Ending on a sour notePublished 10:38am Thursday, May 8, 2014
The Dadeville Lady Tigers’ season came to a bitter end during the Class 4A-Area 5 tournament.
After DHS opened up tournament play with a 10-6 victory over Beulah, the Lady Tigers were unable to break through against Class 4A No. 2-ranked Handley, falling 3-1.
Jodie Caldwell got the win versus Beulah, striking out 10 and collecting four hits to help her cause.
“We played well versus Beulah,” said DHS softball coach Brownie Caldwell. “Against Handley, we had some errors that gave them a couple runs, and we gave up a home run, but overall we played them well.”
That trend didn’t continue against Central of Clay County, as a rough first inning put Dadeville behind the eight ball.
Central of Clay County eventually prevailed 13-1 on the strength of a five-run opening frame.
“They got a couple hits, we had a couple of errors, and we just couldn’t recover,” Caldwell said. “It ended up getting ugly. You hate to go out like that. If we lose but we play well, then I have no problem with that. But if we lose and play poorly, then it’s frustrating. The kids were frustrated with how it all went down.”
With the season ending on such a sour note, Caldwell said she expects the team to approach the off-season and next year’s campaign with increased urgency.
Virtually all of this year’s squad will return, as Dadeville only loses one senior (Jodie Caldwell).
“Nobody was happy with the way the season ended,” Caldwell said. “I expect them to be motivated next year. We’re going to look at what went on and put together our gameplan for next season. They’ve already talked amongst themselves about getting better and playing travel-ball this summer. I think they’ll be better because they are competitors, and they don’t like to lose. There’s no doubt they’ll be motivated.”