Jeff Scott never raised his voice, and he didn’t point a finger at anyone.

The Addison High softball coach just stood there with his arms crossed, talking to his players with a calm voice.

Scott wasn’t pleased, nor was anyone else who sitting in that postgame huddle behind the home dugout at Hanceville High.

This Addison team didn’t play up to its potential Saturday. Or at least that’s how Scott — along with his players — felt after dropping a game to Susan Moore.

Two subpar performances translated into two frustrating losses, but it wasn’t all doom and gloom during this heart-to-heart talk.

After all, Scott knows he’s dealing with young players — a team that’s younger than anything he’s had in the past.

Just two seniors in the starting lineup. Juniors, well, there aren’t many of those either.

But Addison does have plenty of freshmen and sophomores on the field, and Scott has been coaching long enough to know that usually means a few growing pains should be expected.

Which is exactly what Addison experienced Saturday.

“We’re just so young,” Scott said. “Now these young kids are talented, and they are athletic … One of the best groups of kids a coach could ask for.

“But they’re also young players. We have to remember that.”

At times, that youth showed this weekend. In a 5-3 loss to Good Hope early Friday, a few errors — just mental miscues — hurt the Bulldogs.

But it wasn’t all bad. There were moments when Addison looked like, well, Addison — a program that perennially competes at the state level.

A perfect example of this was in the second Good Hope game, which Addison won 3-2 to advance to the semifinals of the Cullman County Umpires Tournament.

Trailing 2-0 in the fifth inning of a single-elimination tournament, Addison rallied for three runs to take the lead .

After watching Heather Darnell draw a walk, Lauren Lowrey drove in Heather Bolden with an RBI double. Sadie Beam followed with an RBI double, and Haley Wiggins pushed Lowrey across the plate with a single.

All clutch hits at critical point in the game. Or as Scott likes to call it: Execution.

Taking the lead was big, but hanging on for the win was equally important — especially since Good Hope did everything possible to steal it away.

Good Hope moved players into scoring position late in the game, but Addison made plays when necessary. The Bulldogs also got out of a bases-loaded situation unscathed earlier in the game.

Alex Scott recorded the win, striking out the win while holding Susan Moore to only four hits. The Bulldogs also limited errors and mistakes.

“I think this was good for us… Playing a tight game like this with our young team,” Scott said following the game. “I’m proud of them for handling themselves that well — not caving under pressure and all.

“To be perfectly honest, I think we needed that. We needed a close game like that.”

So this team has shown flashes. Now the Bulldogs have to do that consistently.

And Scott believes his team will eventually get there.

“It’s going to take time and lots of hard work,” he said. “Right now, it’s still early in the season. As we play more games, we should get better. These girls right here, they’ll figure it out.”

‰ Justin Graves can be reached by email at jgraves@cullmantimes.com or by phone at 734-2131, ext. 257.

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