The organizer of the first Alice Coyote Alumni Game isn’t sure which former baseball players will show up to the event or even which ones are willing to play.
However, he is sure of a solid turnout and he’s especially sure that the Coyote baseball program will be the ultimate winner from the entire event.
The alumni game is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Alice Coyote Baseball Complex. Any player who played varsity baseball for Alice High School is invited to show up. All of the alumni players will be broken up into two teams.
“We’re going to break them up into teams and just play,” alumni game organizer Robert Gomez said. “We’re going to play for as long as we can. That’s why we’re hoping to get a lot of involvement. It’s about baseball and supporting the Alice Coyote baseball program. It doesn’t matter when you played, if you’re an ex-Coyote baseball player, you’re welcomed.”
The baseball program is also having a benefit barbecue before the game. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. before the game, the program will be selling barbecue chicken and sausage plates for $7. Proceeds from the plates goes towards the Alice baseball program to pay for out-of-town tournaments, travel and meals.
The event will conclude with a home run derby and door prizes. Admission to the game is $3 for adults.
Alice High School baseball coach Rene Chavez said he’s impressed with the support he’s seen for the baseball program and the excitement surrounding the alumni game.
“There’s a lot of community pride when it comes to Alice baseball,” Chavez said. “When I talk to guys to played here before, they talk about it with a lot of pride. You know, in Corpus Christi, there are a bunch of schools, so everyone supports a different team, but here, it’s all about the Coyotes.”