Special to the PRESS
The girls had just accomplished something that had never been done before.
For the first time in school history, they’re District 32-3A champions.
With a 3-0 win over La Feria Tuesday in the bag, the Lady Tarpons (15-6 overall, 10-1 district) have one game remaining in the regular season against Rio Hondo at home Friday night before a bye in the state playoffs. They’re automatically into the area round, where they’ll face an opponent to be determined.
The Ladies’ sole loss in 32-3A play came against district rival the Rio Hondo Lady Bobcats on April 9. But when asked if last week’s loss to Rio Hondo may have actually helped the young Lady Tarpons, Port Isabel Head Softball Coach Jesse Garza said, “Yes, because it made them (the Lady Tarpons) realize that the season wasn’t over yet and that everyone wanted to come in and beat PI.”
The coach added, “And it did help out in practice because beating the other teams, it made them (the Lady Tarpons) feel as if they were invincible, so the loss brought them back down to earth and made them refocus and remember that there are still teams out there that were out to get us.”
With no seniors on the team, Garza, who’s only in his second year as the team’s skipper, admitted to being a bit surprised with the caliber of his team. “I was kinda surprised that we’ve been so competitive, but as the season went on I started to realize that they remembered a lot of things we went over last year,” Garza said. “I realized that we had so much talent. Last year we had it, but we seemed to be just one run short in every game.”
While the Ladies’ wield defensive prowess, Garza said the team still needs to work on getting the ball more in play if they want to make a deep playoff run.