For some schools, a winning season is considered a success. At Bray-Doyle, it’s certainly looked at as a positive by those outside the program. For those within, however, they want more.
Count the Lady Donkey softball coaches and players among those who want more.
A whole lot more.
Bray-Doyle softball coach Ross Ridge said that he and his team are looking forward to playing this season, after coming off of a successful season of 18-16 a year ago.
“We finished out the season last year really well and second in our conference,” Ridge said. “This year we are looking and wanting to finish in first place in the conference and I think we have a pretty good chance of doing that.
“Everyone has been working very hard this summer and through practices and the games that we have had so far.”
Ridge noted how he would be looking toward the leadership of his two seniors Shelbi Copeland and Kendra Balthrop, and the experience from his returning starters.
“We’ve got about six returning starters this year and I’m really looking for them to do well for us this year,” Ridge said. “Shelbi has really been stepping up for us as catcher this year and Kendra has stepped up playing the shortstop position.”
Some of the girls that Ridge said he would be looking for leadership from are returning Duncan Banner Pitcher of the Year Sarah Justus, Brandi Connelly, Lauren Davis, Traci Tippett, Christa Bingham and Erica Hatfield.
“Each of these girls are going to have to show the leadership that we need to be good this year,” Ridge said. “A lot that will be shown through there experience that they have.
“Sarah will be one of the girls that we will be looking toward to carry us in a lot of the games,” Ridge said. “She has done so well for us in the circle and we can not ask for much more than that.”
Ridge noted that having only two seniors could be seen as a negative, but he looks as it as somewhat a positive.
“Yes, having only two seniors on the team could be seen as less leadership, but with the returning starters that we have we will not lack in the leadership,” Ridge said. “We have five juniors who have the experience and show great leadership and that will help us in the future as well. That is one of the good things of having a young team is they can grow and develop as players and be good for years to come.”
The Lady Donkeys began their season with a 20-8 conference win at Ninnekah.
“We played well against Ninnekah,” Ridge said. “We had a few errors but we will clean those up and play better ball.”
— Matt Tillson is a reporter for the Duncan Banner. He can be reached at 580-255-5354 Ext. 143 or via e-mail at email@example.com.