East softball player hurt in on-field collision

Taylor Mitchell By Taylor Mitchell

April 4, 2013 at 10 p.m.
Updated April 4, 2013 at 11:05 p.m.

A bad game for Victoria East took a turn for the worse in the seventh inning.

Senior centerfielder Jodie Garcia was carted off the field on a stretcher after colliding with teammate Whitney Garley in right field while playing a fly ball.

"I honestly don't know," East head coach Lee Price said. "She's going to be OK, though. Softball and baseball both have freak accidents and this was one of them."

Garcia attempted to get up shortly after the collision, but fell immediately to the ground. She was taken to Citizens Medical Center by ambulance.

"Everything is in God's hands," Price said.

The Lady Titans trailed Gregoy-Portland 11-5 when the injury happened. East went on to lose the game 12-5East (12-16, 5-3) committed six errors during the game, two of which kick-started a five-run inning by the Ladycats in the second inning.

Gregory-Portland was also able to score runs with its bats. Myrissa Sanchez drove in a pair of runs in the second with a single that barely got by the infield.

The Lady Titans were able to take a 3-1 lead after the first inning, taking advantage of a pair of walks and an error to score two unearned runs. The third came on a sacrifice fly by Alisha Quinterro.

"We came out on fire in the first," Price said. "Then we let a couple routine plays get to us and it had a domino effect and everything went downhill from there."

However after the first inning of play, it was the Ladycats taking advantage of their opponents errors.

Gregory-Portland took a 9-3 lead in the third inning when, capitalizing on a pair of Lady Titan errors. The Ladycats would score once more in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.

Quinterro took the loss for East, giving up 12 runs on 17 hits with one walk and five strikeouts. Amie Cisneros earned the win for Gregory-Portland, allowing East just five hits and two walks. She also struck out eight batters, including six in a row between the fourth and sixth innings.

"She hit her spots tonight," Price said. "The strike zone was pretty wide tonight and they were able to hit their spots and we didn't"



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