The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

May 17, 2013

Commerce Lady Tigers to face No. 1 ranked team

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL

By JOSEPH HAMRICK
Herald-Banner Staff

COMMERCE —   Tonight the Commerce Lady Tigers will play Pilot Point, the No. 1 ranked softball team in the state.

But to Commerce Jeff Davidson, it’ll be just another game.

  “It’s still another game,” he said. “It’s their best against our best.”

  The Lady Tigers will face Pilot Point at 6 p.m. in Mount Pleasant at Northeast Texas Community College in the first game of a best-of-three Class 2A regional semifinal playoff series. Game two is set for 8:30 p.m. and if need be, game three is at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

  The Lady Tigers recently beat the No. 9 ranked New Boston 6-4 in a one-game quarterfinal game, so Davidson is hopeful the team will continue the trend and move past Pilot Point, which swept Grandview in its regional quarterfinal series.

  “We’re looking to the challenge as a great opportunity,” he said. “It will take a total team effort and we’re looking forward to it.”

  In the week leading up to the games, Davidson has changed the practice schedule some and focused more on the mental aspect of the game.

“I’m training the mind more than the physical,” he said. “We’re making sure we’re staying sharp and staying healthy.”

  This is the farthest the team has ever been, and Davidson said the girls are understandably excited but are taking it week by week.

  Commerce, the District 14-3A champion, also swept Paris Chisum in an area series.

Pilot Point won its area game, 5-0 over Ponder.

  Davidson said the key to the team winning is staying fresh and sharp throughout the week and moving runners during the game.

  “We’ve got to move runners and we have to score runs,” he said. “We know that we can compete with them. I’m confident in our ability.”

  Davidson said the team has had some tough games this year, and said he knows the girls will play well on Friday.

  “This is a good group; a special group,” he said. “As long as we’ve got an opportunity, we’ve got a chance.”