By FRANCISCO E. JIMENEZ
“Just make my girls look good,” an elated Elias Martinez, head softball coach for the Elite Eight bound San Benito Lady Greyhounds, joked on Tuesday.
Mission already accomplished.
To showcase a team that has not once but twice stood alone as the only Rio Grande Valley varsity softball squad to reach the regional finals, otherwise known as the Elite Eight, one only needs to consider San Benito’s 33-2 record. Still, when asked what he attributes to his team’s success – a question Martinez has answered repeatedly over the years – the longtime Lady ’Hound skipper remained his usual modest self.
“It’s a lot of hard work from the girls and the coaches,” he said of the Valley’s last softball team standing in the playoffs, this after defeating the number two-state ranked San Antonio O’Connor Lady Panthers, 3-2, on Friday. “It’s the girls’ willingness to learn, to be coached, their willingness to be there. When we go out there we work, but we try to have fun with it also. The girls are always out there with a positive attitude, having a good time learning and executing what we’re trying to do. They’ve been very coachable.”
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