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home : sports : alice coyotes August 20, 2014

5/11/2013 12:33:00 AM
Missed opportunities
Calallen gets by Alice in game one of Area round playoffs
Nomar Garcia makes a play at second
Nomar Garcia makes a play at second
Mark Molina
Sports Editor

CORPUS CHRISTI - After last week's win over Mission, Alice's Oscar Resendez was confident they could hang with Calallen, but he didn't say for how long.
After being tied for most of the first five innings, Alice would allow two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and eventually lose 6-1 to No. 3 Calallen and fall behind 1-0 in their best-of-three Area playoff series.
The Coyote bats looked hot early as they grabbed a 1-0 but a Wildcat rally in the bottom of the fifth put Alice behind by two runs while missed opportunities left them stranded.
"The scouting report on Duarte (Dylan) said you had to get to him early where he is most vulnerable, and we strung together some hits," Alice head coach Victor Escamilla said.
"Unfortunately the key to the game was that sixth inning where we had the bases loaded with one out but we hit into a double play and that kind of killed the momentum there. Cullen (Vaught) bobbled a couple early but he made up for it and made a good play."
Friday ended a seven-game winning streak for Alice and was their first loss since April 9 when they fell to state-ranked Moody.
As the series switches to Alice Saturday, the Coyotes know they face a tough task against a highly touted program, but the Coyotes are out for, at the very least, respect.
"A program like Calallen with the rich history they have, we want to win but win or lose we will have everybody's respect win or lose," Escamilla said. "To get to the next series, respect isn't going to do it. We have to find a way to win the next game and get those clutch hits."
Alice took the lead early after challenging Calallen pitcher Dylan Durate in the top of the first when Preston Valenzuela smacked an RBI single into left center field to bring in lead-off man Juan Gonzalez.
Alice would get two hits in that inning but only register two more without scores.
Things looked promising for Alice as they held the state-ranked Wildcats to just three hits in the first four innings, but Calallen would cross two runs in the fifth on three hits.
Unfortunately for the Coyotes, missed chances would set them back down two runs in the top of the sixth after they loaded the bases with one man out only to see David De La Cruz hit into a double play to end the inning.
The Wildcats would pull away in the bottom half of the inning with three more runs on four hits.
"There were some hoppers that were high, but we couldn't really do much about those. We didn't have many errors-you have to tip your hats off to them, they're a great team." Jakob Alaniz said.
Rony Chavarria took the loss, allowing three runs on seven hits, but still struck out six.
Durante will pick up the win for Calallen after holding Alice to just four hits.
Games kicked off at 1 p.m. To view the results from Saturday visit

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