Calallen tops UHS in series finale

James Volz|Leader-News Senior lefthander Connor Kimball pitches the ball toward the batter at home plate. The pitch came during the fifth inning of the Uvalde-Calallen playoff game last Saturday at Marvin Kolinek Field. Kimball pitched the final two and one-third innings of the game for the Coyotes. He allowed one hit, walked two batters, and struck out two batters.

There was not enough hitting or defense by the Uvalde Coyotes last Saturday afternoon as they lost a 7-0 baseball decision to the Calallen Wildcats in the second and final game of their bi-district playoff series.

The Uvaldeans managed only two hits off Calallen pitchers, while the Coyotes committed six defensive errors.

Calallen fans at Uvalde’s Marvin Kolinek field had something early to cheer about as the Wildcats used two hits and two Uvalde fielding errors to plate two runs in the second inning.

Colton Duff led off the inning with a double.

Clay Faught and Brian Juarez made it to base safely on back-to-back Uvalde fielding miscues.

Duff scored on the second fielding error.

Two outs later, Noah Rios singled to right field to load the bases.

John Gaddis drew a walk to drive in the second Calallen run of the inning.

The Wildcats plated a run in the third inning to up their lead to 3-0.

Bryce Belusuk led off the inning and made it to base on a throwing error by the Coyotes.

Pitcher Michell Henderson struck out the next two batters.

Brian Juarez doubled to center field to drive in Belusuk.

The Wildcats broke the game open as they scored four times in the fifth inning.

Brandon Broughton led off the inning with an infield single.

Bryce Belusuk then singled to right field.

Colton Duff then walked to load the bases with no outs.

A Uvalde throwing error on a fielder’s choice play resulted in two Calallen runners scoring.

Brent Gamez singled to drive in a run.

The final run of the inning came as the result of a bases-loaded walk.

After being held to only one hit through the first four innings by Calallen senior pitcher Zach Rumfield, the Coyotes loaded the bases with two outs in their half of the fifth inning.

With one out, Joel Treviño was hit by a Rumfield pitch.

Rumfield then walked Jacob Treviño.

He got the next batter to fly out to the shortstop.

Michael Mata drew a walk off Rumfield to load the bases, but Rumfield got the following batter to fly out to end Uvalde’s scoring threat.

Rumfield struck out four of the next five batters that he faced.

With two outs in Uvalde’s part of the seventh inning, Rumfield exited the game because of the pitch-limit rule.

Justin Quinn came in to pitch in relief.

Jacob Treviño greeted the next pitcher with a single to left field.

But Quinn got the next batter to pop out to the first baseman to end the ball game.

Rumfield and Quinn combined efforts for a two-hit shutout.

Jordan Ortiz made it to first base on an infield single off Rumfield in the third inning.

Rumfield, the winning pitcher, hit two batters, walked four batters, and struck out seven during his six and two-thirds innings on the mound.

With the victory, Coach Steve Chapman’s Wildcats, now 18-11-1 for the season, won the bi-district baseball series.

Coach Ricky Salazar’s Coyotes ended their 2017 baseball season with a 10-16-1 record.

Mitchell Henderson, the pitcher of record for the Coyotes, gave up seven hits, walked three batters and struck out six batters during his four and two-third innings of work.

Because of six Uvalde defensive errors, none of Calallen’s seven runs were earned.

Connor Kimball came in to pitch in relief of Henderson in the fifth inning.  He pitched the rest of the way for the Coyotes.

Kimball allowed one hit, walked two batters, and struck out two batters.

Bryce Belusuk singled twice to lead Calallen’s offensive attack.

Brian Juarez and Colton Duff each doubled, while Noah Rios, John Gaddis, Brent Gamez, and Brandon Broughton each singled.

Jacob Treviño and Jordan Ortiz singled for the Coyotes.

Calallen played error-free baseball, while the Coyotes made six defensive errors.

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