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Holtville’s Dani Oates connects on a Sylacauga offering during the Wetumpka High-hosted Spring Break Tournament. The Lady Bulldogs leave Thursday bound for Murfreesboro (Tenn.) and their first out-of-state  tournament. At the Lady Warriors Southern Classic, Holtville will face five teams from Illinois, South Carolina and Tennessee. Photo by Griffin Pritchard
Holtville’s Dani Oates connects on a Sylacauga offering during the Wetumpka High-hosted Spring Break Tournament. The Lady Bulldogs leave Thursday bound for Murfreesboro (Tenn.) and their first out-of-state tournament. At the Lady Warriors Southern Classic, Holtville will face five teams from Illinois, South Carolina and Tennessee. Photo by Griffin Pritchard

Lady Bulldogs set for Warriors Classic

Published 4:36pm Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Being one of the top softball teams in the state does have its perks – the chance to play bigger and better competition being one of them.
Thursday morning, a school bus pointed toward Tennessee will depart Holtville High carrying the No. 4 Lady Bulldogs to their first out-of-state tournament.
“I let the girls make this decision,” said Robert Rollan, coach of the Lady Bulldogs softball team.
“I told them we could go to the beach and play in a traditional tournament down there, or we could go to this one in Tennessee. They chose where to go; and when they want to play in a tournament, it’s a good thing.”
The Lady Bulldogs are one of 39 high school teams set to compete in the Riverdale High-hosted Lady Warriors Southern Classic (Murfreesboro). The tournament features schools from Tennessee as well as teams from Alabama (Holtville, 6A Hueytown and 2A Hatton), Illinois, South Carolina, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
The Lady Bulldogs will play three games on Friday at Oakland High against Carl Sandberg (Illinois) Boiling Springs (South Carolina) and Oakland (Tennessee). On Saturday at Marion County, Holtville will face Coffee County (Tennessee) and Marion County (Tennessee) and then will head back to Slapout.
“You play five games,” said Rollan. “This is a tournament where you play full, seven-inning games. You don’t have time limits.”
Last year’s tournament was won by the host Lady Warriors with Boiling Springs and Hatton finishing second and third.
“That’s really what appealed to me the most,” said Rollan. “You could go up there and play in a tournament setting much like what you’d see at region and at state.”
Rollan said the aim is to promote cohesion on his squad.
“My goal is for us to start playing a lot more consistently,” said Rollan. “I want to see us be able to get on the field and play with teams from all over on the national level. If we can do that here, it translates to us being able to do that on the regional tournament level and in the state tournament when we line up against the best in 4A. I want to see us have a carryover from this tournament. This will give us some confidence.”

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