4/9/2014 2:25:00 PM Coyotes fall to Moody over the weekend
By Rey Castillo
CORPUS CHRISTI -The Alice Varsity baseball team (15-9), (6-4), could not get in a comfort zone, as they fell to the Moody Trojans (21-2), (8-0), for the second time this season. The Coyotes showed heart and the will to win, but in the end it was not enough, as the Trojans cruised to a 10-0 victory Saturday afternoon at Cabaniss field in Corpus Christi, giving them a district best 8-0 start.
Starting pitcher for the Trojans Kenneth Saenz proved why he is a pitcher his teammates and coaches rely heavily on. The Coyotes only managed to come up with two hits against Saenz, as he finished the day with 6 scoreless-innings and 10 strikeouts.
Starting pitcher Isaul Molina got into trouble early for Alice, as he battled and threw strikes, but with two strikes and two outs in the first inning, a crucial error kept the inning alive as the Trojans put together five runs and never looked back the rest of the game. The Alice bats were silent the rest of the game, as Richie Hinojosa and catcher David De La Cruz were the only Coyotes to come up with hits in the loss.
"When you give Moody a lead early it makes it a tough ball game and you have to take it to a team like Moody. But we are better than we were two weeks ago and we continue to get better. These boys work hard and will continue to work hard," Head Coach Victor Escamilla said.
Although the Trojans got ahead from the start and controlled the game, Escamilla knows that his pitcher is improving with every outing and he is only going to get better.
"He pitched well and he is a better pitcher than he was three weeks ago and he will continue to improve," Escamilla said.
The Coyotes are out of third place for the moment, but with a win against Flour Bluff Tuesday, this team is back in contention with the playoffs just around the corner and four district games left.
"Ultimately we would have liked to get three-out-of-three on this road trip, but it is good to get two-out-of-three especially when Ray and Flour Bluff are ahead in the standings. There is still hope and I like I said for the last two weeks we are better and it is definitely going to show in the second half of district play," Escamilla said.