With United League Baseball play now into its last month of regular season play, the move to make the playoffs continues.
The Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings, who got off to a slow start early in the season, dropping 10 consecutive games to rival Edinburg Roadrunners, have remained the hottest club in the league the past couple of weeks.
As of Monday, the WhiteWings have won seven of their last 10 games and 15 of their last 20. That includes four of five against the second place Amarillo Dillas and the first two in a four-game series with the third place San Angelo Colts.
The Roadrunners still hold the first place position they have held since the beginning of the season back in May, aided by the fact the Dillas and Colts have not been able to take advantage of Roadrunners' losses.
The Roadies are 5-5 in their last 10 games, as are the Colts. The Dillas are 4-6.
The only other team to win more games than they have lost in the last 10 are the Laredo Broncos, 6-4.
As of this writing, the Dillas are 2.5 games behind the Roadrunners, while the Colts are six back. But, the WhiteWings have moved up to 1.5 games behind the Colts. The Broncos are two games behind the Wings.
The Coastal Bend Thunder are 16.5 games out of first place and have only won three of their last 10.
Still, the Thunder have two of the top hitters in the league in Brian Nichols and Levy Ventura. Nichols is hitting at a .353 clip and Ventura has 15 home runs.
San Angelo's Landon Camp leads all hitters, at .400, followed by teammate Josh Collazo, at .384, Others in addition to Nichols include Amarillo's Joaquin Rodriguez, .382; and Rio Grande Valley's Jason Diaz, .350.
San Angelo's Jason Crosland has the most home runs with 20. Laredo's Salvador Paniagua has 18, followed by Nichols and Camp, each with 17. Amarillo's Alberto Cruz has 13.
Cruz leads in RBIs with 69. Crosland has 67 and Paniagua has 60.
Edinburg's Eric Montoya still leads the league in wins, with eight. Laredo's Juan Peralta has seven, Rio's David Cross and Luis Montano, San Angelo's Ezequiel Astacio, Laredo's Santo Hernandez and Edinburg's Mark DiBernardo all have six wins.
Edinburg's Wardell Starling still leads in ERAs, at 3.20. Others are San Angelo's Chandler Bernard, 3.33, Montoya, 3.79; and Laredo's Juan Peralta, also 3.79.
Astacio still leads in strikeouts, but barely, with 104. Hernandez has 103, followed by Amarillo's Ron Lowe, 89; Amarillo's Ryan Mitchell, 86; and Rio's Misael DeJesus, 81.