Glinz anxious to see the potential of his Southfield A&T softball squad

By: Mike Moore, | Southfield Sun | Published April 18, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — There are young teams, and then there’s what Jamie Glinz is working with.

There are coaches who say they have an abundance of youth, and then there’s the Southfield A&T softball team.

“Eight of our nine starters are freshmen or sophomores,” said Glinz, the Warriors’ coach. “On top of that, we don’t have anyone that’s ever pitched before.”

 Southfield A&T sophomore Camryn Fanning warms up during a recent practice.

Southfield A&T sophomore Camryn Fanning warms up during a recent practice.

Photo by Donna Agusti

Glinz paused, not to be dramatic, but just to drive home the point he was trying to emphasize.

“We’re very, very young,” he said.

So it goes for the Warriors this spring, a team in its first year of existence and in a year of transition.

“We’re going to take some lumps,” Glinz added. “At the same time, we’re going to develop the things we need to.”

It’s been documented plenty how Southfield High and Lathrup Village Southfield-Lathrup combined to form Southfield A&T this school year.

For Glinz, this team reminds him of one he inherited nearly 10 years ago when he took over at Southfield.

“We’re kind of starting over,” he said. “It’s a lot of developing right now. … But I love that. People look at our first two losses, and maybe somebody laughs or whatever, because we got beat badly. For me, I can’t wait to see where we are a month from now.”

The Warriors were 0-2 at press time.

Prior to this spring, almost everyone on the roster had never played a second of varsity softball.

“But they are already coming together,” Glinz boasted. “You can already see the understanding of the game coming along. When we started, things like hitting a cutoff or understanding rules was difficult. Those are the kinds of things they’re learning and grasping now.”

Wins and losses will determine where the Warriors end the season in the final standings, but Glinz said the aim of this year goes well beyond that.

“We want to win some games, but really, it’s about improvement right now,” the skipper said. “Every day has to be better than the day before. Really, this is a great group. They are anxious to learn. They are coachable. They are trying to improve every time out. I’m excited to see where this goes.”