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Calhoun's run ends against N.B. Canyon

By By ALbert Alvarado - aalvarado@vicad.com
May 22, 2010 at 12:22 a.m.


WEIMAR - The season is over for the Calhoun Sandies after a 5-0 shutout by Sara Mireles and the New Braunfels Canyon Courgarettes in the Class 4A regional semifinals.

The loss gives the Sandies a final record of 32-9 on the season. Calhoun coach Daniel Castillo said his team wasn't intimidated by the defending state champs.

"They weren't scared of them at all," Castillo said. "This weekend was just their weekend and they got it."

Coming into the series, Canyon outscored their playoff opponents by a combined 70-8.

In Game 1, senior pitcher Cecilia Castillo kept the Cougarette lineup off the board in the first three innings and limited Canyon to two hits in a 3-2 loss.

Canyon wouldn't be denied in game two as they jumped on Castillo early.

In the first inning, Sarah Crockett came to the plate with one out and the bases loaded and blooped in a hit just inside the right field line, giving Canyon a 2-0 lead. The Courgarettes would tack on another run in the first off an Aby Kester ground out.

Despite surrendering an unearned run in the first and falling behind 3-0, Cecilia Castillo rebounded as her coach knew she would.

"She's been pitching for a long time, it didn't really bother her," Daniel Castillo said.

Cecilia limited the Courgarettes to four more hits and two earned runs the rest of the game. She finished with five hits allowed in six complete innings, striking out four and giving up three runs on five hits.

Unfortunately for Cecilia, the Calhoun batters began to feel the pressure of facing elimination against Canyon pitcher Sara Mireles.

"We got down and we started putting pressure on ourselves," Daniel Castillo said. "She did a great job pitching the outside, we've got good power hitters and I think we were just trying too hard and trying to hit it too hard."

In Game 1, the top of the lineup struggled for the Sandies.

Saturday the entire lineup was stymied by Mireles. The Sandies combined to go 4-19, didn't draw a walk and put runners in scoring position only twice against the Cougarette pitcher.

The Courgarettes got an RBI single by Mandy Ogle in the fourth and Ogle scored later in the inning when the Sandies attempted to throw out Sarah Crockett when she attempted to steal second.

Offensively the Sandies got singles from Tiffany Castillo, Marissa Snyder, Naomi Trevino and Darian Sanchez.

Now Castillo turns to next season and replacing four seniors. Cecilia Castillo and starting outfielders Shelby Rodgers, Trevino and Stephanie Villalon graduate this year.

4A regional semifinal

New Braunfels Canyon 5, Calhoun 0

Calhoun 000 000 0 - 0 4 1

Canyon 302 000 X - 5 5 0

Cecilia Castillo and Tiffany Castillo. Sara Mireles and Mandy Ogle. WP- Mireles, LP - Castillo.

Highlights: C. Castillo (pitching), 6 IP, 4 K, 5 H, 3 ER; T. Castillo, 1-3, single; Snyder 1-2, single; Trevino 1-3 single; Sanchez, 1-2 single. Records: Calhoun 32-9, Canyon 32-2.

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