The North Zulch Lady Bulldogs softball team fell to top-ranked Evadale on Thursday by a score of 12-0 in a single game Bi-District matchup in five innings at Willis to conclude their 2019 season.
“I really think the our top accomplishment this season is the development and change of our players,” said Coach Corina Barrington. “I had so many younger girls on the team that either have not played softball at all or have played very little. The work they put in this season made a night and day difference in the players they started and ended as.”
The Lady Bulldogs qualified for the postseason from the fourth place spot in district, finishing behind Normangee, Snook and Somerville. In her first season coaching North Zulch, Barrington had high expectations despite a lot of inexperience on the roster.
“I have always had the mindset that if you do not believe in yourself, who will?” said Barrington. “We were really hoping to go in as the third place team to get a better matchup for the first round, but we did not take care of things like we should have. This team had a great amount of potential, but we did not meet the challenge like I thought we would.”
With young talent on the roster, Barrington is hopeful they remember the feeling moving forward in their softball careers.
“I think the younger players realized the difference in work ethic between a team that goes to the playoffs and a team that competes in the playoffs,” said Barrington. “I am hoping that stays with them over the summer as they play in summer leagues and participate in workout programs so there is less of a transition next year.”
Before the playoffs began, the school’s administration organized a sendoff for the team with support from the whole school.