Friday, January 19, 2018

Divisional play completes tough season for Lady Bulldog softball

The Lady Bulldog softball team ended the season with a divisional tournament in Miles City this past weekend. Although the team finished last in their conference they have met milestones and made improvements, which is a positive, Coach Joelle Link explained. 

“I think we improved a step from last year,” Link said. 

The Lady Bulldogs only won a single non-conference game in 2014. This season, they not only won 3 non-conference games, but also a conference game, 9-8, against the Sidney Eagles during an April 30 matchup.

In the first game of the divisional tournament, the Lady Bulldogs played the Dawson County Red Devils. 

Though Link said the game “didn’t go as we would’ve liked” with a 24-3 loss, senior Darla Davisson managed to hit a home run.

“She was able to put us on the board right away,” Link said. 

Davisson is a leader; she encourages her fellow players and has been a steady component to the team all season. 

“She’s aggressive and she wants to win,” Link said. 

Just about every hitter in the lineup had a chance to bat, but the hits rarely put the ball in a position to make solid plays. 

“Going into this game, we knew they were fast, we knew they could run,” Link said. “We just couldn’t match their hitting.”  

The second game of the tournament was against the Sidney Eagles.

Sidney’s pitcher had trouble throwing strikes, giving the ladies a chance to walk. Once on base, however, the players struggled to advance. 

“We couldn’t seem to get plays going,” Link said.  

Ultimately, the Lady Bulldogs lost 12-2.

The top three teams for the Eastern A division qualifying for state are Billings Central, Laurel and Miles City.

The state tournament is scheduled for this coming weekend in Anaconda. 

Link is hopeful for a stronger and more experienced team next season. 

It’s important to keep practicing even after the season ends, she said, if members are serious about the sport. 

“We should have a good core group of girls next year,” she said.