Written by Corbett Smith
No. 9 hitter the hero as Colleyville Heritage beats Coppell to force deciding game
COLLEYVILLE — Clutch hits are pretty much expected from Colleyville Heritage right fielder Cody Thomas — a two-sport star headed to Oklahoma, if a major league club doesn’t snatch him up first.
That’s not necessarily the case for sophomore second baseman Alex Alvarenga, his team’s No. 9 hitter.
Both got crucial hits in the final two innings, giving Heritage a 3-2 win over Coppell in Game 2 of the Class 5A Region I bi-district round and forcing a deciding game Saturday.
Alvarenga hit a two-out, game-winning single down the third-base line, driving in pinch runner Logan Swofford from second. Alvarenga, who won Heritage’s first district game with a walk-off single, was swamped by his teammates soon after rounding first base.
“It’s amazing, to get another opportunity and to get a chance to win the series,” Alvarenga said.
Coppell starter Davis Oliver had cruised through the first five innings, allowing just two singles. With back-to-back doubles in the sixth by Jake Plotsky and Matt Delaney, Coppell took a 2-0 lead.
But in the bottom of the inning, after an Alvarenga walk, Thomas crushed a pitch off the left-center field wall for an RBI double.
“He’d been throwing a lot of first-pitch fastballs and no one had really jumped on it,” Thomas said.
Two pitches later, Thomas scored, stealing third on a dropped ball at the plate and popping up to run to home when the catcher’s throw went awry. Thomas ran through Heritage coach Alan McDougal’s stop sign in the process.
“We’ve got some good players on our team, but there’s no one I’d rather have at the plate when it matters the most,” McDougal said. “He just makes things happen.”
The following inning, with a Coppell runner on third and two outs, McDougal loaded the bases with two intentional walks, looking for a favorable matchup for closer Jason Adams. It worked, as Adams got a ground ball to end the inning.
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