Softball Notebook

The Softball Channel’s Fastpitch Blog

Secret of College’s Best Teams: Defense!

Florida Did It Best in 2017
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
The NCAA website keeps a pretty dynamite archive of statistical data from the prior season based on team and individual performance. It keeps rankings for 12 stat categories. The team stat categories range from practical ones, like team scoring and team home runs per game, […]

Big 12 is Best College Softball Conference

2017 NCAA Playoff Stats Tell the Tale
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
Lucky for all you softball fans out there, in my free time I like to prepare softball data for analysis. This time I went through every game of the 2017 NCAA playoffs and tallied the victories per team. I then matched up the teams […]

Fight for Pro Supremacy

Chicago Bandits Sweep the Mighty USSSA Pride
By Daniel Urban
TSC Contributor/Analyst
The USSSA Pride have been an unstoppable juggernaut this season.  Prior to its recent series with the Bandits, the Pride was 29-6 and with a seven-game cushion at the top spot in the NPF standings.  But the Pride has looked unbeatable in several prior seasons, only […]

Aussies Invade America’s Pro League

Struggle to Excel in National Pro Fastpitch
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
This summer the Chicago Bandits of the National Pro Fastpitch league signed eight Australian players. The players are:
Janice Blackman (has not played)
Chelsea Forkin - Outfielder
Rachel Lack - Infielder
Stacey McManus - Infielder
Kaia Parnaby (has not played)
Samantha Poole - Outfielder
Ellen Roberts - Pitcher
Taylah Tsitsikronis - […]

California Dominates NCAA Softball Rosters

Almost One-Third of Players on Top College Teams Hail from The Golden State
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
As a fan of NCAA softball for over 10 years, I have visited the web pages of hundreds of college teams and looked through the rosters of dozens of teams. Each time I look at a different […]

Oklahoma Does It Again!

Defeats Top-Ranked Florida for Second-Straight NCAA Title
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
Ranked #1 through nearly the entire 2017 season and replete with first-class pitching and hitting, the Florida Gators were odds-on favorites to win it all this year. The Gators were eager to comply, looking to avenge last year’s early exit in the Super Regional despite […]

Does Beaning Batters Lose Games?

Intentionally Hitting Batters May Not Affect Victory
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
Intentionally hitting batters has a special place among the unwritten rules of professional baseball.  If you slide too hard into the 2nd base, if you showboat after a big hit, or if you accidentally “plunk” the other team’s best player, the other team’s pitcher is guaranteed to retaliate […]

James Madison—Playing with the ‘Big Boys’

Mickey Dean Builds an Elite Program at a Midsized School
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
James Madison softball is one of the best stories going in the softball world right now.
James Madison is a midsized school of 19,262 students in the mountains of north central Virginia.  James Madison is relatively new to the softball world—it has only had […]

College Strikeouts Drop by 30%

Are NCAA Pitchers Getting Worse?
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
When I first started following pro softball seriously there were three super pitchers in the game: Jennie Finch, Cat Osterman, and Monica Abbott. These three pitchers were absolutely electric and could singlehandedly shut down opposing offenses. What made them so great was their ability to consistently […]

Do Smarter Players Win More Games?

Academic Ranking May Be Irrelevant
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
On the surface, it makes sense. There is a lot of intelligence required to be a great softball player. Being able to think through and predict possible outcomes by studying tendencies, making an intelligent guess on an upcoming pitch type, anticipating where a ball might be […]

Next Page »