DOUGLASS, Kan.—After losing in the semifinals of regionals, the Douglass Bulldogs softball team will look to improve upon their season under eight of nine starters and returning head Coach Leland Shaffer.
Shaffer has coached 40 years, 20 of which have been softball.
“Our biggest accomplishment last season was beating Medicine Lodge that only lost two games all year,” said Shaffer.
Douglass will look to develop depth on the defensive side of things and be more consistent on offensive in order to make it to the State Tournament in May at Manhattan.
“Our goals this season is again to get better every day and to compete for the league title and the state title,” said Shaffer.
The Bulldogs will rely on their experience and desire to win for success this season. Working on building their offense and defense is what they will look to improve on throughout the season.
“If we play as a team, we could be pretty good,” said Shaffer.
Douglass will return eight of nine starters: Sophomores Emily Nahr, Leah Shenold, Juniors Magan Castlebury, Janelle Fowler, Shaeli Munroe, Lacy Sanborn, Kaylee Stout and Senior Courtney Childres.
The Bulldogs will play the Chaparral Roadrunners at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Apr. 5 at Chaparral.