Alice High School's Cassidy Joslin is tagged out at third on a close play in the loss to Moody Tuesday night.
It wasn’t the outcome they were hoping for, but the Alice Lady Coyotes were at times impressive against a loaded Corpus Christi Moody squad in their season opener.
The Lady Trojans scored three in the top of the second and two runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings to outscore Alice, 8-5, in the Lady Coyote Softball Complex Tuesday night.
Alice freshman pitcher Ava Hernandez took the loss. The hard-throwing right-hander allowed 12 hits through five innings. She did chalk up 11 strikeouts in her first varsity start while walking three. She was relieved by senior Layla Rodriguez, who surrendered one run off three hits and a walk.
The Lady Coyotes totaled 12 hits. Senior Meaghan Molina led Alice offensively, going 4-for-4. She had a home run, an RBI and two runs scored. Hernandez was 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. Maylynn Saenz was 1-for-4 with two RBIs. Sam Hinojosa, Cassidy Joslin, Kayla Hernandez, Hanah Rodriguez and Adely Pando had a hit each.
Alice took a one-run lead in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI-double by Saenz which scored Hinojosa. Moody, which ended the game with 15 hits, responded with a three-run rally in the top of the second.
Molina’s solo-homerun in the third cut into the Lady Trojans’ lead.
After Moody scored four over the next two innings, Alice came back in the bottom of the fifth. Rodriguez, who got on board off a single to right field, scored on an error. Hernandez also drove in Hinojosa on a double. Molina, who reached on a single, later scored on a bunt by Saenz.
The Lady Coyotes trailed 7-5 when the Lady Trojans added an insurance run in the sixth.
Alice is playing in the Medina Valley softball tournament beginning Thursday.