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 […]

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 […]

Power Surge

The 2008 NPF Home Run Explosion
Something very unexpected happened in the NPF in 2008: the amount of overall home runs in the league exploded. From 2007 to 2008, NPF home runs increased from 166 to 232; a nearly 40% increase. The team with the biggest increase was the Chicago Bandits, who improved their overall home […]