ALICE - Alice and Tuloso-Midway were locked in a pitchers' duel Monday evening. But all it took were a couple of Lady Coyotes' miscues and, eventually, the Cherokees' offense won out.
Tuloso-Midway scored six runs in the sixth inning, including four off a missed outfield fly ball, to beat Alice, 7-0.
The Cherokees were led by pitcher Emily Brittain, who threw seven innings of no-hit ball Tuesday. It was the edge Tuloso-Midway needed to overcome the Lady Coyotes.
After scoring a first-inning run on a Christina Villalon RBI, the Cherokees were held at bay, mostly by the pitching of sophomore Zalysa Perez, who routinely worked herself out of jams. In the second, Tuloso-Midway loaded the bases with no outs. Perez then struck out the next three batters she faced, including standout Kirsten Schwirtlich, to get out of the inning.
The Cherokees came back with a strong third inning. With runners in scoring position and one out, centerfielder Ashley Ramirez caught a line drive and then throw out a potential run at home.
Things finally caught up with Alice in the top of the sixth inning.
Leading only 1-0, Ashley Valdez hit a double and scored two. The Cherokees then loaded the bases and scored four runs off a missed ball in leftfield.
"(Tuloso-Midway) is so good and so fast," Alice coach April Atterberry said. "If you give them an inch, they'll take a mile. They scored in just the blink of an eye."
The 12-0 Cherokees have the District 31-4A crown locked up. Alice dropped to 7-5 and needs to win at least one of its next two to clinch its first playoff bid.
The Cherokees hosted Laredo Nixon Tuesday night. They still have a make-up game on the road against Flour Bluff.