The Lady Apache softball team gets going this weekend in the annual Riverfield Tournament with a pair of games against Franklin and Porter’s Chapel.
Fans will notice a new face in the dugout and the coach’s box, as Glenbrook went out and hired North Webster’s Tony Mullins to take over the program.
“I retired this past year after 34 years of teaching and coaching in Webster Parish school’s,” Mullins said. “I was given the opportunity to come here to Glenbrook and coach softball and teach social studies. I enjoy both so I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
Mullins has been practicing with the team for four weeks now and said practices have been going well.
“We have 19 girls out for the team right now,” Mullins said. “They’ve looked really good at practice everyday. They listen and do what they’re supposed to do.”
The veteran coach inherits a young but talented group of girls, with just one senior and one junior expected in the starting lineup.
“We have one senior in Carsin Spurlock and one junior in Megan Sims,” Mullins said. “I think Carsin will lead us by example. She goes out and does her job everyday. She’s one of the first ones their everyday and leads us in practice.”
Mullins returns some experience despite the youth on his roster.
Alyssa Martin, just an eighth grader, is back and will see plenty of pitching duties now that Jessica Mangrum is gone.
Kate Marvin and Kate Lillig, both sophomores saw action last year, as did Kannon Butler.
Mullins also praised the performance of expected centerfielder Kara Bryce.
“I’m not going to make any excuses,” Mullins said. “But I’m just trying to learn most of their names to be honest. I’m taking over a good group and just tweaking it a little bit. If we compete like we’ve been practicing we’ll be in pretty good shape.”
Glenbrook will start their season Friday at 10:30 a.m. against Franklin Academy, followed by a game with Porter’s Chapel at 4.