West softball falls in Game 1 to Tuloso-Midway
May 3, 2012 at 5:03 a.m.
Updated May 4, 2012 at 5:04 a.m.
Tuloso-Midway and Victoria West were both hitting the ball.
The difference was the Cherokees delivered it exactly where they wanted and it resulted in a 9-0 Game 1 victory for visiting Tuloso-Midway.
While every pitch the Warriors connected with was seemingly directly to the opposition, the Cherokees disected West's defense, producing 14 hits and numerous scoring opportunities in the series opener Thursday evening at the Victoria Youth Sports Complex.
After the loss, West pitcher Karly Rae Hoerig admitted the Cherokees simply put on a hitting exhibition.
"They are just good hitters, and they know how to place the ball in the gaps," the junior said. "There was pretty much nothing we could do."
Only two players in the Cherokees' lineup failed to produce a hit as seven different players scored runs in the game. Tuloso-Midway posted multiple runs in three different innings, scoring three times in the third and sixth.
West, on the other hand, rounded second base just once all evening as Tuloso-Midway pitcher and Houston Baptist commit Kirsten Schwirtlich faced a total of 25 batters, including three in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
"We were getting the bat on the ball, we were just hitting it right to people," West left fielder Emily Skipper said. "It makes it hard to get on when you hit it straight to someone."
Skipper gave the Warriors their first hit of the game in the first inning and Daren Gallup added another in the second before Hoerig posted the team's final hit in the fourth inning.
By that point, however, the Cherokees held a commanding 5-0 advantage.
Tuloso-Midway jumped out to a two-run lead in the top of the first inning and extended it with a three-run third inning that included three consecutive hits capped off by Sage Sale's two-RBI single.
In the fifth inning, the Cherokees scored again off an error.
West's defensive sloppiness continued in the sixth inning, when they committed two more errors, including one that allowed a run.
"You can't defend base hits, you can just take advantage of the ones that come to you," West head coach Courtney Rigamonti said. "We did have some fielding errors, and one of our goals is to make the fielding plays that are given to us and limit (the mistakes) we can."
But the Warriors will have to do so in hostile territory as the series shifts to Tuloso-Midway's home field for Game 2. The contest is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Friday.
According to Rigamonti, the team has already mentally moved on from the lopsided loss to its future District 30-4A opponent.
"This game doesn't matter any more," the coach said. "We have some goals that we have to meet (in Game 2), but they know it is still up for grabs and nothing is over yet, so we are going to come out and play our best."
Should the Warriors be victorious and force a deciding Game 3, it would be played at 10 a.m. Saturday in Sinton.
Game 1, Class 4A Area Playoffs
Tuloso-Midway 9, Victoria West 0
TM 203 013 0 - 9 14 1
VW 000 000 0 - 0 3 3
W: Kirsten Schwirtlich. L: Karly Rae Hoerig. DOUBLES: (TM) Roxanne Curiel. STATS: (West) Emily Skipper 1-3; Daren Gallup 1-3; Karly Rae Hoerig 1-1. (TM) Kirsten Schwirtlich 3-5; Ashley Elizondo 2-4, 2 runs; Destiny Rodriguez 3-4, run, 2 RBI.