Wayland’s Ritz picks up 800th career coaching victory

Jason Wesseldyk

Of all the individuals who have coached high school softball in Michigan, only 13 can say they’ve amassed 800 victories.
Wayland coach Cheri Ritz can count herself among those.
Ritz, who entered the season with a 782-205 record, actually reached the milestone on Tuesday, May 5, after the Wildcats beat Hastings in the opening game of an OK Gold twinbill.
She just didn’t realize it until she was working on her team’s season statistics over the Memorial Day weekend.
“It really didn’t even cross my mind at the time,” Ritz said. “I knew I was close coming into the season, but once we get out there playing I don’t give my wins a lot of thought. I just knew we were getting close to some records for the season and it hit me that I’d reached 800 wins.”
Not even Wayland assistant coach Nicki Cardosa—who is also Ritz’s niece—knew which victory had put Ritz in the 800-win club.
“Nicki was the one who let me know when I’d reached 700 wins, but she wasn’t even aware of number 800,” Ritz said.
But just because she wasn’t aware of when she recorded the milestone victory doesn’t mean it isn’t important to Ritz.
“To be in the company of the other coaches on that list is amazing,” she said. “It’s very humbling. I have nothing but respect for those coaches and to be in the same group with them is pretty special.”

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