Baseball notes: Tarpons play their way into 32-4A title contention

The Port Isabel Tarpons entered this past week set for pivotal District 32-4A games against Grulla and Hidalgo.

This past Tuesday, the Tarps held off the Gators 15-10 and on Friday they dispatched the Pirates 8-4 to suddenly find themselves in a tie for first place with Hidalgo at 10-2.

With two games left in the regular season, PI now has an excellent chance of at least sharing the league crown if they can run the table this week.

The Tarpons conclude the season with a game at Progreso (8-4) on Tuesday and a home contest against La Feria (2-10) on Friday. Meanwhile, Hidalgo hosts Raymondville (2-10) on Tuesday and is at Grulla (8-4) on Friday.

DOWN AND OUT: Despite a solid effort, the Rio Hondo Bobcats will not qualify for the state playoffs this season.

The Cats (4-8) were officially eliminated from postseason contention after a disappointing 6-4 loss to La Feria on Friday night.

Friday loss marked the Cats’ fifth straight loss as their last win came on April 5 against Zapata, 1-0.

DOWN TO THE WIRE: With an impressive no-hit performance by ace Fred Villarreal, the Brownsville Veterans Chargers beat Los Fresnos 1-0 on Friday to clinch the District 32-6A title and the top seed in the league.

Vets closes out the regular season on Tuesday against Brownsville Lopez and, as the No. 1 seed, will mostly likely face PSJA North in the opening round of the playoffs.

But while Vets’ fate has already been determined, there is still plenty of action come the final day of the regular season.

Despite the loss to Vets, Los Fresnos remained in second place at 10-3 and closes out the season on Tuesday at home against third-place Brownsville Hanna, which trails the Falcons by just one game at 9-4.

Meanwhile, San Benito, which beat Harlingen South on Friday, sits in fourth place just one game behind Hanna at 8-5. The Greyhounds host Brownsville Rivera in their season finale on Tuesday.

If Hanna and San Benito end things tied, ’Hounds head coach Ram Partida said that he would want to play a seeding playoff game something next week.