By CONSTANCIO MARTINEZ, JR.
Special to the PRESS
This past Sunday, October 29, the Port Isabel Lady Tarpons softball traveling team took the cobwebs off their softball equipment and hit the field as they played their first games in the Harlingen Fall Ball League. Under the hot, blazing sun with no cold front in sight, the team finished the day 1-1 in league play.
The Lady Tarpons were off to a rough start as they lost their first game to Brownsville Veterans 15-1. The PI team did not have many practices together before joining the league, which showed.
Offensively, they got some hits off, but not consistently to bring in the runs. The pitching show some potential as Andrea Garcia and Chelsea Gonzalez alternated innings. Both pitchers threw some strikes, but Brownsville’s batting looked like it was in mid-season form. Regarding fielding, the players were still trying out new positions, which led to a couple of misplayed balls.
The team did much better in their second game, beating Harlingen South Green 4-2.
In the top of the first inning, it was three up, three down as PI pitcher Garcia struck out the final batter. As the Lady Tarpons went up to bat, a single by Natalie Martinez brought in a runner, and the Lady Tarpons took a 1-0 lead. The next batter, Chelsea Clinton, hit a fly ball to center field, which also brought in another runner as PI headed to the second inning with a 2-0 lead.
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