SPORTS HEADLINES

Chico looks to rebound

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, April 28, 2012

After falling in the District 9-A championship game against Lindsay last week, the Chico Lady Dragons will look to rebound Tuesday in their playoff opener.

The Lady Dragons start the postseason with a Class A Region II bi-district match up with Cross Plains Tuesday at 5 p.m. in Breckenridge.

Chico coach Michael Qualls said his team has put the 8-3 setback against Lindsay behind them.

“The girls are confident going to bi-district,” Qualls said. “They’ve been to one and won.

“The Lindsay game was a good warmup for the playoffs. It showed us what we need to work on.”

The Lady Dragons will need to shore up their defense. The loss to Lindsay turned on an error in the outfield with two outs.

“We’ve got to focus on eliminating errors,” Qualls said. “We’ve also got to do a better job of taking advantage of opportunities.”

The Lady Dragons take a red-hot offense into the playoffs. Seven players carry a batting average of .300 or better.

Malori Moss is hitting .567 with 37 RBIs. She has 22 extra-base hits, including 10 triples and five home runs.

Hannah Avants is batting .536 with 13 RBIs. She’s scored 38 runs.

Chico and Cross Plains were each in the Eula Tournament, but did not play against each other.

“We’ve got to respect the other team,” Qualls said. “We know they are a good enough team to beat us. We have to take it one game at a time.”

Qualls feels the three matchups with Lindsay and a tough non-district schedule has his team ready for the playoffs.

If Chico gets by Cross Plains, it will play Itasca for a second straight year in the area round.

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