That didn’t matter much when the postseason started. Addison was eliminated in the opening round of the state playoffs both times.
After the 2013 squad won yet another area title, the Bulldogs had no intention of repeating the past. The Bulldogs finally got over the hump in the playoffs this season, getting to the third round before falling to Cedar Bluff.
Sudduth is the Daily Mountain Eagle’s Coach of the Year.
There were plenty of worthy coaching candidates this season, including Cordova’s Ronnie Boggs, who led his team from a 10-win season in 2012 to a 25-win season in 2013.
Like Cordova, Sudduth fielded a team with a small, but strong core of seniors — Levi Tyree, Rhett York, Jacob Seymore and Isaac Horton.
“Our seniors were great leaders,” Sudduth said. “They were all captains this year.”
Addison finished the season 20-8 behind three pitchers with ERAs just about 2.00.
Kaleb Estill led the team at 2.05 followed by John Everett (2.10) and Tyree (2.15).
Since Sudduth took over the program, the Bulldogs have continued to improve, going from 13 wins two years ago to 20 this season.
“I’m tickled to have a 20-win season. We have steadily moved up,” Sudduth said. “I hope we will continue to build. It’s going to be a different group. We’ve got 2/3 of our rotation back next year and we’ve got some younger kids who will go from a spot role to starting every day.”