Around Healdton, doing more with less isn’t just a fancy phrase, it’s a way of life when it comes to the athletic programs.

Around Healdton, doing more with less isn’t just a fancy phrase, it’s a way of life when it comes to the athletic programs.

The same holds true for the Lady Bulldogs softball team, who has a proud history of taking small numbers and turning them into big results.

While the numbers are holding steady this summer for the Lady Bulldogs, the less part is coming as it pertains to time on the field.

With basketball and other activities going on at the same time, the Lady Bulldogs softball squad hasn’t seen much time on the diamond, but it’s something that second year coach and Healdton native Tyler Lewis isn’t worrying about too much. 

“Having kids with good attitudes makes my job a lot easier and a lot more fun,” Lewis said. “That’s not to say it hasn’t been positive in the past, but these girls show up everyday with a smile on their faces and ready to work.”

“Sharing girls with basketball and other activities isn’t a problem for us,” Lewis added. “We’re always preaching to them that they need to be more than one sport athletes. The good thing is that I have coaches who back me in other sports, and I back them as well. We all try and make sure everyone is in the best shape possible so that way when they come out they are ready to play and not stumbling from the first day of competition.” 

Healdton will be looking to multiple players this season to replace the offensive production of Kira Pierce from last season.

Pierce finished the season with a .413 batting average and a .492 on base percentage to go with 24 hits, 18 RBI’s and four home runs for the season.

She was also named to the 2018-19 All-Ardmoreite Fast Pitch Softball Team. 

Among the players coming back this season will be Macey Howell and Torree Wingo, among many other returning players.

Healdton will be looking to rebound from a tough 3-17 season last year, which saw the Lady Bulldogs struggle to a 1-12 district campaign the difficult district 2A-6 which included Silo, Latta, Colbert, Stratford, Coalgate, Calera and Wynnewood.

This season, the Lady Bulldogs will be in the revamped District 2A-3 along with Minco, Dibble, Walters, Frederick, Stratford, Wynnewood, and Amber-Pocasset. 

“Right now it’s about getting the girls as many reps as possible,” Lewis said. “Mainly we just want to get that team bond stronger. It’s about making sure the girls realize there is always someone backing them up whether it’s in the outfield, behind the plate, or anywhere else on the field.