Senior comes up big for East in district opener
By TAYLOR MITCHELL - TMITCHELL@VICAD.COM
March 5, 2013 at 9:05 p.m.
Updated March 5, 2013 at 9:06 p.m.
Victoria East senior Sabrina Suarez had only one hit in Tuesday night's District 30-4A opener, but she made it the biggest hit of the night.
With two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, Suarez hit a line drive between third base and shortstop that allowed Jodie Garcia to score the game's only run in a 1-0 victory for the Lady Titans over Tuloso-Midway.
"We had an opportunity to score and I knew I had to get a base hit. I was nervous, but I was able to get it," Suarez said. "She was throwing a lot of pitches outside. She threw the perfect pitch and I was able to hit it."
Along with driving in the game-winning run, Sanchez also saved the victory for East in the top of the seventh.
With runners at the corners, Gabby Flores fouled off a ball for Tuloso-Midway to the shallow part of the infield and Suarez was able to make the reaching catch. A split second later, she made a quick throw to home plate in time to record the third out of the inning.
"That right there proves just how tough these girls are," said East coach Lee Price. "It's an exciting win. We get our first district win after a rough preseason and we couldn't ask for anything better."
Monica Salazar led the Lady Titans at the plate, going 2 for 3 with a triple that went all the way to the center field fence. Savanah Delgado, Sam Salazar and Bri Arguello each had a hit.
Alisha Quinterro took the win for East, pitching a complete game while giving up just three hits and allowing three walks and a strikeout.
Her counterpart, Destiny Rodriguez, gave up six hits, but struck out five batters and walked no one.
The Lady Titans also committed four errors, but were able to keep the Cherokees from crossing home plate each time.
"We've been in those spots before and all we ask is for them to make the routine plays," Price said.
Tuloso-Midway had a chance to score the game's first run in the top of the fifth, when the Cherokees loaded the bases with one out.
It was a situation that had Price gather his infield around the pitcher's circle.
"I just told them we have to calm down and make a routine play and everything would work out for the best," Price said.
However, what followed was anything but routine.
Arguello, playing her usual third base position, made a diving catch in the infield that barely kept the ball from hitting the ground. She rolled over and made a simple throw to third base to end the inning.
"Sometimes you just have to roll with the punches," Price said. "It was a great play by Bri and we capitalized on their base-running mistakes."