The Alice Coyotes varsity baseball team came into the 16th annual Mira's Baseball Classic hoping to start off in the win column against a very tough Ray Texans from Corpus Christi in their first of two games played on Thursday.

Starting pitcher Isaiah Aguilar struggled on the mount early, giving up walks and the Texans took the lead from early on.

“He had an off day,” Alice coach Nick Alvarado said. “You can't expect to go to the ballpark every day and throw your A-Game.”

The Coyotes were credited with 3 errors for the game but according to Alvarado, it was more like six.

“We walked several and it's hard to win games when you have walks and errors,” Alvarado said. “ We gave away a lot of at-bats. I feel like we didn't come out with a lot of intensity and commitment to what our game plan was.”

The Coyotes came into the game with key injuries to Sai Campos and Matthew Molina, two key players in their lineup. They also come in with only three seniors this season and few starters from last season.

“The guys that are playing were freshmen and sophomores last year that we had to throw in the fire and really try to be as competitive as possible,” Alvarado said.

The tournament continues through the weekend with games at Moody High School and Cabiness Field with the Coyotes playing back to back games against H.M. King from Kingsville and United South from Laredo today. Coach Alvarado hopes to see his team improve through this tournament for a chance to play at Whataburger Field on Saturday.

He is confident in his young team.

“We've had a really good scrimmage season,” Alvarado said. “We took care of business against Sinton (Pirates), Moody (Trojans), Ray and San Antonio Southwest.”

“We came out on all four on the better end of things,” Alvarado said. “Sometimes these guys scare me and sometimes we just do things that I really don't understand but that's baseball and we just have to try to find a way to play consistently, playing with some intent and playing with some purpose.” Alvarado said.

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