Calhoun pitching blows by Warriors
March 19, 2013 at 10:04 p.m.
Updated March 19, 2013 at 10:20 p.m.
Zach Cruz and his Calhoun teammates did something for their coach and themselves in the process.
Cruz pitched a four-hitter to lead the Sandcrabs to a 7-1 District 30-4A win over Victoria West on Tuesday night at Riverside Stadium.
The Sandcrabs (10-6, 1-3) not only picked up their first district win, but also gave Santos Alvardo his first coaching win over younger brother and Victoria West coach Manuel Alvarado.
"It's our senior year, and a bunch of us have been playing together for a long time," Cruz said. "We don't want this to end very quickly so we decided to keep on playing."
Calhoun set the tone by scoring four runs in the second inning and two in the third.
"We were 0-3 to start this game off, and we spoke to the guys and told them they had to make a decision on what they wanted to do and what their goals were," Santos Alvarado said. "They made the decision to come out and play today. Obviously that (four-run) inning was big for us and kind of set the tone for us."
Colton Kveton had a triple, double and single and scored three runs and Travis Hudson and Trey Alvarado each had two hits for the Sandcrabs.
Calhoun also backed Cruz with solid defense, committing only one error.
"It's just working every day, working every day and understanding situations," Santos Alvarado said. "We're just getting better and hopefully we can continue like that."
Cruz has been a constant for Calhoun. He struck out five, including four looking, and walked two, while stranding four runners in scoring position.
"I was trying to keep them off balance," Cruz said. "Trying to work them inside-outside and I found out whatever worked for me and used that. It was just, expect the unexpected."
The Warriors (8-9-1, 1-2) scored their lone run in the sixth when Jayden Lewis reached first on a wild pitch on a third strike, and came home on a double by Shane Kallman.
"He pitched a real good game," Manuel Alvarado said of Cruz.
West has now lost two consecutive district games after winning 17 straight, while Calhoun ended a three-game slide.
"I feel sure like this win will keep us going," Cruz said. "Now, that we're hitting the ball. I'm pretty sure we can keep on going."