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Rattlers defeat Eagle Pass, remain undefeated in playoffs

20120519-SharylandBasball-720-LEG-4337Friday night the Sharyland Rattlers struck early and often as they routed the Eagle Pass Eagles 20-0 in 5 innings in game one of the class 5A regional quarterfinal round of the state high school baseball playoffs.  Saturday the Rattlers again defeated the Eagles, 9-3, to take game two of this best-of-three series. This became the third playoff series in a row that the Rattlers have swept, remaining undefeated in the playoffs.

In game one Friday the Rattlers plated the only run they’d need to outscore Eagle Pass in the first inning when Jorge Maldonado hit a solo homerun. Not to leave anything to chance, however, Sharyland went on to score 9 runs in the third and five runs each in the fourth and fifth innings to blow out the Eagles and to set up the possibility of yet another playoff sweep.

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Rattlers sweep Hawks in area Round

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It took extra innings, but the Sharyland Rattlers swept the Harlingen South Hawks two games to none in the area round of the class 5A state playoffs last weekend. The Rattlers managed to overcome fielding errors in game one and base running errors in game two to advance to the regional quarterfinal round  against Eagle Pass this weekend.

GAME ONE

In Friday’s game one, the Rattlers took a 1-0 lead over the Hawks in the second inning when sophomore first baseman Joey Esquivel hit a Bobby Arias pitch out of the park over the left field fence.

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Hard to say goodbye

20120511-SPORTS_Coach_Rene_Garza_Mission_Girls_Basketball_100108_0305_DYMission’s Garza looks to future after basketball

If there is any quit in Rene Garza, it isn’t easy to see.

Sixteen seasons coaching at Mission and 28 years overall, the Mission High School icon announced recently he is stepping down to focus on his health. The longtime coach was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2006 and the long battle against cancer has taken its toll.

“Very difficult decision to make,” said Garza in one-on-one interview with the Progress Times. “It’s time. It is very hard and very difficult for me.”

While it is Garza’s health that is forcing him to step down, it is the idea of giving up his passion for the game that is the most difficult.

“I am going to miss it,” Garza said with a tear in his eye. “I had sixteen wonderful, great and exciting years. Just amazing years. Incredible. It has been a joy and experience just to be the head basketball coach. A privilege and honor. I am the lucky one.”

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Shary only Big Six team to advance in baseball playoffs

20120511-Juarez-Lincoln-v-Flour-Bluff-Playoff-Baseball-019Shary had a beast of a team a year ago, but couldn’t get past bi-district. This year they were expected to be rebuilding, but they took care of business, winning district with an undefeated record, then winning bi-district by sweeping Eagle Pass Winn, 7-2, 12-0, last weekend.

Senior Eric Gutierrez played a key role in the first game, scoring two runs and batting .500.

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Baseball playoffs begin this weekend

20120504-Sharyland-v-Mission-Baseball-052Is this the year for Sharyland baseball?

A year after climbing the state polls to no. 2 in Texas, only to be upset by Laredo United in bi-district, the Rattlers are readying themselves for another shot at making an historical run through the postseason. Bart Bickerton’s ball club is now no. 7 in the state polls and will be facing Eagle Pass Winn.

Fortunately, there is at least one thing going the team’s way.

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Shary boys and girls take home titles, Palmview and Juarez clinch playoff spots

20120427_Softball_McHi_v_Sharyland_lg_031Back-to-back champs. Again.

On the heels of their soccer teams’ remarkable run to a UIL state title, the boys and girls from Sharyland baseball and softball, have taken home their respective second straight district titles.

For softball’s Paul Cruz, his fielders’ second straight title is worth noting. Why? Well, prior to last season, District 30-5A was dominated by La Joya and their six straight district championships. Now, with number two in his back pocket, Cruz and his girls can rightly claim to be the district’s new powerhouse.

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