With second place in the line, the Edinburg Bobcats had to wait a whole week to find out who they will be playing in the baseball playoffs.
Due to TAKS testing, the ‘Cats (9-4 in District 31-5A) were sit out action Tuesday and then take on North at North Friday, while Pharr North (9-4) was ready for undefeated district champ P-SJ-A Friday. Though Edinburg would be second even if both teams lost, since it defeated the Raiders twice this season, Coach Robert Valdez noted that sometimes, a higher finish ironically means a tougher bracket.
“If we get second, we’ll be proud of that, but it will mean that, look down the road and who do you get? McAllen,” he said.
The Bulldogs are the best 5A team, record-wise, in the Valley this season, followed by Sharyland, Brownsville Lopez and P-SJ-A. As it stands right now, the bi-district match could be against Weslaco or Brownsville Porter for EHS, which will make its fifth straight appearance in the postseason.
“We have done a really good job of meeting expectations this season,” Valdez said. “A lot of people didn’t expect it out of us, they were saying that we graduated so many kids and whatnot. But this is a great group of kids who have really put their heart and soul out there on the field.”
The softball schedule for the playoffs became more clear over the weekend, as North (18-9) will take in San Benito (19-4) in a three-game series starting Friday night at home. Games two and three (if necessary) will be at the Lady Greyhound park starting at 4 p.m. Saturday.
EHS (23-3) blanked Harlingen South 6-0 Saturday to win top seed in 31-5A after the two teams came home tied with 12-2 marks. The Lady Bobcats will take on Weslaco (14-12) with details of that series up in the air at press time. Sammy Arciba got the shutout win on the mound for EHS, capping a super late run for the freshman during which she blanked South on a no-hitter and then gained the victory in relief against North Friday.
NOTES: The city’s recent success with producing college talent continued this month, as Brandy Garcia of North signed to play basketball for Texas A&M-Kingsville and EHS star Alyssa Perez agreed to attend Texas A&M-International in Laredo to continue her soccer career.
They join Manny Menchaca, the EHS receiver who signed with Kingsville, as the latest area kids to move on to the next level.
In other sports news, EHS golfer Jessica Tamen will represent the school at the state tournament in Austin May 13-14. She won a playoff during the regional tournament at Los Lagos to win the right to go to state.