Bianca Molina smiles even breaks into a joyful laugh when she thinks about what the Lady Coyotes have accomplished.
Alice is in the midst of a history-making softball season. They haven't lost in the postseason and they're playing in the fourth-round of the playoffs something no other Lady Coyote softball team has done in the program's history.
It's overwhelming I guess, but it's more exciting, said Molina, who starts at centerfield for Alice. I'm just a junior, but this is a good experience for my high school years to be in this situation and on a team making history.
The Lady Coyotes swept the state-ranked Tuloso-Midway Cherokees in a best-of-three series at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Alice won Game 1, 5-1. They came back and won Game 2, 6-4. Including District 31-4A play, it was the fourth time this season that Alice beat Tuloso-Midway.
The series win sets up a Region IV-4A semifinal series against Smithson Valley. The series begins Friday with Game 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the San Antonio ISD Sports Complex by San Antonio Burbank High School. Game 2 of the series is at 2 p.m. Saturday. If needed, Game 3 will follow.
The winner will take on the winner of the Corpus Christi Moody and the New Braunfels Canyon series for the right to advance to the 4A state tournament.
Alice coach April Atterberry said the team's goals were to make a long run in the postseason.
It's exciting, but at the same time it's not really a big surprise, Atterberry said. We expected to be playing at this time of the season. We made it here, and now we want to continue our season. We want to keep playing.
In Game 2 Saturday against the Cherokees, Alice pitcher Selina Moreida surrendered seven hits, no walks and six strikeouts in a complete game and went 1-for-2 at the plate with a double and a pair of RBI in the bottom of the third to give the Coyotes a 4-1 lead.
The Cherokees erased a two-run Coyote lead in the top of the fifth after senior pitcher Kirsten Schwirtlich nailed an inside the park home run that also brought in Gabby Flores to knot things up at 4-4.
Alice answered with a pair of their own runs in the bottom of the inning after Daisy Martinez successfully bunted her way to first while Lexi Villarreal came home and Gabby Villarreal would soon thereafter take advantage of a Molina sacrifice fly to give Alice the edge.
Martinez was 2-for-3 with three RBI.
Atterberry said despite the two wins, her team is capable of playing better.
She said the fact that they won while overcoming a handful of miscues is a positive sign.
I think the fact that we had a couple of errors here and there and still managed to beat a good team like T-M is going to give us more confidence, Atterberry said. We know we didn't play our best, and we know if we play better.