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Softball preview: Veteran Rams bring higher hopes

Experienced team has Glenbard East thinking bigger

Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013 12:51 p.m. CDT
(File photo by Bill Ackerman - backerman@shawmedia.com)
Glenbard East junior shortstop Dana Camp returns for her third year as a starter

LOMBARD — Glenbard East softball hasn't had much notable success in the last few years, but hopes are higher this spring thanks to a senior-heavy team filled with returners.

Pitcher Kara Tadda will be dealing to catcher Brittany Plimmer to form a battery of four-year starters. Those two will lead the charge to improve upon last year's 10-win season.

"It will be a lot different this year," said Glenbard East coach Val Pinzker. "I have six outstanding, awesome seniors that I love so much."

All six are returning starters. Megan Cotterill, Angela Greco, Ashley Haught and Alyssa Byrne make up the rest of the senior core.

Junior shortstop Dana Camp is also a three-year starter. Pinzker said it's by far her most experienced group in eight years of coaching at Glenbard East.

Sophomore Kelli Tyler, who Pinzker mentioned as having some pop in her bat, and freshman Kailey Lyons are the only underclassmen on the Rams' roster.

"Right now we only have 11 on varsity," Pinzker said. "We did that for a reason. We wanted to be more accountable to each other and more dependent on each other."

Last year, errors were costly for the Rams so Pinzker is hoping the experience of this group will lead to fewer mistakes on defense. She believes they can turn that weakness into a strength and do the little things to win more games.

"I think defense and smart at-bats are going to be our strength," she said. "Things look good and they've been falling into place. It's just been positive all the way around."

Meet the Rams

Val Pinzker

2012 record: 10-25 (2-12 DuPage Valley Conference)

Top players:

Dana Camp jr. SS

Brittany Plimmer sr. C

Kara Tadda sr. P

First game: Noon Wednesday at home vs. South Elgin

2003: Last year Glenbard East softball won a regional title

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