NEWS Staff Report
In what has already shown to be a topsy-turvy District 31-5A softball race, the San Benito Lady ’Hounds got back on track.
The girls held a two-run edge before pushing across three more late runs en route to an important 6-1 win over PSJA Memorial at Lady ’Hound Field on Tuesday night.
With the win, San Benito (18-4 overall, 8-2 district) remained atop the district, tied with McAllen Rowe, a 12-5 winner over PSJA. However, the Lady ’Hounds got some help when McAllen Memorial, which was also tied for first thanks to a season sweep of San Benito, fell to Weslaco, 5-3.
San Benito fell last Friday at McAllen Memorial to create the logjam at the top, making Tuesday’s win that much more important.
On a brisk evening, San Benito got a phenomenal pitching performance from Crystal Castillo, who scattered four hits and struck out 15 Lady Wolverines on 82 total pitches. She faced 24 total hitters.
Amber Jasso came home to score in the third inning, however PSJA Memorial answered with a run of its own and the game was tied 1-1 through the fifth inning, when Jasso came home again for the go-ahead run. San Benito broke things open in the sixth with four more runs.
Now the second match with Rowe is up. San Benito defeated the Lady Warriors 2-0 in the first round of play but must now go on the road for what many are calling a possible de facto district championship game.
GREYHOUNDS 8, BRO. ST. JOSEPH 3: The Greyhound baseball team also got back into the win column, taking a non-district win over the visiting Bloodhounds.
San Benito returns to district play this weekend at Weslaco. That game is slated for at 7 p.m., Friday, March 28.