Glencoe softball downs Century 10-0
Glencoe beat Century 10-0 Monday, April 9 at Glencoe High School, and did so with relative ease. But while the outcome was somewhat expected, the game was another opportunity for the vastly improved Jaguars to get a little better, and per second year head coach Spencer Mills — they're doing just that.
"We are way ahead of last year," said Mills after the game. "Everyone is improving and I'm looking for this team to get a playoff spot. I think Fifth place will likely do that and fourth would for sure, so that's what we're shooting for."
However, it was a tough go of it on this night. Century managed just a single hit off of standout Glencoe pitcher Izzy Womack, and just two in two innings off of sophomore reliever Nicole Eckhardt. All-Metro League shortstop Gavyn Shafer recorded two of those Jags hits, including a double off Womack in the third. But Mills understood his girls' struggles, while appreciating what the Tide bring to the table in the circle.
"That pitcher (Womack) out there could be the best pitcher in our league," said Mills. "They've got some nice arms they can lean on."
Meanwhile, Century — while fortunate to have a quality pitcher of their own in junior Sarah Gruber — isn't operating on quite the level the Tide are able to with a few different options.
"We've got one pitcher (Gruber) in the whole school and she's a great basketball player," Mills said. "So she doesn't play in the winter and remains a bit inexperienced from that perspective."
And while Century is a work in progress, Glencoe continues to chug along.
With the win, the Tide won their eighth in a row and improved to 11-2 on the season. In their three Metro League games to this point, they've allowed just four runs, have outscored their opponents 34-4 and have yet to play seven innings. This evening, Glencoe tallied 11 hits, including two homeruns by junior centerfielder Jensen Becker and standout senior Ash Bailey. Becker finished the game 2-for-4 with four RBIs and was one of four Tide players with two or more hits.
"We were working opposite field and up the middle, and the girls did a really good job in those first four innings," said Glencoe head coach Jason Eastman. "In our last six games the girls have been hitting the ball hard off of all sorts of pitching, so their timing has been great."
Glencoe played a number of girls out of position in the game, including Bailey at first base opposed to her usual position behind the plate. Eastman said it wasn't unique to the game and that it's a luxury having so many girls capable of playing in numerous spots throughout the diamond.
"Our girls work enough in practice so that if someone were to get hurt, we'll be fine," said the coach. "We've got enough athletes on the team that they can do that successfully, but it's nice to get them so work to get more comfortable with it."
Despite the loss, Mills is optimistic about his team's prospects going forward, and will obviously lean heavily on the exceptional talent of Shafer, in addition to second baseman Brittney Bertrand and catcher Taylor Coleman who's returning to softball after a year throwing for the Century track team last spring.
"Taylor has made a huge difference due to having some experience behind the plate," said Mills. "And Gavyn… I've been doing this for 20 years and she's playing the position better than I've ever seen. She's incredible in the field and she's one of the best hitters in the state."
Century is next scheduled to at Sunset Friday, April 13.
Glencoe travels to Aloha April 11 and returns home to face Liberty April 13.
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