The Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), No. 23, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 14, 1988 Page: 4 of 10
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RioJ.V. Wins Big Game,
Now In First Place
The Rio Grande City High junior
varsity baseball team took sole
possession of first place in district
play with a big win on the road
Monday night against the McAllen
High junior varsity.
The Rattlers defeated the
Bulldogs 6-4, with the winning blow
being a three-run homer by Reynol
Salinas in the fifth inning.
Going into that inning, Rio held a
3-0 lead. Catcher Hugo Bazan
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singled to lead off the inning. With
one out, designated hitter Mike
Lopez singled, and Salinas then
belted a long drive over the left
center field fence. Coach Roel
Olson commented, "I think the ball
went 340 to 350 feet."
The victory meant that the
Rattlers now have a l'/i game lead
in district play over the second
place Bulldogs, with three games
remaining. In last week's action,
the Bulldogs suffered a defeat and
a tie at the hands of the McAllen
Memorial junior varsity.
Javier Garcia and Ralph
Ramirez combined to pitch a
two-hitter, with Ramirez coming in
to provide relief help in the sixth
inninng. Garcia was, credited with
The Rattlers scored three runs in
the top of the fourth, with the key
blow being a two-run single by first
baseman Aaron Balli.
The Rattlers scored six runs on
eight hits, while the Bulldogs
scored four runs on two hits. The
Bulldogs got both of their hits in
the sixth inning, when they scored
two runs. Rattler pitching yielded
five bases on balls. Rio made one
error in the field to two for
The Rattlers scored three runs in
the fourth and another three in the
fifth to take a 6-0 lead. McAllen
scored one run in the fifth, two in
the sixth, and one in the seventh.
The Bulldogs scored one run in
the bottom of the seventh, and had
runners on first and third with one
out. But Ramirez was able to get a
Bulldog hitter to pop out, and the
next batter grounded out to
shortstop to end the game.
Salinas was the leading Rio
hitter, going 3 for 3 with two
singles beside his crucial three-run
homer. Designated hitter Mike
Lopez went 2 for 4.
Olson commented, "We're almost
at our peak on defense We really
jelled and came through last night.
We had some good plays by
shortstop Roberto Rodriguez and
by left fielder Knox Jones. Hugo
Bazan did an excellent job behind
Olson a-ded, "The games have
been very exciting to watch. The
defense tightened up and our
pitching came through...The dis-
trict has been very competitive and
The Rattlers will play the
Mission j.v. on the road Saturday
at 11 a.m. Their last tw>> district
games will be home games against
Edinburg on Monday, April 18 and
McAllen Memorial on April 23.
Olson commented, "We want to
keep it up. We have three district
games left We want to savor being
in first place."
Varsity Track Prepares
The Rio Grande City High
varsity track team is preparing for
the District 31-5A track meet this
Saturday in Laredo.
This past weekend, the Rattlers
had three individuals, plus their
1600-meter relay team, qualify for
the finals of the Meet of Champions
Coach Candelario Carranza noted
that "every conference takes the
top two from each district to the
final In this case, there were four
districts included: 31-5A, 32-5A,
16-4A, and 32-3A. They take the top
two finishers from each district
and put them in the finals, based
mostly on the individual results."
For Rio, Leonel Moreno qualified
for the finals in both the 3200-meter
run and the 1600-meter run. Moreno
achieved a time of 10:07.86 in the
finals of the 3200-meter run, and a
4:41.98 time in the finals of the
Juan Benitez prated seventh in
the finals of the 100-meter run with
a time of 11.26.
The foursome of Russell Clarke,
Refugio Barron, Tomas Martinez.
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Jr. High Tracksters
and Jorge Garcia ran a time of
3:30.96 in the 1600-meter relay to
Bernie Anzaldua achieved a
performance of 20 feet, 6'z inches
in the long jump to place seventh in
About the upcoming district
meet, Carranza commented that
two key runners, Tomas Martinez
and Rafael Solis, are doubtful due
to pulled hamstrings. Martinez
sustained a reinjured hamstring at
the Meet of Champions.
Carranza said, "We were count-
ing on these two in the mile-relay
and the 400-relay." But on the
positive side, he noted that "Derric
Trevino will be ready to go."
Carranza commented that
"Jorge Garcia has been looking
good and hopefully he will do well
in districL Leonel Moreno has been
- Carranza said, "Competition will
be very tough. Alex Mendoza of
Laredo Martin, the state cross-
country champion, will be tough in
the long distance running events."
The Ringgold Jr. High seventh
and eighth grade boys track teams
competed at their district meet in
Edinburg on Saturday.
The eighth graders finished
fourth overall. Coach Demencio
Bazan commented, "We did well
overall. There were some outstand-
ing efforts by Cande Carranza III,
Tony Avila, and especially Jose M.
Candelario Carranza III finished
first in the discus with a throw of
131 feet, 2l/2 inches.
Jose M. Alderete finished second
in the long jump with a perfor-
mance of 20 feet, 7>/fe inches.
Alderete finished third in the
400-meter dash with a time of 54.97.
The quartet of Tomas Rosas,
Tony Avila, Jorge Delgado, and
Jose M. Alderete finished third in
the mile relay with a time of 3:56.
Alderete's time in that relay event
The foursome of Fitzy Garcia,
Noe Barrera, Jorge Delgado, and
Jose M. Alderete finished sixth in
the 400-meter relay.
James Ball finished in a sixth-
place tie in the long jump with a
performance of 18 feet, 6 inches.
Fitzy Garcia came in seventh place
Rio Varsity Narrowly
Defeated By United
In last week's action, the Rio
Grande City High varsity baseball
team was edged out by Laredo
United in an extra-inning game on
the road and lost a slugfest to
Edinburg at home.
