Trojans hoping experience will come in handy in tournament

Published 8:02pm Wednesday, April 23, 2014

After a great regular season, Meadowview Christian (13-6) is gearing up for what the Trojans hope is a deep postseason run in the Alabama Independent School Association playoffs.

The Trojans won the Class A, Region 2 regular season area championship and will host the regional tournament, which will begin Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at Meadowview Christian School. All four teams playing in the tournament will automatically move on to the state championship tournament at Lagoon Park in Montgomery May 2-3, but the regional tournament will be used to seed teams for the state brackets.

“I told the girls the other day that we have as good a chance as anybody if we play our game and we do the right things and we hit the ball and we play good defense, we can play with anybody,” Meadowview Christian head coach Elyse McIntyre said. “To be honest with you, [the girls] are pretty confident too.”

Last season Meadowview lost to Patrician in the area tournament, ended up with a No. 4 seed in the state tournament and lost early. McIntyre said she thinks her players learned from that and are focused to get a higher seed this time around.

“They are coming up with guns blazing,” McIntyre said. “They are not holding back, they are not scared and they are not nervous I don’t think.”

Meadowview has been hitting the ball well and playing great defense, McIntyre said, but everything starts with Trojans’ starting pitcher Claudia Kendrick.

“We have been working with Claudia Kendrick for several years and this year she has gotten a little more confident,” McIntyre said. “She is more mature, she is a junior this year, so she is pretty much the frontrunner and then people get behind her, they believe in her and they play good defense for her.”

Meadowview will face Patrician Academy in the first game of the Class A, Region 2 tournament Thursday at 3:30 p.m. The second game between Marengo Academy and Sumter Academy will be played at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, with the winners of each game meeting Friday in the regional championship game.

The losers of Thursday’s contests will also meet Friday.

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