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  1. Overall, a pretty rough day for everyone. Maybe it is practice fatigue or repetitive routine, but they were not sharp. There were not two distinctive teams. The players just rotated out in shifts. Only Handley and Harris threw. Handley still struggles with control. Way too many walks and WP's. She seems to still be working back from the year off. Harris was more steady than she was in the fall. Looks like they will start the season #4 and #3 respectively. Not sure what site it was (and not to discredit the site or source), but Godwin is not ready to be in the starting lineup. She is too inconsistent day-in, day-out (typical for most FR) at the plate and she is not ready for the field. She definitely has potential and should get some swings though. She did have at least 4 PB's in the same inning, while behind the plate. It looked like she had never caught Handley. Needless to say CMD had several long conversation with her. Both of the FR catchers look raw and were not able to throw out any runners. Let's hope Veach's knee stays healthy, until they have some time to develop. Still not sure why he picked up Cook. She did not hit or play in the field and looked lost at times on the bases. The good, Veach hit a Veach Ball no-doubter and had a really backside slide at home to avoid a tag to score a run. Greenwood made good catch in CF covering Draper-like ground from left center to deep on the right center warning track. Podany had a good throw to nail a runner at home. The bad, as a team, they left too many plays on the field and base-running mistakes. The team had a few hits, but was not barreling the ball like you would hope. Way too many rollovers and mishits. The ugly, Moseley appears to be out (length unknown) after re-injuring her shoulder (same that had surgery) in practice, Perry had to leave the scrimmage after a collision with Martin at first base, and Godwin looked gimpy on her knee and appeared to tweak it on a ball she misplayed in the OF. The team really can't afford any injuries at this point. Don't get me wrong, you still see the ability and potential there, but just wasn't there yesterday. The early part of the schedule will allow them a chance to get dialed in.
  2. Crocker is in the transfer portal, so she will resurface. Would not be surprised to see her playing again with Olszewski. Don’t forget that before CJK went to Oregon, he recruited a lot of these kids, so he is familiar. Travel squad would not be an issue, because with them they only had 20 healthy (or semi-healthy) bodies. With CCM, he liked to keep 26–28 available bodies to be able to run practice and have competition. That always put a priority on making the travel squad. CMD prefers less numbers. Those lower numbers become more critical now, especially with three players coming off surgeries and not playing in the fall. Another loss to an INF and it could be really sticky.
  3. Either the situation with CMD was that bad or plan B was already plausible.
  4. Given she was slotted to start in LF a few weeks ago, playing time should not have been an issue. Dakota Morrow has also left the team. It appears the portal has opened in AU, but anymore? Guess we will see.
  5. Recruiting never stops, regardless of rules.
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    Softball coming events

    To paraphrase our general conversation about it, she said there were good hitters on the roster and for AU to go far, those hitters have to come through. Otherwise, you are relying on those whose strength is not hitting, not a direct shot at the pitchers. There is also a reason college coaches don’t care about high school accolades and stats. They prefer to go with what they see in the summer when playing at a high level and what is on tape at the college level. None of the pitchers are not as athletic as Good, they are pitchers. She was an athlete.
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    Softball coming events

    Had a chance to catch up and sit down with an SEC coach last week. She would not comment directly on AU pitchers hitting. She only would say that if the AU pitchers are in the batting lineup when they play this year, that is one less hitter they have to worry about. Time will tell.
  8. So sad and tragic for the Glasco family.
  9. If anyone from the former staff would have surfaced at another school (and the current transfer rule), it would not have been shocking to have seen this type of exodus (or more) at AU.
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    Softball Recruiting Areas

    Soccer did start impacting numbers in the 90's, but as much as it being influenced by Olympics was the fact it was cheaper and didn't take the skill that softball/baseball required. Kids that couldn't match up with the league all-stars or play in travel ball eventually took up soccer. The same thing is happening now, with lacrosse being the new soccer for fringe players. Around 10 years or so, a few softball programs in the southeast started to figure out that consolidating the best players allowed them to compete with CA talent. They also figured how to better structure organizations to nurture development and training and get recruited. That helped with getting the better talent in one location. As it continued to grow, those organizations were able to start acquiring the best (or better) players from surrounding states and even some from north and west. As the PGF formed, it was destined then that the quality CA teams would stay out west for the most part. In order to see how you matched up and play at the highest level, it meant going west. That allowed talent from the east and/or southeast to develop and gain confidence to be competitive with the west coast teams. As that happened, more college coaches started taking note and developing relationships with the better organizations. CCM was looking east way before he landed in the southeast. He knew the more developed talent to choose from, the better it would be for college softball. CCM even provided substantial advice to east coast organizations (spearheaded mostly by Corey who was coaching travel out west) to help gain traction to elevate the competition level and gain recruiting knowledge for the southern teams. As the quantity (and quality) of girls in the southeast grew, they started showing up on SEC rosters. With the sport gaining traction and visibility, it only fed the travel ball environment in the southeast and helped improve the overall talent along with more quality showcase events. That parlayed into more coaches eyes looking to the south as a viable option for quality players. Occasionally, a sprinkle of the CA teams will come to the midwest and even to the south to play in the bigger events. That speaks volumes to the improved quality and level of play. Yes, the west coast will probably always have the edge given the shear numbers, ideal weather year around, and high school rules that allow both travel and high school play to co-exist. But if you have a daughter or niece or cousin playing softball in the southeast, it is awesome that they came dream big (and real) about playing in the SEC and for a world series championship.
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    Softball coming events

    Swindle and Harris can get there, but need more high quality innings to continue to development. There will be some bumps and bruises in SEC play for anyone not named Martin. That leads to a concern with Martin hitting in terms of risk vs reward. Sure, the team needs hitting, but she is avg on her best day. If she were to suffer any injury in the box or on the bases, that would turn the pitching situation upside down.
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    Softball coming events

    Sweet kid, but has a very long road to be ready to be on the field in any capacity.
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    2019 Softball Schedule

    Tissier has already had knee surgery, so she is wearing a brace.
  14. Again, that flirts with free agency. If you don't like the amount or percentage offer you get from a school, then don't take it. Coaches have a challenge too in planning and balancing a roster with their allowed scholarships. Allowing transfers in the middle of the school year is crazy. Still shocking the smaller schools actually voted this change through (for those that actually voted). Very few transfers take less, unless going to a WS contender....aka Yankees. Most of the coaches (well Power 5) would prefer being head count vs an equivalency to not have to deal with it...but again that is advantage Power 5. Most coaches reward those who perform at high levels by increasing their money (if not already high/full)...aka Cooper. Imagine of Murphy would have swooped in an got Cooper, AU fans would have been livid. At some point, there has to be a sense of commitment to the school offering you the scholarship and fulfilling that commitment. An exception to sitting would only with coaching changes. There is no forumula per se on how they divide it. Every school/coach is different in how they prefer to manage the "salary cap".
  15. Had a chance to catch up with some in the industry that were in favor of the “fairness” of the new transfer rule changes. Needless to say, they said they did not expect it to be exploited and used as it has been. They said expect changes and the ball was already rolling on discussions on the best ways to update it. Free agency was not the intention, especially during the school year. Careful with Pandora’s box.