Alice was opportunistic early in Monday's showdown against the state-ranked Calallen Wildcats.
Still, the three runs they scored in the first two innings were hardly enough to overcome a dominating performance by Nick Ginn.
The junior right-handed pitcher surrendered only four hits and threw five straight innings of shutout baseball.
But the most damage in the Wildcats' 9-3 win over Alice was at the plate.
Senior Rob Zastryzny, the Wildcats' leading hitter with a .461 batting average, had a run-scoring double in the first inning and later put the game away with a three-run home run in the second.
Calallen maintained its stranglehold on District 31-4A with the win.
They are now 6-0 and remain on top of the 31-4A standings. Alice, which hosts Kingsville Friday night, dropped to 4-2.
The Coyotes made the ball game interesting early on by taking advantage of some Calallen miscues.
In the first inning, Mikey Lopez drew a walk and then stole second. Lopez quickly scored on an A.J. Perez ground ball and a throwing error by the Wildcats.
Sean Vela added to Alice's lead with an RBI base hit.
After Zastryzny cut his team's deficit with an RBI double in the bottom of the first, a Calallen error again led to an Alice run.
With one out, Adam Alfaro got on board with a hit. Ginn tried to pick-off Alfaro at first, but the throw missed its target and rolled to the rightfield foul territory.
The errant throw allowed Alfaro to move to third.
He then scored on a passed ball.
The Wildcats responded with a six-run rally in the bottom of the second. The frame began with a solo-home run by Tanner Vandaveer.
Richard Montemayor added a two-run double before Zastryzny's three-run homer.
*Editor's note: The online version of this story corrects the identity of the pitcher for the Calallen Wildcats. The correct name was Nick Ginn, not Rob Zastryzny, as it appeared in this week's print edition of The Nueces County Record Star.