Holtville tangles with Childersburg with playoff hopes on linePublished 9:41am Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The Holtville High Bulldogs baseball team controls its own destiny this weekend against Childersburg in their final area series of the 2013 season.
“The pressure’s not off by no means,” said Kevin Hall, coach of the Bulldogs. “We are going to have to play lights out.”
Elmore County High (22-9, 6-3 in Area 6) travel to Childersburg Friday and then host the Tigers Saturday in a doubleheader at Smart Collier Field starting at noon.
“We’ll take second, but I just want us to get in,” said Hall. “That will be good enough.”
Childersburg split with Elmore County (a win at home and a loss at McGhee Field in Eclectic) over the weekend, but captured the tiebreaker.
“We needed Elmore County to win one,” said Hall. “We’ve been in this situation ever since I’ve been here. Our kids play better when their back’s up against the wall.”
Hall is telling his Bulldogs to win all three this weekend, just to be on the safe side.
“If we win the first two, game three will be like the World Series,” said Hall.
Holtville is coming off a weekend sweep of Lanier where the Bulldogs outscored the Poets a combined 21-4.
Jackson Geddie, Gray Geddie and Onddrej Hubalek combined to allow three hits in the win.
Hayden Lott (2-for-3 with three runs and an RBI) and Ty Hall (2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs) led the Bulldogs’ offense.
In game two, Hubalek got the start for the Bulldogs, but Hunter Davis got the win, coming on in relief and allowing only one hit through two and two-thirds innings of work.
Dalton Speigner (3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs), Hall (3-for-4 with four RBIs) and Colton Campbell (2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI) were the offensive leaders for the Bulldogs.
“They’ve been playing really well and it all started about the Dallas County week,” said Hall. “In three years I’ve been here, we usually hit our stride somewhere around spring break.”
In that span, Holtville has won 16 of their last 19.
“We had about six or seven days where we started kicking it around some,” said Hall.
Enter Jessica Wessler, who handles fundraising for the Bulldogs.
“Wade (Collier) called her and invited her to come speak to the boys,” said Hall. “She really loves this place and does a lot for us.”
Wessler spoke about Lou Gehrig and about finding the fun in the game.
“They didn’t know her, but she walked in and was able to call each of them by name and I think that really got their attention,” said Hall. “Her talk really sunk in and I think we are 15-1 since then.”