Already climbing the winning ladder, the Lady Tiger softball team is 4-1 in their first-ever year of playing in a high school summer league. The girls still have four games remaining and Tiger Softball Head Coach Don Roberts is excited for the future. The ladies have been playing double-header games on Mondays and Thursdays either at Excelsior Springs High School or at surrounding towns across northern Missouri.
“With the summer league, it is usually a different set of girls at each game because of other summer team commitments, soccer games and other commitments the girls may have,” explained Roberts. The first game they play is usually considered the varsity game and the second game of the double-header is comprised of junior varsity and a few varsity players.”
The second Tiger team, Roberts said, is 3-0 with one tie for the season thus far. “I think it has been a great experience for our girls playing against some very good competition,” said Roberts. The Lady Tigers have recorded wins against teams from King City, Eagleville, Southwest Ludlow and Polo, but Roberts said they dropped a tough home game on Monday, June 17, against Hamilton by a score of 6-5. The JV/varsity team combo has wins against Southwest Ludlow, Eagleville and Hamilton and a tie with Polo.
“At this point we are working on getting everyone playing time, working to become a more cohesive team and getting ready for the start of the fall regular season, which the first practice is August 12,” Roberts continued. “We have had a group of girls that have been able to make it to every single game and they include Promise Taylor, Hailey Zeller, Haley Forbes, Carissa Davis, Kelsi Hertzberg, Alexa Pelzer, Claudia Mallot, Shelby Starkebaum and Cherokee Ledford. Some of the other girls haven’t been able to make all of the games because of other commitments.”
Roberts said that at some of the double-header games he has had around 25 players show up, but there have also been games where only 12 or so were available to play.
In either case, each Lady Tiger who shows up is getting experience and getting to play as a team in the summer.
“This is something we haven’t been able to do in the past. All the girls are playing hard and the coaching staff is looking for a great rest of the summer and the first day of practice. In the meantime a lot of the girls are attending athletic development training three days a week at the high school to help them get in shape and become better players and athletes. I am very proud of the girls who have been attending the workouts; they are working very hard and their hard work is paying off for them on the field,” said Roberts.
By Jae Juarez • firstname.lastname@example.org