The Byron Nelson softball team is coming off of its best season in school history.The success of the Lady Bobcats can be attributed to many factors, including the efforts of Ashley Dumoulin, this season's 5-4A Pitcher of the Year and University of Rhode Island commitment.The Nelson senior was on one of the area’s best hurlers this season, going 23-8 with a 1.47 ERA and 127 strikeouts, and coach Kathy Shoettle said Dumoulin's contributions to the Nelson softball team have been immeasurable.“Ashley has been a cornerstone to the growth of our program,” Shoettle said. “She is just a force on the field. Any time she takes the field, she just competes. It doesn't matter the situation, or who we are playing, she is a true competitor, and she worked to put herself in a position to be successful as well.“She does so much in the offseason, and this year, she really stepped into a leadership role and that helps our program grow when you have upperclassmen pushing your underclassmen to get better.”Shoettle said that Dumoulin will be missed and said that there are a couple of things that really impress her about the Nelson senior.“On the field, it is her work ethic,” Shoettle said. “She is an athlete that takes care of her body. She eats well, and she understands that you have to fuel your body for performance and she does that.“She also does a really good job in the classroom, and as a coach, that his huge. You don't have to stress about grades ... and that is a great peace of mind.”Dumoulin said she tried to bring a number of things to the team in her time at Nelson.“I always wanted to have a good attitude and place a positive light on things,” Dumoulin said. “No matter what situation we're in, I just try to do my best and provide encouragement to my teammates.”The Nelson pitcher said playing at for the Lady Bobcats has meant a lot to her and she is especially pleased with guidance she received from Shoettle.“It has been an amazing experience,” Dumoulin said. “Coach Shoettle is one of the best high school coaches I have ever seen. I came from Alabama my sophomore year, and she is the best coach I've had in high school.”Dumoulin said the best thing about playing for Nelson was the camaraderie among her teammates.“I loved how well the girls worked together,” Dumoulin said. “Regardless of the situation, we always seemed to work well together and that helped us feel like we could pull through anything.”Dumoulin is headed to the University of Rhode Island, where she has already been accepted to the nursing program, and said she hopes that when she leaves BNHS, she is remembered for being a hard-nosed player who did her best to help the team win.“I hope people see me as a great player and leader on and off the field, and someone who was always there for her teammates,” Dumoulin said.
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