Lady ‘Dogs win Central affairPublished 10:37am Friday, April 19, 2013
After finishing second a year ago, the Holtville Lady Bulldogs fought back from a horrible Friday to win the Central-Phenix City-hosted Sidney Cooper Invitational.
The No. 4 Lady Bulldogs struggled on the first night losing to Central 5-2 and Northview 5-1.
“I thought we played like crap on Friday,” said Robert Rollen, coach of the Lady Bulldogs. “We couldn’t catch a routine fly ball after catching 100 of them in practice on Tuesday. We couldn’t do anything right: run the bases, make a routine play. I wasn’t real happy with them.”
But then a switch flipped and the Lady Bulldogs team that coaches and fans expect to take the field, showed up.
“We came back and played two of the best ball games we’ve played all year,” said Rollan.
The Lady Bulldogs defeated Wetumpka Saturday morning and found themselves in a two-way tie with Central for the No. 2 spot.
“We won the coin toss, so we got to play Northview for the championship.”
Holtville claimed the 2-1 victory, banging out 10 hits along the way.
Throughout the four-game set, Rollen relied on the arms of ToniBeth Garner and Dani Oates to get the job done.
“I threw ToniBeth against Northview twice,” said Rollan. “The first game, they jumped on her for five runs. The second game, they only got one run on two hits.”
Oates also came on in relief of Garner to close out the second Northview game. Oates dropped a decision against CPC, but was the winning pitcher Saturday against Wetumpka.
“I think if we continue to play like we did on the second day, we are going to be tough to beat,” said Rollen. “The girls saw the difference between Friday and Saturday.”
Offensively, Rollan coudln’t point to one particular Lady Bulldog who had an outsanding peformance.
“They all hit the ball well,” said Rollan. “There was not one particular girl who did the best. In every situation, we had someone putting the ball in play.”
But, there is no rest for the weary, as Holtville turns its focus on the final area games.
“We are 3-0 right now and we need to win six or seven to win the area and host the tournament,” said Rollan.