Softball Notebook

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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 […]

Does Defense Win Championships?

The Right Stats Prove the Importance of Big D
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
You don’t have to be around the sporting world too long before hearing “offense wins games, defense wins championships.” And on its face, it seems plausible. If you have a great defense, your team will be in every game and have […]

Hitting Superstars of Tomorrow 2017

Collegiate Batters Poised for Glory
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
It’s that time again!  Time to crown our NCAA hitting superstars of tomorrow for 2017.  We have a very talented list this year featuring players from big and small schools from all over the country.  So without further adieu let’s get on with it!
Jessica Warren
Florida State - INF […]

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