Over the course of the past few years, the North Decatur softball program has been gathering the pieces to be consistently competitive and successful season after season.
With three standout seniors and a mix of youth and experience, first-year head coach Beth Glomb looks forward to seeing the hard work over the offseason pay off.
“We’re going to surprise a lot of people,” said Glomb, who noted that North’s goals are to compete for a conference championship and pursue a sectional title.
Glomb takes over for longtime coach Sam Field, who stepped down last year.
Glomb graduated from Waynesville High School, where she played four years of softball. She played second and third base at Franklin College before coaching volleyball, and spending time coaching basketball at Southwestern (Shelby).
Glomb said North’s success starts with the seniors and the leadership of veteran underclassmen. She praised seniors Anna Wallpe, Ali Wallpe and Myra Steele for being coachable and having a team-oriented approach.
“They are great senior leaders who do what is asked,” said Glomb. “They are examples for the team of what to do in practice. They come ready to play every single day.”
The Lady Chargers started the season Tuesday against Union County, hosting the Patriots at the Decatur County Softball Complex.
North lost two seniors to graduation in outfielder Kyra Spears and infielder Lindsay Nobbe.
The current seniors will return to familiar spots this spring. Steele will take her position on the mound as a three-year varsity starter. Anna Wallpe will staff first base, while Ali Wallpe will play third. All three seniors bring skilled bats to the lineup, while the Wallpes will be feared for their power.
As vocal as the senior trio have been, Glomb credited a handful of underclassmen for their leadership.