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Tigers gearing up for second-half surge

Published 7:17pm Friday, March 28, 2014

After going 2-1 in the Lake Martin Classic, the Dadeville Tigers are heading into the stretch run with a bit more confidence.
The Tigers have won four of their last six contests.  In the Lake Martin Classic, however, the team appeared to have shored up its biggest weakness: hitting.
“On Monday (versus Westbrook), we had several opportunities, but we couldn’t get that hit with runners in scoring position,” DHS baseball coach Randy Nolen said. “But from Tuesday on, we got those big hits. We’ve really been working hard on situational hitting, and we’ve been getting better at small ball as well.”
However, the defensive play of the Tigers hit a rough patch during the Classic. Several errors committed by the Tigers cost them leads and nearly led to losses.
“We had some lapses. We dropped fly balls and threw balls away on routine situations. We’re definitely going to straighten it out. Overall, I’m pleased with how we played and how we have played. Our pitching was good and until this past week, our defense was pretty solid.”
The defense will need to round into form in short order, as the Tigers have the inside track for securing a playoff spot. If the Tigers continue at its current pace – especially as far as their success in area play – it will be the first postseason berth for DHS’ senior class.
“To overcome the things these guys have had to overcome is special. We’ve got some confidence going into next week, and we’re in control of our destiny as far as the area goes,” Nolen said. “I’m excited for them, and it would be nice for them to get to the playoffs. These guys had every excuse in the world not to have a good year, but we’re 13-13 and more importantly, we’re 5-1 in the area. But it’s not over. We’ve got Benjamin Russell on Monday, and we’ve got Beauregard on Wednesday and Thursday. You can bet I will be their biggest cheerleader along the way.”
DHS and BRHS play in Dadeville at 4 p.m. on Monday.

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