Weatherford Democrat

April 3, 2014

Coyotes’ late-inning rally gains split with NCTC


Weatherford Democrat

— By GREG WEBB

The Weatherford College Coyotes came into the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference (NTJCAC) match against North Central Texas College sorely needing wins to move up in the standings.  

The Coyotes did not get the win in the first game of a double header, dropping a 6-3 decision to the Lions, but gave themselves a chance to yet take the 4-game series, reversing the score on NCTC in the nightcap with a 6-3 victory.

In Game 2, WC got on the board first with an RBI single by freshman catcher Valente Canada in the second inning. But the lead was short-lived, as NCTC tied the game in the top of the fourth, adding a another run in the fifth frame and yet another in the sixth, giving WC a 2-run deficit.

WC starter Brandon Boone, who had six K’s in his five-inning stint, was let off the hook in the bottom of the sixth, when Weatherford native Trooper Reynolds sent a homer over the left field wall. 

The sophomore had flied out to left in an earlier inning, just getting under the ball a bit, but made good on this one as it sailed well over the fence. Scotland Church, who had two hits and scored twice in the nightcap, was sitting at first by virtue of a single as the 2-run blast knotted the score at three.

WC reliever Andrew Hendel and NCTC’s starter Stephen Caillet threw a couple more scoreless innings before WC secured the win in its half of the eighth.

After Church’s second hit doubled home Taylor Sugar, sophomore Shane Crawford cleared the bases with a home run, again leaving the park over the left field fence.

Hendel closed out the ninth in order, collected the win and WC had their split.

The Lions and Coyotes will play the final two games of the 4-game series on Saturday as WC travels to play in Gainesville, with a 1 p.m. start. The Coyotes are back home on April 12 to play the back in of a series with Ranger.