Titans' bats silent in loss to Calhoun (video)
March 13, 2012 at 11:02 p.m.
Updated March 13, 2012 at 10:14 p.m.
PORT LAVACA - When batters for Calhoun step into the batters box, Daniel Castillo wants them to focus on one thing: put the ball in play.
It's not the surest bet, the coach said, but every little bit of pressure on the opponent helps.
"If you put the ball in play it puts a little bit more pressure on them," said Calhoun softball coach Daniel Castillo. "It was also hustle. If you hustle, no matter where you put it, you put pressure on them."
The Sandies won the district opener for both teams 6-1 in part because their bats put more pressure on Victoria East.
Calhoun (12-4) has won five straight games. Tuesday's win marked the second straight year the Sandies defeated East (10-9) in the District 30-4A opener.
Marissa Snyder's shot to left field in the bottom of the first forced a three-base error from the Titans. Calhoun's senior pitcher scored when Tiffany Castillo laced a single off the outstretched glove of Titans third baseman for a RBI single.
East pitcher Alisha Quinterro may have allowed six runs and seven hits in six innings. Only two of those runs were earned.
The Titans committed five errors.
"Alisha Quinterro did an excellent job," said East assistant head coach Lee Price. "We asked her to get ground balls and pop flies. We just didn't make the routine plays.
"We try to take advantage of the other team's mistakes, just as they did to us tonight."
The Sandies obliged when errant throw from the catcher allowed Monica Salazar to score from third and tie the game. But East missed out on an opportunity at a big inning, stranding runners on second and third.
From there, Snyder allowed just four base runners. On a night where she called many of her own pitches, the senior improved to 11-4 in the circle after striking out four, while allowing seven hits.
Calhoun first baseman Summer Wunderlich blooped a single just over the head of her counterpart with two outs in the fourth to give the Sandies a 4-1 lead. Wunderlich's single was the fourth straight Quinterro allowed; however, the first three traveled a total of 100 feet.
Synder said the Sandies emphasized keeping their composure in tough situations prior to the game.
"When we had that pressure it sunk in and we were able to calm down and get our place," Snyder said about the second inning where a pair of errors led to the Titans run.
Tuesday was the first time Snyder pitched to catcher Jade Alford. The freshman Alford may have been 0-3 at the plate, but her defense - as well as the faith Snyder had in her - allowed the Sandies to move Castillo to shortstop.
"Every win in district is important," Daniel Castillo said. "As long as you get it, it's important. I told them if you don't lose anymore you're in the state championship game."