yes, I'm still beating the drum for college softball. in a lot of ways, it's more spectator-friendly than baseball (seven innings, very few pitching changes, no tedious pick-off throws, little posturing between pitches).
ladies started today. Oklahoma is the heavy favorite, returning almost everyone from a team that was runner-up last season. Tennessee looked good against bama last weekend.
3. "WCWS Championship Series: Tennessee vs. Oklahoma" In response to Reply # 0
obviously the biggest game on TV tonight. both teams have been perfect in the postseason, but Oklahoma has been downright dominant -- the Lady Sooners have outscored their playoff opponents 86-14. and their pitcher is the two-time NPOY.
first game was a gut punch, but when you give a great team an inch, they take a foot. congrats to Oklahoma -- clearly the best team in softball this season, and the most dominant I've seen in the last seven years.
thanks to the Lady Vols, tho. having watched these girls for most of their careers, I'm happy to say they've repped Tennessee better than any other sports program in that span.
6. "the illusion of dominance." In response to Reply # 0
they need to move in the fences at Ameritrade Park. it's been a talking point since the stadium opened, and in three years the power drain has only worsened.
I'm fine with keeping the bats regulated, but in watching the games this weekend, pitchers were making flat out horrible mistakes and not getting punished. Mississippi State's closer throws a hanging curve that would've lost the game -- it's crushed, but still caught after traveling 374 feet. UCLA and LSU last night, both pitchers throw straight fastballs down the middle that can't clear either power alley.
anyway, an OK start to the CWS. the Mississippi State / Oregon State game was great. possible top 2014 pick Carlos Rodon was dominant against UNC (Tar Heels' pitching staff has still not recovered from their nightmare regional). Indiana / Louisville and UCLA / LSU were close games, but had a manufactured competitiveness due to the aforementioned park factor.