Tuloso-Midway wins Game 1 against Calhoun
By Stuart Duncan - SPECIAL TO THE ADVOCATE
May 13, 2011 at 12:13 a.m.
In jeopardy of dropping its series opener against Port Lavaca on Friday night, Tuloso-Midway pulled off a remarkable last-inning comeback in rallying from a two-run deficit.
Down to its last out in the game, the Cherokees softball team scored three runs on just one hit in the seventh inning to stun the Sandcrabs, 3-2 in Game 1 of this three-game Region IV-4A quarterfinal playoff series at Cabaniss Field.
Game 2 will be at 4 p.m. Saturday in Sinton, and Game 3 will follow if needed.
T-M used sophomore Roxanne Curiel's two-out RBI single and two Port Lavaca throwing errors to plate those three, seventh-inning runs and overcome a 2-0 deficit.
The Cherokees (21-10) are also trying to atone for being swept in the playoffs by the Sandcrabs (36-7-1) in the area round last season.
"Last year didn't matter to us, we knew we could come back. We knew we could do it," Curiel said.
Curiel's clutch single up the middle scored Kirsten Schwirtlich, who reached on a Sandcrabs fielding error earlier in the inning.
Ashley Elizondo also scored on an errant throw by a Port Lavaca outfielder who tried to throw out Schwirtlich at the plate. Curiel then came all the way around to score after the Sandcrabs' catcher threw the ball down the first base line while trying to cut down Elizondo at the plate, which gave T-M the 3-2 lead.
Port Lavaca junior Marissa Snyder (35-7) was the tough-luck pitcher in this one. Snyder yielded the three unearned runs on seven hits, didn't walk anyone, hit a batter and struck out one.
Port Lavaca earlier scored two runs on three hits in the third inning to break a scoreless tie.
Rilea Whitaker's triple down the left field line scored courtesy runner Amanda Villarreal to plate the first run. Villarreal ran for Lauren Munoz, who singled to lead off the inning. Tiffany Castillo added an RBI groundout to push the Sandcrabs' lead to 2-0 but it wouldn't last.