An 11-0 victory for the Grapevine softball team over Fort Worth Northside this past weekend may seem rather unremarkable to the average sports fan, but for Lady Mustangs coach Steve Bottoms, it was a major milestone.
Bottoms won his 300th career game in his 18 year coaching career (all at GHS) that have seen his teams make the postseason 13 times, including a trip to the regional tournament back in 2002.
The Grapevine coach was rather modest about the achievement and gave most of the credit to his players.
“I guess it means that you’ve been around for while,” Bottoms said. “It has some modicum of success. I didn’t pile it up in 10 years, but I think it is a testament to longevity, which is kind of rare in this day and age.”
Grapevine’s victory over Northside on Saturday was part of a six-game tournament in which it finished 3-3, and Bottoms said he did not know what to expect heading into the game against the Lady Steers.
“We weren’t really sure what kind of team they were heading in,” Bottoms said. “We knew they had a pretty good pitcher, and it was one of those teams where we knew that if we messed around, we could lose it, but that if we played really well we could beat them. Abby Hoff pitched really well, and we won in five innings.”
Grapevine opens up district on Tuesday night with Fort Worth Eastern Hills after the press deadline, and the Lady Mustangs will host Colleyville Heritage in a nondistrict game at 7 p.m. on March 8.
Bottoms said it is kind of nice to get back to the old rivalry that was affected by realignment.
“We played them in our tournament on Friday,” Bottoms said. “If we played the way we did against them the first time around, I expect to beat them. But they’re pretty good. They hit the ball pretty well, and being that there is a such a rivalry between the kids, anything can happen.”