Edinburg Vela focused, ready to fight heading into fourth round

EDINBURG — Here they are, the Valley’s last baseball team standing: the Edinburg Vela SaberCats.

Only six years ago, the program was in its infancy, just starting to field competitive teams. Over the years, coach Jaime Perez has put in tireless work to get his team to this point, and the talent on the roster has certainly made that work just a little bit easier.

“It’s such a great feeling to be here, because these kids deserve it,” Perez said. “We teach our kids to prepare, so that they can say we prepared harder than anyone standing across the field from us.

“Unity is the secret for us. We are one big family — 27 guys. That is a lot of dudes to carry. But they are around each other so much. It makes my job easy. It makes the game fun for all of us. These kids do such a great job.”

The SaberCats are in the fourth round for the first time in program history, in the same season they won the program’s first district title.

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