Get beat 16-1 and there's not much to say. Alamo Heights (San Antonio)
baseball manager Glynn Tschirhart simply told his team to blow it off.
The Mules (26-10-1) weren't stubborn, adhered to their coach's advice and rolled to a 5-0 win over Tivy just a few hours after the beat-down to advance to the Region IV-4A semifinal against Calallen on Friday night.
Sophomore James Nittoli
fired a six-hitter to help Alamo Heights win the best-of-three series, 2-1.
For keeping his kids composed, Tschirhart was selected the San Antonio High Yield Coach of the Week presented by Capital One Bank.
"I told them to get something to eat and drink and kind of forget about it for a few minutes," Tschirhart told the San Antonio Express-News. "Just kind of take a breath. We knew we're a better baseball team than what we showed in the first game. It was just a matter of getting our feet under us."
According to the newspaper, Jacob Malloy scored the only run the Mules would need on a sacrifice fly from Cameron Mineo
. Colin Vazquez
added an RBI single in the second, making it 2-0. Cole Bailey
drove in Vasquez with a run-scoring single and Nittoli did the rest.
Nittoli told the Express-News that Tivy used up all its hits in the opener when it lashed 16 of them and took advantage of four Alamo Heights errors.
"I just knew that we could play with them," Nittoli said. "They got all their hits out of the way, but we didn't get ours yet."
This is the fourth 20-plus win season in five years for Tschirhart, who went 27-7 in his first campaign with the Mules in 2009.
He's also guided the team to records of 25-7-1 and 23-13. He has 353 career wins.