LAREDO — The Alice Coyotes’ much-anticipated start to the new baseball season was a rough one Thursday afternoon.
Alice was shutout by Laredo United, 8-0, on the first day of the Laredo Border Olympics Thursday. It was the Coyotes’ first game of the season and the first game under new head coach Nick Alvarado.
The Longhorns rallied early off starter freshman Darrien Rogers, scoring three runs in the first and two in the second. United added three security runs in the bottom of the fifth.
United scored its eight runs off nine hits. They played five innings of errorless ball. Alice had three hits and was charged with two errors.
Rogers went four innings, allowing five runs on six hits and striking out two.
Ethan Benavidez, Isai Campos, and RJ Garcia each had a hit for the Coyotes.
The Coyotes continue the round-robin tournament Thursday night with a game against Class 6A’s Smithson Valley, which began the season ranked No. 9 in the state. Alice is scheduled to play San Benito and South San Friday. They end the tournament with a Saturday game against Beeville.
In the first, United scored on a single by Julio Taboda, a single by Mario Sauceda, and a stolen base by Sauceda in the first inning.
Leo Juarez earned the victory on the pitcher's mound for United. He allowed three hits and shutout the Coyotes over five innings, striking out three.