The Edinburg Lady Bobcats enjoyed a superb season, winning 30 games and advancing to the fourth round of the state playoffs the first time. Five of the girls were named to the All-Valley softball team last week, including freshman Myranda Hinojosa, who earned Newcomer of the Year honors after winning 10 games (0.94 ERA) and hitting .316.
First teamers included senior outfielder Claudia Salinas (.387) and first baseman Sarina Rios (five home runs, 21 RBI), with freshman pitcher Sammy Arciba, senior second baseman Mariah Ozuna and sophomore third baseman Tori DeLeon on the second unit.
North senior Iliana Hinojosa, who was the district MVP after posting a 2.00 ERA and hitting .500 with 26 RBI, was on the All-Valley first team, capping a tremendous season for city softball. The seven All-Stars are the most Edinburg has had in softball history.
31-5A ALL-DISTRICT SOFTBALL
MVP: Iliana Hinojosa, North
Newcomer of the Year: Myranda Hinojosa, EHS
Co-Coach of the Year: Jesse Banda, EHS
Pitcher: Sam Arciba, EHS
First base: Sarina Rios, EHS
Second base: Mariah Ozuna, EHS
Shortstop: Claire Garcia, North
Third base: Tori DeLeon, EHS
Outfield: Claudia Salinas, EHS
Catcher: Deidre Tafolla, EHS
Second base: Annie Badillo, North
Outfield: Laura Torres, North
EHS: Anissa Gonzalez, Leeanne Hinojosa, Kassy Rodriguez
North: Cynthia Granado, Nikki Garza, Alyssa Tressler, Victoria Cardenas, Desiree Dominguez, Vanessa Salazar
Econ: Sam Benavides, Yvette Garza, Val Perez, Leah Lopez, Maddy Rendon, Krystal Rodriguez, Rachel Rodriguez, Kayla Silva
RUNNERS OFF TO DOMINATING START
Looking for reasons why the Edinburg Roadrunners were two games up on the rest of the ULB after this weekend? There are several.
The 13-5 club has gotten amazing pitching in a hitter’s league, with a glittering 2.79 ERA that is about two runs per game better than the second-place staff. That includes a bullpen threesome of Ray Silva, Ric Serrano and Julio Castro that has been simply unhittable so far. They have combined for 23 innings of work without an earned run, allowing just 18 baserunners total and striking out 25.
And with the Runners hitting .308 as a team, there have been plenty of runs to go around for the starters. Felix Molina is fourth in the league at .388 and teammate Alexis Hernandez (.455) would be first if he had enough plate appearances.
Carlos Hereuad (.348) has four homers and 12 RBI in 18 games, with Ambiorix Concepcion having driven in 13 runs and led the team with 12 walks. The lineup takes a walk, with 68 so far with only 80 strikeouts, and has stolen 28 bases.
Edinburg is on the road for the next 13 days, arriving back in the Valley June 27 for a series with Amarillo. Diehard fans can catch the club in action at Harlingen versus the second-place WhiteWings at the end of next week.