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Palo Alto softball has two top players leave team

 

Editor's note: This article has been revised from the original version.

The Palo Alto High School softball team will head into the final three games of the SCVAL El Camino Division season without sisters Mackenzie and Casey Glassford, who left the team last week following disagreements with coach Bill Laskey.

Laskey declined to comment on the girls' departure, but sources told the Weekly the dispute stemmed from Laskey's pitching schedule (both Glassford girls are pitchers) and its impact on team statistics.

Laskey got the word on the sisters' quitting before game time Wednesday and pulled up two freshman pitchers from the JV team to face Mills in a game Palo Alto lost, 15-7. The Vikings then lost a league game to Monta Vista on Friday, 12-0.

"The girls still love Bill," a Paly parent said. "The incident has really rallied them. It kind of bonded them together."

Palo Alto, which has a nonleague game at Mercy-Burlingame on Monday, closes out the season with games at Santa Clara (Wednesday), Senior Day on Friday against first-place Mountain View and at Fremont on May 13. The Vikings are 14-9 overall and 4-5 in league.

Laskey, in his second year as head coach, took a team that went 3-24 in 2013 and 6-21 in '12 and posted back-to-back winning seasons. The Vikings last reached the Central Coast Section playoffs in 2011 and haven't reached the second round since 2009, when Paly last won 20 games (20-8-1).

The Glassford sisters, meanwhile, have had their names removed from Palo Alto's season statistics on MaxPreps.com. Following their final game, however, Mackenzie Glassford was hitting .444 with a team-high 28 RBI plus 32 hits while Casey ranked No. 3 with a .403 average, 25 hits and 20 RBI.

Palo Alto Athletic Director Jason Fung was contacted regarding the softball situation but did not return a text or phone call.

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