DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The Houston Academy softball team is state tournament bound for the second year in a row.

Monday morning Houston Academy held a send off for its Lady Raiders softball team.

The road to the state tournament hasn’t been easy.

“We’ve been faced with so much adversity,” Head Coach Sharon Cherry said. “We’ve had five different kids injured. In fact, we’ve never played with our entire team. There’s always been somebody out.”

Despite injuries plaguing the team’s season they still managed to earn a 44-13-1 record.

They’re actually thankful for the obstacles.

“This adversity just made us stronger and we are just tighter as a team and we’re all friends on and off the field so that makes it easier for us to play as a team and I just feel like playing as a team is going to help us get to the next level,” sophomore Mary Suzan Aman said.

Last season the Lady Raiders finished third at the state tournament. This year they hope to come home with more.

“It would mean the world to me to win the state championship and I think this team has the ability to do it this year,” senior Alexis Milanowski said. “We just have to leave it all on the field.”

Houston Academy is ranked sixth in the final ASWA state softball rankings.

Their first opponent of the state tournament, Beulah, is ranked second.

Last season Houston Academy set a school record with 44 wins. If they get a win at state they’ll break their own record.

The Lady Raiders are confident it’s possible.

“It’s going to take a lot of hard work, teamwork, and effort,” sophomore Ansleigh Smith said. “We’re all going to have to have just be on our ‘A’ game in order to beat these good teams.”

Houston Academy takes on Beulah in its first game of the tournament Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. in Oxford, Alabama.