Pete Garcia

The Alice Coyotes picked up Saturday just where they left off Friday night against the Mercedes Tigers.

Playing in front of a packed Alice Coyotes Baseball Complex Saturday afternoon, the home team made quick work of Mercedes in seven innings, 5-1. The Game 2 victory gives the Coyotes the Class 4A bi-district series and sends the team to the area round of the postseason to face Uvalde.The Coyotes (25-6) won Game 1 on the best-of-three series Friday night in Mercedes, 3-0.

Uvalde received a bye in the first round of the playoffs.

Much like in Game 1 where David Towler dominated Mercedes by striking out 15 batters and gave up only one hit, Alice pitcher Chris Pena controlled the tempo of Saturday's game. Other than a first-inning run, the Tigers were shutout the rest of the way by Pena. The Alice High School senior gave up only three hits through the seven innings and improved his season record to 9-2.

Pena also led the Coyotes at the plate where he went 2-for-3. R.J. Gomez and Allen Rios also went 2-for-3. Alice finished the game with nine hits.

After giving up the first-inning run, the Coyotes answered back with consecutive two-run innings in the second and third. They scored their fifth run in the bottom of the sixth.