After five and half hard-fought innings Friday evening, Alice pitcher R.J. Galvan was called for a balk.

It happens from time-to-time in baseball, but the thing about that balk called with two outs in the top of the sixth inning is it resulted in the go-ahead run crossing the plate for the Ray Texans.

The game was tied 1-1 until the call, and the Texans were able to hang on to the 2-1 lead for a crucial win in District 30-5A’s North Zone.

With the win and Calallen’s 8-4 win against Tuloso-Midway Friday night, the two teams remain on top of the North Zone standings with identical 5-1 records. Alice stayed in third at 3-3.

John Perez gave the Texan a one-run lead with an RBI single in the top of the fourth inning.

The Coyotes answered in the bottom of the fourth when a Carlos Pena triple scored Galvan from first. While Alice was able to get on the scoreboard, they missed an opportunity when their lead-off baserunner was picked off trying to reach third on a pop-fly just before Pena’s triple. The game remained even until the Texans scored on the balk.

Galvan went seven innings for Alice. He allowed only two hits and four walks while striking out nine batters. Nick Loftin was on the mound for the Texans. He gave up four hits, while walking one and striking out eight.

Galvan was 2-for-2 for the Coyotes. Pena and freshman Isaiah Aguilar also had hits.