Pete Garcia

Alice Echo-News Journal

TULOSO-MIDWAY Forget the back-to-back losses a week ago to Robstown and then state-ranked Calallen.

In this wild six-team landscape called District 31-4A, the Coyotes took a major step Thursday night towards a return trip to the state playoffs.

Alice won a marathon affair against the Tuloso-Midway Warriors in nine innings, 13-9. Moreover, the victory gives the Coyotes a 3-2 record and sole possession of second place in the 31-4A standings after the first half of play.

In the first five games of their district schedule, the Coyotes knocked off Flour Bluff, Kingsville and now Tuloso-Midway. Calallen is alone on top of the playoff race. They are now followed by Alice at 3-2. T-M and Flour Bluff are 2-3. Robstown, who handed Alice one of its losses, is 2-3.

It was a big three-run double by outfielder Justin Guerrero which finally put the Coyotes out in front for good in the top of the ninth inning.

The Coyotes jumped out in front 3-0 in the first inning with RBIs by R.J. Gomez, Allen Rios and Henry Hill. Josh Cavazos then drove in Markus Martinez in the fourth.

Trailing Alice 4-0, T-M?finally responded in the bottom of the fourth by scoring six runs. The contest went back and forth until the Coyotes won it in the ninth.

Reliever Trent Schulze was the third pitcher Alice used in the game. He helped the Coyotes pick up three outs in the bottom half of the ninth. He also took home the win.

Louie Canales started on the mound for the Coyotes, but was pulled late in the game. He was relieved by Roman Gomez.