Welcome! Virginia Glory Mertz-Griffith is proud to be invited to the nation’s top college showcases, competing in top pools, and attending top tier national tournaments. Since 2014, Coach Mertz’s teams have earned 3rd, 17th and 25th finishes at PGF Nationals in CA with .667 career winning percentage (13-7 in PGF Premier, 11-5 in PGF Platinum). At large berths/invites have been accepted for 2019 USA Elite Select World Fastpitch Championships (FL), Triple Crown USA Nationals (GA), IDT Boulder (CO), Pennsbury Invitational (PA) and Glory Strikeout Cancer Invitational (VA). Fall recruiting events will include DeMarini Elite Fall Showcase 10/26-27 (IL), Champions Elite Showcase 11/2-3 (GA), Team NJ Fall Showcase 10/18-20 (NJ, ) and TNT Fall Showcase.
To date, 100% of Glory Mertz-Griffith player graduates have gone on to play in college. VIEW YEARBOOK HERE >
The Glory program is not for everyone. It is for players and families who truly embrace our Purpose Driven Softball movement and who believe in being part of something bigger and creating a powerful environment where players thrive by giving each other their absolute best. #IronSharpensIron.
- Two-time #1 PGF Nationals ranking from NE Region
- PGF Nationals: 24-12 overall record ('14, '15, '16, '17, '18) 2017 - 47-6-1 Record for the Year 2017 - IDT Louisville Slugger, Colorado | Earned 2 seed, 6-2 overall 2016 - USA Elite Select NE Qualifier-Champions 2015 - PGF 16U Platinum Nationals, 3rd Place (as 15U team) 2015 - Team New Jersey Summer Showcase | 9-1, Co-Champions 2015 - Atlanta Legacy Showcase, GA | Undefeated
NOV 2018 - Fall Highlights for New Glory Mertz-Griffith Team
Our 2018 Glory Mertz-Griffith fall season came to a close at Champions Elite in Marietta, GA. Fall highlights included incredible competition versus some of the nation's top-ranked teams. Wins over Beverly Bandits DeMarini Helbling, Louisville Lady Sluggers Huecker, Atlanta Vipers Gold Jiles, PA Strikers National Hayes, and very closely contested losses to 2018 PGF 16U National Champions, Birmingham Thunderbolts Premier (6-4 loss) and 2018 PGF 18U National Champions, GA Impact Lewis (8-5 loss).
We faced several strong pitchers including the top ranked player in the country, Kelley Lynch (Washington), and commits to Alabama, Auburn, Washington, Mizzou, Duke, Ohio State and Wisconsin.
We enjoyed the highest level of competition and we believe that pressure is a privilege! We look forward to our winter training and taking our TEAM to the next level. #WeCanWeWill #IronSharpensIron
JUL 2017 - USA Softball World Cup Update
Sandercock starts game one for USA Jr. National team vs Puerto Rico and goes 3 1/3 scoreless; throws one perfect inning vs USA team; allows just seven hits in complete game loss vs Japan, the #1 ranked team in the world
JUN 2017 - Player of the Year!
Kaitlin Beasely-Polko was named Washington Post All-Met Player of the Year; Raina Cooper and Kathryn Sandercock named to 1st Team.
JUN 2017 - Arizona Does It Again!
Junior shortstop, Arizona Ritchie, makes 1st Team All State (5A) for the second time following her freshman year honors.
JUN 2017 - It's Pouring Gatorade!
Kathryn Sandercock and Kaitlin Beasley-Polko both awarded Gatorade Players of the Year for VA and MD
NOV 2016 - Undefeated Fall Season
Congrats to Glory Premier M-N for going undefeated at Southern Force Fall Showcase in Watkinsville, GA and finishing their fall season 26-0-1 (0-0 tie vs DeMarini Aces). The team hit .400 for the fall with 26 HRs with a 1.099 On Base+Slugging%, a staff ERA of 1.90 with 185 Ks in 132 INN and committing just 0.63 errors per game. Highlights also included a USA Elite Select NE Championship and national berth. The team begins conditioning and practicing NOV 20th and will train through the end of FEB.