For Davis High School alumni Tyler Lampkin, this season, he will be home.
Lampkin will begin his first season at the helm of the Lady Wolves softball team this August, looking to continue a tradition of state tournament appearances, which include a regional championship from last season, and a slow pitch softball state tournament appearance in 2016.
The returning Lampkin is certainly no stranger to high school softball in the area, having previously served as the head coach of the Dickson Lady Comets, before spending a brief stint with Maud High School.
The hunger for the Lady Wolves will be at an all-time high this season to return to the top of the mountain, as DHS was denied the first part of a 2017 calendar year double this past spring as they failed to make the slow pitch state tournament, falling in the district round to Healdton.
Gone are the likes of Macie Buckaloo, who showed tremendous courage last season in playing through a torn hip flexor on the mound, while Jolie Romine’s power was a huge offensive boost for the Lady Wolves all season.
“The biggest thing about this team is they really seem like they enjoy being around each other and there is a willingness from all of them to learn,” Lampkin said. “Right now defensively we are trying to instill a hard nose type of style. We want to be an in your face type of squad, and I hope that we can mix in our offensive play with that type of style as well.”
Davis will be looking to three seniors this season for leadership in Alexis Ball, Brinlee Dulaney, and Sydney Martin. Juniors Lauren Son, Sydni Merrell. Alex Johnston and Hailey Alexander will make up the rest of the upperclassmen core for the Lady Wolves.
Perhaps the biggest question mark of the season will be the play of the freshman and sophomore players. DHS will be fielding a total of 11 underclassmen players including three freshmen.
“It’s good and bad having so many young kids on a squad for a season like this,” Lampkin said. “But the thing is that no one expects us to be nearly as good as the teams who have come before us in the past. If these girls keep buying into the system, then I think we have what it takes to surprise some people this season.”
“But, when you have such a young squad, you have to go through some growing pains,” Lampkin added. “A lot of these girls haven’t been in tough situations yet on the field. We’ll make it though and play through these things.”