By MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ
It’s apparently not over just yet.
On Thursday, San Benito CISD Superintendent of Schools Antonio G. Limón confirmed that the Eagle Pass Independent School District filed an application for injunction against the University Interscholastic League on Wednesday, May 15, in state district court in Travis County seeking the reversal of a decision on Saturday to change a best-of-three softball playoff series between the San Benito Lady Greyhounds and Eagle Pass Lady Eagles in Laredo into a one-game playoff.
The Lady ’Hounds lead the Lady Eagles 2-0 during the sixth inning of Game 1 on Friday, May 10, before the contest was postponed for the following day due to lightning.
On Saturday, May 11, both teams were informed that as a result of UIL rules indicating that three games cannot be played in one day, the series would revert back to a one-game playoff with the winner of the suspended Game 1 advancing to the regional semi-final round of the playoffs, otherwise known as the Sweet 16. It has been further explained that (again citing UIL rules) a suspended playoff game must be completed the following day with the winner advancing to the next round.
Six outs later, the Lady ’Hounds held on to its 2-0 lead from the previous evening to secure the victory over Eagle Pass. Following the game, it was reported that the Eagle Pass contingent expressed disapproval of the matter to the umpires.
Still, the Lady ’Hounds moved on to the Sweet 16 and have since been preparing for a one-game playoff against San Antonio O’Connor, scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Cabaniss Softball Field in Corpus Christi.
Meanwhile, the Eagle Pass ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved on Tuesday the authorization of its legal counsel to file the application for injunction against the UIL. It was action that garnered applause from those in attendance, including Eagle Pass Head Softball Coach Oscar Ruiz.
In an interview with the Eagle Pass Business Journal, Ruiz said of the board’s decision, “They believe the Lady Eagles have a fair chance of winning this game, and that’s all we ask for.”
Limón said a hearing will be held Friday at 2 p.m. when a judge is expected to make a decision on the matter. However, the superintendent further noted that the Lady ’Hounds will continue with plans to compete in the regional semi-final game on Friday unless instructed otherwise.
“We’re sending the girls anyway,” Limón said on Thursday. “If it’s decided they can play O’Connor, they’ll play. If it’s decided they won’t, we’ll just bring the bus back. So as far as we’re concerned, the charter bus carrying the girls will hit the road tomorrow.”
In the meantime, San Benito Head Softball Coach Elias Martinez said these recent developments may serve to be a distraction.
“I want them focused on O’Connor, but we’ll just have to adjust to whatever happens,” Martinez said. “This does take a toll, because you’ve got two different styles of teams and we don’t know who we’re going to play. From a coaching standpoint, the indecisions of going back to Laredo or going to Corpus you try not to let affect you, but it does. It has to somehow.”
“It affects us but it also affects the fans, because which way are they going?” Martinez further questioned. “This thing is affecting a lot of people. UIL is our governing body, and UIL made a decision. It’s black and white.”
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