Junior pitcher Kirsten Schwirtlich almost pitched a no-hitter in Tuloso-Midway's district opener against crosstown rival Calallen last Tuesday night. Schwirtlich still earned the win as the Cherokees defeated the Lady 'Cats 11-1 in five innings of play. The game was called on the ten-run rule.
Offensively, the Cherokees started off with a strong opening inning. The girls kept their runners moving. Jessica Garcia got the team on the scoreboard first with an RBI single. Two hitters later, Jennifer Garcia opened things up, bringing in two runners on a triple for a 5-0 lead after the first inning.
Tara Castillo gave Calallen their only run in the bottom of the third when she made solid contact for a solo home run over center field. It was the only hit for the Lady 'Cats on the night.
Schwirtlich had no trouble rebounding from the home run and proceeded to strike out two more hitters before taking the team to the dugout with a 7-1 lead. The Cherokee bats extended the lead in the top of the fourth by scoring three more runs, two off a double by Destiny Rodriguez.
Castillo was able to get back on base for the Lady 'Cats in the bottom of the fifth on a throwing error. But Schwirtlich ended the game with her ninth strike out of the evening.
Following the district opener, both schools competed in the CCISD tournament over the weekend. The Lady 'Cats tied two games with South San Antonio and Vista Ridge and dropped three more to Gregory-Portland, Kingsville and Bastrop. The Cherokees took four of their five games, defeating San Marcos, El Paso Parkland, Robstown, and C.C. Ray while falling to El Paso Burgess. Championship games on Saturday were canceled due to weather.