They did it again.
The San Benito Lady Greyhound softball team had yet to taste defeat in District 32-5A going into Friday night’s contest against the Brownsville Porter Cowgirls. Standing at 5-0 in district and 19-2 overall, there was still some concern within the Greyhound fan base as to whether they could pull off a victory against Porter; this despite the fact that the Cowgirls were 3-2 before the game got underway and, on paper, shouldn’t have posed much of a threat.
See, the Cowgirls and Lady ‘Hounds have a longstanding rivalry nearly equivalent to the football Battle of the Arroyo pitting San Benito vs. Harlingen … and as of late the Cowgirls have played the part of the Harlingen Cardinals in defeating San Benito the last several occasions within the past few seasons. In fact, Porter has been San Benito’s only roadblock in regaining the coveted district title.
That was then, this is now.
Armed (pun intended) with freshman pitcher Amber Jasso on the mound, and behind the bats of the team’s most reliable hitters, the Lady ‘Hounds continued their winning ways Friday night in Brownsville, this time against the once dominant Cowgirls, to reclaim district supremacy.
“It’s a big game. Of course, (the Porter Cowgirls) are the defending champs, so we knew they weren’t going to go down without a fight. We knew that right from the get-go. With rivalries involved records mean nothing. You still start at 0-0. It was a tight ball game and that’s what we were expecting,” said Elias Martinez, head softball coach for San Benito.
The Lady ’Hounds now stand at 20-2 overall and 6-0 in district. And with a 6-1 win over Porter, an argument can be made that nothing will stop San Benito now, this even as there is still half a district schedule remaining including rematches against formidable foes Weslaco and Porter.
Still, the fan base in San Benito has been recharged and the team’s confidence has grown, and who can blame them after Yesenia Penablanco went 3-4 hitting against the Cowgirls, and Jasso, with that fiery arm of hers, acquired 11 k’s. Not bad for a supposed young team.
A case can now be made that the tradition of softball excellence in San Benito is secure for at least another generation.