The ULB’s hottest club is home for some action at Edinburg Baseball Stadium, with the Edinburg Roadrunners taking a five-game lead over their nearest competitor as of Monday.
The Runners pulled off the sweep of rival RGV over the weekend in Harlingen to raise their record to 22-7, beating the White Wings four times.
They started with the San Angelo Colts Sunday (4-3 loss stopped a 5-game win streak) and after three ore were to welcome the Wings for four starting Thursday. The team is simply dominating the league, with six starters hitting over .300 (Felix Molina leads at .370) and a team ERA of less than four. The only real potential problem is the status of Wardell Starling (5-0, 2.28) the league’s top pitcher; he was considering leaving the team last week due to personal issues, according to manager Vince Moore. Starling was penciled in as the starter Monday. Luckily, Tim Haines (4-1) and Eric Montoya (5-1) give the team a couple of other quality starters.
The Edinburg franchise will hope for a big crowd on Independence Day, as it hosts RGV July 4 starting at 6:05 p.m. the average attendance at 13 homes games has been a healthy 2,400 for the club; however the weather calls for consistent rain toward the end of this week.
EDINBURG NATIVE JOINS PGA TOUR IN HARTFORD
If Coach Roy Garza of North was paying extra attention to the world of golf last weekend, one can understand why.
His son Dustin was in the mix at the Travelers Open in Hartford, Conn., trying to make the cut in his pro debut on the PGA Tour. Garza grew up in Edinburg and attended B.L. Garza Middle School before playing high school golf at Sharyland High and moving on to an All-American career at Wichita State University.
“He grew up playing all the sports, basketball, baseball and soccer, and also got into tennis and golf,’ said the coach. “In junior high Dustin decided to focus on golf and he dropped all the other sports. We are really proud of what he has been able to accomplish, and now he’s turning pro, sponsored by Nike.”
As part of the run-up to his attempt to make the cut at the Hartford tournament, Dustin Garza did an interview with PGAtour.com, in which he gave his impressions about joining the tour to fulfill and lifetime dream, and of his chances for success.
NOTES: Garza played two rounds with the big boys before being cut, shooting 86 and 73 for a total of 159, or 19 over par.
Third baseman Noel Cruz was inadvertently left off the list of All-District players last week. Obviously, the city MVP was a member of the 31-5A honor team, after a couple of superb seasons for the Coogs.