Hurricane Alex caused a number of games to be postponed just before,
during and after it struck south of the Rio Grande Valley, but reaching out into most of the state.
Now the United League Baseball clubs are working to make them up, with doubleheaders and a bit of schedule changing.
Games postponed were at Edinburg and Laredo, then later at Amarillo.
Fortunately, games scheduled for the Fourth of July were able to be played, with some real good attendance figures.
The first place Edinburg Roadrunners, en route to their 10th consecutive victory over the Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings drew 4,617 people on the third of July and followed with 2,500 on Independence Day.
But, the big crowd was in Amarillo on the Fourth of July, when the Dillas defeated the Coastal Bend Thunder, 4-2, before a crowd of 7,851 fans.
Also, in Laredo, where the Broncos’ bats got hot late in the game in a 14-3 win over the San Angelo Colts, there were 6,019 in the stands.
The Dillas have maintained the best average so far, at 2,934, followed by the Colts, 2,561, and the Roadrunners, 2,469.
The Roadrunners and the Dillas also have been the hottest clubs in their last 10 games, as of Monday (July 5), each winning eight of the 10.
The Colts have won seven of 10, Laredo is 5-5, while the Thunder and WhiteWings are really struggling right now and are 1-9.
The Roadrunners are 4.5 games ahead of the Dillas as of Monday and 6.5 ahead of the Colts.
Much of the credit for the Roadies wins have to go to the pitchers. Three of the hurlers are among the top six in the league.
They are Eric Montoya, with six wins, Wardell Standley has five and Michael Haines with four. Others with four wins are Freddy Ballestos, WhiteWings, and Santo Hernandez, Laredo.
Hernandez leads in strikeouts with 60. San Angelo’s Ezequiel Astacio has 49.
Edinburg’s Tim Haines is tops in ERAs, at 2.64, followed by teammates Standley, at 2.91, and Mark DiBirnardo, 3.48.
Rio Grande Valley’s Javis Diaz still leads the league in hitting, at .394, followed by Amarillo’s Joaquin Rodriguez, .374, and San Angelo’s Josh Collazo, .367.
San Angelo’s Jason Crosland is tops in home runs with 11. Coastal Bend’s Leivi Ventura has 10 and White Wings Salvador Paniagua and Coastal Bend’s Brian Nichols each have nine.
Laredo’s Kenneth Gilbert leads in RBIs with 37. At 36 are Amarillo’s Carlos Figueroa, Crosland and Ventura.
Thursday (July 8)
Amarillo at Rio Grande Valley
Laredo at Coastal Bend
Edinburg at San Angelo
Friday (July 9) through Monday (July 12)
Amarillo at Coastal Bend
San Angelo at Rio Grande Valley
Tuesday (July 13) through Friday (July 16)
Laredo at Edinburg
Amarillo at Coastal Bend
Rio Grande Valley at San Angelo