Southwest shuts out Southeast in five

Date Published: 
August 7, 2014

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark  : Southeast pitcher Erin Kyle (5).Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Southeast pitcher Erin Kyle (5).Thanks to a flash rainstorm after opening ceremonies, a Senior League Softball World Series southern showdown between USA Southeast (Ft. Myers, Fla.) and USA Southwest (Brownsville, Texas) got a late start on Monday night and was eventually called after 1 a.m., in accordance with the curfew rule.

Despite the late-night play, the fans from Brownsville remained lively, cheering on their team and warning, “Don’t mess with Texas!”

Scoreless through the first two innings, Southwest loaded the bases in the third but was unable to capitalize after Southeast outfielder Anne Gerwitz made the play in right field to get them out of the inning safely.

Southeast would turn the double play to get out of the fourth inning and leave two runners on in the top of the fifth as the curfew approached with the game still scoreless.

Southwest sparked the offense in the bottom of the fifth when Melanie Gasca narrowly beat the throw to first for a single. Gasca would advance to second on a pitch gone awry, with Brissa Rivera loading the bases after being hit by the pitch with two outs.

Sarah Sandoval added an RBI-single in the same inning for the first score of the game, with teammate Sabrina Garcia adding an RBI-single of her own on the next at-bat, to increase the Southwest lead to 2-0.

With two outs in the same inning, it was Southwest’s Karla Sosa who would really open the scoring flood gates, with a base-clearing triple, to make it 5-0. Southeast finally got out of the inning after that, only for the game to be called and the score to be finalized.