LADY ‘CATS NOW 6-0 IN 31-6A

After a couple of very narrow victories in the recent past, the Lady Bobcats put a “no doubt” stamp on this one, cruising to an 8-1 home win against North with a 6-run third inning and a dominant pitching performance by Amber Reyes.

EHS improved to 5-0 in District 31-6A with a solid effort in the annual Grudge Match, dropping a mistake-prone Lady Cougar nine to 4-1. North ran the bases very poorly, made multiple mistakes afield, and basically was not ready to compete Tuesday, which is exceedingly odd for that program.

The Lady ‘Cats (16-2 overall) took full advantage of the iffy performance from its rival, banging out nine hits, including another home run by the protean force that is Dezi Marmolejo. The easy night was in stark contrast to the 2-1 come-from-behind win against Vela, and the 10-inning heart-stopper against P-SJ-A Memorial, as Edinburg outplayed its foe (15-7) in every aspect of the game to remain unbeaten and atop the league standings.

Reyes fashioned a tight 5-hitter and was rarely challenged, striking out seven and adding a sharp 2-for-3 night at the plate, scoring twice. Marmolejo and catcher Anngie Salinas contributed a pair of hits apiece, and each hit safely in the third-inning explosion that turned a scoreless game into a rout.

North hurler Jackie Longoria, laboring with a foot injury that limited her effectiveness, was also bamboozled by a bit of strategy from EHS coach Ramon Arciba.

“We all stepped up in the box, to try and get to her early, before she could hit the corners, because we know she is very good at that,” said Arciba, off to a fine start in his debut season as skipper. “That adjustment seemed to help us, we made good contact and were able to get some runs off her, which is hard to do.”

Meanwhile, the Lady Coogs never got into a rhythm Tuesday, running into a series of outs on the bases and failing to cash in on situations in the fifth and sixth when they got runners aboard.

Coach Richard Tressler commented after the game that it has been a long time since a team of his had come out so un-ready to play.

“That’s what it boiled down to, we were just not there tonight,” he said. “But in truth, and I will say this to anyone: it’s only one game. We take every district game seriously, no matter who the opponent is. So we’ll get back to work and hopefully come out in better mindset for the next game.”

The 6-run third was keyed by four straight base hits at one point, and capped by a two-run double from third baseman Kayla Contreras. Winning arm Reyes noted that scoring runs can be contagious.

“Once it starts, when you get a rally going, everyone seems to come up to the plate and come through,” she smiled. “When one girls gets it, sometimes they all do, so this was a great night for us.”

In other action Tuesday, it was Vela over Pharr North, 5-2, as the Lady Sabes improved to 2-3 with a battle against 3-2 P-SJ-A looming Friday. Econ dropped to 0-5 after a 15-4 loss to Southwest, and had scored just nine runs so far, allowing 72.

Friday offered no shakeup, as EHS clobbered Southwest, 12-0, North rebounded to pulverize Memorial (17-7), and Vela hounded P-SJ-A, 12-2. The Lady Sabes (3-3) were to contend against Econ (0-6) Tuesday with Pharr North-EHS and Edinburg North-Bears on tap also.