Wheaton softball off to slow start

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Wheaton Lady Bulldogs softball team started the 2012 season on Aug. 23 with a game against the Marionville Lady Comets.

The Lady Bulldogs ran into a buzz saw in the form of Elizabeth Henry. The pitcher struck out five and did not surrender a hit as the Lady Comets won 19-0 in three innings.

The Lady Bulldogs are very young this season with one senior, one junior, seven sophomores and three freshmen.

"We are young and have several girls who have never played real competitive softball," said Wheaton coach Mike Austin. "We will have a huge learning curve ahead of us, but the girls are working very hard every day to get better, and by the end of the season, we look to be a very competitive team at districts."

The Lady Bulldogs ran into another fine pitcher on Aug. 28 when College Heights came to town.

Lady Cougars' senior Kirsty Green had the Lady Bulldogs' number as she struck out 13 of the 15 batters she faced during the Cougars' 11-0 win in five innings.

"We played a lot better in the field and didn't give them too many free runs, and that means we are improving," said Austin.

The Lady Bulldogs will be back in action at home on Thursday against Sarcoxie and competing in the Seneca Tournament on Sept. 7 and 8.

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