harmony tourney are below.
Tatum 4, Coyotes 0
On Feb. 27, Class 3A Tatum broke open a tight game with a 3-run triple in the sixth inning and went on to claim the shutout win. Two Eagles pitchers combined to 1-hit Anna and strikeout 10. Coyotes starter Jaden Torres posted five strikeouts in four innings of work while allowing three hits, one earned run and a walk. Dylan Pina came on in the fifth and permitted two hits, three earned runs and two walks. Micaiah Ross had the Coyotes’ lone hit - a lead-off double to center in the first inning.
Coyotes 14, Carlisle 0
Anna cruised past Class 2A Carlisle Feb. 28, erupting for 12 runs in the third inning for a run-ruled finish. Ross and John Mark Box each went 2-for-2 at the plate, with Ross pegging an RBI-double in the third inning and Jay Heath following with a 2-run triple. Heath led the Coyotes with 3 RBIs while Jaden Adams and Box posted two apiece. On the mound, Collyn Swindell went the whole way for Anna, holding the Indians to two hits and a walk while striking out one. The Coyotes outhit Carlisle, 7-2.
New Boston 7, Coyotes 1
Class 3A New Boston jumped to an early 3-0 lead then stacked four more runs in the fourth for the win Feb. 28. Two Lions pitchers combined to scatter four hits and strike out eight in the six-inning, time-limited contest. On the mound for Anna, starter Clayton McCaleb and Kasen Perkins combined for six strikeouts, with McCaleb allowing seven hits and three earned runs in his four innings of work. Anna was slowed by five errors. Ross, Heath, McCaleb and Josh Packard each singled for the Coyotes. Anna’s lone run came in the third inning when Ross dashed home on a wild pitch.
Coyotes 13, Quitman 2
On Feb. 29, Anna bounced back to even its record at 2-2 with a decisive win over the Class 3A Bulldogs. The Coyotes’ seven-run fourth inning ended this one early, as Packard picked up the win with 3.1 innings of 1-hit pitching. Packard struck out six and walked three before giving way to Bryce Wetzel for the game’s final two outs. Jacob Odom and Packard each doubled for Anna, with Packard’s two-base shot to right plating a team-high two RBIs. The Coyotes totaled eight hits, with Odom accounting for two of them. Anna led, 3-2, after one inning.