VANDERBILT - For one team, the playoffs were still within reach.
For the other, Monday night's game would be the last of the season, no matter what the outcome turned out to be.
"I've never been to the playoffs in my four years," said Goliad senior Dustin Heibel. "It'd be nice to make it. I hope we do."
Goliad needed a win to keep itself in the race for a playoff spot, and the Tigers did exactly that, defeating Vanderbilt Industrial 13-2 on the final night of the regular season.
While the Tigers did what they needed to do, wins by Aransas Pass, which beat Edna 16-3, and Palacios, which beat Bloomington 17-11, put an end to their playoff hopes.
"Today, coach told us this may be our last game, or we may be going to the playoffs," said Goliad senior Joseph Lujan. "I just took a deep breath and realized this could be my last game. I got a little teary eyed, but it really hasn't hit me."
The Tigers (11-10, 8-6) also needed a loss by Aransas Pass and a win from Bloomington to advance to the Class 2A postseason.
Industrial, on the other hand, knew its season was over no matter what the outcome of Monday's game was.
That didn't mean the Cobras (9-16, 4-10) wouldn't mind playing the role of spoiler. The game just didn't turn out that way.
"It was our last game, so we might as well play hard," said Industrial senior Will Knopp. "We had a lot of errors and a lot of plays that we should've made but didn't."
The Tigers didn't waste much time in securing their much needed victory, scoring five runs in the top of the second.
"We came to play ball today," Goliad coach John Mares said. "We hit the ball well and didn't make any mistakes. That's what you have to do."
Industrial kept things close with a pair of runs in the fourth, but a three-run fifth and five-run sixth inning secured the win for Goliad.
Heibel got the win for the Tigers, giving up two runs on two hits and nine strikeouts. Mason Davis took the loss for the Cobras.
"At first, I started a little rough with my curveball," Heibel said. "But I started to get the hang of it. I just had to get zoned in the best I can."
Despite a final score of 13-2, the season comes to a bitter close for Goliad.
"Knowing this is my last year, it's hard," Heibel said. "I'll miss it. I'll miss playing with these guys, my teammates."
Many of the Industrial players share the same feeling.
"It hurts a little bit. It's sad," senior Bernard Mendoza said. "It's crazy that it's all over with. Those four years just flew by."
"We have nine seniors, and it's tough anytime your season ends," said Industrial coach Stephen Gillis. "They've been with me for a while and have had a great time. They just don't want it to be over."
Goliad 13, Industrial 2
Goliad 050 035 - 13 12 1
Industrial 100 100 - 2 2 8
W - Dustin Heibel; L: Will Maraggia
Heibel 6 IP, 9 K, 2 H, 1 ER;
HIGHLIGHTS: Edward Rubio 3-4, 2 R, 2B, 1 RBI; Davis Ohrt 2-4, R, 2B, 3B, 2 RBIs; Justin Thomas 2-4, R. RECORD: Goliad 11-10, 8-6.
Goliad and Industrial Baseball
Players from Goliad and Vanderbilt Industrial's baseball teams talk about their seasons ending and what they'll remember about playing high school baseball.