Former Alice head baseball coach Victor Escamilla is headed to the state baseball tournament.

Escamilla is the pitching coach for the state-bound San Antonio Reagan Rattlers.

Reagan beat Churchill, 4-0, in Game 1. They won Game 2, 5-4, Friday night to win the Region IV-6A championship in front of some 2,000 fans at Wolff Stadium. The Rattlers will play next week at Dell Diamond in the 6A UIL state tournament.

Pitcher Jake Hoggatt, Escamilla’s star pupil in the playoffs, was stellar in the series. He threw a one-hit shutout in Game 1 of the series and then earned the save in Game 2.

The Rattlers are 31-7 for the season. Reagan last played in the state tournament in 2014 in Class 5A.

It’s Escamilla’s first trip to the state tournament in his 27-year high school coaching career.

Escamilla led the Alice program from 1999 to 2015. Escamilla left as the Coyote baseball program’s winningest coach. Alice was in the postseason in nine of his 17 seasons here. Escamilla began his coaching career in Alice in 1993. After spending several seasons as an assistant under then-head baseball coach Alvaro Villalon, he took a head coaching job at Edinburg North. He returned to Alice and took over the baseball program before the 1999 season. Although Alice hadn’t been to the state baseball playoffs since 1970, the Coyotes reached the Region IV-4A championship that season and again in 2000.