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What better team to beat than La Joya to clinch a share of the district title? For Sharyland it is sweet. After six years of straight district championships, the Coyotes have been dethroned and the hitters of Sharyland have risen in their place.
The Rattlers took down the Coyotes on Tuesday, 9-2, to complete a season sweep of their rivals. In fact, the win puts Paul Cruz's squad on a three-game win streak against the former district champs.
The coach is particularly pleased because of a memory from last year's game with La Joya. Beating the Coyotes soundly at La Joya in 2010, the Coyote home crowd began chanting, “We're in the playoffs” to distract from the loss to the Rattlers. For Cruz, however, the fact that his team beat the district champs that night—and still went on to the playoffs—would not be remembered as much as the crowd's jeering. Though he didn't bring it up Tuesday night, he was glad to see his team take the Coyotes down again for the third straight time as his team easily makes the playoffs and La Joya sits on the fence.
Overall, the season has been a fun one for the girls. Besides an April Fool’s loss at Nikki Rowe, the Rattlers have been hot all through district and beyond, out hitting their opponents 108-80 and are now on a five-game win streak. (Editor's note: Check out www.progresstimes.net for an update on Sharyland's final game versus McHi last [Thursday] night.) Part of the key to success was a tough non-district schedule that included tournaments with some of the state's top teams as well as discipline to work hard in practice and not slacken.
Leading the way for the team has been Savannah Rendon and Druscilla Marmolejo. Rendon makes her mark with the glove and the bat, but does most of her damage from home plate. Only a freshman, Rendon is batting .502, has 42 hits—twice as many as any other hitter on the team—and 22 RBI's. Yes, the super frosh isn't shy of making a mark.
On the pitcher’s mound making the mark is Marmolejo. The senior has been the team's top pitcher. With a 12-6 record, Marmolejo has struck out 68 batters and faced 361 overall.
With at least a piece of the title, the ball club is looking forward to the playoffs and hoping to do better than last year where they lost in bi-district. The Rattlers came in as the fourth seed, faced District 29-5A's champ San Antonio Southwest and lost in two games, 3-0, 2-1. This year, the Lady Rattlers hope things will be different as the team will play either United, United South or Nixon of District 29-5A. This time the Rattlers will be district champs and not the last seed.
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