SINTON — A five-run rally in the second and a gem of a pitching performance by sophomore Isaiah Aguilar helped the young Alice Coyotes to a 7-2 victory over Class 4A’s state-ranked Sinton Pirates on opening night of the 2018 baseball season Monday.

After the Pirates went up 1-0 in the first inning, the Coyotes responded with a strong showing at the plate in the second. Freshmen Jacob Guzman drew a walk to a walk to begin the frame. He later advanced to third on an error and scored on a bunt by sophomore Brian Gutierrez.

Trey Jaramillo scored on a catcher’s interference call to give Alice a 2-1 lead. Agua Dulce transfer R.J. Garcia hit a single to center to score Sia Campos and extend the lead to 3-1.

Pete Beltran grounded out and scored Gutierrez from third and a sacrifice by Aguilar scored the final run of the rally.

The Coyotes got on the scoreboard again in the third with Jaramillo scored on a wild pitch. Campos scored on a wild pitch in the fifth.

The Coyotes ended the game with five hits.

The Pirates hurt themselves throughout the evening, committing five errors.

Aguilar went the distance for Alice. He gave up two runs on two hits. He walked three and struck out four. The Coyotes committed one error behind him.

The Pirates opened the preseason ranked No. 4 in Class 4A by Texas High School Baseball. Sinton returned eight starters from last year’s team which was a state semifinalist.

Alice is on the field again for the Bishop tournament beginning Thursday.