The Coyotes have opened their 15 game road swing their Arizona and Las Vegas with four extremely competitive games.
In game one against Chandler Gilbert Community College in Arizona, righthander Tanner Collins threw five strong innings, allowing just one earned run on four hits while striking out two.
Unfortunately the Yotes bats were quiet and couldn’t take advantage of seven walks and two hit batters, falling 4-0.
Defensively the Coyotes committed two errors leading to three unearned runs.
Head Coach Geoff White said, “It was a good close game where we had opportunities to score but couldn’t get a clutch hit. Collins was sharp to set the expectations for the pitching staff. A couple of errors were the difference maker.”
Game 2 against Chandler Gilbert saw the Coyotes suffer a heart breaking 7-6 loss. After the Yotes scored two in the top of the ninth to tie the game, Chandler Gilbert scored the winning run off Dan Smith in the bottom half.
Zach Burlon lasted five innings allowing four earned runs, scattered eight hits and struck out two. Taylor Thomas threw just one inning, giving up a hit.
The bats came alive led by Aaron Barrett, who finished 2-5 with a double and two runs scored.
“We showed character to score three runs in the top of 9th to tie the game,” said Coach White. “It was nice to see some quality at bats to give us that chance late in the game. Our pitchers kept the game close with some good pitches, especially late in the game allowing us to stay within reach.”
For the next two games the Coyotes changed scenes and played Glendale Community College.
Allowing just one earned run, Joel Lamont suffered a 2-1 loss, despite throwing five solid innings, surrendering three hits, compiling four strikeouts and walked four batters.
Bryan Elias collected three hits including a double, while Garret Weise, Garrett Perlette and Clay Davis each collected a hit. Perlette recorded the lone Coyotes RBIs.
“Lamont was sharp holding a talented team to only three hits,” said Coach White. He made some big pitches to get out of a couple of jams. Once again we had chances to score but Glendale pitching staff kept our bats in check and we couldn’t capitalize. If we continue to get pitching like this we will have lots of opportunity to wins some games.”
In second game of the doubleheader with Glendale, the Coyotes jumped out to a 2-0 lead on the strength of a Garret Wiese (pictured) two run homer in the first inning.
However the lead was short lived after errors in the second inning led to Glendale taking over.
Starter Marcus Drewry gave up seven runs, only three earned in the Coyotes 9-2 setback.
Ryo Shishido collected two hits and a stolen base, while Brandon Graham recorded a double.
Coach White said, “Drewry threw well in the first three innings, but a couple of errors changed the game and some clutch hits by GCC put it out of reach. Again we left runners on and couldn’t get that clutch hit to chip away. We have been having quality at bats but haven’t got those big hits with runner in scoring position.”
On Monday the Coyotes will face Gateway Community College and Arizona Christian University.