After being shutout in their previous game, the Uvalde Coyotes made up for it in a big way Monday night as they collared the Somerset Bulldogs, 11-0, in district baseball action.
Playing before a large home crowd at Marvin Kolinek Field, the Coyotes banged out 10 hits and took advantage of three Somerset errors on the way to their lopsided win.
Ryan De La Cruz ripped a two-out, walk-off single to drive in the runs needed to end game by way of the 10-run rule in the sixth inning.
With the victory, the Coyotes maintained their spot at the top of the District 28-5A standings. They now are 10-4 in district play and 13-10-1 for the season overall.
The Coyotes got off to a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
Marcus De La Cruz was hit by a Daniel Ramos pitch.
De La Cruz advanced to second base on a passed ball by the catcher.
He later scored on a Somerset throwing error.
In the second inning, the Coyotes plated five runs to extend their lead to 6-0.
Estevan Ortiz singled to left field and Jacob Albarado beat out an infield single.
Ryan De La Cruz was hit by a pitch.
With the bases loaded and no outs, Marcus De La Cruz delivered a single to left field to drive in Ortiz and Albarado.
At that point, Somerset made a pitching change as right fielder Jared Bielefeld came in to pitch in relief for Daniel Ramos.
Bielefeld’s first pitch was a wild pitch and Ryan De La Cruz scored from third base on the play, while Marcus De La Cruz advanced from second base to third base.
Chris Rivera hit a sacrifice fly to center field to drive in De La Cruz from third base.
Bielefeld walked Matt Sandoval and hit Diego Rodriguez with a pitch.
After that, Somerset changed pitchers again as third baseman Moses Flores came in to pitch.
Sandoval scored the final run of the inning on a passed ball.
Up 6-0, the Coyotes relied on the shut-out pitching performance of Sart Perez, who scattered four hits through six innings.
Perez walked two batters and struck out seven batters.
Somerset put two runners on base in the first inning, but Perez’s teammates supported him with a double play to end the inning.
In the fourth inning, catcher Chris Rivera threw out a Somerset base runner who tried to steal second base.
The Coyotes scored three runs in the fifth inning to up their lead to 9-0.
Joe Aviles and Jacob Albarado reached base on Somerset throwing errors.
Ryan De La Cruz doubled to deep right center field to plate Aviles and Albarado.
De La Cruz scored later in the inning on a sacrifice fly by Matt Sandoval.
With two outs in the sixth inning, Joe Aviles and Andrew Maldonado hit back-to-back singles.
Ryan De La Cruz ended the game with his hit. He wound up with four runs batted in.