The Comeback: Dubs Softball Striving for Dominance Once Again


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Winning Warriors: After winning region last year the team hopes to repeat as region champs!

A dominant regular season last fall for Warrior Softball had them ending 21-9 and going 12-0 in region play being crowned the region champions. The Dubs’ play did not go unnoticed, being recognized with two players being named All-State, six players on the All-Region First Team, and Coach Plante with Region Coach of the Year honors. After a dominant regular season, the year came to an abrupt end after a round one loss to Glynn Academy. This year the Dubs look to capitalize on having almost the whole team back, repeating their regular season success, and make a deeper run in the playoffs.

Two things the softball Dubs want to replicate are their elite pitching and consistent hitting. By the numbers, North Atlanta’s offense and defense ranked amongst the region’s best. Dub pitching only allowed 66 runs all season while their out-of-this-world hitting created 310 runs over just 30 games. “We want the region to run through us again. That means being as efficient as possible from the plate and the mound,” said senior softball player Mia Alarcon.

The region saw a complete overhaul and the Dubs now have only one familiar region opponent in the Lakeside Vikings. The division is significantly tougher with powerhouses like Marist and St. Pius. “We didn’t have to come out and play every game last year with the division we had,” said Coach Plante, “The region as is it we need to be on our game every time out.”
Dubs softball was able to have ten out of twelve of their players come back. A key player to watch out for is Senior Cecelia Smith who won the region player of the year last year. As North Atlanta’s own Shohei Ohtani, Smith intimidated opponents both from the mound with her 1.78 ERA and at the plate with an astonishing .476 batting average. On top of her All-State play, opponents saw double when playing the Warriors. Smith’s sister, Charlotte Smith, won Pitcher of the Year as a freshman. Coming back a year older the team will look to her to continue her dominance, having 8 wins under her belt. “Having two players of the year on the team with Cecelia Smith and Leela Langston this year and the chemistry already being there, the expectation is the elite 8,” said Coach Plante.

With historic season after historic season, this year could be the best yet for Dubs softball. With talent at an all-time high Coach Plante made his expectations known: Continue the dominance and look to add another championship to an already-stacked North Atlanta resume. After starting region play this year with a win over St. Pius, North Atlanta softball looks well on its way to making all things run through the Dubs.