By ARMANDO GARZA
Special to the NEWS
Usually if you’re not successful the first time around, the second time is a whole lot better.
The San Benito Greyhounds can attest to this.
The ’Hounds pounded out a whopping 20 hits as a team as they clubbed Brownsville Hanna 12-3 on Tuesday night at Greyhound Park.
San Benito (9-6 overall, 4-4 district) got the second round of 32-6A league play started with a bang and avenged a district-opening loss to the Golden Eagles last month.
Highlighted by a 4-for-5 night from Isaac Sanchez, a total of eight Greyhounds had multi-hit nights as the team attempts a strong run down the stretch which will hopefully end in a postseason trip.
The ’Hounds jumped ahead in the second inning when Jonathan Robles (single), Jestin Sauceda (single) and Ruben Reyes (double) each got aboard and came home to score for a quick 3-0 lead. The boys added three more in the third as J.R. Gaitan (error), Joseph Partida (single) and Robles (error) scored as the lead swelled to 6-0.
All the while, San Benito starter Erick Arizpe held the Golden Eagles in check for the most part in a solid outing. However, Hanna scored a pair of runs in the fourth when Efrain Martinez and Cesar Saldana crossed home to close the gap to 3-2. Later, Johnny Balli scored in the fifth for the Eagles’ final run.
San Benito exploded for six runs in the fourth inning, sending 10 batters to the plate. In the frame, Victor Gaitan, David Vargas, J.R. Gaitan, Chris Padilla, Sauceda and Reyes all came home. When the smoke cleared, the ’Hounds led 12-2.
The ’Hounds continue the second round of 32-6A play as they play host to Los Fresnos on Friday night.
LADY ’HOUNDS 4, LOS FRESNOS 0:
At Los Fresnos, behind a no-hitter gem from Crystal Castillo, the Lady ’Hounds softball team stayed perfect in District 32-6A by blanking Los Fresnos with the same score as their first meeting last month.
Castillo fanned nine Lady Falcons and walked just three in another sterling performance.
San Benito drew first blood to start the game when Mel Gonzalez scored on an infield putout.
The girls went up 2-nil in the third when Audrey Huerta came home on a single from Alexis Cavazos.