With one game left in the regular season, the Robstown Lady Cotton Pickers are ready for a postseason run in the Class 3A softball playoffs.
The Lady 'Pickers entered this week tied for second place in District 31-3A, two games back of front-running Sinton, who the 'Pickers played Tuesday night. The Lady Pirates entered the matchup with a district record of 11-1, their only district loss coming at the hands of Robstown earlier in the district schedule.
The ”Picker season finale is Friday on the road at Mathis, then it's time to focus on the playoffs. Last season Robstown advanced to the Region IV semifinals in their final season as a Class 4A program.
Now in Class 3A, the Lady 'Pickers feel they can advance further than last season when their season ended at the hands of Cedar Pass Vista Ridge.
"The girls are excited and ready to go," Robstown second-year head coach Sart Perez said. "We have a few players that are playing hurt, but other than that, everyone is healthy and ready to go…they know what they have to do."
What the 'Pickers have to do is keep playing their style of play while providing run support for ace pitcher Leslie Ysassi. They also have to concentrate on each game one at a time according to Perez.
"We are playing with a lot of confidence right now," Perez said. "We have to take it one game at a time and from here on out, we have to work on the little things."
Those little things are defense, cutting down on errors and playing smart softball.
"I think as a team, we're playing good together right now," Perez said.
"Now we just have to work on the little things that are going to be difference. We have to improve on defense, hitting, make less errors and we need to improve on our base running…we need lots of repetition."
Robstown 6, Aransas Pass 2: At Aransas Pass, the Lady 'Pickers improved to 9-3 with a win on the road against the Lady Panthers. Leslie Ysassi was the winning pitcher. The win kept Robstown tied for second place with Ingleside, who has beaten Robstown twice this year.