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  1. Draper, to me, seems a lot like Tiffany Howard last year. Good speed, good bunter/slapper with good on base percentage. I could see her first in the order. If Crocker can get back to form she might be good in the #9 spot and move Draper to #1. Yesterday, Crocker had some sort of compression sleeve on her knee but removed it later. She was not dressed out. Walking without defect. I spoke to her briefly after the game and got the impression she would be back soon. Spain has done a very good job at second. McCrackin likely back soon. However, from what I have seen, Crocker is more effective with the bat in her hand. I believe that yesterday was some of the best bunting I have seen from Auburn softball. The one by Fagan really caught Mercer off guard. Also glad to see a couple of stolen bases.
  2. No TV that I am aware of. Have to give Nebraska credit today for playing two tough opponents ( I hope AU is a tough opponent) back to back today with very little break between games.
  3. Just happened to look at the Nebraska Athletic site and it appears that they have a radio broadcast of their games in Mexico. There is a radio button(the softball team site) you can link. It seems to work as I listened to a few minutes of the game with Oklahoma in progress now. May be better than the GameTracker when they play Auburn later today.
  4. GBAU83 in regards to lineup I believe coach said that Wallace would catch game 1 for Martin and Shea would be behind plate in game 2. Linayus, regarding Snow and from what I know when she was out last fall ....not a sports related injury..
  5. According to PM @ Auburn Undercover (non-premium) Snow missed last week due to medical issues (I suspect related to issues she had in the fall) and Veach is supposed to get the start against Oklahoma. Snow expected back at practice this next week but has not had the reps. Perry and Abbott will be back-ups. Fortunate to have such a quality player to step in and play. Feel bad for Tannon Snow but priority should be her health.
  6. At practices I have attended Veach has played/rotated at the corner infield positions. Last week seems she was more dedicated at 3rd. As I stated in previous post, it could be she is being groomed to replace Cooper at 3rd next year. I believe the talent level has been elevated to the point that a number of very good players will have to wait their turn. I doubt I will be able to make the scrimmage tomorrow but maybe someone can and report back to the forum.
  7. Totally in line with your projections ellitor. Saw a couple of practices last week. Thought Joyner was looking more comfortable as potential back up at SS. Of course, McCrackin can sub at SS and second base. During one of the simulations Cooper did practice a round at second but vast majority of time at third. I feel Veach is being groomed to take over at third after this year. She is valuable since can play both corner positions. I may have said it in previous post but the new players seemed to have improved so much since the fall that it has caused me to raise my expectations for the team this year. Will be quite an accomplishment if the true freshman Crocker starts at second. If so, can you imagine her first regular season start being against the defending champs?
  8. The Auburn softball twitter page has links to recent articles related to the team. Good recent feature on the outfield. From what I have seen, this should be a very strong position for now and the future. On that same twitter page is the terrific photo of Draper mid air laying out for a catch. If you enjoy the softball program you might want to check the twitter site on a regular basis.
  9. The Auburn softball twitter page has links to recent articles related to the team. Good recent feature on the outfield. From what I have seen, this should be a very strong position for now and the future. On that same twitter page is the terrific photo of Draper mid air laying out for a catch. If you enjoy the softball program you might want to check the twitter site on a regular basis.
  10. 4WDE, I just post what comes to mind at that moment and would not take what I say as an in depth analysis. I think Greenwood is doing fine and may have been out of the scrimmage as a precaution. Should mention that Joyner seems to be playing well at SS. Likewise, Emily Spain, a junior, has done a nice job at second. Infield wise there are a lot of potential combinations because of players playing multiple positions. 1st Base: Abbott, Snow, Perry, Veach. 2nd Base: McCrackin, Crocker, Spain. SS: Fagan, McCrackin, Joyner, Jordan. 3rd Base: Cooooooper, Veach, Snow. I would suspect the OF will be Whitney Jordan, Draper and Gipson. Behind those it would be pure speculation on my part. Podany is a sophomore as is Fornis. I felt that the freshman Maresette has made a lot of progress. A number of players could be in the mix as "back-up" there. Driving home last Sunday I asked my wife who we might drop if we had to eliminate 3 - 4 players from the squad. Still debating. There could be players who do not travel based on the quality players at their position and not their lack of skill. Some could travel based on their potential as base runners or used as DP's. It would be confusing for me to work out the best combinations so I decided to leave it up to Coach Myers.
