The Robstown baseball and softball teams are playoff-bound, as soon as the University Interscholastic League lifts its competition ban Monday.
The Cotton Pickers are playing a waiting game, as are all state high schools, to either finish the regular season or began the playoffs.
Robstown head baseball coach Steve Castro said the Cotton Pickers are ready for the playoffs, despite not playing their last regular-season game of the year.
"Our last game was cancelled and now we're just waiting to find out who we play in the playoffs," a disappointed Castro said. "I would have liked to have played the last game, but they (administrators) made the decision to cancel the last game."
Castro said if the final game was played, win or lose the Cotton Pickers had already solidified their playoff standing as the runner-up in District 31-3A, their first season as a 3A program after dropping down from Class 4A.
The Cotton Pickers await their playoff foe, which is down to a three-team battle for the third place spot in District 32-3A. The three-way battle is between Rio Hondo, Port Isabel and La Feria. Rio Hondo and Port Isabel are tied, while La Feria is a game back.
"That district (32-3A) is still not sure who is going to finish third and that is who we'd play, the third place finisher," Castro said. "All we can do now is practice and do intrasquad scrimmages to keep our pitchers and hitters sharp."
The Lady Cotton Pickers, meanwhile, know who they'll be facing in their first-round playoff series, the Raymondville Lady Bear Kats, who finished second in District 32-3A.
The Lady 'Pickers and Raymondville are set to play a three-game bi-district series beginning May 15 and 16. Game one is tentatively scheduled for 7 p.m. in Raymondville, with games two and three, if needed, in Robstown on May 16.
Lady 'Pickers skipper Sart Perez also said it's a waiting game that has the team anxious to get back on the diamond.
"This break is like a new season for the girls, they are excited and can't wait to start playing again," Perez said. "The time off is actually good for us. This lets us practice on things that we tend to get away from during the regular season.
"We've been practicing and we're getting back to the fundamentals…we kind of got away from that and this is a perfect opportunity to work on things and get some one-on-one time with players."