Coyotes lose in game three thriller

Uvalde and Alamo Heights topped off what was a thrilling high school bi-district playoff series with another baseball gem in game three played last Saturday at Alamo Heights.

Down 3-2, the Alamo Heights Mules scored twice in the sixth inning and held off the Coyotes the rest of the way to record a 4-3 victory.

The Coyotes broke a scoreless tie between the two teams as they plated two runs in the fourth inning.

Alamo Heights rallied to tie the game with two runs in the fifth inning.

The Uvaldeans regained the scoring lead as they scored on a run in their half of the fifth inning.

But the Mules scored twice more in the fifth inning to go up by one run and shut out the Coyotes in their final two at bats to win game three of the best-of-three series.

“Our kids played their hearts out and left it all out on the field,” said Uvalde High School head coach Sart Perez. “We played one of our best games of the season but just ran out of innings.

“I am so proud of our Coyotes. They played Heights tough. Our kids played right down to the last inning and the last out in this series and throughout the season. It isn’t easy to see this baseball season come to an end.” 

Alamo Heights posted a 9-8 hitting edge over the  the Coyotes, and took advantage of one Uvalde defensive error.

Chris Rivera singled twice and drove in one run, Matt Sandoval doubled and singled, and Chris Hernandez singled two times.

Estevan Ortiz and Sart Perez each singled. Ortiz drove in one run.

Andrew Maldonado did not record a hit, but he drove in one run with a sacrifice.

Matt Sandoval was the starting pitcher for the Coyotes. In two innings, he allowed only one hit, while he walked one batter, and struck out one batter.

Jordan Ortiz, the pitcher of record for the Coyotes, gave up seven hits, walked two batters, and struck out one batter.

Sart Perez pitched one inning in relief.

Walter Evans and Jack Williams each doubled and singled. Williams drove in one run.

Adam Parker singled twice and drove in two runs.

Gus Robison started on the mound for Heights. He pitched three and one-third innings. Robison allowed three hits, walked two batters, and struck out three batters.

Jackson Veale pitched in relief and went three and two-thirds innings. He scattered five hits, walked one, and struck out one.

With the win, the District 27-5A champion Alamo Heights Mules upped their season record to 25-11-1 and claimed a berth against the Kerrville Tivy Antlers in a Class 5A Area baseball matchup.

Coach Perez’s Coyotes finished their season with a 15-14-1 record.

“Our Coyotes had a great season,” said Coach Perez. “We will miss the seniors on this team next year. These guys all led by example.

“For the underclassmen who will return next season, it is time to go back to work this off season. We want to reload for 2020,” said Perez.

Last Friday afternoon at Jourdanton, the Mules posted a 5-2 win over the Coyotes in game two of the playoff series.

Trailing by a score of 2-1, the Mules scored four times in the bottom half of the fifth inning.

The Coyotes managed only four hits in the game.

Marcus De La Cruz and Ryan De La Cruz each hit a run-scoring triple.

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