6/25/2014 Team Glory 14U placed second at Virginia ASA States and earned an ASA national berth. With a split roster consisting of five 12U age-eligible players and several key regulars out for the weekend, the young Glory team showed a lot of guts and determination as Glory teams do!
Caitlin Jorae (2019) and Raina Cooper (2017) both went 13-26 and hit .500 for the tournament. Cooper supplied plenty of power and speed (2 HRs / 3B / 2B / 12 RBIs / 6 stolen bases) to lead Team Glory on offense. Molly Cowden (2018) added 12 hits with 3 doubles and 8 RBIs. Newcomer Jada Cody (2019) collected 8 singles for a .451 avg. and swiped 5 bases. Hannah Johnson (2018) also provided pop with two doubles and two triples on the weekend.
In the circle, Hannah Johnson was simply the workhorse for Team Glory pitching 27 huge innings. 2019 pitcher, Courtney Wyche-Atkinson, added 15 1/3 innings and allowed just 5 runs. Defensive players of the tournament were catcher, Molly Cowden, and young 2020 3B, Lauren Stanley, with a perfect 13 putouts and 13 assists. Rylee Terrel (2018) also was perfect with 10 putouts and 3 assists.
Team Glory will next play in the TNT Summer Showcase in PA on 4th of July weekend.
6/23/2014 Congrats to Glory Elite 99-Mertz for going 5-1 at the Team New Jersey/GA Impact Futures Showcase. After starting 5-0, the Glory met up with GA Impact Jeffreys 99 in bracket play, a team already with six or more 2017 commits to the SEC and ACC. Facing the 2017 University of North Carolina pitcher commit, the Glory came out hot with the bats putting up three early runs, but stranding nine runners with several line drive outs. Pitching standout, Kaitlin Beasley-Polko, struck out six and allowed just six hits over five innings. The Impact rallied in the 5th after a walk, bunt single and a HBP put them in position to strike back. A 3-run HR by Sam Thomas capped the come-from-behind win for Impact.
Team hitting was strong for second weekend in a row: .452 / .626 SLG / 1.123 OBP. Offense was led by Amanda Nee (2017; .647 / 1 HR / 2 2B / 9 RBI / .941 SLG), Tori Gilbert (2018; .500 / 1 HR / 3 2B / 6 RBI / .929 SLG / 1.458 OPS / 3 SB), Keira Womack (2018; .600 / 3 2B / 4 RBI), Ally Kurland (.562 / 1 2B, 3 RBI / 3 SB), and Michelle Sullivan (2017; .500 / 2 2B / 4 RBI). Shortstop, Sienna Williams (2017), smashed her 4th HR in two weekends and added 7 RBIs.
On Defense, the team committed just three errors over the six games. 2017 pitchers Beasley-Polko and Nicole Badami led the team in the circle. Badami (10IP / 0.00 ERA / 8 K / .900 WHIP) and Beasley-Polko (12IP / 2.92 ERA / 21 Ks / 0.833 WHIP) were sensational.
Congrats, Glory Girls!!!
6/16/14 Congrats to Glory Elite 99-Mertz for going 4-0 and winning the PGF National Qualifier in New Jersey. The team accepted the highest level “Premier” berth and will compete with the very best teams in the nation at the PGF 14U nationals in Huntington Beach, CA. Last year’s 14U event had 200+ college coaches in attendance, 20-30 on each field.
On offense, the team hit .465 with a 1.125 OPS and every team member put up at least two hits over the four games. Team leaders included Sienna Williams (2017; .636/3 hrs/1 2b/11 rbis), Abby Nyquist (2017; .643/1 2b/2 rbis), Keira Womack (2018; .583; 3 2b; 4 rbis), Ally Kurland (2018; .583/2 2bs/3 rbis). Tori Gilbert (2018) added six hits (.462/1 2b/1 rbi) and Julia Sinnett (2017) went 4-7 to hit .571. Amanda Nee drove in six big runs and Michelle Sullivan pitched in three rbis while hitting the ball hard all weekend.
Team fielding percentage was .979 to complement outstanding pitching by Kaitlin Beasley-Polko (2017) and Nicole Badami (2017). Beasley-Polko pitched 13 strong innings logging 25 strikeouts and a 2.69 era and 0.923 whip. Badami pitched 7 2/3 strong innings allowing just one run (0.91 era / 0.913 whip) and striking out six.
The team will next compete in the Team NJ/Georgia Impact Futures Elite 14U Showcase June 20-22.
6/10/2014 Glory Elite 99 – Mertz have earned a prestigious berth to PGF Nationals at the PGF National Qualifier in VA Beach which featured teams from CA, WA, SC, NC, DE, and VA. Following championship bracket wins over VA Elite (11-2) and California’s USA Athletics (1-0), the Glory dropped two close ones to the Vienna Stars (2-1) and VA Elite (3-2) but still were able to earn the fifth and final berth to the nations top tournament.
The Glory 99 offense was led by Ally Kurland (2018; .467 / 7 hits / 1 hr / 1 2b / 3 rbis), Keira Womack (2018; .450 / 9 hits / 2 2b / 4 rbis) and Amanda Nee (2017; .438 / 7 hits / 3 2b / 4 rbis).
