Last month at San Antonio, the Uvalde Coyotes rallied for two runs in the seventh inning and beat the Harlan Hawks, 4-3, in a district baseball thriller.
Tuesday night at Uvalde’s Marvin Kolinek Field, the Coyotes and the Hawks will battle in a District 28-5A rematch.
In the first district meeting, Harlan rallied from a 2-0 deficit to plate three runs in the sixth inning.
With the Coyotes trailing by a score of 3-2, Diego Rodriguez delivered a two-out, two-run double in the seventh inning to put Uvalde back into the lead.
The Coyotes blanked the Hawks in Harlan’s part of the inning to preserve a hard-fought win.
Harlan outhit the Coyotes, 8-4, in the contest, but the Uvaldeans made the most of their hitting as they came up with hits with base runners in scoring positions.
Coach Jason Fox’s Hawks, 3-7 in district and 8-12 for the season, will enter play Tuesday against the Coyotes coming off a Saturday afternoon matchup against the Southside Cardinals.
Results from that Harlan-Southside contest were not available at presstime.
The Hawks went into action against Southside riding a two-game district winning streak, including victories over Somerset, 5-0, and Floresville, 6-2.
Against Floresville, the Hawks rallied from a 2-0 deficit as they scored one run in the third inning, two runs in the fourth inning, and three runs in the fifth inning.
Sean Rojas hit a three-run triple for the Hawks in the fifth inning.
Coach Sart Perez’s Coyotes, 7-3 in district and 10-9-1 for the season, were to play the Southwest Dragons in a big district matchup Friday night.
Results from the Uvalde-Southwest game were not available at presstime.
The Coyotes and the Dragons went into the ball game locked in a two-way tie for second place in the District 28-5A standings.
In action last Tuesday night, the Coyotes beat the Southwest Legacy Titans, 4-2, in competition at Kolinek Field.
Trailing 2-1, the Coyotes scored twice in the fifth inning to take the scoring lead and then added a run in the sixth inning.
Estevan Ortiz singled to lead off Uvalde’s fifth inning against Legacy.
Ortiz later scored from third base on a wild pitch.
The other Uvalde run in the inning came on a sacrifice fly by Diego Rodriguez.
In the first inning, Rodriguez singled to drive in Uvalde’s first run.
Matt Sandoval drew a bases-loaded walk to drive in a Uvalde run in the sixth inning.
Andrew Maldonado singled twice to lead Uvalde’s eight-hit attack.
Joey Valerio doubled, while Diego Rodriguez, Sart Perez, Matt Sandoval, and Estevan Ortiz each singled.
Joey Valerio was the winning pitcher. He received relief help from Sart Perez.
Prior to the Legacy game, the Coyotes lost a 6-5 road decision against the Medina Valley Panthers.
Down 5-3, the Panthers scored three runs in the seventh inning to post a come-from-behind victory.
Matt Sandoval singled twice and drove in two runs, Sart Perez doubled, while Marcus De La Cruz, Ryan De La Cruz, and Jackson Ruhmann each singled.
The Coyotes will travel to Eagle Pass on Friday to play the Winn Mavericks.
That game is scheduled for an 8 p.m. start.