Glory National Mertz-Bronowicz (16U)
Glory National Mertz teams participate in, and are invited to, the nation’s top college showcases, competing in power pools, and attend the best-of-the-best national tournaments. Accomplishments of note:
CHAMPIONS – 18u Triple Crown Summer Nationals (SC ’20)
CHAMPIONS – 16u Team NJ Summer Showcase (NJ ’16)
3rd Place – 16u PGF Platinum Nationals (CA ’15) *as 14u/15u split team
5th Place – 18u Louisville Slugger IDT (Louisville, CO ’19)
9th Place – 18u USAES World Fastpitch Championships (FL ’19)
TOP 5 – 18u Atlanta Legacy (GA ’17)
17th Place – 14u PGF Premier Nationals (CA ’14)
Runner Up – 16U USA Elite Select SUPER 32 (Las Vegas ’19)
TOP 25 – PGF Nationals (6 times)
Since 2016, 100% of Coach Mertz‘s grads have gone on to play in the college ranks. In 2020, Coach Mertz was ranked by ExtraInningSoftball.com as #33 in the country (#3 in the NE Region). His teams have produced six PGF All-Americans (NE Region) and 13 PGF All American finalists in the region. During his tenure, the team overall GPA is 3.9 which has allowed many players to earn academic scholarships as part of their packages. Excellence in class, and class on the field.
In 2021, three alums participated in the College World Series. In 2017, the team went 47-6-1 on the national stage. From the ’18 grad class, two players competed on ’19 junior national teams for both USA and Puerto Rico.
The coaching staff includes Scott Bronowicz who played professionally in the Atlanta Braves organization and Kelly Shipman-Bronowicz who was 1999 ACC Player of the Year and All-American at University of Maryland, is a UMD Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee (2016), and holds several UMD pitching records to this day.
Coaches & Staff
- 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
MAY 2021 - Three Team Alums in College World Series!
Congratulations, Kathryn Sandercock (FSU) and Michelle Sullivan and Bella Smith (JMU)
NOV 2020 - Coach Mertz Earns ExtraInningSoftball.com Club Coach Ranking
Ranked #3 in NE Region (PGF) and #33 in U.S. - Read Full Article
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.