The spring ball sports season came to an end recently, thanks to Brownsville. Edinburg’s neighbors to the southeast were not so friendly, as Porter knocked off North softball and baseball squads, while EHS was decked by the baseball Lobos of Lopez.
The Cowgirls started the show with a 4-3 decision over the North girls in softball May 12, and then baseball bi-district action ended Friday night, as North came from way behind to tie the Lobos but lose late 10-9.
At Brownsville, The Coogs (20-6) trailed 9-1 after three but chipped away gradually until they tied it in the sixth with a three-run double from sophomore Andrew Arteaga. However, relief pitcher Rick Fuerte was touched for the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh as North lost in bi-district for the third season in a row, the last two times versus the Cowboys.
Arteaga was 3 for 4 with four RBI and Chris Cavazos had two hits, including a single to start a four-run rally in the sixth. After ace J.D. Escobar got bombed out of the box in the third, it was 9-1, but North got two in the fourth, two in the fifth, and four in the sixth to climb back in. Porter (17-11) scored in its last try to advance to take on Sharyland in area.
Meanwhile, EHS got blasted 12-2 at Lopez Friday, dropping the best-of-three series, 2-0. They allowed six runs in the second, as starter Austin Casas got hammered. EHS finishes 21-8 for the year.
The ‘Cats had come out sluggish in Game One at home and were a step behind the Lobos all the way. They struck out looking five times against crafty Luis Munoz, who allowed six hits in a 3-1 win.
Bubba Anthony got the start Thursday and after a rocky first, he settled in to match Munoz. Lopez got a pair in the first when Al Rodriguez hit one over Casas’ head in center and then shortstop Andre Cordova couldn’t keep a bouncer in the hole from going through, a run scoring.
The Lobos were sharper in the field, thwarting Edinburg scoring chances in the second and third with flawless play. Of the Bobcats’ six hits, none were really stroked, and they looked at called third strikes to end the fourth and sixth.
A pinch single from Michael Kaz started a seventh-inning rally, and Carlos Pena later came through with an RBI single. With two outs and two on, Christian Alvarado drove one deep to center for the third out.
Anthony allowed six hits and struck out eight.