CENTRAL, TX (KTRE) - The Central Lady Bulldogs are not ready to make summer vacation plans just yet.
The only thing on their mind is this Thursday.
"After every game, I tell you to enjoy the weekend," Coach Kurtis Acosta told the team before Monday practice, "But this time I told you to get ready for Thursday because Grandview was going to."
The team is preparing for the Regional Semi-finals in their 2A UIL playoff bracket. It is the same round where they lost last year to the eventual state Champions, Little River. This year, the team will play Grandview on Thursday night at Bryan High School. The game is set to start at 7:30pm.
"Last year hurt bad," Acosta said. "We played a great first game then we couldn't catch a break.We were up 4-3 and they had last bat and they won 4-3. It was tough. A lot of tears."
Coach Acosta was not the only one to take it hard.
"It was horrible," designated hitter Blyss Johnson said. "I just remember standing in the outfield wishing that we had one more because I knew we could go further."
Lexi Windsor was a freshman on the team and saw the pain in the seniors eyes. She did not want that to repeat this year.
"I came home that night and started hitting into the nets," Windsor said. "I worked hard all summer and promised the seniors now to help them get a ring."
The team is 29-1 so far. They have wins over several ranked teams in the bigger classifications including a win over at the time #1 Carthage and a top 10 ranked Hudson team in the span of a couple of days.
"When we set a schedule for the one we had this year it is for your team with the playoffs," Acosta said. "That was our thinking. To get them prepared for the playoffs. We thought we might be a 500 team heading into district. It was that tough of a district."
The goal is simple; be only the third team in the history of the school to make it to the semi-finals.
"Being able to go that extra step than we went last year has been our goal this year," Acosta said. "That is our goal to go one step further every year."
Acosta admitted that there will be tears on Thursday night after the final out. He is just hoping that the tears this year are for joy instead of sadness.