Lady Indians confident heading to regionalsPublished 7:36pm Thursday, May 8, 2014
Reboot the engines.
Heading into the South Central Regional tournament tomorrow at the Troy Sportsplex, the Wetumpka Lady Indians have to hit the reset button on its season.
“We’ve got to look at it as a new season and start over like we did in the area tournament,” Lady Tribe head coach Randy Belyeu said. “If we play up to our ability, we should be OK. That’s not bragging; we have talent. If we play up to our ability, we will do well.”
Wetumpka comes into its opening regional matchup with Class 6A, Area 6 winner Jeff Davis (24-13) off outlasting Thompson’s pitcher Haley Crumpton in a 12-inning, 1-0 instant classic victory in the Area 6 tournament for area runner-up and the playoff spot.
“Thompson had one of the best pitchers in the state and we took her to her limits,” Belyeu said. “And we eventually won. We wore her out, got her tired. She had close to 200 pitches. Lauren (Lett) only had about 110 in those area games. If we can take one of the best pitchers in the state to 12 innings and we play good defense and get timely hits like we did, we’ll do well because we’re going to see not many as good as her, but some that’s not far off.
“I think Central-Phenix City, Pelham and us, we’ve got the best three pitchers there. It’s going to be tough, but we’ve already went through tough.”
But Wetumpka’s ability to win the games required to reach the state tournament, Belyeu said its start with their defense.
“We can stop ourselves tomorrow if we makes errors and don’t hit the ball. If we confidently playing the way we practice and we play the way we played the last couple of weeks, we could go far,” Belyeu said. “Sparkman is the best team, hands down–they’re ranked nationally. They are loaded. But the people we’ve played said our talent is just as good as theirs, they just don’t make mistakes like we do. We didn’t make any errors in the Thompson game and that proves that if we don’t make errors, we can beat anybody we play.”
With a roster containing only three seniors but loaded with juniors, the collective experience of the Lady Indians gives them an upper-hand, Belyeu said. But what will push them to Lagoon Park in Montgomery, is their chemistry.
“They act like family with themselves. They’ve been around each other since August. Their chemistry is pretty good. We haven’t had to rely on just one person to lead. They all get the job done.”