ALICE-The Kingsville Lady Brahmas softball team managed to come from behind and to hold the Tuloso-Midway Cherokees for a close 4-3 victory in a one-game playoff in the Regional Quarterfinals.
"We just gave them three runs," said Tuloso-Midway coach Joe Green. "We had four errors and all four were costly. We jumped out real quick then just let off in the middle innings, but then tried to come back again."
The Cherokees came out swinging hard and ready to play in the first inning as Lauren Schwirtlich was hit by a pitch and Valarie Colunga made it to first with a bunt. But it was Tasha Zamora that hit the double to left field for an RBI.
Amy Gonzales hit the second RBI to center field to give Tuloso-Midway a 2-0 lead over Kingsville.
The Cherokees seemed in trouble in the second after Kingsville put runners on the corners with one out.
Emily Brittain forced a double play to keep the Lady Brahmas off the board.
It was in the fourth inning, however, that Kingsville managed to come back and score a run after an error helped runners to second and third base.
The Lady Brahmas' Amanda Arriaga hit a single to center field, bringing Kingsville one run closer to the Cherokees.
Tuloso-Midway could not stay on top much longer as the Lady Brahmas took the lead in the fifth inning after a dropped ball brought runners into scoring position and a passed ball tied the game.
Desiree Ayarzagoita hit a fly ball that bounced off the left field wall to put Kingsville ahead 3-2.
The Lady Brahmas managed one more run in the seventh after a passed ball put the Brahmas ahead 4-2.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Cherokees refused to give up and rallied after Courtney Evans and Meagan Muniz both hit singles.
Schwirtlich stepped up to hit and RBI-single with a grounder to right field. However, Kingsville was able to get two groundouts and hold the Cherokees at bay to take the game, 4-3.
"We're losing four seniors this year and they are heartbroken, but they are good players and I think this will not be their last game. They are going to college," Green said. "I'm never going to be able to replace those four for next year, but I'm hoping to see some freshmen step up. I think we will be just as much as a threat for next year."