Western Dubuque’s softball season was off to a good start as the Bobcats were sitting with a 7-3 record over halfway through the season. Then, COVID-19 showed its ugly head and postponed the season as the fear of spreading the virus among the team has risen.
Both the softball and baseball team’s seasons have gone on a hiatus now as all the players and coaches have been tested for the virus. For now, the future of this season is uncertain.
“This season, there has been a lot of guidance on safety and precautions,” Rachael Neal, head coach, said. “Our administration has done a tremendous job of working to keep our players, coaches and community safe. The administration will make sure that it is safe for everyone before we continue.”
Many facets of the Bobcats’ team had been clicking this year. Sophomore Sydney Kennedy was carrying an earned run average (ERA) of .82 with 48 strikeouts in a little over 34 innings pitched on the season. Kennedy and juniors Sara Horsfield and Meg Besler were all batting above .400 as well.
Neal believes her girls can bounce back if they return this summer.
“The girls have done an awesome job already this season with making the most of the moments and opportunities to play,” Neal said, “and I believe they will be very excited to get back on the field.”
Their remaining opponents’ cumulative record is 42-30 with games against some of the top teams in the Mississippi Valley Conference left — Iowa City High, Dubuque Hempstead and Cedar Rapids Prairie. There has been no announcement about what will happen with the games they miss.
If Western Dubuque does take the field again this year, their players are confident, much like their coach on how they will perform.
“We are a solid team,” Sara Horsfield said. “Our connection and teamwork is great and if we put our minds to it we could beat any team.”