Softball Notebook

The Softball Channel’s Fastpitch Blog

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 […]

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 […]

Pitching Superstars of Tomorrow 2017

Five Pitchers Poised to Light up Future Stat Sheets
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
Which 2016 underclassmen will make headlines in the upcoming years?  There were some pretty exceptional numbers put up by freshman and sophomore pitchers in 2016, and they should be recognized.  So without further adieu, here are your pitching superstars of tomorrow 2017!
Alexis Osorio - Alabama
19-7 record, 2.39 […]

Contenders & Pretenders

NCAA Super Regional Preview
By SpartanIlliniCub
TSC Contributor
Every year another pitcher becomes a legend. NCAA softball championships are won on the pitcher’s mound, and each year one upper-classmen pitcher peaks at the right time, becomes un-hittable, pitches every single inning of the playoffs, and takes her team to the title. Upper-classmen pitchers like UCLA’s Keira Goerl in […]

Windmill Wallop

How Much Strain Does the Windmill Motion Place on Pitchers?
By SpartanIlliniCub
TSC Contributor
It is often said the windmill motion used by fastpitch softball pitchers is easier on the arm than the overhand motion of baseball pitchers. Fastpitch pitchers are allowed to pitch much more often than baseball pitchers, and fastpitch pitchers don’t seem to be as […]

Core Values

Conditioning Training for Pitchers
By Kristi Spielman
Physical Therapist, Pitching Coach & Former Division 1 Pitcher
The topic of conditioning training for pitchers has been getting a lot of attention lately, as it should. There are so many specialized instructors out there teaching the mechanics, but so little review of general conditioning. Yes, there are speed camps and […]

The Next Big Thing

Superstar Pitchers of the Future in the NCAA
For the last two years, pitchers Angela Tincher of Virginia Tech, Katie Burkhart of Arizona State, and Taryne Mowatt of Arizona have baffled batters and stunned audiences around the country. These three pitchers re-wrote the book on the art of pitching in the NCAA and dominated headlines while […]

Simply the Best

Collegiate Pitching Stars in 2007 & 2008
Mowatt, Tincher & Burkhart —Who’s the Best?
There were 3 statistically outstanding NCAA pitchers in 2007: Angela Tincher (Virginia Tech), Taryne Mowatt (Arizona), and Katie Burkhart (Arizona State).  In 2007 Tincher was ranked #1 statistically, with Mowatt #2 and Burkhart #3.  There was lots of speculation as all three of […]

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