Calhoun finishes off Southside
April 28, 2012 at 11:04 p.m.
Updated April 27, 2012 at 11:28 p.m.
PORT LAVACA-- Calhoun hit the ball so much, and so hard during its playoff series with San Antonio Southside one bat couldn't take the punishment.
Darian Sanchez' single in the fifth inning was notable because the bat head went farther than the ball.
Both were heading toward Southside defender Candi Vaguera, and the third baseman made the wise choice to avoid to red end of a 33-inch bat that was flying her way and let the ball trickle down the line for a single.
Sanchez scored three runs Saturday as the Sandies eliminated Southside 13-4 in a Class 4A bi-district series.
Sandies third baseman Brittany Dworaczyk, who turned 17 Saturday, said the win was the perfect present. In all, Calhoun scored 26 runs in their two victories.
"I have never broken a bat. I was focusing on hitting the ball and it snuck in on me on the inside and broke the bat," said Sanchez, who was 2-5 with a stolen base, about her second hit of the day.
"I was confused when I swung. The bat felt lighter the handle of my bat was in my hand and the barrel was at third and I started running."
Sanchez has never had an aluminum bat break on her before. Her head coach Daniel Castillo, however, has.
That was three years ago when the Sandies were playing at Gregory-Portland. Castillo's daughter, Tiffany, the Sandies catcher Saturday, hit a home run where the bat broke in half.
Coincidently, both broken bat incidents led to runs in a Sandies victory.
Calhoun (21-6) advances to the area playoffs where they will play Corpus Christi Moody. The opener will be Friday in Port Lavaca, while the Trojans (23-7) will host a doubleheader May 5 and Cabaniss Field.
"They are a good hitting team," Castillo said of Moody. "We are going to have to score every inning like we did today because they are going to score along with us. It should be a good fight."
Sanchez said the team was not hitting that well at the end of the regular season. She felt the Sandies burst from that slump Friday and Saturday and hopes their hot hitting will continue against the Trojans.
The Sandies scored in every inning. Nevertheless, the Cardinals (15-10) took a 4-3 lead in the top of the second.
Starting pitcher Jade Alford hit a pair of batters to load the bases with one out. She was relieved by Marissa Snyder, who promptly allowed three of the first four she faced to record singles.
Snyder allowed only three more hits in 5.2 innings of relief to record her second win of the series.
Calhoun scored four runs in the bottom of the second to break the game open.
Southside should have been out the inning, conceding just one run. However, a one-out error from the shortstop, and a misplayed ball in center field that resulted in a triple extended the inning.
"These games were about errors - we had too many." said Southside head coach Mike Alfaro. "We gave them five and six outs an inning. If we keep it at three outs it's a whole different series."
Those second inning miscues allowed Calhoun's Lauren Munoz to get to the plate with runners on base. Munoz drove in Sanchez to give the Sandies a 7-4 lead.
Munoz was perfect at the plate (4-4, 5 RBIs) while also scoring two runs.
"(Friday) night I watched the pitcher and felt confident," Munoz said about facing Southside pitcher Melanie Busto. "(Saturday) I was even more comfortable at home and in front of our fans."