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Overcome With Emotion, Mississippi State Keeps Fighting

By Maren Angus Publisher Vann Stuedeman didn’t hold back after Mississippi State swept Ole Miss on Sunday. She paused, apologized for what was about to happen and then her eyes filled up with tears. It wasn’t the first time the head coach had let her emotions out this season, but in that moment, the tears needed to fall. Of course [...]

April 17th, 2018|0 Comments

SoCal Family Finally Travels To SEC Country

By Maren Angus Publisher Joe and Rosie Cantillo have seen all three of their daughters leave their home in Southern California to play college softball across the county in the Southeastern Conference. Joe and Rosie also have never seen their daughters play a home game in the SEC. Their eldest, Chelsea, played at Georgia (2005-09) and Taylor (“RT”) played at [...]

April 16th, 2018|0 Comments

Coach Hirai Gambles On Cathcart; Paying Big Dividends For Seattle

By Ed Strong Contributing Writer Seattle University Softball has a new single-season home run queen by a wide margin. There’s 13 more games to go in the regular season. Sophomore first baseman Madison Cathcart is the driving force behind the best DI season ever for the Redhawks (24-16, 2-1 WAC). She’s tied for the national lead with 17 homers and [...]

April 4th, 2018|0 Comments

Emotional Trip For Cancer-Stricken Lady Vols Fan

By Rhiannon Potkey Contributing Writer Parked on the outfield grass surveying the scene from her wheelchair, Dawn Bowser was overcome with emotion. Cancer had robbed Bowser of many things over the last few months, but she wouldn't let it take away this experience. Bowser watched as her daughter and nieces interacted with the Tennessee softball team, their eyes widening as [...]

April 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

Former Washington Softball Standout Anchors Down with VU Baseball

By Maren Angus Publisher The last time Casey Stangel was in a dugout opposite the Florida Gators, she was in Oklahoma City.  She was wearing Washington across her chest, she was starting in left field and she was playing in the Women’s College World Series. This weekend, Stangel will once again be opposite the Florida Gators but she won’t be [...]

March 29th, 2018|0 Comments

Lipscomb’s Turner, Family Thankful For Team’s Support

By Maren Angus Publisher Caitlin Turner hadn’t played in a game for Lipscomb University in over a week. Instead, she was by her younger brother’s side at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. On March 18, Ty Turner was in an ATV accident in their hometown of Greenbrier, Tenn.  He was airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical and was still in intensive [...]

March 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Healthy Again, ASU’s Juarez Blanks No. 1 Huskies Twice In 3 Days

By Tom Blodgett Photos courtesy Sun Devil Athletics If softball fans feel liked they missed something by not being that familiar with Arizona State left-hander Giselle Juarez – or “G,” as she goes by – they’re not alone. “She’s a good pitcher,” Washington coach Heather Tarr said. “(We had) not much information off her. We didn’t face her much last [...]

March 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

An Open Letter To Jacksonville State During Your Tornado Recovery

Dear Jacksonville State Softball, One ominous day back in April of 2006, in the Middle Tennessee area, the sky turned dark and everything had a green tint to it. It was weird. Seconds later, there was a siren and we took cover in the hallway. The doors flew open, our ears popped and it sounded like a freight train was [...]

March 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

Lady Vol All-American Trades Batter’s Box For Announcer’s Booth

By Rhiannon Potkey Contributing Writer Madison Shipman pulled into the parking lot at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium, just like she's done countless times over the last eight years. Only this time Shipman wasn't coming as a player or a coach. She was arriving as a member of the media, and the new role required some navigational help. "I actually had [...]

March 9th, 2018|0 Comments

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