GLENDALE — Though the season is just getting underway, Glendale Community College softball Coach Dave “Hawk” Wilder said there’s already a calming influence with a primarily new cast of players.
That wasn’t a commodity Wilder enjoyed last season, when the Vaqueros finished a disappointing 10-30 and 4-19 in the Western State Conference Southern Division. The up-to-the-minute group of players have listened carefully to Wilder, a sign they are committed to competing during the next several months.
“We have people who are listening and most of them have extra experience from having played travel ball,” said Wilder, whose 15-member team began its season Friday against Long Beach City College in the first of three pool-play games in the fifth annual Glendale College Softball Classic at the Glendale Sports Complex. “We have something like 14 players who have played travel ball, so they are committed to the sport and want to keep learning.”