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home : sports : alice coyotes August 28, 2014

4/27/2013 12:49:00 AM
Lady Yellow Jacket's early sting enough to get by Alice
Lady Coyotes bttle back from five runs down, but fall short in extra innings
Gabby Villarreal
Gabby Villarreal
Mark Molina
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Lexi Villarreal was money in the circle for her team as they once again climbed back into a game after trailing big, but the damage had been done early.
The Alice Lady Coyotes battled back from five runs down, only to fall short against Edcouch-Elsa 6-5 in game one of their bi-district playoff series Friday night at the Alice Coyote Softball Complex.
Alice's bats would stay cold throughout the long game as runners stayed stranded, but Edcouch pitcher Zenaida Guerrero would make life at the plate hard throughout the night.
"That's definitely not the way you want to start any game, but I had no doubt we could come back. We have been doing it all season," head coach April Atterberry said. "The problem is that the kids had to battle to get in scoring position. It is unfortunate to leave that many kids on and have some of our players not produce with kids in scoring position."
Alice scored just two runs through the first five innings before a solo homerun by Lisette Lynch with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning sparked three straight hits including an RBI single by Gabby Villarreal that brought in Bianca Molina and Daisy Martinez that tied the game.
In the top of the ninth, however, Edcouch would take advantage of an error at first base when Stephany Canales couldn't keep the handle on a throw, allowing the Lady Jackets to score what would be the winning run.
With the loss Alice fell behind 0-1 in the three-game series and would have to take two games on the road in Edcouch-Elsa at noon and thirty minutes after the conclusion of that game should they come out victorious.
Friday night Lisette Lynch had a short-lived run in the circle as she gave up five runs on four hits and three walks, including a three run homer to Edcouch's Jacky Flores to give the Lady Jackets a 5-0 lead.
Villarreal would take the circle with two on and no outs and retire the next three batters and proceed to pitch the next eight innings.
Villarreal would give up only three hits in the circle and the one unearned run in the ninth inning, but did have nine strikeouts, including five against her first nine batters.
Still, Villarreal knows that they need the run support to match the defense.
"I have a lot of confidence in our team because we are a good comeback team," Villarreal said.
"We need to show up and be ready to hit the ball because lack of confidence makes a difference. We didn't hit very well tonight because despite our hits, we didn't get the win."
Alice had trouble scoring runs as they left nine runners on base throughout the night.
Gabby Villarreal led the way for the Lady Coyotes, going 4-for-5 from the plate that included an RBI single that tied the game.
Sarah Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Molina went only 2-for-5, hitting two singles, one of which hit the back fence that would have tied the game at six in the bottom of the ninth but fell back into play.
Visit our website at to view the results of the rest of the bi-district series.

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