The Glory pitching staff combined for a tournament ERA of 1.27. Staff was led by freshmen Kaitlin Beasley-Polko (2017; 18 ip / 38 so / .944 WHIP) and Nicole Badami (2017; 9 ip / 12 so / .667 WHIP). Carlie Mertz (2018) struck out four in six innings of work and gave up two earned runs. Defense was led by catchers Ally Kurland and Amanda Nee, both with a perfect fielding percentage for the weekend.
Glory Gold pitcher, Ashley Flesch has been named the Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year!
Ashley compiled an 18-1 record with a 0.23 ERA in 123 innings pitched through 24 games. With a bat in her hands she clobbered four home runs and posted a .444 batting average. She also drove in 24 runs.
Ashley is a senior who has committed to playing softball for West Chester University.
The team earned a berth to the prestigious PGF Nationals in California July 26-August 2nd at the PGF Qualifier in Myrtle Beach May 31-June 1st. With a depleted squad as over a third of the team was still in HS play-offs, the gals displayed grit and determination to score big wins over the Lady Lightning, Carolina Elite Genovese and Vienna Stars Gold.
California Here We Come!
14U *A* State Champs!!! No Doubt!!!
6/1/14 Team Glory 14U went 6-0 and finished the USSSA “A” Mad Hat State tournament with a dominant run rule win in the Championship. The younger Glory 14U team made up almost entirely of 2018-2020 grads was led by newcomer freshman pitcher, Kaitlin Beasley-Polko who led Team Glory to a big win over friendly rivals the Dixie Chicks-Ruch in the semi-finals.
The offense started slow on SAT, but came back with a vengeance hitting over .450 as a team on Sunday. Arizona Ritchie (2018) paced the weekend attack (.500/10 hits/2 rbis/2 sbs). Katy David (2018) came up with big hits for the second tournament in a row (.545/2 rbis), Ally Kurland (2018) drove in 7 rbis and hit .438, and Amanda Nee supplied pop with a home run and three 2bs.
Pitchers Carlie Mertz (2018), Hannah Johnson (2018) and Kaitlin Beasley-Polko (2017) were rock solid and combined for an ERA of 2.33 for the weekend. Beasley-Polko struck out an impressive two hitters per inning. Team Glory’s defense on Championship Sunday was nearly flawless and the team fielding percentage was an impressive .957 over all six games.
5/25/14 Congrats to Team Glory 14s for a great finish at the 16/18U division at the ASA NC Mid-South Championship. After beating the eventual champion NC Rockers in game one, the Rockers came back strong to beat the Glory handily in the championship.
Offense was led by Keira Womack (2018; .463/2 hrs/3 2bs/6 rbis), Katy David (2018; .556/1 3b/4 rbis), Ally Kurland (2018; .353/6 rbis), Raina Copper (2017; .444/5 sbs) and standout 6th grader Lauren Stanley (2020; .444/1 2b/2 rbis). Arizona Ritchie (2018) contributed with .353/4 rbis and Nicole Badami (2017) added 4 hits and 5 big RBIs.
Defensively, the Glory was led by Keira Womack (1B), and catchers Ally Kurland and Molly Cowden (2018).
Congratulations, Tori Gilbert (2018), of the Virginia Glory Elite 99 – Mertz for being named honorable mention in the first ever ASA National Player of the Week voting.
2014 ASA/USA Softball JO Player of the Week Award:
Week 1 (April 30 – May 6): Faith Willis (Liberty, Mo.) – Originals-Shanks
Tori Gilbert (Powhatan, Va.) – Tori helped lead her 14U Virginia Glory Elite to a 3-2 record at the ASA Spring Kickoff at the Botetourt Sports Complex in Virginia. Tori had a .643 batting average (9-for-14) with two doubles, four home runs and 15 RBI.
5/5/2014 Playing through steady 30mph mountain winds on Sunday, Team Glory was upset by the Virginia Scrappers 4-3 in the semi-finals of the ASA Spring Opener at Botetourt Sports Complex. Scrappers winning pitcher, Mara Strum, provided a walk-off gap shot to plate the winning run. But, Team Glory still drew plenty of attention.
Tori Gilbert (2018) and Ally Kurland (2018) powered the Glory offense in a big way. After already hitting three OTF home runs in one game, Gilbert came to the plate on Sunday staring straight into the teeth of the wind. Then came “the shot” to left center – a line drive that knifed through and landed about 230 ft from home plate. Some witnesses including ASA umpires and directors on hand estimated it to be a 280-300 ft shot on a calm day. Gilbert also added two doubles and finished with 15 RBIs, a .643 average over the five games — and has tallied seven HRs in the last two tournaments. Ally Kurland led the team in hits with 10, putting up a career high .714 average and knocking in seven big RBIs.
The Glory’s youngest player, Lauren Stanley (2020; 3B/P), added seven hits. Competing against players 2-3 years her senior, Stanley confidently posted a .500 average for the tournament. Youngster, Caitlin Jorae (2019) also hit .417 with three RBIs. Michelle Sullivan helped the team going .400 with three doubles while Molly Cowden (2018) and Arizona Ritchie (2018) hit .375 and .357 respectively.
In the circle, Carlie Mertz (2018) continued her path back from a quad injury hurling 13 1/3 strong innings with just 2 runs against (1.09 ERA), 12 strikeouts and sprinkling just 8 hits.