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April 30, 2014

H.S. Baseball and Softball: Dogwood Circle teams compete in playoff action

PALESTINE — The Dogwood Circle baseball and softball teams are in action once again as they compete in the playoffs.

For baseball, teams are getting set to start the first round in the Bi-District round, and for softball, the area round is almost under way.

SLOCUM

The Lady Mustangs will be taking on Avery at Longview Pine Tree High School on Friday night at 7 p.m.

It will be a one-game series in a do-or-die match for the Lady Mustangs.

Slocum coach David Ives said even though he knows Avery will be a tough matchup, the Lady Mustangs have practiced well and will be ready for the competition.

“They’re (Avery) a very solid team,” Ives said. “I know they got second place out of District 19. I watched them play some last week, and they’re very solid. They hit the ball well, they have a good pitcher and they play good defense. It’s really just what you would expect to run into once you get into the playoffs.”

In a winner-take-all situation, strange things can happen in those type of ballgames. Ives said the Lady Mustangs have been focused and know that they have to keep bringing a playoff mentality to each game.

“Any time you get into the playoffs, you have to play well,” Ives said. “We just have to continue doing what we’ve been doing. We’ve been hot and cold throughout the season so far. We started off district real hot at the plate and then we kind of cooled down a little bit. I’m hoping that we can pick that back up  and take care of what we need to take care of at the plate. We have to play good defense and have good pitching.”

Ives said that playing in the playoffs is a whole different animal than playing in the regular season. In the regular season, teams are playing to build up their records to be able to have a good spot in the playoffs. Now that the playoffs are in action, Ives said the Lady Mustangs are going to have to step up and play their best.

“In playoff games, the pressure is there because if you lose, you go home,” Ives said. “There’s definitely pressure put on each team, but luckily, I have a good group of girls that work hard and come out ready to give their best. You work all year long to get to the playoffs and when you get here, you just hope that you come out and play your best.”

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