The Tuloso-Midway Cherokees advanced once more in the softball playoffs to play Kingsville after a two-game sweep over the San Antonio South Lady Bobcats Friday and Saturday.
"They want to prove to everyone we are not the third-ranked team in district right now," said Tuloso-Midway head coach Joe Green. "The girls work hard and really want it and they are not going to stop."
This was obvious in Friday's game at Tuloso-Midway as the Cherokees took down the Lady Bobcats 15-0 in five innings.
Emily Brittan pitched another excellent game, striking out seven batters and walking one. While Tuloso-Midway assistant coaches have been working more with the team, Green has been working one-on-one more and more with Brittan.
The Cherokees were already up 3-0 at the end of the second inning, but 12 more hits came in the fourth and fifth innings after first baseperson Valerie Colunga was struck in the abdomen a second time while at bat in the bottom of the fourth.
The Cherokees were on the warpath and came back with a 12-run revenge. The last three runs were driven in by Colunga when she hit a flyball off the left-field wall in the fifth, making the score 15-0.
"It was just a little payback," said Colunga, "and it's not over. We're going to play with more fire than ever before."
Saturday's game in San Antonio was a little closer as both teams were tied in the top of the seventh.
Ashley Valdez led off with a single, followed by another single from Lauren Schwirtlich. Right fielder Amy Gonzales drove them in with a hit to the outfield. Gonzales had three of the four RBIs in Saturday's game that ended in a 4-2 T-M victory.
"We are going to continue with what we are doing," Green said. "We're going to be working on the defense and then batting practice too. A lot of batting practice for my age."
The T-M Cherokees will play in Alice at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in a one-game series against Kingsville. Kingsville has beaten T-M twice, but the Cherokees are hopeful and think themselves a different team, Green said.