By JOE R. BOWLING, JR.
Friday marked perfection for the Port Isabel Lady Tarpons softball team. A road win over Grulla with a 13-0 score marked a fourth consecutive shut out and it was highlighted as Daniela Salinas pitched a perfect game.
“Nobody said a word,” said Head Coach Belinda Trevino, “as a matter of fact I didn’t even realize it until the game was over and they told me it a perfect game.”
Salinas has now strung together 22 scoreless innings in a four game span. Along the way the Lady Tarpons have outscored their opponents to the tune of 34-0 and this all comes on the heels of their last loss back in March.
“We have been playing much better,” said Trevino, “ever since that loss to La Feria the girls have come together.”
Friday night was a scoreless affair through the first three innings. The perfect game was saved in the top of the first inning by one of three sparkling plays by shortstop Gabriela Gonzalez. A soft liner by the second hitter of the game appeared to be heading for a hit before Gonzalez closed in and made the play.
“It looked like it was a hit all the way,” said Trevino, “then she got to it and who knew that would save a perfect game but it did.”
Later in the game Gonzalez made a play on a ball hit on the ground to end the third and she did the same thing in the fourth.
“Those two balls also had a good chance to be hits,” said Trevino, “they both were in the hole and she made some real nice plays.”
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