The Duncan Banner

April 23, 2014

Empire softball tries to spark offense

John McKelvey
The Duncan Banner

EMPIRE — The Lady Bulldogs are trying to find a way to spice up their offense in preparation for the Class 3A slowpitch softball playoffs.

Empire has played a tough schedule, with four of the first seven games coming against ranked opponents. However, coach Tony Roberts thinks the team just needs to have some more timely hitting to get on the winning track.

“We’re pretty OK on defense, but our offense is not coming along at all,” Roberts said.

Part of the problem has been the fluidity of the roster. With other school activites still going on, some of the players have missed games and practices.

On the bright side, Roberts the opportunity to get some of the younger girls experience, which the team needs.

“We’re not doing the fundamental things right,” Roberts said.

Roberts is happy with the number of girls that have come out for the team. He said he has around 30 girls out for junior high and varsity. With just four seniors, that lays a foundation for the future.

“Hopefully, they’ll all continue to keep playing and build the program,” Roberts said. “We’re out there to have fun, but we’re also competing at the same time.”

Empire drew No. 16 Central High and Snyder in their district. The Lady Bulldogs will start district play on April 24.