Big Tuesday for county baseball, softball teams

Published 10:25 pm Monday, March 24, 2014

While their counterparts from the city of Troy might be relaxing by the pool during spring break, the baseball and softball teams from the county schools are gearing up for a busy week on the diamond.

The Pike County Lady Bulldog softball is fresh off a solid performance in a tournament hosted by Carroll High School over the weekend, and looks to continue its good fortune with a pair of big games.

The Lady Dawgs will host Zion Chapel on Tuesday before beginning area play at Montgomery Catholic on Thursday afternoon.

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Pike County head coach Karie Striplin said that nearly everything the Lady Dawgs do is geared toward Montgomery Catholic.

“To win the area you have to beat Montgomery Catholic,” Striplin said in a recent post-game interview. “Their pitchers are riseball-curveball pitchers, and we have seen mostly fastball-changeup pitchers so far. We need to make those adjustment, and I think we can.”

The Bulldog baseball team also has pair of games on the schedule as well. Pike County will travel to Zion Chapel on Tuesday, and make the long trip down U.S. 231 to Dothan on Friday.

First-year Bulldog coach Jim Bedsole is in the process of building the Pike County program and is more concerned with teaching his players the right way to play the game.

“We are building a program, and you are going to have days like this,” said Bedsole after a recent loss. “We are learning to play the game the right way, and when we do that, the wins will take care of themselves.”

The Goshen Lady Eagles have had an up-and-down season early on, but picked up some big wins over the weekend at the Carroll tournament.

Goshen finished in the top eight in the state a season ago, but struggled some early. The Lady Eagles host McKenzie on Friday.

Goshen baseball struggled on Friday and Saturday in area play against Zion Chapel. The Eagles suffered three blowout losses, and will look to rebound this week with a pair of home games.

Goshen will host Luverne on Tuesday, and McKenzie on Friday.