Los Fresnos News

Stayin Alive

By Ruben Rodriguez
Los Fresnos News

As The Baseball and Softball Seasons have come to an end for the majority of teams from the Rio Grande Valley. However, for three teams, The Roads to Round Rock and Austin still continue. For Baseball in the Valley 31-5A’s Sharyland Pioneer and 31-6A’s La Joya remain alive as they prepare for the Regional Semifinal.

Sharyland Pioneer has been red hot since the beginning of the 2022 season. Pioneer has definitely bounced back from their early postseason exit in 2021. So far in 2022, The Diamondbacks have been led by the stellar pitching of Senior Angel Larranaga, who currently holds an ERA of 2.51, has been on fire in his final season as a Diamondback.

After sweeping the Brownsville Porter Cowboys in the Bi-District Round, the Diamondbacks faced off against the Moody Trojans and took it to 3 games to capture the series in the Area Round. Heading into the Regional Quarterfinals, Pioneer was slated against the Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial Eagles. After a tough series, the Diamondbacks prevailed 2-1. Now Sharyland Pioneer is set to face off against Buda Johnson out of District 26-5A.

On the 6A Side of things, the La Joya Coyotes have been electric in 2022. Finishing off as the number three seed in 31-5A, La Joya is led by Texas Tech signee J.C. Guttierez. After a Sweep over Weslaco, La Joya faced off against San Antonio Stevens in a one game winner take all in which La Joya came out victorious 5-2. In the regional quarterfinal, The Coyotes went up against 31-6A rival Edinburg Vela in a thriller of a series, capturing Games one and three in dominant fashion to win the series 2-1. La Joya will now face off against Austin Lake Travis in the regional final, with both teams going strong,The Valley supports its two teams who look to bring home the first State Championship for Baseball to the Rio Grande Valley.