By Hector Ibanez
The Glendale Community College softball team has had an up and down season. Currently holding a record of 11-14, the Gauchos are in seventh place out of twelve teams in their conference.
With the roster mainly dominated by freshman, the upperclassman’s leadership would play a pivotal part in ensuring the team’s success.
“Our four upperclassman all hold different leadership styles. We have one girl who is a true vocal leader, one who leads by example, one who leads by work ethic, and one who leads by performance. It is nice to have a variety of leadership styles because not all of the girls respond to one teaching style. With a good positive mix of personalities and leadership styles, our freshman became comfortable and adapted quickly to Glendale softball.” Coach Trisha Thurston the upperclassmen’s leadership styles.
The season began on January 31 when the Gauchos traveled to Henderson, Nevada to take on the Snow College Badgers. It turned out to be long day for Glendale as they fell 8-2 and only earned 2 hits. On the same day, they were able to redeem themselves as they beat El Paso Community College 9-8.
A day later, the Gauchos edged out the Chipola College Indians 3-2. In that game, pitcher Gabbie Gantner allowed 7 hits and only 2 runs. In their next game, they grew their winning-streak to 3 when they defeated the Colorado Northwestern Community College Spartans 7-5.
“Our conference is tough so there are always going to be both winning and losing streaks. You have to show up mentally and physically ready to play each and every game.” Coach Thurston said about overcoming the losing streak. “Our girls learned that the hard way at the beginning of the season, but they have taken our losses in stride and have come back even more motivated and driven the next day. Failures can become a great opportunity for growth and improvement, and our team has demonstrated this. They are a very resilient team.”
Glendale’s winning-streak was short lived as they lost in game 1 of a double-header to South Mountain Community College 6-3. The Gauchos came storming back in game 2 as they downed the Cougars 10-6.
After defeating Paradise Community College 4-3 in the first game of a 2 game set, the Gauchos went on to lose their next 4 games. Loses include: Paradise Community College (1-0), twice to Phoenix College (17-1, 9-3), and Pima Community College (9-1). During their 4-game skid, the Gauchos were outscored 36-5.
Glendale would snap their losing streak when they outlasted Pima 8-6. Tori Pogue, Cecilia Madrid, and Tori Ortiz each contributed with 2 run a piece. Kaylee Romo and Nancy Figueroa partook in pitching duties allowing 9 hits in seven innings.
After dropping 2 in a row to Central Arizona (11-8, 6-2), the Gauchos earned a much need victory against the Eastern Arizona College Gila Hanks 7-5. Glendale would go on to drop 2 more games to Eastern Arizona, and twice to Arizona Western College.
After losing 3 in a row, the Gauchos would go on a tear winning their next 4 games and outscoring the opposition 37-2. During the winning streak, Glendale would shut-out 3 of their 4 opponents. Their most impressive victory came when they defeated Gateway Community College 14-0.
After the Gaucho’s winning ways came to an end, they would go on to lose their next 4 games against Scottsdale Community College, Howard College, and Midland College.
Regardless of the team’s current woes, the Glendale Gauchos still have an opportunity to make some noise in the latter part of the season. With a little over 2 months left in the campaign, the squad will look to be this year’s Cinderella story.