The Robstown Lady Pickers traveled to San Antonio for a best-of-three showdown against the Fredericksburg Lady Billies last week.
After taking the first game on Thursday, Robstown returned to the field for game two on Friday, but found themselves in trouble when ace pitcher Leslie Ysassi, who has been the team's constant all year long, reinjured her thumb in the third inning, forcing her to leave the game.
Ysassi and Laura Benavidez each gave up three runs in the 6-3 loss to the Billies.
Ysassi was back on the bump for the rubber match that was played immediately following the game two defeat. The two pitchers found themselves in a staring contest through five innings, and Ysassi seemed to be able to conceal any lingering pain from her previous outing.
In the sixth inning, however, the Billies were able to push a run across off of two timely hits to put Fredericksburg on top 1-0.
But Robstown showed resilience in the seventh and final inning.
With the bases loaded and one out, Laura Benavidez hit a grounder to the shortstop, who committed a game-tying error to make the score 1-1.
After a line out, it was only fitting that Ysassi stepped up to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded in the tied ballgame. Ysassi ended the game with an off-the-wall RBI series clincher for a final of 2-1.
The Lady Pickers' next playoff game is at home on Friday at 7 p.m. against Lyford. It will be the first of a three game series.
With Tuloso Midway out of the picture after a surprising two-and-out playoff series, all eyes are on the Lady Pickers and, more specifically, the thumb of Robstown Ace Ysassi.