With just four teams left in the postseason for the Dogwood Circle, the playoffs are heating up.
Two Dogwood Circle teams — Cayuga and Grapeland — will face each other at 6:30 p.m. tonight as both softball teams aim to move on to the next round.
In this regional quarterfinal matchup, Cayuga coach Magen Humphreys said the Ladycats expect a solid game from the Sandiettes, but feel as if they have a better team than last year when these two teams faced one another.
“Grapeland is going to be a tough match up for us,” Humphreys said. “They knocked us out last year, but I feel like we are more well-rounded this year. Our goal all year has been to jump on the boards early. So far that's has worked and hopefully it will again against Grapeland. In any sport it's always easier to play with a lead so that's what we are hoping for.”
The Cayuga-Grapeland game will be played at Frankston High School, which happens to be a decent halfway point for both of these schools. With the short distance for both teams, Humphreys said there should be a good crowd show up to create a great playoff atmosphere.
“I expect a big crowd since it is a local match up,” Humphreys said. “Hopefully that will help keep the energy of the game up and help to get us rolling early.”
As for a key player in the next series? Humphreys said one athlete who has been working hard all season will need to keep it up for the series.
“Obviously our pitcher Kimberly Hughes will have to continue to dominate on the mound, but offensively we are really going to have to execute at the plate,” Humphreys said. “Offense is key for this series, and I feel like my kids are ready to produce in that area.”