Despite some lofty expectations, which included a No. 8 ranking in Class 4A, the Tuloso-Midway Cherokees' softball season ended Saturday after a second-straight loss to the Port Lavaca-Calhoun Sandcrabs.
Port Lavaca-Calhoun won game two of the best-of-three playoff series Saturday at home, 2-1.
The win wrapped up a sweep of the Cherokees, who went unbeaten on their way to the District 31-4A championship this season.
Cecilia Castillo gave up six hits, but took the win for the Lady Sandcrabs.
T-M took a one-run lead in the bottom of the third inning, but Port Lavaca-Calhoun responded with a pair of runs.
Cherokees' pitcher Emily Brittain took the loss. She struck out five, but gave up four hits and a pair of runs.
Game one of the series went eight innings and ended only after the Cherokees failed to the score in the bottom half of the eighth.
The Lady Sandcrabs scored a run in the bottom of the eighth. It was their answer to a run Tuloso-Midway scored in the bottom of the seventh to take the game into extra innings.
Meagan Muniz and Ashley Valdez were 1-for-1 in the game. Valdez had a double and Ashley Elizondo scored a run. Jessica Garcia was credited with an RBI.
Brittain was given the loss despite striking out 12 batters. She gave up four hits and two runs through eight innings.
Castillo struck out 10 T-M batters and gave up seven hits.
Port Lavaca-Calhoun will now face Alice in the regional quarterfinals.
The Calallen Wildcats are meeting the Corpus Christi Ray Texans in a best of three series beginning Friday.
Game one of the series is at 7 p.m. Friday at Cabaniss Field. Game two is at 2 p.m. Saturday in Calallen and game three will follow 30 minutes after game two if needed.
Ray swept San Antonio Harlandale, and Calallen beat Mission Veterans Memorial in a one-game playoff.