By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City’s softball team had a few jitters before the start of the Choctaw team camp last week at Bouse Sports Complex.
The Lady Bombers have plenty of young players on the roster, including many with little experience. Coach Mark Judson said once the girls shook off those nerves, they made big strides at the team camp on June 6-8.
“I figured the first day would be a little tough,” he said. “It’s the first time a lot of them played together. Once they jelled, they started looking really good.”
Midwest City dropped the first game against Yukon 5-0, but settled in a bit in the second, falling to Cushing 8-5.
Midwest City earned a split on the final day. They beat Harrah 7-4 and tied with McLoud.
“It’s interesting to see how much better we got during the camp,” Judson said. “Cushing was beat badly by Harrah and then we beat Harrah, which gives me confidence.”
The Lady Bombers used their second pitcher against McLoud for much of the game. Noreli Brown came in late in the game and held the Redskins scoreless.
“We hit the ball well and then Noreli Brown shut them down,” Judson said.
The Lady Bombers JV team played two games on Thursday against Tecumseh and Choctaw. Freshman Nadia Wilson scored an inside the park home run.
“I wanted to see what we have with our JV team and worked a lot of girls in and out,” Judson said. “And they did some good things.”
The team camp included teams from Choctaw, Cushing, Dale, Harrah, Latta, McLoud, Tecumseh, Westmoore, Wynnewood, and Yukon.
Judson said the team will have some other summer camps before beginning their fall practices in July.
“I’m really pleased with the way we’re coming along and starting to figure things out,” Judson said. “I think the infield and outfield camps will help a lot.”