Written by Luciano Guerra Friday, 24 May 2013 07:00
The Sharyland Rattlers baseball team entered their third round playoff game against the Eagle Pass Eagles last Friday thinking that they’d be competing on a level playing field. As the game progressed, however, it soon became so obviously clear to Rattlers’ players, coaches and fans that the umpires’ calls were not going their way that they began to suspect foul play.
As the No. 2 ranked 5A team in the Lone Star State, the Rattlers breezed through an undefeated district season and easily won both their bi-district and area round best of three playoff series in straight games over Del Rio and McAllen High by combined scores of 46-9. With those wins Sharyland improved its season record to 31-1 and seemed to be on the verge of making a run deep into the state playoffs as they prepared for their one game winner-take-all regional quarterfinal game against Eagles Pass in San Antonio last Friday. However, the Eagles emerged victorious in an extremely controversial fashion.