|3/23/2013 9:55:00 AM|
Chavarria has OH-'K' night
Coyotes win second straight district game off Rony Chavarria's nine strikeouts
|Rony Chavarria led the Alice Coyotes with nine strikeouts as they downed Miller 4-0 Friday night.|
Reflecting their on-going season, the Alice Coyotes needed a little bit of time before they got into rhythm against the Bucs, but they'll thank the man on the mound for being patient.
Alice used a four-run sixth inning and nine Rony Chavarria strikeouts to put away the Miller Bucs 4-0 and grab their second straight district win Friday night at the Alice High School baseball complex.
"It was all about our defense out there and that's what I was happy about. The nine strikeouts just came," Chavarria said. "All in all our defense played well and we got the runs there at the end plus a district win so that's al lthat counts."
The Alice pitching rotation continues to find its stride as Chavarria's performance comes after a narrow 2-0 victory at Flour Bluff Tuesday night in which Chris Gonzalez allowed 10 hits but no runs.
On Friday night Chavarria allowed just one hit through seven innings and allowed no runs on the mound.
"Ron (Chavarria) got the slow start this season but we expect him to perform on his third start," head coach Victor Escamilla said. "We have a lot of expectations for him and he believes in himself.
He's a heck of a competitor."
Alice improves to 3-1 in early-season district play and has won two straight with a visit to Laredo Nixon on the schedule this week.
Alice struggled to get runs on the board early on as they had at least one hit every inning but could not capitalize until the sixth- that brought them four runs on four hits.
David De La Cruz sparked the Coyotes in the sixth inning as he hit an RBI triple that brought in Leo Cardona and Preston Valenzuela to score the first runs of the game.
A Jacob Alaniz sacrifice fly and a Juan Gonzalez single brought in the final runs of the night for Alice.
Chavarria took the win on the mound after pitching all seven innings while Miller's J.J. Alvarez was tagged with the loss.
Alice had nine hits off of Alvarez.
The Coyotes will face Nixon Tuesday at 7 p.m.
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