Going into their final game before the start of their District 30-5A North Zone campaign, Alice coach Rene Chavez was looking for a competitive outing against perennial baseball powerhouse Corpus Christi Moody.

What Alice did was more than competitive. The Coyotes knocked off the former state-ranked Trojans, 3-2, and created a swell of momentum that could end up carrying Alice a long way this season.

“We’ve played well all season, and we were still trying to get to know one another,” Chavez said, “We were still trying to find the right order of players and things like that. I know that there a couple of games that we lost that we should have won.”

Alice, 11-5-1, now has an opportunity to see just how good they are in a game that matters to the bottom line. The Coyotes are beginning District 30-5A North Zone play this week with a game against Corpus Christi Ray Tuesday at home and a Friday game against Gregory-Portland at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi. And like most seasons, the district is again loaded.

“Looking at the district, there are no slouches,” Chavez said. “I think people around the district see us as the slouches, because on paper we really don’t look like much. But, I think if we play like we’re capable of playing, we’ll surprise some people.”

Alice used that approach to beat Corpus Christi Moody Friday night. The Coyotes scored a run after Sergio Hernandez drew a walk and came around to score. Later in the second inning, R.J. Garcia hit a two-run RBI to give Alice a 3-0 lead. Behind the pitching of starter and freshman Isai Campos and later reliever Isaiah Aguilar, the Coyotes were able to keep the Trojans at bay.

Campos gave up just four hits and two walks through six innings. Aguilar was hitless in the seventh inning.

“I think we’re capable of beating anybody,” Chavez said. “We have a good corps and a good team that’s really come together. I think if we continue to get better, we’re really going to have a chance to do something this season.”