By: JOHN CANNON
(BROWNSVILLE) – The Donna High baseball team has officially kicked the hinges off of the door that they have been trying to knock down for quite a while now.
Despite dropping a heard fought 7-6 loss to Brownsville Veterans in extra innings on Tuesday night, the Redskins have officially clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2004.
“Man it feels so good to finally knock those hinges off of the door,” said Donna High head coach Joey Ramirez. “We talked about it prior to the season and the kids wanted nothing more than to get back into the playoffs.”
“It was a long road to get here and we certainly took our lumps early on. But we made a few adjustments and started to gain more confidence as the season rolled along. Then the wins started coming and the next thing you know, we are in the driver’s seat for a playoff spot. Then we finally punched our tickets last night and it’s a huge weight lifted off of our shoulders. I am so proud of these kids and now it’s time to get ready for season number two.”
The Redskins, who sealed up the fourth spot in District 32-5A, will face Mission Veterans in the Class 5A Bi-District Round with the time, date and place to be determined.
And even though it appears that the Redskins will have their hands full facing the Patriots who are the District 31-5A champions and are state ranked as well, Ramirez said his kids are going to go into the contest guns blazing.
“We know we are huge underdogs against Mission Vets,” said Ramirez. “After all, they are state ranked and are one of the top teams in the Rio Grande Valley.”
“But I will tell you this, we have nothing to lose and will go into the contest with that notion. We are going to play as hard as possible and use this playoff experience as something to build on.”