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DHS Lady Tigers get ready for sectional

The Demopolis High School girls softball team (23-11) has two games remaining for the season, Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Lady Tigers will host Jackson Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the DHS ball field. It will be the first time the team has played on campus this season and the last regular season home game for the seniors.

DHS will end the regular season Wednesday with a 4:30 p.m. game at Thomasville.

The team will then travel to Oak Mountain for the sectional tournament to be held Friday and Saturday. They will play Brookwood at noon Friday, and if successful, will play Shelby County at 2 p.m. that same day.

If they win the sectional tournament, they will return home for the next game in the playoffs.

DHS beat Brookwood earlier in the season 5-0, said Head Coach Wayne Harris. "They have a couple of real good hitters and a real good shortstop."

The Lady Tigers hit the ball well on that occasion, he said, and Brookwood made a couple of errors.

The top hitters for Demopolis are Justina Quinney, Lauren Roark, Timie Lee, Suzann Wommack and Katie Symon.

Top pitchers are Quinney, Roark and Kelly Keasler. "We depend on all three of them to throw a lot of innings," Harris said. The highest ERA of the pitchers is 1.34.

Many of the DHS players are battle tested. Some players were in 51 ballgames last year, he said. Quinney is a senior and has been to the state tournament twice.

He mentioned Lee, who was out last year due to a car accident, Heather Wright and Latoya Dill, as young players who have made a contribution this year.

With the upcoming playoffs. Harris tells the players they can put pressure on themselves. "Just go out there and have fun, he tells them."

The team to beat is the state tournament host, Oak Mountain, the defending 5-A champs. "We played them three weeks ago on the beach (in a Robertsdale tournament) and loss 2-1," Harris said. "The potential for victory is there."

Harris is in his fourth season as the coach of the Lady Tigers. He wanted to thank the fans for their support this year and hopes people will come out Tuesday to give the team a home send-off.

There has been increased support from the booster club. The membership increased from 11 to 22, he said. "It takes a lot of money. We travel a lot. We want to go play good competition so we have to travel and stay over weekends.

…We’ve been all over the state to play. A lot of fan support follows us."