Lady Titans roll over Warriors in rivalry game (video)
April 6, 2013 at 11 p.m.
Updated April 5, 2013 at 11:06 p.m.
Victoria East and West needed a win Saturday night.
The Lady Titans had lost their last three games, as well as their spot at the top of the District 30-4A standings.
The Warriors needed a win to stay in the hunt for a playoff spot.
With their injured teammate watching from the dugout, the Lady Titans left the Victoria Youth Sports Complex with an 11-3 win.
"The girls played inspired tonight," East coach Lee Price said. "Jodie (Garcia) was able to make it out here tonight, and that lifted the whole team. It was awesome."
Garcia was injured Thursday night in a collision in the outfield. She was diagnosed with a spinal compression and attended the game Saturday in a wheelchair.
East (13-16, 6-3) dominated offensively, recording 15 hits off of West's Karly Hoerig. Junior Alisha Quinterro was a perfect 4 for 4 at the plate with a double and two runs batted in.
"I just kept my eye on the ball and focused on waiting for her to throw my pitch," Quinterro said. "It's one of the best hitting days I've had this season."
But it was senior Monica Salazar who had the biggest swing of the night.
In the top of the third inning, Salazar took a Hoerig pitch over the left field wall for a three-run homer that gave East a 4-0 lead.
"My timing was perfect and the ball was right down the middle. So, I took advantage of it," Salazar said. "And it just went over."
Quinterro took the win, pitching all seven innings for the Lady Titans while allowing only two earned runs on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Her counterpart, Hoerig, gave up eight earned runs on 15 hits with two walks and six strikeouts.
"When Alisha does well at the plate, she does well inside the circle," Price said.
The Warriors (9-18-1, 4-4) took back some of the momentum following Salazar's home run in the bottom of the third when they took advantage of the first of three East errors to score an unearned run.
"We just couldn't find that one play to change the mood and get us going again," said West coach Courtney Rigamonti. "We struggled with errors and at the plate."
The 5-2 score would remain that way until an explosive sixth inning by the Lady Titans.
With two outs, East scored five runs, all but one of which were earned. Salazar tallied her fourth RBI of the night in the inning and Briana Arguello got her second.
Salazar, who played against West for the final time Saturday night, went 3 for 4 at the plate with four total RBI, including the home run. Arguello had two doubles and two RBI.
East capped off the scoring for the night in the top of the seventh with its third unearned run of the game.
"We always try to stay aggressive on the base paths," Price said. "We were aggressive all night and our girls know what they are capable of doing."
The 11-3 decision gives East a sweep of its cross town rival for the season. The Lady Titans won the earlier meeting in March 3-0.
"It makes us feel good about the district standings," Quinterro said. "Hopefully, we can win the rest of our district games."