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May 17, 2013

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Rattlers muzzle Bulldogs, advance to regionals

Sharyland third baseman Jorge Maldonado does his best to avoid getting spiked as he slides safely into second base during the Rattlers 12-1 area championship victory over the McAllen High Bulldogs Saturday. Progress Times photo by Luciano Guerra

By Ed Salas MISSION – It appeared that Sharyland was going to struggle a little more against archrival McAllen in the area round of the 5A high school baseball playoffs, but after a close call in Game 1 the Rattlers finished off the Bulldogs 12-1 in Game 2 to sweep the best-of-three series and advance to the regional quarterfinals against Eagle Pass. “We finished today, we really didn’t make a lot of mistakes defensively to open the door for them,” said Sharyland head coach Bart Bickerton. “I thought McAllen hit the ball hard again. We made a couple of decent plays, Pancho (Martínez) made some great plays on balls that were hit up the middle, that last night all that stuff got through. So that’s a big difference.” Sharyland (31-1) will take on Eagle Pass in a one game winner-take-all regional quarterfinal on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Tejada Sports Complex Field at San Antonio. Eagle Pass eliminated Brownsville Hanna in a rainshortened one-game playoff

last Friday. In bi-district, the Eagles swept La Joya in two games, 3-1 and 12-9. The Rattlers faced Eagle Pass in the same round last year and routed the Eagles 20-0 and 9-3. “Everybody’s going to be good from here on out,” said Bickerton. “We saw Eagle Pass last year and we did well against them.” After holding on for a 107 win over McAllen in Game 1 of the area round, the Rattlers lit up Bulldogs (19-13) starting pitcher Chris Zuñiga in Game 2 for nine runs in the bottom of the second inning and added three more in the third to jump out to a 12-0 lead. Zuñiga was yanked in the third inning, but not before allowing 11 runs on eight hits in two innings. McAllen attempted to rally in the top of the fourth inning when Sharyland starter Francisco “Pancho” Martínez loaded the bases with no outs. However, Martínez got some help from his defense that helped him get out of the jam and spoil the Bulldogs opportunity to score with a pair of

force outs at home plate and a strikeout that ended the uprising. Despite the deficit, the Bulldogs didn’t let Martínez off easy in the top of the fifth when they made one last effort to make a game of it. J.C. Carrillo got a one-out double and Emilio Guerra was safe on an error. Zuñiga got a force out that scored Carrillo, but that was the extent of the McHi rally. Sharyland secured the series sweep two batters later with a foul pop fly that was caught by Rattler catcher Tres Barrera. “I got a good game pitching and my team was behind me hitting and defensively,” said Martínez. “We just finished today. We didn’t pay attention to the score (in Game 1) and we slacked off a little bit.” “I thought Pancho threw real well, back to the form he’s been in the past,” added Bickerton. “He had a great curveball today, kept those guys off balance, and he did a good job so we’re real pleased with how he threw today.”

Sharyland’s Alanis gives boys West All-Stars showcase victory West girls hang on to down East in PKs SOCCER By Ed Salas MISSION—Sharyland midfielder Gilberto “Tito” Alanis closed out his high school soccer career on Thursday, May 9, by doing what he’s always done, come through in the clutch. Alanis scored the game-winning goal to lift the West All-Stars over the East 3-2 in the Sixth Annual Rio Grande Valley Soccer Coaches Organization Senior Showcase at Rattler Stadium. The win was the West squad’s second in a row over the East. The West defeated the East 2-0 in 2012 at the Brownsville Sports Park and leads the all-time RGVSCO Senior Showcase series 4-2.

