Confidence can be built even in losing both games of a doubleheader.
The Dodge City Lady Demons were swept by the Colby Eagles in a softball doubleheader 6-0 and 8-3.
However, there were a number of things that have already improved since last season and from their earlier action against Arkansas City and Kapaun-Mount Carmel.
"It was a big improvement from last year," said DCHS softball head coach Heather Steiner. "We didn't make any errors, but we couldn't string hits together in either game. It's definitely something we can build on.
"We played with a lot more confidence and our goals for Thursday night (in the Western Athletic Conference opener) at Hays is to continue to play well defensively and try to get the ball on some sticks."
Megan Esquibel went 3-for-4 with three runs batted in the second game of the doubleheader. Esquibel had RBI singles in the first, third and seventh innings. Alexis Sanchez was 2-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored.
Mackenzie Brock was the losing pitcher for the Lady Demons (0-4) in the second game, throwing four innings of work.
Mattie Tieben was the losing pitcher in the first game with a six-inning complete game.
Sanchez got the only extra-base hit for Dodge City in the opener, a double. No Dodge City player got past second base in the first game.