It took nearly four hours and nine full innings, but the Alice Coyotes pulled out a 13-9 win last week over the Tuloso-Midway Warriors in one of the more exciting baseball games of the season.
Nineteen hits were recorded in the April 10 game, and 17 errors, as defensive mistakes plagued both teams.
"You can't win with 10 errors," said Warrior head coach Mike Davila. "I'm proud of our kids for coming back though."
Alice jumped on top early with three runs in the top of the first, two of which were driven in by Coyote catcher Allen Rios's triple to the right-centerfield gap.
Alice tacked on another run in the top of the fourth when Coyote third baseman Josh Cavazos singled in right fielder Markus Martinez from third base, making it 4-0 Alice.
The Warriors took the lead with six runs in a wild bottom of the fourth in which T-M sent 12 batters to the plate.
Coyote starter Louie Cavales began the fourth inning by walking shortstop Cody Cano and Warrior starting pitcher James Wallace.
Cavales threw a wild pitch as Cano and Wallace attempted to move up one base. Rios tried to gun down Cano at third, but his throw went by as Cano scored and Wallace went all the way to third base, making it 4-1 Alice.
Cavales then hit third baseman Kody McDowell, bringing up T-M first baseman Billy Clawson who grounded into an RBI-fielder's choice, bringing in Wallace to make it 4-2.
Designated hitter Lance Garza batted next and lined right to Alice shortstop A.J. Benavides, but the ball glanced off Benavides's glove as Clawson moved to third and Garza got on.
T-M second baseman Carlos Rosas batted next and lined to left field, driving in Clawson and ending the night for Cavales on the mound.
Roman Gomez came in to relieve Cavales and promptly gave up RBI-singles to T-M left fielder David Alvarez, center fielder Anthony Mendez and Cano as T-M took a 6-4 lead.
McDowell batted for the second in the fourth inning, this time with the bases loaded and two outs, and jacked Gomez's first pitch to deep right field.
Martinez back-peddled in right field and battled the strong wind blowing in, making a shoestring catch to end the fourth inning.
Alice came back with three runs in the top of the fifth inning on a couple of singles, a double, a walk and a throwing error to retake the lead, 7-6.
The Coyotes tacked on another run in the top of the sixth, courtesy of two more T-M errors in the infield and one in the outfield, to go up 8-6.
The first two Warrior batters struck out to begin the sixth, but Clint Wallace began a two-out rally with a single up the middle.
Cano followed with a walk, followed by James Wallace, who singled to left field to drive in Clint Wallace to make it 8-7 Alice.
Cano advanced to third and James Wallace to second on a passed ball by Rios before Gomez walked McDowell to load the bases for Clawson, still with two outs.
Clawson grounded to short, but the throw from Benavides pulled Alice first baseman Mark Salazar off the bag. Cano scored easily and James Wallace attempted to score from second base on the throwing error.
Wallace slid past home plate and tried to get back to score, but he was tagged out by Rios to end the inning with the score tied 8-8.
The score remained knotted until the top of the eighth when Alice scored courtesy a costly Warrior error and wild pitch, to take a 9-8 lead.
The Warriors responded with a run of their own in the bottom half of the eighth to keep the game alive in extra innings.
Warrior catcher Clint Wallace opened the bottom of the eighth inning with a walk. Alice skipper Victor Escamilla brought in Trent Schulze to relieve Gomez and face Cano.
Cano laid down a sacrifice bunt, but Schulze threw high to first base as Clint Wallace moved all the way to third.
With runners at the corners, Davila attempted a delayed double steal.
Rios threw to second, but both Alice second baseman R.J. Gomez and Benavides apparently thought the other player was going to make the catch as the ball sailed untouched into center field, scoring Clint Wallace to tie the game at 9-9 as Cano coasted into third.
After retiring James Wallace on a fly ball to left, Schulze intentionally walked McDowell and James Wallace to load the bases with one out and set up a potential double play.
Schulze got out of the inning striking out Garza and getting Rosas to ground out to first.
Alice put the game away with four runs in the top of the ninth, courtesy of two errors by James Wallace, who moved to shortstop after being relieved after seven innings on the mound for T-M.
Left fielder Justin Guerrero capped the inning, and excited the Alice fans in attendance, with a three-RBI double down the left field line with the bases load off T-M reliever Sammy Cano, to make it 12-9 Alice.
Alice scored its last run on a ground ball to short that got under James Wallace's glove, as Guerrero came home from second base.
The Warriors went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the ninth, ending the game at 10:40 p.m., almost 4 hours after it started.
T-M fell to 2-3 in District 31-4A, 11-13 overall.
Alice improved to 3-2, 1210 overall.
T-M committed 10 errors in the game with seven hits, while Alice committed seven errors with 12 hits.
"The ball didn't bounce our way. There were momentum shifts all night long," Davila said. "When we needed to make a play, we didn't get an out. When we needed to get a hit, we didn't get a hit."
T-M played at Calallen Tuesday and the Warriors travel to Flour Bluff Friday night.