“Baylee Dawkins has had some big, big situational hits,” Bond said. “In the Durant ballgame (on Aug. 26), I know she had two hits late in the game. One was to tie it, and then one was to win it. So offensively, we are putting pressure on people.
“We have proven to other teams in the state that we are a team that needs to be reckoned with.”
The Lady Buffs have played just five home games so far this season, and they’ll play just four more. But while all the travel has made it hard to get into a routine, Bond said the team has bonded together because of so much time spent on the road.
“We’ve been traveling with about 22 girls, and we could probably take more if it was possible,” Bond said. “The girls are really coming together as a team. We had an overnight stay during the Shawnee Tournament (on Aug. 29-31), and it gave us an opportunity to be around each other and find out what we’re about when we’re not about softball.”
Looking ahead, Bond said the Lady Buffs must stay healthy to continue playing well. The team lost Jaleed Serhan before the season, Bri Talbot has yet to return from rolled ankle suffered against Wilburton on Aug. 19, and Sami Davenport can only act as a courtesy runner as she battles shoulder issues.
Losing Talbot forced Bond to move Courtney Taylor to left field and put freshman Brynn Vaughan in right. A true shortstop still has yet to emerge among the Lady Buffs, though Bond said Taylor Jones has done a “serviceable” job.
“We pick each other up,” Bond said. “If there are mistakes made, we have to just be better in other situations, be a little more mentally tough. We can’t let it bother us or get us down.”