As the North Zulch softball season comes to an end, the Lady Bulldogs are currently in fourth place in their district standings and are fighting for a spot in the postseason with Somerville and Mumford.
“I feel like we have made progress in making adjustments throughout the game,” said Corina Barrington, who is in her first season at the helm in North Zulch. “The girls have started listening to what each other has to say about the other team and how they can adjust better against them.”
Entering Tuesday’s matchup on Senior Night, the Lady Bulldogs were tied for the final playoff spot in their district with a record of 5-4. They were listed behind Normangee (9-1), Snook (8-1) and Somerville (6-3) and ahead of Mumford (3-7), Iola (2-7) and Buirton (0-9).
The team has been led by senior leaders Megan Massey, Shelby Harkrider and Ally Grier.
“These lovely ladies are so much fun and have driven me crazy throughout the season,” said Barrington. “But I think they have done a wonderful job of keeping the team’s spirits up. Although a little resistant at times, they have stepped into the roles of leaders rather than just bystanders on the team.”
The Lady Bulldogs have also relied heavily on contributions from their younger players. Barrington has seen her underclassmen become a sharper, more focused unit as the season progresses and they increase their stamina in game situations.
Underclassmen Trinitty Wallace, Cheyanne Wallin and Katelyn Crocker have led the way in production for the Lady Bulldogs in 2019 and can be found at the top of the stat sheet in overall on-base percentage.
“I love seeing these girls play because they honestly just want to become better players and better athletes,” said Barrington.
The Lady Bulldogs were scheduled to celebrate their senior night at NZHS on Tuesday against Mumford and also to conclude their regular season against Burton and Snook. Barrington believes she has learned a lot not only coaching this year’s softball team but also the school’s volleyball program last fall.
“It makes me appreciate every coach I have had leading up to now because of the unknown amount of time behind the scenes you have to put in,” said Barrington. “I believe there is a lot of growth in the years to come and hopefully I can continue to have the support to help North Zulch grow into a strong, winning program.”