The Robstown Cotton Pickers picked up two big wins last week in District 31-3A action and are set to play fellow playoff contender Aransas Pass on the road Friday at 7 p.m.
The Cotton Pickers (17-6-1 overall, 7-1 district) sit alone in second place behind frontrunner Sinton and have a chance to remain in the runner-up spot with a win against the Panthers.
The victories were big according to Robstown head coach Steve Castro, who said their main goal is the playoffs.
"We started a bit slow against Ingleside. In fact, they were up 2-0 before we started to hit the ball and eventually win 8-2," Castro said. "We were able to get some runners on base and then we got the key hits we needed.
"Against West Oso we won 17-0 and basically we hit the ball well. Michael Velasquez and Felipe Rios got us going offensively with home runs and we took off from there."
The wins give the Cotton Pickers some steam headed into the final stretch run of the season. With four games left after this week's games against Orange Grove on Tuesday and Aransas Pass on Friday, winning out their remaining games and earning one of the three playoff spots is the main objective for the 'Pickers.
"We're in the thick of the playoff race and, to be honest, I don't really don't know how the standings are," Castro said. "I know that Sinton, Falfurrias and us are the top three teams. That means we have to get after it with the season coming to an end.
"We're looking at these final games as the playoffs. We have to be ready to play each game, stay consistent and take it one game at a time."