East comes away with shutout win over West (video)
March 12, 2013 at 11:02 p.m.
Updated March 12, 2013 at 10:13 p.m.
Victoria East's Alisha Quinterro and Victoria West's Karly Rae Hoerig were supposed to be featured in another pitcher's duel Tuesday night.
But this time a batter (and sprinkler malfunction) stole the show.
East's Bri Arguello came up a home run short of hitting for the cycle, drove in the first run of the game and later capped off the 3-0 victory for the Lady Titans.
"It's a huge victory for us tonight because we're 3-0 in district and in a good spot," East coach Lee Price said. "It's always a tough game when we play West. It worked out for us tonight."
Before Arguello was able to show off her hitting power, the sprinkler system at the Victoria Youth Sports Complex wanted to show off its power.
In the middle of the pregame introductions, the sprinklers around home plate and the infield base lines went off, soaking players, coaches and photographers.
"It just popped up right in front of me," Arguello recalled.
Despite the short delay to the game, neither team seemed affected by the water.
"They (East players) just laughed it off," Price said. "We just kept going."
Arguello set the tone for her night in the second inning with a triple that bounced off the center field wall. Two innings later, she smacked another pitch to center field for a double, helping to score Quinterro for the game's first run.
"My hitting hasn't been on lately," Arguello said. "I've just been looking for a base hit."
Savanah Delgado rolled a pitch down the third base line, but, to the misfortune of the Warriors, it stayed fair and allowed Sabrina Suarez to score from third base, giving East a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth.
Arguello later scored on West's only error of the night, after getting on base with a bullet of a ground ball, in the bottom of the sixth inning when Hoerig missed a throw to first base.
While Arguello stole the show with her big hits, Quinterro and Hoerig each put on a show inside the pitcher's circle.
Quinterro gave up just six hits while striking out four batters, including the game's final batter. Hoerig allowed 10 hits and struck out three.
"I did better tonight than I have been doing in district games," Quinterro said. "I think our defense helped out a lot with that. Everybody did their job. It's a lot calmer in the circle when you know your defense is making plays behind you."
"I did all that I could do," Hoerig said after the game. "They just got the hits when they needed them."
The Warriors had just one base runner advance past second base. With two outs already on the board, Ariana Rodriguez hit a long fly ball into deep left field, allowing her to reach third base standing up.
"Alisha (Quinterro) is a great pitcher. She has a lot of lateral movement for a lefty," West coach Courtney Rigamonti said. "Our girls tried hard to put the bat on the ball, but sometimes it just moves."
The Lady Titans committed just one error Tuesday night on the first at-bat. Arguello fielded a ground ball at third base cleanly, but her throw was just out of reach of Suarez.
"At least I got that out of the way early in the game and not later," Arguello said with a laugh.