Los Fresnos News

Last One Standing

By Ruben Rodriguez
La Feria News

Now heading into the Elite Eight, Sharyland Pioneer remains as the only team from the Rio Grande Valley after La Joya’s Elimination at the hands of Austin Lake Travis. The Diamondbacks, who are fresh off a series win against Buda Johnson in the Regional Semifinal, turn their attention to the Regional Final, where they will face off against Georgetown, who eliminated Corpus Christi Ray in the previous round.
Pioneer has had quite the tough road in the 2022 Playoffs. After a sweep victory over the Brownsville Porter Cowboys, Pioneer dueled and defeated Corpus Christi Moody and Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial in tough series wins.

Heading into their matchup with Buda Johnson, Pioneer has been dominant with Pitching of Angel Larranaga, Solid Hitting has been led by Juan Rivera, Ryan Garza, David and Joshua Benitez. Buda Johnson who has been sending shockwaves by reaching the Regional Semi-Final in only their second season as a school. Pioneer captured game one 11-2 off a strong offense and great defense.

Game Two saw a back and forth battle as Sharyland Pioneer took control before Johnson managed to pull off a 3 run rally to win in the Bottom of the seventh inning on a walk off hit, Game three was controlled by Sharyland Pioneer off a late comeback to get the win.

Pioneer, who are determined to punch their ticket to the State Tournament for the first time since 2019 have shown they are definitely a team to reckon with.