“It felt great and thank God that He gave me the chance to make the winning goal for my team,” said Alanis. “This is just the pay off of all the hard work I put these past four years and what better than ending it at Sharyland, my home field.” PSJA North’s Jacob Hinojosa, a Sharyland alumnus and former player, and Río Grande City’s Amado Rodríguez coached the West, while Brownsville Pace’s José Alfredo “Chico” Jiménez, Progreso’s Margarito Jiménez, and La Feria’s Sergio Rodríguez coached the East squad. “I knew that game was going to be pretty intense and the hardest part would be to get everybody in the game to

The West Girls All-Stars show off their medals on May 9, 2013 at Sharyland High School's Rattler Stadium after defeating the East All-Stars 3-1 in penalty kicks after playing to a 2-2 draw in regulation time in the Sixth Annual Rio Grande Valley Soccer Coaches Organization Senior Showcase.

play and that there was chemistry between all of them,” said Hinojosa. “We made the necessary changes to pressure the other team. It was harder in the first half but the kids gave it their all and thank God we came out with the victory and represented the West well.” “I almost cried (being back at Sharyland),” added Hinojosa. “I miss my school (Sharyland). There were some mixed feelings, but it felt good to be back here. I was really excited.” Alanis’ strike with 11 minutes remaining in the RGVSCO boys Senior Showcase on his own home field turf capped the West’s comefrom-behind victory. The Rattlers and West squad’s captain shared the field with fellow Sharyland senior teammates Daniel García and Gerardo Garza. The trio was part of Sharyland’s 2012 state championship team. La Joya Palmview’s Efraín Durán equalized the match at 2-2 in the 47th minute of play after trailing 2-1 in the first half. Prior to the game, Durán signed a letter of intent to play NAIA Division I collegiate soccer with Wiley College. Despite having a smaller squad, the East opened the scoring in the 10th minute when they provoked the West to put the ball into their own

The West Boys All-Stars pose with their medals on May 9, 2013 at Sharyland High School's Rattler Stadium after defeating the East All-Stars 3-2 in the Sixth Annual Rio Grande Valley Soccer Coaches Organization Senior Showcase. net to take an early 1-0 lead. The West equalized 25 minutes later on a tally by La Joya’s Luis Hinojosa, but District 31-5A leading scorer Ángel Estrada of San Benito put the East back on top 2-1 with two minutes left in the first half. Estrada tallied 19 goals in 16 games for the Greyhounds during the 2013 district season. Girls All-Star Soccer In the opening game, the girls senior showcase matchup ended in a dramatic 2-all draw at the end of regulation when Los Fresnos’ Ariana “Pinky” Castillo scored a pair of goals in the last 15 minutes of the match for the East to force the match into penalty kicks. The West was bolstered by Mission’s goalkeeper and penalty kick specialist Jessica López, who stopped one of the East’s shots while another smashed into the crossbar and another sailed over it. After the West missed its opening shot, McAllen Rowe’s Savannah Martínez and Katia Treviño, and McAllen Memorial’s Maggie Calderón converted the next three penalty kicks to give their squad a 3-1 victory in PKs. Castillo scored the only PK for the East. “We dragged a little bit in

the second half, but we pulled it out at the end with the PKs. Jessica López, she’s trusting right there, and she’s done a great job all year,” said Mission and the West squad’s head coach Aaron Clemons. “She’s a heck of player and I’m going to miss her. This was a great group of girls. I’m very fortunate to have coached them." La Joya Palmview’s Brenda Flores put the West on

the board in the opening 35 seconds of the game and Sharyland’s Maegan Idrogo increased the Upper Valley squad’s lead to 2-0 with 27 minutes remaining in the first half. The West girls’ victory was the second straight over the East and it gave them a 5-1 edge over their Lower Valley rivals in the all-time RGVSCO Senior Showcase series.

Scholarship Signings

Three SHS athletes sign letters of intent Three Sharyland High School athletes recently signed letters of intent to attend their chosen universities. Gabriel Rodriguez signed to play track with Texas State University in San Marcos. Francisco “Paco” Camps also signed to play track but with Texas A&M in Kingsville. Alex Flores, a stand out in swimming, signed with University of the Incarnate Word. Picture left to right are Flores, Campos and Rodriguez.

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