No. 6 Holtville readies for postseason playPublished 10:00am Thursday, May 2, 2013
The Holtville Lady Bulldogs aren’t going to allow one bad weekend to deter them from their goal as they host the Class 4A, Area 6 tournament Thursday afternoon.
“It’s been a long season, and last week was rough; eight games in six days,” said Robert Rollan, coach of the No. 6 Lady Bulldogs. “They realize that the season is over and this is the part that’s fun. They are ready for it to get here.”
The Lady Bulldogs finished the 2013 regular season on a 4-4 run, winning their final quartet of area games (Tallassee, Elmore County and Childersburg twice).
“We feel great, ready,” said a stoic Kendall Cox as she sat with her senior teammates Monday afternoon.
The Lady Bulldogs used the Hoover Tournament (pooled with Thompson, Sparkman and Thompson) as a tune-up for the postseason.
“I feel like it prepared us and it did us well to see great competition and helped to get us ready for what we’ll see this weekend and for the next two weekends,” said senior shortstop Hannah Ray.
The Lady Bulldogs finished the regular season unbeaten in area play.
“We’ve established a legacy here,” said Ray. “We expect to win, and to play our best every time we step foot on that field.”
The tournament starts Thursday afternoon with Dallas County/Tallassee tangling at noon and Elmore County/Childersburg teeing it up at 2.
The Lady Bulldogs have relied on the arms of pitches ToniBeth Garner and Dani Oates this season.
“Having a bye in the first round is good and bad,” said Garner. “It’s not really an advantage. Whoever we get has already played one game before they get to us. You have to sit back and think about it because, yes, you have beaten these teams before. But you can’t walk out there with the big head thinking we are going to do it again. You can’t underestimate anybody. Look at Dallas County. They hadn’t won an area game all year and then win their very last one. This is like exciting and scary all at the same time. Anybody can be beaten. In a moment’s notice, our season could be over.”
Offensively, hits have been scattered throughout the line-up with the addition of McKenzie Logan stepping in off the bench.
“Knowing that we are the champions coming in, definitely gives us a boost,” said Chontanee Combs.
“It helps our confidence as we go on,” added Cox.
While the Lady Bulldogs are no stranger to postseason play, and the competition it brings, Holtville is bringing a new senior along for the ride.
Cameron Wilson returned to the diamond this season and has been an asset.
“It’s been a great season so far,” said Wilson. “I’m really proud of what we’ve accomplished.”
For the seniors, this is where they begin to build off last season’s third-place finish.
“Our target is a state championship,” said Ray. “We don’t want to leave anything to chance. If i have to leave this field. I want to leave it with a trophy, a big ole blue one, a nice pretty ring and a dogpile on the pitcher mound.”