You can't keep a good team - a really good team - down forever.
If pitcher Alice Aaron Duplantis and the rest of the Coyotes didn't know that before Friday, they do now.
After keeping the Calallen Wildcats to just one run through five innings, Class 4A's No. 3-ranked squad exploded for eight runs in the sixth on their way to an 11-0 blowout victory at the Coyote Baseball Complex Friday night.
With the win, the district champions improved to 13-0 in 31-4A. They are 27-3 for the season. Calallen will likely see Pharr Valley View or Mission Veterans Memorial in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs.
The Wildcats close out the regular season Friday at home against Tuloso-Midway.
The loss did little to the Coyotes' district standing. Alice will finish the 31-4A season in second place. They are 9-4 and close out the regular season Friday on the road against Kingsville.
Calallen coach Steve Chapman said Friday's game was representative of how his Wildcats have been playing lately.
"I think we've been playing really well," he said. "Hopefully, can can continue to do that."
Despite a stellar start, in which he struck out the side in the first inning, the Wildcats began to get to Duplantis. Calallen threatened in the second and the third before scoring in the fourth. Tyler Nesloney began the inning with a double off the leftfield fence. With two outs, Hunter Whetsel drove him in with a single to leftfield.
A bases-loaded double play from third baseman Nathan Oliver to catcher Sean Vela to first baseman Josh Vela kept Calallen off the scoreboard in the fifth.
The Coyotes' best opportunity to score came in the bottom of the fourth when A.J. Perez and Sean Vela each had base hits. Alice, however, was unable to convert the hits into runs.
Things fell apart in the sixth. The Wildcats took advantage of a couple of hits, some walks and a few past pitches to rally for eight runs.
Wyatt Mathisen had the inning's big hit with a two-run triple. Mathisen was the game's winning pitcher. He finished with 10 strikeouts. Duplantis took the loss for Alice. He surrendered nine runs through six innings.
Rob Zastryzny and Nesloney were each 2-for-2 with two doubles each for Calallen. Mathisen was 2-for-4 with a triple.
The Wildcats came back on Saturday and beat John Paul II, 9-4, in a non-district match-up.
Calallen's hitting was simply too much for John Paul II. Calallen used 13 hits to score two in the first, three in the third and three more in the fifth. The Wildcats were leading 5-0 before the Centurions (30-8) got on the scoreboard.
Mathisen was hot at the plate and had four hits, including three doubles and a triple. He also had two RBIs. Tyler Vandevere and Chad Vanaman each had two hits.
Scott Hill was the winning pitcher. He gave up five hits through seven innings of work.