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Oregon Roommates HR Contest Drives Ducks Success

By Maren Angus Publisher When Oregon’s Director of Operations Jessica Kirby paired roommates together for the opening weekend of 2018, she didn’t think the results from one room would produce massive numbers. When senior Gwen Svekis and sophomore Shannon Rhodes got their room assignment for the Kajikawa Classic last weekend, they didn’t think anything of it.  Hitting home runs in [...]

February 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Freshman Alo Looking To Lead Sooners Back To WCWS

By Maren Angus Publisher Oklahoma University head coach Patty Gasso was asked about the possibility of a three-peat following the 2017 Women’s College World Series. She laughed it off. Oklahoma entered this season ranked No.1 and after five games at the Grand Canyon Kickoff Tournament in Phoenix, the No. 1 rank is still intact. The Sooners lost one senior [...]

February 14th, 2018|0 Comments

Arizona Natives Make Tennessee A Family Affair

By Maren Angus Publisher University of Tennessee co-head coach Ralph Weekly graduated from Arizona State in 1973 and was beaming with joy after his squad defeated No. 19/23 ASU Thursday night at Farrington Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. But the connection between the programs runs even deeper than that and it was a postgame team photo that united the past with [...]

February 9th, 2018|0 Comments

EXCLUSIVE: NPF Commissioner Speaks Out On Dawgs, Racers

By Maren Angus Publisher National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) announced earlier this week that it has terminated its Houston-based franchise, Scrap Yard Dawgs, effective January 29, 2018.  According to Wednesday’s press release, the franchise repeatedly violated the franchise agreement, which includes failure to make timely payments to players, to vendors and to the league. The press release also stated that the [...]

February 1st, 2018|1 Comment

Abbott’s “Million Dollar Arm” motivated for 2020 Olympics

By Rhiannon Potkey Contributing Writer Monica Abbott is used to hearing from younger softball players about how much she inspires them. But it caught Abbott a bit off guard when one of the top college coaches in the sport provided the same compliment. During the USA Softball national team selection camp in Florida earlier this month, Oklahoma head coach Patty [...]

January 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

Ole Miss’ Becker Makes Most Of Her Opportunities

By Maren Angus Publisher Kylan Becker has become the first Rebels softball player to be named All-SEC First Team.Photo courtesy: USA Softball Eight throws and eight hits was all she had to prove she belonged. She had four balls to throw to third base and four balls to throw home. Then, she had eight balls to hit off [...]

January 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Alabama VS Georgia Soft’Bowl’ — What If …

The College Football Playoff National Championship game is on Monday night.  What if Alabama and Georgia played for a WCWS National Championship? BTP decided to create an all-time roster for both programs and line them up head-to-head. Alabama leads the all-time series 41-18 and also has a 4-2 record against Georgia in the Southeastern Conference Tournament. Here are how the [...]

January 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Future Gator: Keagan Rothrock, 12, Commits To Florida

By Maren Angus Publisher During the week, Keagan Rothrock is an ordinary middle school student. She wakes up around 6 a.m., leaves the house around 7:15 and looks forward to English class. “I try to read 30 books during the school year,” said Rothrock.  “Last year, I read 34. I also like to write and English is my favorite subject. [...]

December 30th, 2017|Comments Off on Future Gator: Keagan Rothrock, 12, Commits To Florida

Shaun Farrell: Baseball Teammates Transition To Softball

By Shaun Farrell It’s absolutely insane and insane is an understatement. I faced guys in college who threw 95 from 60-feet-six-inches. This was just a different level. The mound is 20 feet closer, the ball is coming at 80-plus and the ball is rising. There’s a stigma to it though. I’m not sure why many baseball players don’t want to [...]

December 3rd, 2017|1 Comment

SCIFL Looks To Attract Baseball Players; Grow League

By Maren Angus Publisher The So Cal Independent Fastpitch League celebrated its 10th anniversary as an organized men’s fastpitch league this year. Originally founded as a 501 (c)(3), the SCIFL has steadily been keeping competitive men’s travel ball alive and well in sunny Southern California. “I average between six to 10 teams and sometimes even more according to the tournament,” [...]

December 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

Duke Looks Forward To Legacy Building

By Maren Angus Publisher James Kerr, the author of Legacy wrote, “No one is bigger than the team and individual brilliance does not automatically lead to outstanding results. One selfish mindset will infect a collective culture.” Duke University’s head coach Marissa Young isn’t just infecting a culture. She is creating it. With the goal of strengthening women’s athletics and increasing [...]

November 30th, 2017|0 Comments

UCLA: Kirk Walker’s Journey Through Men’s, Women’s Game

By Maren Angus Publisher For the past 33 years, Kirk Walker has been in a dugout alongside a Pac-12 team every spring. Between the University of California Los Angeles and Oregon State, Walker has a career coaching record of 1,042-581-4. He’s coached players like Lisa Fernandez and Debbie Doom to Tracy Compton and Ally Carda. He isn’t an ordinary softball [...]

December 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Barnhill Leads The Way In New Era Of Dominant Pitchers

Kelly Barnhill dominated the game in 2017. The Florida Gator sophomore collected multiple awards like the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year and she even won an ESPY for Best Female College Athlete. Her numbers were staggering. She lowered her earned run average from 1.37 to 0.51 and improved her record from 15-1 to 26-4. She had 13 shutouts [...]

November 29th, 2017|0 Comments