The Robstown Lady Pickers came out on top against the Beeville Lady Trojans 6-1 Friday at a crowded home field to advance on to the Regional semifinals for the first time.
"These girls have a lot of motivation," said Robstown coach Sart Perez. "They faced the pitcher before and they had an idea of what to expect."
The Lady Pickers exploded in the bottom of the second inning as Luckie Arevalo started off with a screamer to the center field wall for a double.
Adrianna Vela hit a RBI-double off the left field wall, bringing in Arevalo.
Later in the inning, Liza Silva hit a sacrifice bunt to bring Vela to third. The bases were loaded after a Caddy Gamez hit a bunt single and Ashly DeLeon advanced on a single of her own.
It was pitcher Vianca Pesina who hit a fly ball to left-center field wall for a triple, bringing in three RBIs and scoring Robstown six runs over the Trojans.
Beeville came back to threaten to retaliate in the next inning after loading the bases with no outs. Pesina came back with back-to-back strikeouts, allowing only one run after a pop fly catch.
Pesina had seven strikeouts, and improved her overall record to 18-9.
"Our goal was to get to the farthest we've ever gotten, to the semifinals. This is history," Perez said about her team. "'Driven by desire' is our motto and they are. They know we got a chance."