SAN MARCOS - The Robstown Cotton Pickers baseball season came to an abrupt end last Saturday after losing 10-9 against the Bellville Brahmas in the second and deciding game of their best-of-three Class 3A Region IV Semifinal at Texas State's baseball complex in San Marcos.
The Cotton Pickers (28-8-1 overall) led 9-3 going into the bottom of the seventh and final inning, but the Brahmas rallied for seven runs on five hits, two errors, three walks and a hit batsman to set up a showdown against District 25-3A mate Giddings, who swept the Sinton Pirates in their best-of-three regional semifinal series.
Randy Flores suffered the loss for Robstown in relief of Manuel Leal, who was the Cotton Pickers third pitcher.
Ryan Velasquez started for Robstown and was relieved in the seventh by Flores, who was then relieved by Leal.
Colby Smith picked up the win for Bellville (22-7).
Bellville outhit Robstown 14-11 while both teams struggled with three errors each in the game.
Robstown led 1-0 after the third and increased their lead to 3-1 with two runs in the top of the fourth and after Bellville scored a run in their half of the inning.
The Cotton Pickers exploded for four runs in the fifth to make it 7-1, but the Brahmas rallied again, this time for two more runs while chipping away at the 'Pickers lead to trail 7-3.
The game seemed in-hand for the 'Pickers after adding what seemed to be two insurance runs in the top of the seventh to lead 9-3.
That's when Robstown imploded, and the Bellville exploded for seven runs to complete the series sweep against Robstown.