The North Zulch softball team fought their way back into a Bi-district playoff matchup with Sabine Pass last Saturday before they fell in the bottom of the seventh to conclude their season.
“Expectations were to have the girls learn and grow in the game of the softball this year,” said North Zulch softball coach Victoria Rivera. “Our season went really well. We made a lot of improvements defensively and I feel like we could’ve had a deeper run if we were able to score earlier in games.”
The Lady Bulldogs were late to the party in their single elimination playoff game against the Sharks. Sabine Pass posted a pair of runs in the bottom of the first and second innings against North Zulch to take a commanding lead early. However, the Lady Bulldogs tightened defensively behind pitcher Aly Grier and slowly chipped away at the 4-0 deficit with a pair of their own in the top of the third and one apiece in the fourth and sixth.
“If this game had just one more inning I know my girls would’ve pulled off the win,” said Rivera. “We made a lot of adjustments at the plate after the first two innings. We began to attack early in the at-bats in order to avoid a good changeup from their pitcher. The way they fought back and never gave up was symbolic of our season.”
No one exemplified the “never say die” attitude in the clubhouse more than the Lady Bulldog seniors Raegan VanCour, Emma Baker, Eliza Lazenby and Cassidy Brown. The four players have now concluded their North Zulch softball careers with the loss to Sabine Pass.
“They never gave up and thrived in pressure situations, particularly in the later innings,” said Rivera. “The fight that they display is instilled inside of them and it’s amazing to watch them push through adversity. I’m proud to say that they have passed this down to the underclassmen as well and I look forward to seeing who will step into their leadership roles next season.”
The Lady Bulldogs tied for the second best record in district play this season and will return 12 players from this year’s roster in 2019. This includes one sophomore and eight freshman.
“This is a program that’s always competitive in softball,” said Rivera. “This presence along with their attitudes will push them to do great things. I’m really excited to see how this current freshman class is going to grow over the next few years.”
The Sabine Pass Sharks advanced to the Area round of the 2A playoffs after their 5-4 victory over the Lady Bulldogs. They lost to Shiner last week by a score of 10-0 after five innings.