KF optimistic after adjustments

Published 10:24 pm Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The King’s Fork High School softball team recently made changes to get out of a rough stretch, and it is hoping the changes will pay dividends.

The Lady Bulldogs are currently 3-6 and on spring break. King’s Fork has gone through a bumpy first half of the season but hopes things will change soon. After losses to Western Branch, Princess Anne and Nansemond River, the Lady Bulldogs had an important team meeting to talk about how can they can back on the winning side of things.

Following the meeting, King’s Fork was set to face Oscar Smith, a team to which coach Richard Froemel’s Bulldogs had never lost. After going down 0-3, the Lady Bulldogs pulled a strong comeback, winning the game 13-3.

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“I was glad to see the girls were motivated,” Froemel said. “They took the initiative. After coming out of a not-so-good stretch, we competed hard.”

In each game so far this season, the Lady Bulldogs have faced adversity. Even in the team’s wins, there have been things for the them to overcome. But they feel as though they are headed in the right direction.

“We have played hard and fought every game till the end,” Lady Bulldog Lauryn Bailey said. “We have obstacles that we face every game. I think after spring break, we will come back better and strong.”

Froemel continues to look to Bailey and his two other seniors to step up and lead the team vocally and through their play.

Errors are a part of softball, but during the first half of the season. Errors came at bad times for King’s Fork, he said.

“It’s a mindset we got to work through,” he said. “Just continuing to be smart in certain situations and not shooting ourselves in the foot. I think the girls will be fine, though.”

Before the second half of the season starts, King’s Fork will play in the Grassfield High School softball spring break tournament Apr. 13.  They will face Salem High School at 10:45 a.m. and will face Camden County High School at 4:15 p.m.

After spring break, they will come back to face a tough Deep Creek High School team. The two teams will play twice in the same week.

The Lady Bulldogs will have to play their best game to defeat a Deep Creek team that played at a state competition-level last year.