DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Softball season is in full swing and the Houston Academy softball team is knocking it out of the park this season.
The Raiders are ranked one of the top teams in the state.
The Lady Raiders are dominating class 3A softball.
With a 22-3 record so far HA is currently ranked number two in Alabama by the Alabama sports Writers Association.
“It just puts a bigger target on our backs for our competition, but to me it’s just a motivator to keep it going and to keep working hard and to keep scaring keeps from playing us,” said first basemen Caley Caldwell.
The Raiders are 5-0 in area help, with three more area games to go.
Their coach thinks the girls have it in them to make it all the way to the state tournament.
“The girls continuing to come out here, work hard, have fun,” said Houston Academy Head Softball Coach Sharon Cherry. “We don’t really necessarily focus so much on the scoreboard it’s more about an internal scoreboard, just making sure that we’re giving 110% effort all the time, 110% attitude.”
The girls all credited one thing with their success.
“Amazing chemistry all of us are friends on the field and off the field which I think gives us a better advantage than most teams, said pitcher Alexis Milanowski.
“The fact that we can trust each other and whenever I have a bad at bat or make an error I know my team is going to be there to make the next play or get the next hit and it’s just less pressure on yourself to know that your team has your back constantly,” said pitcher Mattie Havas
The team was strong last year but unfortunately the season was cut short because of COVID-19.
That means this year they’re even more determined to win a state title.
“We just need to stay out of our heads and not let all the hype get to us,” said centerfielder Lizzy Skinner.
“Keep our foot on the pedal don’t let off at anytime,” said shortstop Jaysoni Fowler Beachum. “Coach Cherry always says, ‘Make the other team not want to play us no more and do our own jobs,’ so I think if we do all that we’ll be good.”
“Ideally I’d love to end up with a state championship and a ring on my finger,” said Caldwell.
The Raiders next game is against Opp this Thursday at home.