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Published 3:22pm Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Prattville Lady Lions outdueled Prattville Christian Academy 10-6 in the top-seeded game at the Holtville varsity softball round robin over the weekend.
Prattville capped off its round robin unscathed at 4-0 with the victory. PCA finished 1-3 and advanced to the championship on runs allowed. Its lone win came against Stanhope Elmore and lost to host-Holtville and the Lady Lions in pool play.
Stanhope defeated the Lady Bulldogs 6-2 to start the round robin and again in the consolation game, 4-2. Holtville bested PCA 6-4 in the pool play for its only win of the tournament.

PCA's Melissa Townsend drives a ball at Holtville. Photo by Cory Diaz
PCA’s Melissa Townsend drives a ball at Holtville. Photo by Cory Diaz

The loss to Prattville in the top-seeded contest marked the second straight weekend that PCA lost in the finals of a round robin. Head coach Randy Stough said his young club is making strides.
“It was a good weekend for us,” Stough said. “We played some tough competition and that’s going to make us better. The bats are starting to come around. We had 11 hits against Prattville and were threatening in the last inning. We’re putting it together.”
With a young team as well, Lady Bulldogs head coach Robert Rollan said playing stout teams in the round robin revealed where his girls can improve before reentering area play.
“I told them we got now until the area tournament to fix all the issues we got,” Rollan said. “They’re all fixable, there’s not one that isn’t. I feel good about it, they got a week off from softball and they need to come back, be ready to work to improve every day.”

HHS's Julia Porter throws a runner out at first. Photo by Cory Diaz
HHS’s Julia Porter throws a runner out at first. Photo by Cory Diaz

Both coaches said consistency will be the main focus for their squads.
“My thing is and I teach my girls this, if we will take care of the outs, the innings, routine plays, the at-bats, the winning and losing takes care of itself,” Rollan said. “Caring about it puts the cart before the horse. Put all that together in one game, that’s what we’re trying to do.”
“We’ve got to work on being a more little consistent in putting together a full game,” Stough said. “Sometimes we have one bad inning that will put us in a tough situation. We still sometimes take three steps forward then one step back. If we can put together a consistent climb, I think we’ll be making some noise at the end of the year.”
Stanhope, Holtville and PCA all return to action Tuesday, April 1 where SEHS will travel to Prattville, HHS will host St. James and PCA will play Montgomery-Catholic.

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