Lady Tigers finish second at Sylacauga tourneyPublished 10:21am Tuesday, March 25, 2014
The Lady Aggie Classic was a successful one for the Dadeville Lady Tigers, as they racked up four wins in six tries on their way to a runner-up finish.
Dadeville annihilated Fayetteville 13-4, outlasted Childersburg in extras by a 5-4 margin, defeated Tallassee 3-2, and prevailed 2-1 over host Sylacauga after scoring in the late stages.
“Fayetteville was the only game where we really had a decisive win,” said DHS softball coach Brownie Caldwell. “With the rest of them, it kind of came down to whoever made the least amount of errors. We had our share, but we made less than the other teams, so it went in our favor. We had fairly consistent hitting from our usual girls.”
The Lady Tigers’ two defeats came at the hands of Tallassee (7-2), and in the tournament championship game to McAdory (5-4).
According to Caldwell, the tournament’s biggest benefit was that it allowed her to shuffle lineups and figure out potentially successful combinations to trot onto the field.
“Other than our three pitchers, we don’t have any position locked in,” she said. “I used this tournament to pick and choose some lineups. It was a bit of trial and error, I wanted to see what we had and what positions we could lock in. It worked out well for us – really well, in fact.”
With a strong tournament showing under their belt, the Lady Tigers intend to springboard from it toward a strong second half of the season.
Caldwell said Dadeville’s results have her feeling pretty good about the Lady Tigers going forward.
“There’s no doubt (I have more confidence),” she said. “We had a lot of girls get playing time that don’t normally get it, and they stepped up.”
Dadeville is off for the duration of Spring Break, and return to action on March 31, when the Lady Tigers host Benjamin Russell at 4 p.m.