Despite late coaching change, Southfield A&T softball finding success

By: Zachary Manning | Southfield Sun | Published May 15, 2019

 Southfield A&T’s Kanesha Davis takes a swing against West Bloomfield High April 23. At press time, A&T was 4-6 overall.

Southfield A&T’s Kanesha Davis takes a swing against West Bloomfield High April 23. At press time, A&T was 4-6 overall.

Photo by Sean Work

 A&T’s Camryn Fanning goes to make a catch against West Bloomfield. The Warriors lost both games of the doubleheader.

A&T’s Camryn Fanning goes to make a catch against West Bloomfield. The Warriors lost both games of the doubleheader.

Photo by Sean Work

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SOUTHFIELD — The beginning of the Southfield A&T softball season began like many others.

The Warriors had tryouts, a few practices and were getting set to head into game action. Jamie Glinz was tabbed to lead A&T as he had since Southfield High and Southfield-Lathrup merged entering the 2016-17 academic year.

However, Glinz was hired by the West Bloomfield School District to be the assistant principal at the high school, with his work beginning April 8. With Glinz in a new district, A&T was in need of a new coach.

After his departure, A&T struggled to find someone to take over. But in stepped Ernie Taber, who teaches physical education at the high school. Taber’s first day on the job was April 11, which happened to be the Warriors’ first game.

With such a late coaching change, the girls found it challenging having to wait on a new coach. While it was challenging to make the transition, the team has embraced the new skipper and is continuing to improve.

“It was very hard to transition, because before our first game we didn’t practice for two weeks until they found us a new coach,” senior Kanesha Davis said. “We met our new coach the day of our first game, so we had to adapt to him very quick.”

Despite the late coaching change, the Warriors have found ways to win ballgames. At press time, A&T was 4-6 overall.

Taber noted that he spoke with Glinz to learn more about the team he was taking over and to get a sense of who should play and bat in certain spots.

To go along with the late coaching change, the poor weather hasn’t helped. The Warriors have spent a lot of time practicing in the gym and have had a lot of games canceled.

However, with more time together, the Warriors have started to come together. Davis said her coach has been a great influence, while Taber noted that he’s enjoyed his time coaching the team.

“I’m enjoying the girls. It’s been fun. I obviously want them to improve as the season goes on,” Taber said. “I think the four wins are huge, and we should get a couple more wins.”

As the season continues to wind down, the Warriors are looking to remain competitive and push for more wins. For that to happen, Taber wants to see his team cut down on errors that lead to unearned runs.

With continued improvement, the Warriors are hoping to see success in districts. A&T will play Detroit Renaissance June 1 at the University of Detroit Mercy. Renaissance knocked off A&T in a Division 1 district final last season.

“The closer we get to districts, the more serious we get, because we know how much we want it,” Davis said. “We’re all striving for the district championship. We were so close to it last year, and we just want it this year.”

The Warriors will take the field again at 4:30 p.m. May 16 at Detroit Cesar Chavez Academy.

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