Area softball teams prepare for playoffs

Published 11:11 pm Friday, April 26, 2013

As the regular season winds down, three area softball teams are busy preparing for the post-season play.

Charles Henderson, Pike Liberal Arts and Goshen all have the ultimate goal of bringing home a state championship to their respective trophy cases.

For the Trojans, it has been a tale of two seasons. Early on Charles Henderson couldn’t by a break, and lost numerous heartbreaking games. But as the season wore on, the Trojans, led by Becca Hartley and Olivia Hudson, have turned their fortunes around.

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Charles Henderson head coach Robin Snyder said the team is gearing up for the “one week season” in the area tournament.

“It’s all about being ready to go next week,” said Snyder. “It’s a one-week season, and if you play well, good things can happen.

Across town at Pike Liberal Arts, had coach Wayne Grant is busy trying to instill confidence in his team. The Lady Patriots rolled past Lee-Scott Academy early in the week to claim a spot in the AISA State Tournament.

In the regional tourney however, Pike lost twice and received the fourth-place seed for the state tourney.

Grant want his team to be more agressive at the plate in the next round.

“We just need to hit the ball better,” said Grant. “We have had times this season where have hit it well, and others where we did not. If we don’t hit better at the tournament, it will be short trip for us.”

At Goshen, the Lady Eagles have been on both sides of close games against region foes and schools from much larger classifictions.

The Lady Eagles also knocked off 2A No. 2 Houston Academy earlier in the season. Goshen head coach Dee Hughes said that the Lady Eagles want to play the best teams in order to prepare themselves for a playoff push.

“You schedule the best in order to prepare yourself,” said Hughes. “We have done that this season, and while we haven’t won every game, we have competed in every one. This team has been challenged and has put the work in.”