Starting the season with a 3-0 record, the Empire Bulldogs finished their season with the Xpress Wellness Team of the Week award after going 4-4 in the short 2020 season.
Winning their first three games of the season against Central High, Ringing and Wilson, the Bulldogs, led by Coach Jeff Pierce, went in hoping to keep the streak alive against highly ranked Fletcher.
Trying to rebound after two losses, the Bulldogs were able to get their fourth win of the season when the team beat Healdton on the road 6-3 as they headed to the Sterling Tournament.
Dropping their final two games including the opener of the Sterling Tournament, the OSSAA shut down the season and ended the chance for the Bulldogs to try and end their two game losing streak.
Pierce, who has worked with the Bulldogs for several years now, said it was a bummer for his two seniors but he’s still proud of the way his team played for the short season.
“We ended up 4-4 and we started off pretty good and trying to not give up the big innings but we were positive throughout the year and I thought we would have a good season this year,” Pierce said. “Only had two seniors and I feel sorry for them in Clayton Kraus and Titus Gibson. Seeing them getting to play … I think that our team was heading in the right direction.”
The Empire Bulldogs will return a lot of players for the 2021 season and will begin summer workouts June 1 when the OSSAA will allow summer activities to resume.
Baseball will have workouts three days a week. Athletes can contact Pierce if they want to hit or throw any day during the summer before or after any football workouts.
Workouts are voluntary and optional, according to Empire Public Schools. The district will work on social distancing protocols to ensure safety of students and community.