The North Zulch Lady Bulldogs softball team is six games into their district slate this season under first-year Coach Corina Barrington and currently sit in fourth place in the seven-team league behind Normangee, Snook and Somerville.
“I think the transition has gone well,” said Barrington. “The girls are doing a great job of soaking in whatever information they get and try to implement it within our practices and games.”
Barrington singled out senior Megan Massey and sophomores Trinity Wallace and Cheyanne Wallin as team members who have stepped into leadership roles so far this year. On top of gradually increasing their level of play, they have showcased versatility by playing a variety of positions to help make up for the lack of depth in the North Zulch lineup.
Perhaps the brightest spot for the young Lady Bulldogs is their willingness to improve on a daily basis. They have already made a number of strides to earn three district wins with little experience and the season is still young.
“They have done a great job coming to practice every day and working to improve,” said Barrington. “There is not a day that goes by that someone on our team does not improve on something they have been working to achieve.”
The steady progression goes beyond the 2019 season. Barrington and her players have been working on changing the culture of the athletic program as well as their own team with the improvements they are making.
“Since we are such a young team, we are still learning the rules of the game and what to do in pressure situations,” said Barrington. “Luckily, we have some great competition in our district to help us grow in this area.”
The Lady Bulldogs are currently ahead of Mumford, Iola and Burton in the district standings and have outscored their opponents this season by a score of 42-33. Their next district matchup will take place against Iola on Tuesday at NZHS.
“My expectations for the team have been very simple,” said Barrington. “I tell them every day to hustle, be a good teammate and focus on one thing and improve on it. I believe when we focus on the little things, great things will happen later on. These girls are hard-headed, but they do an awesome job of supporting one another in a way that helps them learn and become more confident in themselves.”
Tuesday’s matchup with Iola is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.