Lady Bulldogs encouraged but not content

Published 10:28 pm Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The King’s Fork High School softball team is feeling good about where the team is right now, but the players are not content.

On spring break with a 2-3 record, the Lady Bulldogs feel they have played well in almost all of their games this season, even in the losses.

“We are not satisfied with where we are at, but we aren’t disappointed either,” Lady Bulldogs coach Richard Froemel said.


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King’s Fork opened the season up against Hickory High School and took a 3-1 loss. In that game, the Lady Bulldogs outhit them but took a loss on a two-run home run.

They got wins against Oscar Smith High School and Indian River High School. In those wins, King’s Fork hit the ball well and was able to score a bunch of runs. Win or lose, Froemel believes playing a talented schedule helps King’s Fork in the long run.

“No doubt it does,” Froemel said of Southeastern District competition. “I don’t know if you will play better competition in the region. When you go out there, and you play well, and the score does not show it, I think you have to take something from it.”

Sophomore Cali Hinnant has pitched all but one inning and has gotten off to a good start so far. Baxley Lockhart and Isabella Gay have also had some good early production.

“I feel very good about this team,” Hinnant said. “We are better than what our record shows. We battle through games very well and work together well.”

King’s Fork will play in a tournament at Grassfield High School this Saturday. They will play two games, with the first one at 9:30 a.m. Froemel is looking for his team to be competitive over the weekend before they get back in motion against district opponents next week. They will have three games next week starting with Deep Creek High School on the road Monday. They will also go on the road Tuesday to face Great Bridge High School and then host rival Nansemond River High School at home Friday.