The rubber-match of a three game series really means something this time around. The Beeville Lady Trojans have already played the Robstown Lady Cotton Pickers twice this year and met them again last night (Friday) in the regional quarterfinals of the playoffs.
The Lady Trojans lost 1-0 in pool play at a tournament early in the season, but came back to defeat Robstown 7-2 on March 8 in Robstown in a non-district contest. The winner of last night’s third and deciding showdown will advance one step further in postseason play, into the regional semifinals against the winner of the series between New Braunfels Canyon and Vista Ridge.
“They (Robstown) have three seniors on their team that have contributed to their success. Their pitcher, Vianca Pesina, is 14-8-2,” said Lady Trojan head coach Adolfo Dominguez. “She pitched well against Moody last week (a 4-3 win); she had ten strikeouts. She has a great drop ball.”
The Lady Cotton Pickers were the runners-up in District 31-4A with an overall record that now stands at 17-9-2. Tuloso-Midway and Kingsville, both from 31-4A, are still in the playoffs and are meeting this weekend to see who will advance deeper into the postseason. Moody and Port Lavaca (from 30-4A) have already been eliminated.
Pesina was in the circle for the Robstown girls on Friday and she brings with her a potent bat to help the Cotton Pickers’ offense. In the losing effort in March, Pesina collected three of the five hits in the 7-2 loss to the Lady Trojans. The Beeville ladies had seven hits in the win. The Lady Trojans countered with Mel Gonzalez starting in the circle. She was looking to improve her season record to 22-5 and give the Lady Trojans an overall record of 26-5 and a date next week in the regional semifinals.
“We feel good about our chances. However, in the playoffs anything can happen. We need to continue to be aggressive with our bats and we need to play great defense,” Dominguez said.