Coyotes play home opener Tuesday

Following nearly a month of baseball, the Uvalde Coyotes will make their home debut Tuesday afternoon when they host the La Vernia Bears.

Action at Marvin Kolinek Field will get underway at 1 p.m.

Coach Adam Borgfeld’s La Vernia Bears, 3-0 for the season, were in La Grange for tournament play this weekend.

Tomorrow, the Bears will be on the road for action against the Nixon-Smiley Mustangs, before taking on the Coyotes.

La Vernia has chalked up victories over San Antonio Brackenridge, 15-10, Devine, 5-1, and Blanco, 10-2.

Prior to their season home debut, the Coyotes will journey to Austin tomorrow to play the Akins Eagles at Borger Field.

The Coyotes will enter their season opener tomorrow following weekend tournament action in the Joseph A. Tivy Classic at Kerrville.

They were to face the San Antonio St. Mary’s Hall Barons and the Schertz St. John Paul II Guardians in tournament games Thursday.

Friday, the Coyotes were to play the Kerrville Tivy Antlers, while yesterday, the Coyotes were to take on St. Mary’s Hall in a tourney rematch.

Complete results from tourney will be reported in Thursday’s edition of the Uvalde Leader-News.

Last weekend, Coach Ricky Salazar’s Coyotes, 5-2-1 for the season, took part in the rain-shortened Mira’s South Texas Classic tournament at Corpus Christi.

The Coyotes won their first two games of the tournament last Thursday,

They lost their first game Friday, but came back to post a tie in the second game.

Tourney action Saturday was canceled because of inclement weather.

“Overall it was a good tournament for us,” said Coach Salazar.

“Against Northside, we got off to a 7-0 lead, but allowed them to come back and take an 8-7 lead. But our kids battled back to post a victory. Our kids did a good job of overcoming adversity against a good-hitting Northside team,” said Salazar.

In their tourney opener, the Coyotes crushed the Kingsville Brahmas 12-0.

Mitchell Henderson pitched a four-hit shutout. He stuck out three batters.

Joey Valerio posted two hits and drove in four runs.

Jacob Treviño had two hits and drove in three runs.

Matthew Sandoval recorded one hit.

In their second game of the tournament, the Coyotes edged the Houston Northside Falcons in an 11-10 thriller.

Joey Valerio, Michael Mata and Matthew Sandoval each came up with two hits and drove in a pair of Uvalde runs. Valerio hit a home run.

Brandon Flores also contributed two hits, while Jacob Treviño had one hit and drove in a run.

Jacob Treviño and Matthew Sandoval combined mound efforts for the Coyotes. The each chalked up three strikeouts.

In their lone loss, the Coyotes dropped a 5-1 decision to the Corpus Christi Carroll Tigers.

“Defensive mistakes hurt us against Carroll,” said Salazar. “Having one bad inning has been our nemesis in our losses this season,” said Salazar. “We will continue work on defense to improve and to finish ball games.”

Marcus De La Cruz had a hit and drove in the lone Uvalde run.

Tito Garza collected two hits, while Matthew Sandoval had one hit.

Michael Mata was the pitcher of record.

Last Friday night, the Coyotes battled the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Bears to a 1-1 tie.

Michael Mata had two hits and drove in a run.

Jacob Treviño and Matthew Sandoval each contributed a hit.

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