The Glenn softball team has been determined all season to prove anyone that says the Grizzlies don’t belong in Class 5A wrong.
If this season — highlighted by the last week — is any indication, they’re more than proving their point.
Glenn won 5-0 to hand Weiss its first district loss last Tuesday night at home and then got a little redemption from earlier in the district season when it beat Cedar Park 5-4 after a walk-off hit by Emily Berryhill on the road on Friday.
“With our last week of preparation, we really wanted to play like our motto of ‘leave no doubt,’” Glenn head coach Marissa Guzman said. “My kids didn’t like that and they wanted to know what to do to make sure everybody knows we belong. My kids have worked really hard and they want to keep getting better.”
After last week, Glenn and Weiss are the only teams with only one loss and sit atop the District 17-5A standings. Cedar Park is a half-game behind, while Marble Falls and Pflugerville are battling for a playoff spot.
The postseason is nothing new to the Grizzlies, even in just their third year as a varsity program. They made it to the playoffs last as a Class 4A team, losing in the first round to state-ranked La Grange.
Guzman said the biggest difference this season was getting the team in the right frame of mind.
“We have a lot of girls that have plenty of skill and that have been playing since they were five or six years old,” she said. “It was just about figuring out what we can do to take it to the next level. You can hit all you want off the tee, but when you come out here, you’ve got to have the right mindset.”
Additionally, the team added another pitcher to the staff in freshman Rileigh Harris, who had 10 strikeouts in the win against Weiss on Tuesday.
Glenn travels to face Pflugerville on Tuesday night before hosting Rouse on Friday. The Grizzlies travel to face Marble Falls next Tuesday night.
“This team takes it personal then they get out,” Guzman said. “Sometimes I don’t even need to say anything, they already have the fire in their eyes. It’s ironic that it’s our school motto too, but they have grit and they’re never satisfied.”