Things might be looking up for the Jags on the diamond, given the solid performance over the weekend by both the Econ baseball and softball squads.
After starting the BISD with a loss to La Feria, the Lady Jags rebounded Friday for wins over Hidalgo (9-2) and Port Isabel (15-3). Though they lost twice Saturday, they’ve got four wins in 2010, more than all of last year. Meanwhile, the baseball team was at the Tony Rico Mid-Valley Classic in Weslaco, losing a competitive match with the host Panthers 8-5 Thursday before splitting a pair Friday. The Jags defeated McAllen Memorial 11-10 and fell by a run, 9-8 versus Edcouch-Elsa.
Out in La Joya, North got a big victory over powerhouse Brownsville Lopez Thursday, taking a 9-3 decision after a pair of extra-base hits from burly sophomore first baseman Edgar Cordon and a two-run triple by Andrew Arteaga in support of Nick Escobar on the mound. The Coogs dropped games to Hidalgo and McAllen High on Friday.
EHS started slowly at the La Joya event with a tie against Hanna Thursday and then a defeat at the hands of Eagle Pass before topping La Joya for the second time this season. Saturday it was 1-2 for the ‘Cats with a win against Mission but defeats at the hands of Hidalgo and Palmview.
The school’s softballers kept a solid roll going with early wins over Mission and McAllen High by a combined score of 22-4 at the La Joya round robin event Friday. North spent the weekend out of Valley at the Seguin Tourney.
District play for softball and baseball was set to begin Tuesday, with EHS and North baseball and softball at home, Econ on the road.
The basketball season came to an end for the Bobcats last week, as they dropped a close 74-68 decision to Laredo United out in Roma. For Edinburg (29-8 to finish), Stevie Guerrero scored 28 points and Aaron Olvera added 25 as the team rallied from a 17-point deficit to come to have a chance to tie in the final minutes of the third-round game.
United went on to lose to San Antonio Wagner at the regional tournament while the lone Valley squad at the Sweet 16, McAllen High, lost by five to Converse Judson.
With the playoffs nearing, the city is ensured of having a healthy representation on both girls’ and boys’ sides. For the girls, North and EHS have clinched postseason berths, while North and Econ are in for the boys, with EHS looking solid for the fourth spot from District 31-5A.
The final games of the regular season will be played Friday, with the playoffs to begin the following week. Right now, the North boys are battling for second with the Jags while the Lady Coogs and Lady Bobcats go at it for No. 2 in the girls’ standings, with a big-time game set for Friday featuring those two implacable foes.
At the McAllen Rowe invitational, Econ’s Leigha Brown finished third in the triple jump and 300 hurdles, with EHS’s Jennifer Acosta placing fourth in the shot put, among other results.