When Kyle Denson smacked a grand slam to give his team a four-run lead late in Game 1 of Addison’s third-round playoff series with Cedar Bluff, coach Jeff Sudduth was admittedly feeling pretty good about his team’s chances.
Unfortunately for Sudduth and his Bulldog squad, however, they were unable to hold that lead, as the Tigers stormed back with five runs in the top half of the seventh to take a 9-8 victory on Friday afternoon. Cedar Bluff went on to win the second game with ease, securing a 10-0 decision to end Addison’s postseason run.
“After Kyle hit that home run, I thought we were in good shape,” Sudduth said. “They just caught up with our pitching in the seventh inning. They hit some balls hard.”
Coming off the disappointing loss, the Bulldogs were unable to muster any offense in Game 2, as their season came to a close in just five innings of play.
“It was such a tough way to lose that first game,” Sudduth said. “The kids fought really hard.”
The 2013 campaign was far from a letdown, though, as Addison swept its area en route to a title and a 22-win season.
“We had a great year,” Sudduth said. “That’s the first time we’ve won 20 since I’ve been coaching here. The seniors were really good leaders, my assistant coaches were great and the younger players really matured. I think it was a really successful season for us.”
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