Glory Mertz-Griffith Premier

VA Glory National Teams:

Glory Mertz-Griffith Premier (18U)

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Glory Mertz-Griffith is proud to be invited to the nation’s top college showcases, competing in power pools, and attending top tier national tournaments. Since the high school class of 2017, 100% of Glory Mertz-Griffith grads have gone on to play softball at the collegiate level. We attribute this to bringing in only the “right” players who fully embrace the process of selflessly striving together to develop and compete at the highest level. In addition, team GPA is 3.8 during that span which has allowed many players to earn academic scholarships as part of their packages. Excellence in class, and class on the field!

Since 2014, Coach Mertz’s teams have earned 3rd and 17th place finishes at PGF Nationals (CA) with .667 career winning percentage (13-7 in PGF Premier, 11-5 in PGF Platinum). Team highlights also include a Top 5 at 18U Louisville Slugger IDT (CO); Top 5 at 18U Atlanta Legacy (super pool); 9th Place at 18U USAES World Fastpitch Championships (FL); Champions at 16U Team NJ Summer Showcase; Champions at 18U USAES East Coast Championship; and Runner Up (of 44) at 16U USA Preps Best of the Best in Las Vegas.

In 2017, the 18U team went 47-6-1 on the national circuit. From the 2018 grad class, two players competed on 2019 junior national teams for both USA and Puerto Rico.


Coaches & Staff

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Mike Mertz, Coach + Recruiting Advisor

E: virginiaglory99@gmail.com
P: (703) 371-3312
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Brian “G” Griffith, Asst. Coach

E: apagyges@yahoo.com
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Elmer Mason, Asst. Coach

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Ian Brown, Asst. Coach

- 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
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Headlines

AUG 2019 - Figueroa Leads 19U World Cup in Hitting
Victoria Figueroa (Puerto Rico / Glory Mertz-Griffith '18 / JMU '22) ends the 19U Softball World 🌎 Cup, leading all countries in batting Ave (.611), on base percentage (.632), and third in overall hits (11). #FIGSONTHEMOVE - Read Full Article

JUN 2019 - Two Glory Mertz-Griffith Alums Make National Team
Congrats to Kathryn Sandercock (USA) and Victoria Figueroa (Puerto Rico) for making their 19U national teams. Look forward to seeing the two of you battle on the world stage! #GloryGirls #IronSharpensIron

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.

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Schedule

SEP 22, 2019 (Sun only)

Legendary Fall Friendlies (3-4 games Henrico, VA - Dorey Park) - Learn More

OCT 18-19-20, 2019

Team NJ Fall College Showcase (Edison, NJ) - Learn More

OCT 26-27, 2019

DeMarini Elite Fall Showcase (O'Fallon IL) - Learn More

NOV 2-3, 2019

Scenic City (Chattanooga, TN) - Learn More

NOV 9-10-11, 2019

Clearwater Fall Classic (FL, Eddie Moore Complex) - Learn More

JAN 11-12, 2020

USAES Double Down Super 32 (, Las Vegas, Big League Dreams Park) - Learn More

FEB 1-2, 2020

PGF National Qualifier (Myrtle Beach, SC) - Learn More