Last Tuesday in Laredo, the
Longhorns of United High School
won 12-11 in an eight-inning game
The Rattlers trailed 10-4 after three
innings, but tied the score in the
top of the seventh.
The Longhorns scored the winn-
ing run with none out in the bottom
of the eighth. The leadoff hitter
walked, and the next batter at-
tempted a sacrifice bunt. The
baserunner came all the way in to
score when the Rio pitcher
overthrew the first baseman.
The Rattlers scored 11 runs on
seven hits, while the Longhorns
pounded out 12 runs on 12 hits.
The Rattlers scored one run in
the first, two runs in the second,
one run in the third, four runs in
the fourth, two runs in the fifth,
and one run in the seventh. The
Longhorns scored three runs in the
first, five runs in the second, two
runs in the third, and one run in the
fourth before scoring the game-
winning run in the bottom of the
Both teams committed four er-
rors in the field. Rattler pitching
gave up five walks and one
hit-batsmen, while United pitching
surrendered 12 bases on balls.
Among the leading Rattler hit-
ters were Aaron Garcia, who went
2 for 3 with a double and one RBI;
Romeo Garcia, who was 2 for 3
with two doubles and one RBI; and
Lalo Guerra, who was 1 for 1 with
four RBI's, including a two-run
The leading Longhorn batters
were Charlie Gonzalez, who was 3
for 4 with two doubles and one
RBI; Albert Cardenas, 2 for 4 with
a double and triple and four RBI's;
and Dago Gonzalez, 2 for 5 with a
double and triple and two RBI's.
Joe Alvarez, the Rio starter,
pitched the first two innings.
Reliever Juan Benitez was the
pitcher for the final five innings
Neto Hernandez, the United
starter, pitched the first two
innings. Albert Cardenas pitched
four innings in relief, and Becerra
pitched the final two innings.
Rio pitching struck out three
United batters, while United pit-
ching registered seven strikeouts.
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in the 100-meter dash.
About the year, Bazan com-
mented, "Overall, it's been a very
good year for the junior high track
program. It's been one of the best
years we've had among the eighth
graders in the field events,
especially with the long jump."
Among the seventh graders,
Carlos Vela finished first in the
300-low hurdles with a time of 45.19.
The mile-relay foursome of
Benny Carmona, Carlos Vela, Tony
Hernandez, and Alex Bazan
finished sixth with a time of 4.09.
Coach Juan Salazar also praised
Marcos Bazan, Huber Morin, Jake
Margo, and Juan Mata for turning
in good performances.
Salazar concluded, "Our kids
know they can compete with the
bigger schools. We still need to
work hard. Hopefully, next year we
can do even better."
Bazan said, "The junior high
coaches would like to thank all the
participants for their time and
effort. It's been a successful year,
considering that we competed
against schools from Brownsville,
Harlingen, Weslaco, and Pharr-San
On Friday in Rio Grande City,
the Rattlers were defeated by
Edinburg 15-6 in a slugfest that
featured four homers by the
Bobcats and one by the Rattlers
The Rattlers scored two runs in
the first, and four runs in the fifth.
They achieved six runs on six hits.
The Bobcats scored four runs in
the first, two in the second, five in
the third, and four in the fourth.
For the game, they pounded out 15
runs on 13 hits.
Second baseman Tony Garcia
achieved the big blow for the
Rattlers when he hit a three-run
homer over the left field fence in
the bottom of the fifth, knocking in
three of his four RBI for the game
and extending the game to seven
Also for the Rattlers, Aaron
Garcia went 2 for 4 with one RBI,
and Cesar Rodriguez and Roel
Gomez went 1 for 3 and 1 for 2,
Hitting home runs for the Bob-
cats were Chad Treadaway, who
hit a two-run homer in the fourth;
Rene Sanchez, who hit a three-run
homer in the first and a solo homer
in the third; and Eddie Enriquez,
who connected with the bases
empty in the second.
The leading Bobcat hitters were
Chad Treadaway, 2 for 2 with 2
RBI's; Rene Sanchez, 3 for 5 with 4
RBI's; Eddie Enriquez, 1 for 3;
and Robert Valdez, 2 for 2 with a
Bobby Garcia started the game
for the Rattlers and pitched the
first 2 2/3 innings. R.J. Ramirez
hurled the final 4 1/3 innings in
relief for the Rattlers.
Starter Carl Lopez pitched the
distance for Edinburg.
Both Rio and Edinburg pitching
surrendered four walks each. Rat-
tler pitching struck out two Bob-
cats, and three Rattler hitters
fanned against Edinburg pitching
The Rattlers were charged with
six errors in the field, to two for
The Rattlers are now 0-7 in
District 31-5A play. After playing
McAllen High at home Tuesday,
they will go on the road Friday to
play the McAllen Memorial
Mustangs. They will return home
Tuesday to play the Laredo Nixon
The Rio Grande City High
varsity and freshmen girls track
teams will be competing at their
district meets this Saturday
The district meet for the varsity
girls will be this Saturday in
The Rio freshman girls will
compete at the district meet in
Edinburg, also this Saturday
At the Meet of Champions in
McAllen this past Saturday, the Rio
varsity girls placed two athletes in H C
the finals In this meet, only the top
two competitors from each district
advanced to the finals.
Bertha Alaniz advanced to the
finals in the shotput, and freshman
Yolanda Cortez advanced to the
finals in the high jump
Ed Barrow, who later became a
legendary general manager with the
Yankees, promoted minor league |k
baseball in his youth and on one
occasion used two ex-heavyweight
champions, John L. Sullivan and Jim
Jeffries, as umpires.
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