Alice's Aaron Arellano is all smiles after sliding into home for a run in the third inning of Monday night's 6-2 against Ingleside.
In a game full of highlights, it was a shot to deep right-centerfield by Aaron Arellano followed by a furious and frantic sprint around the bases that punctuated the Alice Coyotes 6-2 season-opening win against Ingleside Monday night.
The Coyotes were leading the Mustangs 2-0 when Arellano, Alice’s senior first baseman, drove the ball deep into the outfield. He rounded first and second and stretched it to a triple, however, the Mustangs errored on the throw to third and Arellano was sent home. Halfway there, Arellano stumbled, then hurriedly regained his footing and slide head-first into home.
The play at the plate was close, but Arellano was called safe, igniting an Alice celebration.
Yeah, it was that kind of night for the Coyotes.
Alice starting pitcher Jacob Guzman, a junior, threw five solid innings, striking out 12 while allowing four hits and one walk. Sophomore Cash Benavidez was given the save. He went two innings, giving up one hit and striking out two.
Benavidez led the Coyotes offensively, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Tristian Resendez went 2-for-3. Aaron Arellano was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run. Isaiah Aguilar, Kaleb Aguilar, Matthew Molina and Guzman were each 1-for-3. Arellano and Benavidez had triples.
Benavidez gave Alice a 1-0 first-inning advantage on a hard-hit ground ball to right field.
Molina extended the Coyotes’ lead in the third by scoring on an Ingleside error. Arellano then drove Benavidez home on a triple to deep center field. He eventually came in to score.
Airik Cortez put Ingleside on the scoreboard during the fourth with a line drive base hit to center field. The Mustangs added another run in the fifth on an Alice miscue.
The Coyotes scored again in the fifth on an error by the Mustangs. Benavidez padded Alice’s lead in the sixth by stealing home.
Alice is on the field again Thursday for the Border Olympics tournament in Laredo.