The Corpus Christi Lady Mustangs were sitting on a comfortable 4-1 lead in the fifth inning Tuesday night when Alice suddenly put together two of its finest innings of the season.

When Alice was finally finished, they were the winners of a convincing 9-5 decision in the District 30-5A contest against King.

After falling behind early, the Lady Coyotes came back by scoring eight runs in the fifth and sixth innings for the win, which keeps them in the hunt in the competitive district race. The Lady Coyotes are now 2-2 in 30-5A and 13-11-1 for the season.

The Lady Coyotes were trailing, 4-1, in the bottom of the fifth with Sarina Cantu scored on a passed ball. Alice scored another run in the inning off a Kayla Escobar triple, which brought in Maylynn Saenz.

King scored a run in the top of the sixth, and Alice responded with a potent two-out rally. The Lady Coyotes loaded the bases with two outs which set up a base-clearing triple by Cantu. Alice added to their lead later in the inning off a couple of King errors followed by a home run by Escobar.

Sam Hinojosa was among Alice’s leaders at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two runs. Cantu was 1-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Saenz was 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI and Escobar was 2-for-4 with three RBIs.

Alice’s Layla Rodriguez threw all seven innings. She was solid throughout, scattering five hits and one walk for five earned runs. she struck out three.

Alice coach Janay Gonzalez said she was impressed with how her team fought through adversity to win Tuesday night.

“We played the best we’ve played probably all season,” Gonzalez said. “Coming into the game, we were sitting in seventh place, so this win keeps us alive in district.”

The Alice girls play again at 8 p.m. Thursday against Corpus Christi Carroll at Cabaniss Field.