Thursday night, the Ragin’ Cajun Softball team won their first game of the season. The game was bittersweet after losing Assistant coach Geri Ann Glasco. She was Head Coach Gerry Glasco’s youngest daughter.
“It’s been tough. It’s been really tough, and I don’t know on a one to ten what it is, but I know it hurts. I know when I wake up in the morning, it hurts,” Glasco said.
“That’s my baby. She’s my youngest girl, and she was a good ball player, and we connected here at the ballpark,” Glasco remembered.
At that same park, he coached his team to a victory just days after burying his daughter who was killed in a recent car crash. The team played their hearts out on the field, saying they did it all in remembrance of their assistant coach.
“Everything we do, basically, reminds us of her. Sometimes, you just want to go out there and make her proud and remember the things she taught us. That’s a big thing… and not forget and take her for granted,” player Raina O’Neal said.
During the moment of silence before the game, the women had a chance to reflect on everything they’d been through recently. They are also looking at the importance of moving forward.
“Everybody was there for everybody. And, if anybody was struggling, we got over it, and we got over it together,” player Summer Ellyson said.
With a season-opener victory under their belts, both Coach Glasco and his girls are looking forward to brighter days.
“It’s my job, and I just love these girls, and they’re really special kids. I owe it to the community. They’ve backed my family 100 percent, and I owe everything I can give them back, and that’s my job. That’s what I can do: coach. So, we have to get through it, and we are going to keep fighting and do the best we can do,” Glasco said.