Industrial clinches district title; Edna takes 2nd
April 15, 2014 at 9:05 p.m.
Updated April 14, 2014 at 11:15 p.m.
EDNA - A consistent routine has been the key to Industrial's standout season, said coach Jesse Casarez.
An eighth-period standing date with the weight room for agility along with after-school practice has helped contribute to the Cobras' 23-2 overall record and undefeated district showing.
"Once they were back in a routine, they got on a roll," Casarez said. "If you don't have your legs under you now, you won't have them."
The Cobras have definitely gotten their legs this season.
Industrial clinched the District 30-2A championship Tuesday night after defeating Edna (20-4) 6-1 at Shelby Park.
A combination of good pitching by senior Madi Garza, defense and consistent hitting and scoring have been the keys to Industrial's success, he said.
Shortstop Jordin Jones has been a presence on the diamond for Industrial with four home runs on the season and several hits.
"Jordin has been consistent all year," Casarez said. "She's good about getting out of deep counts, getting on base and making those sacrifice hits for other runners."
The senior said that staying positive through the pitches has made the difference when she's in the batter's box.
"Practicing hard and trying to see contact and not letting others get in your head" are the keys to a great batting average, Jones said. "Also, don't try to fix your swing in the batter's box."
Now that district is nearly over, the Cobras have been able to play more innings. Casarez said that early in the season, they were finishing games after three innings, which doesn't help prepare the team for tough playoff opponents.
But seven innings against Edna, seven with Palacios on April 8 and five against Refugio on April 4 have helped acclimate the girls to longer games, which he believes will help their endurance.
Senior Darcie Moreno said she doesn't think short games will affect their chances to go deep in playoffs.
"If we keep doing what we're doing - practicing hard - it won't be a challenge," Moreno, a center fielder, said.
Jones believes their biggest challenge may be complacency.
"We just have to keep having hard practices because there will be good teams coming out to give us a loss," Jones said. "We have to come out guns blazing and try our hardest."
Casarez believes that Boling, Natalia and Schulenburg will present challenges in the early part of the playoffs.
If the Cobras defeat those teams, local rival Hallettsville, Danbury and East Bernard are the next threats.
Jones and Moreno agree that Hallettsville (24-2, 12-0) will give the Cobras a tough game.
"It's going to be a good game," Moreno said. "They're going to come at us with everything they got, but we're going to come at them even harder."
The Cowgirls secured the second place spot in District 30-2A and will start their playoff run after Thursday's season finale against Goliad (6-19, 4-9).
Edna coach Ted Malek is proud of the Cowgirls.
"Any time you have 20 wins, you can't complain," Malek said after Tuesday's matchup. "These girls work hard."
Edna senior pitcher Madison Kucera has been temporarily removed from the pitcher's circle with a possible torn labrum, Malek said.
Kucera played third base against Industrial and got one of Edna's two hits.
Freshman Kirstie Soto pitched the majority of the game and was relieved by senior Haley Orsak.