PRESS Staff Report
The race to the state baseball playoffs is tightening up in District 32-3A as three ball clubs are within a half game of each other for the second seed.
The Port Isabel Tarpons were battling to stay in contention for a district crown throughout the season and, as of Thursday, April 11, were only a game behind league-leading Hidalgo. However, after a few tough games that didn’t go their way, the Tarpons now find themselves 4-3 in district play and 10-7 overall.
That means that PI is now two and a half games back. What that also means is that the rival Rio Hondo Bobcats are now only a half game behind the Tarps for second place in 32-3A. Behind the Cats, also by only half a game, are the La Feria Lions. In other words, things are getting tight. Consider further that the Tarpons are scheduled to face Rio Hondo in at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 19, at home.
The last time PI and RH faced each other was on April 2, when the Tarpons came away with a 6-4 victory. A repeat performance for the Tarpons on Friday would not only cement a playoff berth for the team but the second seed.