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Lady Bulldogs should be back in 2002

By By Jeff Byrd/The Meridian Star
Oct. 29, 2001
Look for the Clarkdale Lady Bulldogs to remain a fixture at the State 2A Softball Championships.
A three-time state champion and a six-time state finalist, the Lady Bulldogs added to their post-season resume with a runner-up finish at the 2001 State 2A Championships played Saturday in Jackson.
Hatley came back from a one-game deficit to beat the Lady Bulldogs in three games for the title, taking games two (6-5) and three (12-4). Clarkdale ended the season with a 24-12 record, including a 7-2 mark in the post-season.
Veteran Clarkdale head coach Rick Roberson was extremely proud of what his young team accomplished. The Lady Bulldogs had only one senior on the club, with that being first baseman Ashley Satcher.
Satcher, who belted two home runs in the Lady Bulldogs South State series sweep of Mercy Cross, feels next year's squad will be better.
A key player that Clarkdale will be able to build around next year's team is junior JorD'an Orr. Batting lead off and playing left-center, Orr hit .583 (7-for-12) in the state final series with two triples. She scored six runs. Against Mercy Cross in the South State series, she was 7-for-9 with two doubles and an out-of-the-park home run.
Hatley head coach Mike Hathcock was impressed.
A big part of the Lady Bulldogs' future is the three eighth grade starters in Sabrina Woodall, Savanah Satcher and Brandi Limerick. Woodall, a right-fielder, drove in five runs in Clarkdale's 18-9 win in game one against Hatley.
The middle infield will be another strength as sophomores Brandi Wright and Megan Potate return. The pair helped turn four double plays in the South State series and Wright had another against Hatley.

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