  11. Will try to respond based on what I can recall from yesterdays practice. I would estimate that there may have been around 200 family/ fans there. I continue to be impressed with Crocker. She played 2nd only as compared to McCrackin who played some at 2nd and some at SS. Snow played a couple of innings at 1st and one inning at 3rd. I get the sense that Veach may be the back up to Cooper at 3rd. Speaking of Veach, she hit a HR yesterday off of Carlson I believe. The teams were divided as Whites vs Blues. Perry got the start at first for the Blues. Snow for Whites. Perry hit a nice line drive off of her high school team mate (Swindel). Carlee Wallace is her usual competitive self..."bad to the bone". She and Shea picked up where they left off. I do not recall that Guterrez caught any yesterday. I do recall that she batted at least one time. Unless they want to carry more than 3 catchers this year (considering that Veach can also play catcher) it may be difficult to break into that position this year. In regards to Gipson...she is fine. I do not believe Greenwood played yesterday. I noticed that on Saturday that she seemed to have some sort of discomfort in her left lower back area. The only specific I recall regarding Rivera was that she had some sort of collision charging a fly ball in shallow center field. On the play, the CF, RF and SB raced to catch the high fly ball. Victoria was calling for the ball but Rivera seemed to maybe trip over Vic's leg or something.....I did not have a good view. Anyway, Rivera ended up a tad shaken, was attended by staff but appeared OK afterwards. When the practice was over all the players came up to home plate and faced the stands and yelled out "Thanks for Coming".....Nice gesture.
  12. My wife and I drove down to the open practice yesterday. As I may have mentioned before, they are fast paced and have many moving parts which require you to react quickly both on a mental and physical level. The following observations are from a novice softball observer. We were impressed how much so many of the freshman had changed physically; clearly looking more muscular in an athletic sense. Also clearly had improved in performance which may be a results of being more familiar with the fast practice situational drills. I continue to be impressed with KK Crocker. She fielded well at 2nd and is impressive at the plate. Good bunter and slapper and seems to have a real ability at hitting the ball to an open area. She appeared to place one hit beautifully in a hole inside the right field line. V. Draper made a nice over the shoulder catch in center (what's new) and Corey yelled out something to the effect "We've got a golden retriever out there". Whitney covered a lot of ground and ran down a fly ball in right field (she played a tad a SS also). Seems I recall Maresette making a nice grab in the outfield. I feel that Snow is the one to beat out at 1st. I thought Joyner looked good alternating with Fagan and Jordan at SS. Veach playing at both corner infield positions. I know she plays catcher also. Abbott hit 2 or 3 over the fence and Shea hit one out also. Scott Woodard was pitching to the batters during this phase of the practice so no real evaluation of the pitchers yesterday. After practice ended the coaches talked to the team. Corey stated that after tomorrows squad game they would post a 20 member team roster so I expect some reality may set in for some of the gals. The current roster does not include 2 of the freshman who participated in the fall. If you enjoy softball and have an opportunity to attend one of the practices I would encourage you to do so. Good seats, free and gain an appreciation for what one goes through to be an Auburn Softball team member.
  13. Since it is not on the UT campus the tickets may not be through UT ticket office. Don't believe it counts as a conference game. I have made an inquiry to the the AU softball dept. regarding both games and will update when I hear back. We had such a horrible series with the Vols last year. Their fans were very intimidating and our gals seemed to get rattled. Not taking anything away from them. They are a very good team with a lot of good players.
  14. I hope Tannon continues to slam the ball like she did in the fall. I found one of her home run balls in my back yard when we drove back to B'ham after one of the fall games. I know pitchers are very selective when Cooper is at bat but she appears to be so good at selecting pitches. Her base on balls last year was 79 which more than doubles second place (Wallace with 32) while hitting 422.
  15. Recent Phillip Marshall Article AUBURN, Ala. – For Auburn’s softball team, the mission is clear. And it won’t change. As Clint Myers heads into his fourth seasons as Auburn’s head coach, getting to Oklahoma City for the Women’s College World Series has come to be expected. Winning it is the driving force as the Tigers begin preseason practice today. On June 8 of last year, Auburn and Oklahoma met in a winner-take-all showdown for the national championship. Oklahoma won 2-1, and the sting of that loss remains to this day. To take the next step, to win the national championship, the Tigers will have to replace three All-Americans - second baseman Emily Carosone, first baseman Jade Rhodes and left fielder Tiffany Howard. There’ll be youth in key areas, but there is talent aplenty, led by the likes senior All-America third baseman Kasey Cooper, senior shortstop Haley Fagan, junior catcher Carlee Wallace, senior outfielder Victoria Draper, sophomore pitcher Makayla Martin and junior pitcher Kaylee Carlson. And then there is a glittering freshman class. Casey Myers, the revered hitting coach who spent last season with the San Diego Padres is back, along with pitching coach Corey Myers. “I think every team is a work in progress,” Clint Myers said. “We did much teaching in the fall. We still have a few things to put in. It’s the refining of those skills, establishing a great mindset.” The competition for playing time will be fierce. “We’ve got some pretty good athletes,” Clint Myers said. “We