Are Industrial Cobras predators or prey against Lions?

May 17, 2012 at 12:17 a.m.

VANDERBILT - This week, Industrial held an awards ceremony where athletes from each varsity sport were recognized. No one from the softball team was honored - and that's just the way Chasity Matula and her Cobras prefer things.

Softball season in Vanderbilt continues Thursday evening when the Cobras (24-6) face Santa Gertrudis Academy (23-2) in a Class 2A regional semifinal series.

So long as the playoff run continues, the Cobras have better things to do than collect awards. First pitch will be in Sinton at 7 p.m. Game 2 is the following day, and Game 3, if needed, would be after that.

"We're practically like sisters," said sophomore shortstop Jordin Jones with a grin. "We're really close. We tell each other everything, we do everything together and we have combined as one big happy family. We fight like sisters also."

Industrial, winners of at least 15 straight contests, have swept through the playoffs. Matula said if her team can play like the team did in the sweep against Hallettsville and its May 11 victory over Weimar, "we'll give them a good game."

The scouting report Matula received from three different coaches is that the Lions have power arms in the pitching circle, good defense and the ability to beat teams in varying ways offensively. In short, they are eerily similar to the Cobras.

"We are playing ourselves," Matula said. "It will be good because it will be determined by whoever makes the most errors."

After committing 10 mistakes in a 4-2 Game 2 win over Weimar in the regional quarterfinals, Matula smiled when she noted her girls did a lot of individual work during Monday's practice.

If there is an advantage the Cobras believe they may possess it would be their ability to strike from anywhere in the lineup.

"It helps when Bianca (Moreno) and Madison (Garza) get on," said Jones, typically the Cobras third hitter. "We also have strong hitters after me and also strong hitters before me to get them on and get them in."

Despite being a sophomore Jones has turned into one of the leaders on this team.

She expects the Cobras will get down and dirty as they seek to make the regional final against either San Diego or reigning state champion Danbury.



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