Lady Tigers advance in area tournamentPublished 10:11am Thursday, May 2, 2013
After a strong performance in the circle from Jodie Caldwell, the Dadeville Lady Tigers are one step closer to clinching a spot in the state playoffs.
Dadeville defeated the Central-Clay Lady Volunteers 6-4 in the opening round of the Class 4A-Area 5 Tournament.
Jodie pitched all seven innings of the victory. She struck out nine batters while giving up three hits and three walks.
“She had a strong outing,” said DHS softball coach Brownie Caldwell. “Her defense backed her up. We made some good plays on the field.”
Jodie also had a productive day at the plate, going 2-for-4 on the afternoon.
Shelby Rice was 2-for-4 on the day with two doubles.
Kristen Tolbert had one hit, as did Brittany Rice, Baxlee McKelvey and Destiny Green.
Overall, the Lady Tigers had eight hits in the game.
Brittany also scored a run in the contest.
With the victory, the Lady Tigers (13-22) advance to the winners’ bracket, where area champion Beauregard is waiting for them. The Lady Hornets advanced after a 3-2 win over Beulah High School.
Brownie said the team feels good about its chances to continue to advance.
“There’s no doubt (our confidence is up),” she said. “ We knew coming in that we are much better than our regular season indicates. We played so many games, but we played a lot of 6A schools. Playing schools like Daphne, Opelika, Smiths Station and Auburn has helped us. While we may not have beaten those teams, those games made us better for the long run, and the long run is right now.”
If the Lady Tigers are able to defeat Beauregard, they will clinch a regional playoff spot and advance to the area tournament championship game.
The two teams have split the season series. Dadeville took a 12-6 loss at Beauregard in the teams’ March 14 meeting.
In the squads’ most recent match-up on April 17, Dadeville prevailed in dramatic fashion over Beauregard. The Lady Tigers won 3-2 over the Lady Hornets after scoring all three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.
“The confidence the team had when it walked onto the field (to face Central-Clay) was easy to see,” Brownie said. “It wasn’t cockiness or anything, but they knew what was at stake. We’re at the point where we hope that all the kinks are worked out, and if they aren’t then it’s almost too late to correct them. I told them to take it one game at a time, of course, but they know that losing is not an option. The team that makes the fewest mistakes usually wins, so we’re going to go out there and play to the best of our ability and hope that we come out on top.”