Opening night victory for Titans
By BY WILL BROWN - WBROWN@VICAD.COM
Feb. 11, 2013 at 11:03 p.m.
Updated Feb. 10, 2013 at 8:11 p.m.
Sarah Sainz's first pitch was right over the plate, but too high.
However, her second pitch of the 2013 season was lined to left field by Victoria East's Jodie Garcia for a single.
Garcia made a pest of herself all night against St. Joseph, leading the Titans to a 7-2 victory Monday night at the O'Connor Athletic Complex.
Victoria East sent eight girls to the plate in the opening inning, plating Garcia and Bri Arguello.
By the time St. Joseph sent No. 8 hitter Katelyn Shaw to the plate in the bottom of the third inning, they trailed 5-0. Two batters later, Shaw scored the Flyers first run of the game off an Alyssa Adames single.
That was the only earned run East junior Alisha Quinterro allowed on the night. She allowed an unearned run in the fifth inning.
"Getting those runs had us relaxed," said East's senior shortstop Monica Salazar. "We knew we were ahead and we just relaxed throughout the game. It was good for (Alisha) as well."
In her third season opening start, the junior southpaw went the distance, striking out seven and adding a RBI double at the plate.
Before Quinterro's fourth inning double, East first-year head coach Lee Price told his pitcher "you can help yourself."
Not needing an invitation, Quinterro hit Sainz's pitch to deep left field to bring in Arguello.
Arguello reached base in four of her five plate appearances and scored four runs.
When East was able to establish its lead, especially with Quinterro on form, it was difficult for their youthful opponents to get back into the game.
"I counted four or five errors early in the ball game," said St. Joseph co-head coach Rudy Diaz. "If we eliminate that, we could easily have been in a 3-2 ball game. With Quinterro pitching, that's a top caliber pitcher. She's college material."
"Errors can kill anybody at any time. We're young and I'm happy. We have some promising girls coming out of basketball. We are going to be all right."
Diaz said not all of the errors would appear in a box score. But he attributes the mental miscues to nerves more than anything.
Salazar (3 for 4, 3RBI) said scoring two runs in the first, two in the second and another in the third helped the Titans play their game.
"It was exciting. We came out excited and ready to play," Salazar said. "We really wanted to come out with a win. We stuck with it the whole game."