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Brahmas ready for next test

MIKE FORMAN

By MIKE FORMAN
May 30, 2012 at 12:30 a.m.

Shorty Cook, head coach of Hallettsville,  brings his players into a huddle during  practice  on Tuesday afternoon.

Shorty Cook, head coach of Hallettsville, brings his players into a huddle during practice on Tuesday afternoon.

HALLETTSVILLE - Hallettsville coach Shorty Cook was supposed to start working as an assistant coach for the Victoria Generals on Wednesday.

But Generals general manager Blake Koch doesn't mind Cook starting the Texas Collegiate League season late.

"We talked and he said I know you've got some important business to tend to right now," Cook said. "I told him I'd roll in whenever I finished up."

Cook hopes to be busy coaching Hallettsville at least another week.

The Brahmas are a step away from their first state tournament appearance since 1997.

Hallettsville (28-8) will play Jarrell (23-3) in a best-of-three game regional final series beginning Thursday at Concordia University in Austin.

"I realized we had a really good team and we knew that," said senior outfielder Braden Kahanek. "It just was a matter of all of us coming together and doing our part for the team."

The Brahmas were tested in their regional semifinal series against Bishop.

Hallettsville went 10 innings before winning 1-0 in Game 1, and won Game 2 5-4 in 12 innings.

"Long games, long series," said senior outfielder Marshall Hajek "It took a lot of heart and it took a lot of focus.

"Playing all those innings it's easy to lose focus and lose your approach to offense or defense. I think we held our approach throughout the game and now we know if we go more innings against Jarrell we can do it."

The Brahmas have already turned their attention to Jarrell.

"We've been working on hitting the high 80's and stuff like that and inside pitches and working on getting our hands around and hitting the ball," said senior catcher Ryan Renken. "We've been doing the two-strike hitting, keeping your hands short to the ball and that's really going to help us a lot this week."

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