Southfield A&T pitcher Jailyn Burkes fires one home during a game earlier this season.

Southfield A&T pitcher Jailyn Burkes fires one home during a game earlier this season.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Southfield A&T softball taking steps toward improvement

By: Mike Moore | Southfield Sun | Published April 10, 2018

 Southfield A&T catcher Camille Fanning and the rest of the squad are looking to improve on last year’s 2-20 record.

Southfield A&T catcher Camille Fanning and the rest of the squad are looking to improve on last year’s 2-20 record.

Photo by Deb Jacques

SOUTHFIELD — This isn’t the first rodeo for Jamie Glinz.

In fact, he’s been in this exact position before, with different sports at different times of the year. And in those instances, success was ultimately a byproduct of a constant strive toward progress.

“My first year with the Southfield (High girls) basketball team, we won two games,” Glinz said. “In my last year, we finished 20-2. In my first year with the softball team, we went like 2-20 or something. In a couple years, we were winning double-digit games. That’s what our mission is now.”

Glinz is back in the dugout with the Southfield A&T softball squad this spring, and as was the case last year, he’s working with a young, raw and talented group.

“I really like this team a lot,” he said. “They’re committed to working at what we need to do. That’s the key.”

The Warriors went 2-20 a year ago with a team full of underclassmen.

This year’s group isn’t all that much different. The roster has just one senior — Jazmine Franklin — and a starting lineup of mostly sophomores and juniors.

“We have the varsity veterans, but it’s still a young group,” Glinz added. 

The biggest question mark will be in the circle, where Jailyn Burkes and Ashani Robinson will be the go-to arms.

Neither had pitched a game prior to last season.

“We had to start working with them,” Glinz said. “I felt like we’d have them each for four years, and they could learn and grow.”

Both girls are sophomores.

“They will be very key to what we want to do,” Glinz added.

When asked about that specifically, about goals for the year, Glinz kept things simple.

“We want to compete more,” he said. “Too many times we’d only get to play three innings or so. We want to play five, six or seven and really get that experience. That’s how we’re going to get better.”