tell them all the time that it’s the mental side of the game. It’s not all talent. If we can’t trust you are going to make the right play, you might not be out there. You have to show you understand the game.” The Tigers will be tested early and often. They open the season on Feb. 9 in the Triple Crown Tournament in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The first game will be a national championship rematch against Oklahoma, which returns last season’s team almost intact. Games against Washington, expected to be ranked in the nation’s top five, and Nebraska, also expected to be a national contender, come next before a game against Brigham Young, also expected to be ranked. Southeastern Conference play will begin March 10 at home against LSU, the team Auburn beat to win the SEC Tournament and a WCWS semifinalist last season. Replacing the leadership of the departed seniors, particularly Carosone, will be a key. “Coop has done a real good job,” Clint Myers said. “Carlson has really stepped up, even though she’s a junior. Victoria Draper has been great even though she was hurt. They understand the game. They have a great knowledge of the game. They are great examples off the field. Carlee Wallace has been great. Haley has done a tremendous job.” Myers sees some similarities between where his team is and where Oklahoma was at the start of last season. “Oklahoma struggled early with their young team las year,” Myers said. “We have to keep getting better and having a better understanding of who we are and what our capabilities are every day. “When we get into the SEC, then you start getting ready for postseason. Every weekend is like a super regional. The goal is to win two out of three every weekend. If we can win three, that’s kind of like getting an extra dessert.” A position-by-position look: PITCHERS Martin dominated Oklahoma hitters in the championship game last season, giving up only two unearned runs in the first inning. Carlson was mainstay over the course of the season. And they were outstanding in fall exhibition games. “Katie Carlson pitched 16 innings, struck out 22 and didn’t walk a hitter,” Myers said. “She got herself in trouble with walks a couple of times last year. That didn’t happen in the fall. Makayla pitched 16 innings and struck out 16. Both of them are throwing in the high 60s, better than where they finished in the spring last year.” Freshman right-hander Ashlee Swindle is the likely No. 3 pitcher in the rotation. Senior left-hander Jenna Abbott, who also will likely get her chances to hit, will try to fill the shoes of departed Rachael Walters out of the bullpen. Walk-on freshman left-hander Alexa Nemeth also could be in the mix. FIRST BASE Washington transfer Tannon Snow was a dominating hitter in the fall, leading the team in batting average and hitting four home runs. She will compete with sophomore Kendall Veach, who can play any infield position or even catch. Justus Perry, a highly touted freshman, also will compete for playing time at first base. “She’s extremely talented,” Myers said. “She just has to stop getting herself out. She doesn’t take many pitches. She’s gotten better defensively.” SECOND BASE Sophomore Casey McCrackin and freshman KK Cooper, one of the hitting stars of the fall, are locked in a tight race. Junior Emily Spain is in the competition, too. “McCrackin is ahead of Crocker defensively, but KK hit .529 in the fall,” Myers said. “It’s the ability to understand how we play defense. Emily didn’t have the fall we thought she could have, but she’s really smart. She’s done a really good job of teaching those other, too.” SHORTSTOP Fagan missed most of last season after undergoing knee surgery. She returned for the postseason, but only as the designated player. She’s full-speed and eager for final season, Myers said. “She had a great fall,” Myers said. “She’s in great shape. I think she has a chance to be an All-American. The numbers could be that good for her.” McCrackin and freshman Laney Joiner are behind Fagan. Whitney Jordan, who played shortstop in Fagan’s absence last season, has returned to her natural position in the outfield. THIRD BASE Cooper is the reigning ESPNW Player of the Year. She traveled the world with the U.S. National Team. She is among the favorites to be Player of the Year again. “She didn’t play much fall,” Myers said. “We wanted to give her a little bit of a break. Veach and McCrackin can play third. We have some bodies we can throw over there if needed.” CATCHER Wallace will be the starter, but she will likely share time with junior Courtney Shea much like last season. “Carlee Wallace had a good fall,” Myers said. “She hit .600. She’s really getting consistent. Courtney is a great hitter and she’s improved defensively.” OUTFIELD Draper, who missed fall practice after undergoing knee surgery, is expected to start in centerfield for the second consecutive season. Jordan also is likely to be a starter. Beyond that, the competition is going to bear watching as the season nears. Junior Maddie Gipson, last season’s starting right fielder, also missed fall practice. She’ll be in the competition along with sophomore Morgan Podany, sophomore Bree Fornis and freshman Alyssa Rivera will compete for the third starting position. Author Phillip Marshall @Auburn247 Also some good video on the Auburn Athletics site as well as the softball twitter site. From what I saw in the fall I would have to agree with what was said about Fagan. She plays with a lot of effort and really attacks the ball when hit her way. Hope her knees will be kind to her. This was her second knee surgery. Just the thought of not seeing Carasone at 2nd makes me sad. I know someone will step up. KK Crocker looks to me like a smaller version of Emily and was a very good hitter in fall ball. She will probably compete with McCracken for that position. I think Veach has really improved and is versitle. I believe I have seen her at a couple of infield positions as well as catcher. These gals really put in the work and I look forward to getting to see them develop this year.