The softball and baseball seasons are off and running now, with tournaments all over the place for city entries.
The Vela girls, who have gained a No. 3 state ranking early on, rose to 10-2 and capped a fine performance at the La Joya Tourney with a 10-inning win Saturday over previously unbeaten Harlingen. Junior Bri Salinas went the distance on the mound, got the key hit, and has already hammered four home runs this season. Her power output is going to be vital with the sidelining of senior Katy Truitt, out for at least a month with a foot injury.
Another statistical star in the first stages of the season has been freshman Ava Perez, sister of former Vela softballer Evan Perez, who leads the team with 18 hits for a .486 average. Salinas has collected 14 hits in 12 games and is 5-0 on the mound with a 1.25 ERA while classmate Karina Guzman has fanned 28 batters in 26 innings.
The Lady Sabes will play at Harlingen South Tuesday before heading further south for the BISD in Brownsville Thursday-Saturday. Also, there will be EHS (4-2-1 so far) and Econ (2-4), while North (6-5) welcomes a tough La Joya nine to town Tuesday and then takes off on its annual jaunt to the Seguin Tourney later in the week. The Lady Cougars have gotten mammoth numbers so far from Annabel Segoviano, who has driven 28 runs in 11 games.
As for baseball, the SaberCats are slated for a home game Tuesday against San Benito, followed by a voyage to the Coastal Bend for the Calallen Tournament. EHS will on the road also, for the LCISD Tourney up near Houston, with city rivals Econ and North doing tourney duty at La Joya and Sharyland, respectively. March 12-14 the second annual ECISD Tourney, now named after RGV Sports Hall of Famer Louis Alamia, will take place with a bevy of games over the three-day span.