The Bettendorf softball team is closing in on an unbeaten regular season but coach Mark Lewis says his team is not even talking about it. The Bulldogs are 35-0 heading into tonight’s doubleheader at Davenport West but Lewis says his team is not feeling any pressure.
Two years ago the Bulldogs made it to the state tournament with several sophomores in the lineup but Lewis says they came up short in 2010. He says they put tremendous pressure on themselves and that was not healthy. He says they didn’t play their best because of that.
Lewis says the biggest thing this year is the ability to play without pressure and at 35-0 they don’t worry about a loss, they just want to have quality at bats. Lewis says an unbeaten regular season would not mean much if the season does not end at the state tournament. For any team to beat Bettendorf it will take outstanding pitching and defense.
The Bulldogs average nearly nine runs per game and as a team are hitting better than .420. He says offense is the key and he hasn’t seen an offense that has the confidence that they do right now. Lewis says you can have a great offense, but then hit the ball at people and lose and he hopes that doesn’t happen to this group.