There was no need for Alice to wait on Corpus Christi Moody to beat Ray.
The Lady Coyotes clinched third place in 31-4A all by themselves by taking care of the Kingsville Lady Brahmas, 6-1, in Alice Monday night.
Alice used timely hitting in the middle innings to score its runs and then relied on pitcher Selina Moreida to shut the Lady Brahmas down.
Moreida threw the entire seven innings. She allowed one earned run and five hits, but struck out six. She held Kingsville scoreless through five innings. She pitched herself out of a jam in the sixth and then ended the game with three-straight infield ground balls.
Runs didn’t come easy for Alice early on. They broke through in the third when Ariana Munoz led off the inning with an infield single. Lexie Villarreal reached with a bunt. The Lady Coyotes then scored on a Maceala Valadez bunt which brought Munoz in. Villarreal scored on a Daisy Martinez hit.
Leandra Trigo led off the fifth with a single and then scored on a Moreida triple. Moreida scored on a dead ball and extended the Coyotes’ lead to 4-0.
Trigo led off the next inning with a triple and then scored on a hit to right field by Bianca Chapa.
Kingsville scored a run in the top of the sixth and Alice answered right back with a Valadez double which scored Villarreal.
Alice needed a win to lock up a playoff bid. Had they lost, they would have needed Moody to knock off Ray. Instead, they wrapped up a spot all on their own.
"The best thing is that we go in the playoffs by winning," Alice coach April Atterberry said. "The other thing is that we played well all around."
It is the Lady Coyotes' second-straight season in the playoffs.
Villarreal finished the game 3-for-4 with three singles. Trigo was 2-for-3 with a single and a triple. Valadez was 2-for-4 with a single and a double.