Sharyland Pioneer’s Rivera taking game to UTRGV
He’s also established himself as a consistent hitter and one of the state’s best base runners with 84 stolen bases in three seasons. He boasted a .457 batting average and had 23 runs, 21 RBIs, 15 walks and 13 stolen bases. During a shortened sophomore campaign due to COVID-19, Rivera hit .409 with 13 runs scored, seven RBIs and 17 stolen bases. He played on the field in the 2019 Region IV-5A Final against rival Sharyland High during his freshman season. He hopes to help lead his team to more victories at UTRGV Baseball Stadium, but next time it’ll be for the Vaqueros.myrgv.com
McAllen Rowe takes down Sharyland Pioneer
McALLEN — Sharyland Pioneer entered Saturday afternoon’s grudge match against McAllen Rowe with just one loss on its district record — a sweep by the Warriors on Sept. 21. There was no revenge, however, as the Warriors doubled down and swept the District 31-5A-leading Diamondbacks once again — this time 25-21, 25-22, 25-23 at McAllen Rowe High School. They worked together, everybody was communicating and they trust in each other — servers, setters, diggers — everybody had trust in each other and that’s the main ingredient that made a difference,” McAllen Rowe head coach Magda Canales said. The Diamondbacks have lost just 10 sets in 11 district matches, six at the hands of McAllen Rowe. Next for Sharyland Pioneer is a rivalry game against Sharyland High at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Sharyland Pioneer High School in Mission.myrgv.com
Snell pulled, San Diego's no-hit bid ends in 8th vs D-backs
The San Diego Padres had their no-hit bid broken up in the eighth inning on Tuesday night when Arizona's David Peralta had a bloop single fall into shallow left field. Left-hander Blake Snell pitched the first seven innings and was dominant, but needed 107 pitches to get through the Diamondbacks lineup. Padres manager Jayce Tingler decided to put right-hander Pierce Johnson into the game to start the eighth.news.yahoo.com
Pioneer’s Hornaday becomes D’backs first girls basketball signee
MISSION — Sharyland Pioneer’s Audry Hornaday has made a name for herself when it comes to setting program firsts on the basketball court. Hornaday, however, played the part of pioneer for the Diamondbacks’ girls basketball program again Wednesday afternoon when she signed to play collegiately at Texas A&M-International in Laredo, becoming the first Pioneer’s program history. “This is just such an honor and a blessing to be where I am today,” Hornaday said. She became the first Rio Grande Valley girls basketball player to be selected for the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Class 5A-6A All-Star game since Edinburg High’s Marah Guzman in 2006 and led all players in scoring with 14 during the RGV Vipers All-Valley Showcase. Hornaday was named The Monitor’s 2020-21 All-Area Girls Basketball Comeback Player of the Year and the RGV Basketball Coaches Association choice for Sub-6A All-Valley Player of the Year.myrgv.com
Huge first inning lifts Victoria West over Sharyland Pioneer in Game 1 of 5A regional quarterfinal series
Victoria West rolled to a big 8-3 Game 1 victory over Sharyland Pioneer on Friday in San Diego to begin their best-of-three regional quarterfinals series in the Class 5A state playoffs behind the strength of a huge first inning. The Warriors (23-5-1) pounced on the Diamondbacks early and exploded for seven runs in the top of the first inning. West managed to load the bases with one out following a hit by pitch and walk after a leadoff single by Sydney Harvey. The game was Sharyland Pioneer’s first regional quarterfinals contest in the state softball playoffs in program history. The Diamondbacks will face the Warriors in a must-win Game 2 at 1 p.m. Saturday in San Diego with Game 3 to follow 30 minutes afterward if necessary.myrgv.com
Playoff Pioneers: Diamondbacks storm into regional quarterfinals for first time in program history
MISSION — For the first time in school history, Sharyland Pioneer is headed to the regional quarterfinals of the state softball playoffs. “It feels awesome to be the first team in Pioneer’s softball program history to go this far into the postseason,” senior first baseman Kayla Monjaras said. “I think that’s one of the main reasons why we’re such a good team under pressure. “We knew we would get it together and we thought we should because we were good enough to beat them, a good team like that. You hear from everyone, ‘You never know when it could be your last game,’” Staehely said.myrgv.com
Here are 5 Astros who need to step up in a Verlander-less rotation for playoffs
HOUSTON – For two months, the Astros hoped they would get Justin Verlander back to lead the team through the playoffs. Now the team’s ace will be Zack Greinke for the playoffs with a patchwork of young and recently-injured pitchers to finish out the season. Here’s a look at who the Astros have left in their rotation. The veteran got his ERA as low as 1.84 before giving up at least three runs or more in his past six starts. He will likely be the Astros #3 starter in the playoffs if he’s healthy.
Longtime baseball pro scout Gary Hughes dies at 79
SAN FRANCISCO – Gary Hughes, a beloved professional scout for numerous big league organizations during a 54-year career, has died in Northern California after a battle with cancer. “Gary Hughes was the quintessential baseball man,” baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said. “Without Gary Hughes, I probably would have never played a day in the big leagues," said Kevin Millar, a 12-year major league veteran. Hughes' son, Michael “Rock” Hughes, longtime Marlins visiting clubhouse manager, is married to Counsell's sister. “Gary was one of the great baseball scouts," former baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said, "and one of the great baseball minds of our generation.”___AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum contributed to this report.