Sunday was a grueling day for a team of Alice Little Miss Kickball League all-stars, but when it was finally done the group was officially one of the state’s best.

The Alice Little Miss Kickball League’s Teenage Division all-star team won its division at the Little Miss Kickball International, Inc. state tournament in Brownsville late Sunday afternoon. 

Alice beat University Hills Optimists from the Austin area in back-to-back games Sunday afternoon to claim the state title.

The Alice girls went 6-1 in the tournament and totaled 11 home runs through the seven games. Sierra Chapa had four home runs. Ulyssa Perez had three home runs. Ashley Trejo had two. Delilah Maldonado and Victoria Cadena had a home run each. Victoria Cadena was named tournament MVP.

The team made up of 15 to 18 year olds began the tournament by beating Oso from Corpus Christi. They then edged Laguna from Flour Bluff, 8-7, and beat Tipo Tex from Brownsville, 5-2.

The tournament was settled Sunday, but it began with Alice losing its first game of the weekend to University Hills Optimists, 6-5. Alice responded by bouncing back with a 3-2 win against the all-stars from Watauga from North West Tarrant County. The win sent Alice to the championship round where they beat University Hills Optimists, 6-3. It was Optimists’ first loss of the tournament and the decision forced a deciding final game which Alice won, 4-3, in extra innings. Julie Sepulveda scored the eventual winning run for Alice in the top of the eighth inning.

Blair said the state title is a momentous occasion for the Alice kickball league.

“All of our girls played with a lot of heart and determination,” ALMK president Jimmy Blair said. “They never gave up. They were Alice proud and Alice strong.”

The team included Kleena Adair, Tory Cadena, Sierra Chapa, Angelique Flores, Delilah Maldonado, Clarissa Martinez, Ulyssa Perez, Hanna Ramirez, Giselle Salinas, Julie Sepulveda, Ashley Trejo and Trisha Whitley. Coaches were Debbie Chapa, Kayla Hernandez and Rey Ramirez.