We have several area high school baseball and softball teams still chasing state titles.
As of now, seven baseball teams and five softball teams are alive.
One of those, the Calallen Lady Cats softball team are enjoying a record-breaking season with 35 wins and counting.
But they are staring at a one-game winner-take-all playoff game against Seguin in the regional semifinals Friday night in Beeville Jones High School.
The Lady Cats did not want a one-game series. They lost the coin flip.
But it is what it is.
While many consider this a pressure-cooker type of game, the Lady Cats have a very interesting approach to this one-game playoff series.
“The past two series, the rain, the weather have been a big factor,” Calallen coach Teresa Lentz said. “So we told the players, we may not get a Game 2, we may not get a Game 3 ladies because we have to take care of Game 1.
“We have been able to do that. We have to put that pressure on us so we don’t get comfortable, don’t settle and take care of business.”
Pressure from the one-game series is nothing new for the Lady Cats, third baseman Myranda Menn said.
“We always try to act like it’s a one-game series,” she said. “We try to go out strong in our first game and handle things. I think we have a pretty good team, everyone has the same mindset and we all have the same goal – state. We all work good together.”
Their attention to detail will be critical against Seguin, according to second baseman Aviana Gonzalez.
“We are just going to win every inning because every inning is important and we are going to make sure we come out strong and make sure we do our job,” Gonzalez said.
Coach Flores calls this the best team she has ever coached when you consider their mentality and talent level. And, she really likes her team’s chances of making it to state.
But again, first things first, they’ve got to get past Seguin.