It was a glittering weekend on the diamond for the Blue and Black, as the Vela girls launched six wins in a row to take the top title at the La Joya softball tournament, the baseball boys going 4-0 at the Border Olympics in Laredo.
Outscoring their foes 65-1 in six games, the Lady Sabes rode to the championship with a dominant 10-0 victory over Los Fresnos. They had previously edged Brownsville Vets, 1-0 and the MVP of the whole shooting match was the speedballing senior Naomi Reyes.
The Lady Sabes will welcome Santa Rosa for a home clash Tuesday before heading to Brownsville for a weekend tournament. EHS, which did well at the Border Olympics, has CC Vets at home Tuesday and then a trip to Seguin starting Thursday. North faces a touch match against Harlingen South Tuesday at home, followed by a journey to the Bayfront Bash in Corpus Christi.
At the La Joya event, Econ earned an early win over Santa Rosa and then played Sharyland well in the finale Saturday, ending up short in a 10-7 defeat. The Lady Jags have a road test at Weslaco East Tuesday.
The Vela baseball performance was nearly as awesome as the softball one, as the Sabes compiled an aggregate score of 29-4, including a pair of shutouts, capping the work Saturday with a 4-2 win over Palmview. Edinburg High was at the Border Olympics where it suffered a pair of one-run losses, to Tomball and then Zapata. North was bombed by SA Madison and Magnolia West, forging a tie with Laredo Nixon along the way.
SABES, BOBCATS DROP OUT IN AREA
The Vela hoops team was not as successful out west, losing in the area round to hot-shooting Del Rio, 74-57 Saturday afternoon. Thus Coach David Keith’s initial season winds up with 20 victories, including a bi-district result over Brownsville Rivera, and several stars return for the next run: Noah Sekinger and Josh Diaz will be seniors for the next Vela edition, though the team does lose Trey Chavana to graduation.
EHS also wound up its campaign in area, faring poorly in a matchup against South San Antonio, getting dumped by a 58-37 count. Still, the 27-win season was satisfying for Coach Zeke Cuellar and the gang, who bring back Antoine Woodard and several solid guards; the ‘Cats lose big man Jesus Cantu and guard Damian Garcia, but incoming transfer Ricky Alaniz, late of North, should help matters considerably.