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Memorial grad gets chance to play at home

By jhornberg
March 27, 2012 at 11:02 p.m.
Updated March 26, 2012 at 10:27 p.m.

Texas Lutheran's Amy Torres celebrates as she heads back to the dugout after scoring during the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against UHV.

Amy Torres came home, and the family came out to greet her.

It's been two years since the sophomore for Texas Lutheran, a 2010 graduate of Memorial and a former Vipers second baseman, played in front of the hometown crowd.

And she could only describe Tuesday's chance to play in Victoria as intense.

"It was a real confidence booster," she said. "You try to explain to my team; you don't know how excited I am to be playing in front of my family."

Torres had the largest cheering contingent of all of the players, with fans and family throughout the crowd egging her on all evening long.

But some members of her family weren't able to make it, neither her sister Emily, nor her cousin, Monica Salazar, were able to make it.

Both play softball at Victoria East, which was playing Floresville on Tuesday.

she said. "My brother is here, and my grandmother is here," she said. "The whole gang is here. ... Monica was wanting to come so bad, but they had a game."

She didn't disappoint anyone Tuesday, going 2 for 4 in the first game with two runs and playing slick defense at shortstop and first base.

Torres said she has been learning and adjusting to new coach Wade Wilson's style. The team is currently in third place in the American Southwest Conference.

"We got a new coaching staff, and some new girls," she said. "It's looking really good. We're hoping things can only look up."

Torres has filled a mostly utility roll for Texas Lutheran this season. She didn't get to play much last year as a freshman, but has been able to get into more games this season playing all around the infield this year.

She is batting .304 this year in 12 games and four RBIs this season.

More important for her, though, was a chance to show her teammates where she's from.

"It was something to experience with my team, 'Hey guys, this is where I'm from!'" she said. "Everyone on the team is from Houston or the San Antonio area, so it was good to bring them down here."

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