The softball girls were able to cruise to the high school and check out the remnants of the baseball game, having made short work of P-SJ-A Memorial 17-2 Friday. So when Tori de Leon and Sammy Arciba got to the field, they saw “11-0” on the scoreboard from a distance and figured, cool, we’re winning.
Far from it, as the P-SJ-A Bears came to town and walloped the Bobcats 13-3, and it would have been a shutout if it hadn’t been for some pride work late. Edinburg was just gassed by a Bear attack that got 14 hits, managing just a pair itself. On a windy night, the fielding was iffy, with the usually reliable outfield group making a number of gaffes and starting pitcher Sammy Alvarado suffering through a depressing outing.
The softball team benefited from Harlingen South’s smashing 16-6 victory over Edinburg North, and as the last game of the first half loomed Tuesday, EHS was to welcome the Lady Hawks to town to see whose 5-1 District 31-5A mark would become 6-1.
The baseballers, despite a terrible night, are still right there, a game behind P-SJ-A at 4-1 (15-5 overall), although the Bears dominated them in every aspect. Pharr North and Harlingen South are at 3-2.
Coming off a total crap-out performance, the Bobcats must keep in mind that a loss counts for one game on the standings, no matter how infuriating the Bear contest was. The way this team, ranked No. 2 in the Valley before the loss, fought until the end gives it something to preserve from Friday, and “Cheese” was right in the middle of that silver lining.
Edgar Cordon, the thickly built third baseman, was consistently exhorting his teammates to get off the bench and into the cheering section. With the Bobcats down big late in the game, this act might’ve seemed like bluster, but it was genuine. Heeding Coach Robert Valdez’s suggestion that the kids defend their pride and tradition no matter the score, Cordon decided to lead the charge.
In an instant the moribund bench crew was enlivened, throwing out a number of spirited chants. The Bears, who had won the battle of the benches by a longshot through five innings with their usual loudmouthed chatter, were somewhat taken aback. They had hammered three ‘Cat pitchers in consistent fashion, including a 7-run fifth that put it away. But here were the Bobcats, fired up and coming on. Down 13-0, the ‘Cats scored three in the sixth.
Cordon slammed a triple to deep center, chugging home after an outfield error on the play. Huffing and puffing in the dugout after his tiring trip around the sacks, the fireplug junior had served notice that the next time these two teams face each other, EHS will be ready to rumble.
Star Andrew Arteaga was hit by a throw in the infield late in the game, and his status for Tuesday was unknown.
OTHER SPORTING NOTES
Softball is heating up right now. The North girls were due for a letdown, after having amassed 56 runs and yielding just 17 in a, 5-0 start. The Lady Coogs (18-5 all told) got ahead of South Friday after a Claire Garcia homer, fell behind but later came back to tie it at 6, only to allow seven in the sixth. But they have to be pleased with the overall effort heading into the second half, with a game versus Econ on tap Tuesday to end the half. The Lady Jags are 0-6 in 31-5A play and have been outscored 74-11.
The Lady ‘Cats, meanwhile, got a break with the turn of events, and went into Tuesday’s showdown with the Lady Hawks intent on taking advantage.
Three local units were to take to the pitch Tuesday as the soccer postseason began. The North boys had a tough home bi-district match against the Valley’s top team, Brownsville Lopez, with both EHS squads in action. The Bobcats were paired against Brownsville Hanna on the road while the Lady Bobcats drew 32-5A second place finisher Los Fresnos at home.