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Pirates Pitching Will Carry Them In 2017

 

Head Coach:                                      Karlos Carrasco, 5th season

Assistant Coaches:                           Mark Gonzalez, Xavy Acosta, Ramon Soto, Roel Hernandez

Career Record:                                  97-40-1

2015 Record:                                     18-10, District: 12-2

Schoolʼs District Titles:                    1991, 1997, 2004, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

 

Key Losses:                                        Daniel Espinoza (TAMIU Laredo)

Michael Alvarez (Midland College)

Benjamin Coronado

 

Returning Starters:                          Dylan Dougherty (Senior), INF, 1st Team All-District, 2B

Luis Rosales (Senior), 1st Team All-District, UTL

Samuel Jimenez (Senior), 1st Team All-District, 3B, 2nd

Team All-District, P

Raul Ortiz (Junior), C, 1st Team All-District, P

Humberto Hinojosa (Senior), 2nd Team All District, OF

 

Returning Letterman:                      Simon Rodriguez (Senior)

Alec De La Garza (Senior)

Eduardo Castro (Senior)

Edgar Palacios (Senior)

Carlos Cardenas (Junior)

 

Top Newcomers:                               Ezequiel Reyes (Sophomore)

Emmanuel Sanchez (Sophomore)

 

The Pirates return five starters with plenty of varsity experience.  Dylan Dougherty (.382 with 6 RBI); Luis Rosales (.411 32 RBI 2 HR and 6-1 on the mound with an ERA of 2.90); Sanuel Jimenez (.319 23 RBI 1 HR and 5-3 with an ERA of 3.80); Raul Ortiz (.158 8 RBI and 4-0 with a 1.20 ERA); and Humberto Hinojosa (.365 with 18 RBI and 1-1 with a 3.10 ERA) are these returning starters.  Plenty of strong pitching will be returning this season.  “We will have experienced arms returning on the mound this year.  Our lead off and 4 hole hitters will be needed this season,” said Coach Karlos Carrasco.  “We return five starters from last season’s bi-district team.  We only have one starter in the outfield, which might be transitioned to the infield.  The outfield will be competitive with underclassman competing at all the outfield positions,” added Coach Carrasco.   The Pirates were defeated by Orange Grove in bi-district action last season. The Pirates have gone (17-11) 2009 2nd Place; (27-7) 2010 1st Place; (17-12) 2011 3rd Place; (18-12) 2012 4th Place; (26-6) 2013 1st Place; (26-6) 2013 1st Place; (26-12) 2014 1st Place;  (25-6-1) 2015 1st Place and last season Co-Champions with Port Isabel at (18-10).  We should not expect anything different this season after winning four straight district titles over the last four seasons.

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