Addison back at state for 1st time since 2007
by Johnathan Bentley
May 13, 2014 | 1167 views | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ADDISON — When Lana Hines was part of the Addison High School softball team, making the State Softball Tournament was a yearly occurrence.

Now as the Lady Bulldogs’ head softball coach, she’s hoping to get Addison back to that level.

Hines’ squad took that first step this year, earning Addison’s first trip to Montgomery’s Lagoon Park since 2007.

Addison (30-15) plays No. 2 Ragland (28-8) at 9 a.m. Thursday.

Earning a state berth wasn’t easy. Addison had to win three straight games on Saturday just to lock up the North Regional Tournament’s No. 2 qualifier spot.

“We were pretty tired, but the girls wanted it so bad,” said Hines, a 2006 Addison graduate.

After losing their second game to Athens Bible on Friday, Addison rebounded with wins over Spring Garden (3-2), Collinsville (5-0) and Athens Bible (5-2) to punch their ticket.

“The experience alone is going to be well worth the trip. We are not happy just to be there. We want to finish at the top,” said Hines, who has just one senior on the team. “We are really young. Most of our girls are 10th graders, but they’ve been playing since the 8th grade so they’ve got a couple years of experience.

“These girls have the dedication. They’ve worked so hard.”

First baseman Lauren Cutcher is the lone Addison senior.

“She’s a great leader for us,” Hines said.

As a player, Hines was on five Addison teams that advanced to the state tournament (2002-06). The Bulldogs’ best finish was fourth in 2004. Addison is one of three Winston County schools that will be in Montgomery this week. Both Haleyville (4A) and Lynn (1A) also made the field.

Hines feels Addison’s volleyball success — the Bulldogs won the Class 1A state championship last fall — has benefited the softball team.

“I think it’s definitely helped. The girls know how that felt to go all the way. A lot of them were on that state championship team,” she said. “I think all of them, except for three, played volleyball.”

Hines’ assistants with team are coaches Suzie Brewer and Nicky Seymore.