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April 30, 2014

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




The Lady Tigers, after winning their first game 7-4, will take on Harleton in a three-game series starting at 6:30 p.m. tonight in Lindale.

Neches comes into the match looking to keep up momentum and win another playoff series.

Neches coach Andy Snider said he knows the Lady Tigers will have a tough series ahead of them, but are prepared to take on Harleton.

“They’re going to be a very good squad,” Snider said. “They’re a seasoned playoff group who has kind of fallen underneath the radar as far as being ranked. They went pretty deep into the playoffs last year, I believe they went to the regional semifinals or finals, so, they’re a solid opponent.

“They’re going to hit the ball well and run the bases,” he added. “They have two good pitchers, too.”

The Lady Tigers preferred a one-game series over a three-game series because Snider said anything can happen in a one-game series.

“I expect our girls to come out and compete in this series,” Snider said. “I think they’re going to put out their best effort and then whatever happens, happens. I don’t look for them to just to lay down and let Harleton run over the top of them. I look for them to come out and compete and just have fun playing the game.”

At this point in the playoffs, Snider said he expects more than just one person to have an impact on the upcoming three-game series.

“I expect the whole team to step up,” Snider said. “Especially the seniors. I expect them to be my leaders. They’ve been leading all year, and I look for them to continue that aspect. And our pitcher is a sophomore, and I want her to not put so much pressure on herself. She’s capable of performing at a high level, and we look forward to her being able to do that.”

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