The Tuloso-Midway Cherokees are on the softball hoping to build from their third-place finish in District 31-4A advancing to area after shutting out the Missions Veterans Memorial Lady Patriots at home Friday, and again on the road Saturday.

It only took the Cherokees five innings to defeat the Lady Patriots at home 13-0 Friday.

Veterans Memorial had seven errors compared to Tuloso-Midway's almost perfect game with no errors and starting pitcher Emily Brittan missed out on a no-hitter.

"We started off slow for the first two innings but the girls got their pitcher's timing down and that was that," said Cherokee head coach Joe Green.

It was the bottom of the third, Tuloso-Midway Valerie Colunga's singled to left field, bringing in Ashley Valdez and Lauren Schwirtlich to put the Cherokees up by two.

It only got worse for the Lady Patriots after Christina Villalon hit a grounder down the left line for a double to bring in Tasha Zamora and Colunga for another two runs.

After an RBI from Amy Gonzalez to center field, bringing in Megan Coplin, Tuloso-Midway was already halfway to end the game early by the fifth.

With another quick three outs from Brittan, they were already to pounce in the fourth to score another eight runs after Missions Veteran Memorial four errors.

"I hope they keep it up," Green said. "It's a brand new season to us. Everything we've done before doesn't matter now. As are new motto goes: it's not how good you are, but how bad you want it."

The Tuloso-Midway Lady Cherokees will host South San Antonio Friday at 7 p.m. and then will hit the road to play Game Two and Game Three (if necessary) at South San Antonio High School.