Maybe it was divine intervention, but a day after receiving a blessing by Fr. Julian Cabrera during a team dinner, the Alice Coyotes snapped a six-game skid by beating Flour Bluff, 6-1, Thursday.

Whatever it was, the Coyotes seemed like a different ball club than in recent weeks against the Hornets. Alice had eight hits to Flour Bluff’s four. The Coyotes, who at times have struggled with errors this season, were charged with only one in the game.

Pitcher Jacob Guzman went the distance for Alice on the mound. He struck out five while walking four. The hard-throwing sophomore was solid throughout and even managed to pitch his way out of a first-inning jam after loading the bases by giving up a single and back-to-back walks. Guzman was able to force an infield ground ball to end the inning.

Senior Joshua Trevino led the Coyotes offensively going 2-for-3 with two RBIs. He also scored a run. R.J. Garcia, Isaiah Aguilar and Aaron Arellano each had a hit and an RBI. Guzman, Ethan Benavidez and R.J. Carrillo also had hits in the game.

The Coyotes went up 1-0 in the bottom of the third inning after a lead-off triple by Carrillo and a sacrifice fly ball by Trevino.

The Hornets tied the game in the top of the fourth inning with a double by Kamron Snodgrass and ground ball by Aiden Perez.

Alice opened things up with a three-run rally in the bottom of the fifth. The Coyotes scored on an RBI double by Aguilar and an RBI single by Arellano. Cash Benavidez also drove in a run on a sacrifice.

The Coyotes added two runs in the bottom of the sixth on a bunt by Trevino which scored baserunner Sergio Hernandez from third. Garcia then brought in a run on a sacrifice fly.

Despite the Coyotes’ midseason woes, the win against Flour Bluff puts them right back in the playoff hunt. Alice improved to 2-4 in District 29-5A, just a game behind 3-3 Tuloso-Midway.

The Thursday game is the first in three days of games. The Coyotes travel to Laredo Friday night to face Cigarroa. Alice then has a non-district match-up against regional powerhouse San Antonio Alamo Heights at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Coyote Baseball Complex.