Dothan High softball aiming big in the postseason

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Last year, fans were sure the girls of the Dothan High softball team would make it to the 2020 state championship.

Unfortunately, the season was cut short due to the pandemic. But now, the Wolves want to prove that they’re not to be underestimated this year.

“We have a t-shirt that says, ‘Make ‘em believe,’” senior Rayleigh Thagard said. “So I really think that we have a super good chance this year. I mean yeah, we had an awesome chance last year but I still think we have a huge chance this year.”

The Wolves have a unique, unspoken advantage.

Eight of the 10 seniors on the team are signed to play college ball.

“When we go and play other teams they’re like, ‘Oh they have eight players going to play in college,’” senior Collier Peaden said. “So I feel like they look at us and they’re like, ‘Oh they must be good,’ So I feel like we give off a good image of ourselves. I feel like we’re intimidating to other teams.”

So far the intimidation seems to be paying off, the Wolves won their area with a 5-1 record.

The girls are 32-9 on the regular season.

While wins and losses are what will take them to the state championship, their coach values something else even more.

“At the end of the year when you graduate, if you win a State Championship people remember that for a year or two but eventually that stuff fades,” Dothan Head Softball Coach, Donny Bright said. “So as long as they’re having fun, playing together on the field, ya know those are the memories that they’re gonna have forever. But I am proud of them. They work extremely hard and they pride themselves on playing well.”

Ahead of postseason play, the team is working on minimizing errors on defense and focusing on their short game.

The Wolves will host the area tournament at home starting May 4.

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