After winning Game 1 of a best-of-3 series on Thursday night, the Rusk High School softball team had Waco Robinson on the ropes.
But the Rockettes did what they had to do — beat the No. 4-ranked Lady Eagles twice on Saturday afternoon at Fairfield's Don Posey Field to win the Class 3A, Region III Area series, 2-1.
The Rockettes got past the Lady Eagles, 2-1, in Game 2 before doubling Rusk up, 6-3, in the final game of the series.
Rusk ends the year with a 25-4 record, while the Rockettes, the third-place team out of District 17-3A, will move to play defending state champion Lufkin Hudson in a regional quarter final later this week.
Robinson also eliminated Rusk from post-season play last year.
Ending their Lady Eagle careers Saturday were seniors Sydney Littlejohn and Juliann Bowling.
Game 2: Robinson 2, Rusk 1
After the Rockettes took a 1-0 advantage after one inning of play, the Lady Eagles tied the game in the top of the fifth frame.
Freshman Rachel Miller led off by lashing out a single to right.
Gabby Willis then sacrificed Miller over to second.
Juliann Bowling followed and reached base on a Robinson infield error, which enabled Miller to get over to third.
Bowling then juked out about half way between first and second and when the Rockette catcher made the throw to try to nab her, Miller raced in from the hot corner to tie the game.
Robinson came right back and scored what turned out to be the winning run in the bottom of the fifth when Taylor Stephens scored from second on a Rusk error — Stephens got aboard on a lead-off walk.
Sydney Littlejohn held Robinson to just five hits in the game and fanned six while issuing the lone free pass.
Rusk managed seven hits in the game, with Littlejohn going 2-for-2 and Bowling, Chelsie Daniels, Bailee Gates and Kara Hugghins all adding singles.
Rusk left seven runners stranded to Robinson's five.
The Lady Eagles left two stranded in the top of the sixth following consecutive base hits by Gates and Hugghins, who came in as a pinch hitter, but were unable to get any runs across.