Belles prepare for District

Published 9:49 pm Thursday, July 1, 2010

Thanks to a dominating performance in the Sub-District Tournament, the Troy Dixie Belles are riding high as it heads into Dothan.

The team from Troy was able to win each of its three games in Eufaula over the past couple of days by a combined score of 46-9.

Troy took out Zion Chapel in the first round and championship game, as well as Eufaula in between.

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Now, with the Sub-District title already in its possession, head coach Buddy Mehaffey said his team is ready for more.

“I feel real good about the team,” Mehaffey said Thursday afternoon.

“The girls have been working hard. They are confidant in themselves and everything is looking good right now.

“Hopefully, we can go down to Dothan and bring back another championship,” he added.

After cruising to double-digit victories in the first two rounds, Troy found itself losing for the first time in the tournament in the championship game.

Zion Chapel went up 4-1 in the third inning, but Troy was abler to come back thanks to timely hitting and pitching. Troy was able to score three runs in the fourth inning thanks to RBI doubles from Olivia Hudson, Amberlyn Baker and Madison Mehaffey to give the team a lead they would not give up, at 5-4.

In the very next inning, Shelby Hughes came up big with a two-RBI double to put Troy up 7-4.

On the mound, after coming in in relief for Becca Hartley, Stephanie Finlayson shut down Zion Chapel, pitching fourth scoreless innings to end the game. Now, as the competition level increases in the District Tournament, Mehaffey said he believes he is going to need a combination of both hitting and pitching, as well as fielding to bring home another championship.

“The competition is going to step up tremendously (in Dothan),” he said. “The girls are expecting that, and I think all know that they are going to be prepared for what’s next.”

But being prepared for what’s next is not something the coach is concerned about because of the attitude his team has taken.

“So many girls, both young and old, have stepped up to the plate for us,” Mehaffey said. “It really is hard to say who has been the best for us. They all have their bad days but the girls come through for each other.”

It will have just been three days since the last time Troy was on the field, but the coach said he thinks the short amount of time between the Sub-District and the District Tournaments will be a good thing.

“I think it will help us keep the momentum going.

“The girls have been swinging the bats really well right now. Hopefully, they will keep it going,” Mehaffey said.

The Troy team will be back in action today at 6 p.m. against Opp at the Dothan Softball Complex.