Goshen, Pike County prepare for weekend tournaments

Published 10:05 pm Thursday, May 8, 2014

All Pike County head coach Karie Striplin and Goshen head coach Amy Warrick wanted was to get in the regional.

Now that they are, its time to get down to business.

Goshen will have a 15 minute trip to its AHSAA Regional site, while Pike County will make the 180-mile, 3-and-a-half-hour trip to Gulf Shores to its regional.

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Goshen finished in the final four last season, and is in search of a third-straight trip to Lagoon Park for the State Tournament.

The Lady Eagles have come alive late in the season, and are on a six-game winning streak, including a perfect sweep through the area tournament.

“We have been working all season to get back to Montgomery,” said Warrick. “It all comes down to this weekend. If we play well, we will be back. If we don’t, we will fall short. I know this group wants to get back there.”

Goshen will open the tournament on Friday against Reeltown.

Reeltown has limped to a 10-22 record this season, and has won only one game since the beginning of April. Despite the not-so-hot record, Warrick said her team isn’t taking the Rebels lightly.

“We don’t know a whole lot about them” sad Warrick. “We haven’t played them this year, but to make it to the Regional, you have to pretty good.”

Pike County will play T.R. Miller in the first game of its tournament in Gulf Shores.

T.R. Miller is 15-3 on the season and hasn’t lost since April 12.

The Lady Dawgs are making back-to-back trips to the Regional for the first time in school history.

“We are excited to be back in the Regional,” Striplin said. “T.R. Miller is good, so we will have to be on our game to beat them. All we can do is play hard and minimize mistakes. If we do that, then we have a shot.”

Both games are set for 5 P.m. first pitches from their respective sites.