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Lady Tigers softball recap

Published 10:56am Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Dadeville Lady Tigers softball team were in action this past weekend, hosting their namesake tournament and facing Beulah on the road.
The  Lady Tigers (11-17) won two in their tournament  and lost two games. They rebounded by shutting out Beulah 2-0. That victory coupled with Beauregard’s clinching of the area’s top seed gives Dadeville sole possession of third place. A recap of the Lady Tigers’ tournament action is as follows:
Lady Tigers go 2-2 in
weekend tourney
The Lady Tigers of Dadeville may have broken even in their home weekend tourney, but DHS head softball coach Brownie Caldwell said she liked what she saw from the team.
“Overall, we did well,” Caldwell said. “The only teams that beat us were 5A and 6A schools. We made a few errors that they capitalized on, but we hit the ball and didn’t play poorly.”
“We may not have won our own tournament, but I was pleased with the outcome,” she added.
The Lady Tigers dropped their tournament-opening contest to the Benjamin Russell Lady Wildcats by a score of 4-3.
Dadeville jumped ahead early on when Rae Willams scored via a double from Britney Rice.
The Lady Tigers’ lead went to 2-0 after a Kristen Tolbert sac fly.
The Lady Wildcats responded in the bottom of the third when back-to-back RBI doubles from Alexis Flowers and Tatum Gandy knotted the game at two.
Carley Blankenship legged out a double, and the unsuccessful throw to get Blakenship at second allowed Gandy to score, giving BRHS a 3-2 lead.
Loren Bishop later drove in Blankenship with a RBI groundout, making the game 4-2.
Down to their final three outs, Dadeville got to within one when Destiny Green knocked in Janie Moran with a single. Green was later put out in a rundown to end the game.
Dadeville rebounded with an 11-2 smashing of Reeltown and followed that up with an 8-3 win over Russell County.
Jodie Caldwell struck out five in the win over Russell County.
Dadeville jumped on the Lady Warriors early after benefiting from shaky pitching and blunders.
After Caldwell got on base, Moran reached first on a throwing error that allowed Caldwell to score and Moran to advance to third. Moran scored on a passed ball.
Green was struck by a pitch and advanced into scoring position on a passed ball. After a Rice single, Tolbert delivered an RBI groundout that scored Green.
The Lady Tigers made the game 4-0 in the bottom of the second. The game was put out of reach in the bottom of the third when DHS put four runs up in the frame.
Williams reached on a double and Bailey Smith brought her home with a triple.
Tolbert drove in Smith with a single, and Tolbert later scored after escaping a rundown situation.
Moran ended the scoring with an RBI single that brought in Sierr Wyckoff.
Russell County tacked on three runs in garbage time. Dadeville then lost to Smiths Station, ending their tournament run.
Now DHS turns its attention to area tournament play.
According to Caldwell, the most likely area tournament match-up for Dadeville will be Clay-Central. The Lady Tigers split the season series with Clay-Central.
“We’ve beaten them before, and in cases like that it always helps you mentally,” Caldwell said. “It’s something we’ll just have to go do again.”