I can't tell you what the ARK. pitcher looks like, or I will have to give myself a time out.
MTR - A foul ball is a foul ball. Nothing else, just a foul ball.
There would have been 40+ walks had the girls went up there and not swung their bats. I thought that the strike zone was very small. At 40' a pitcher would have a chance of throwing it down the middle and hoping that the batter wouldn't catch up with the pitch. At 43' it is a whole new game. Squeeze the strike zone, there will be a boat load of walks and homers.18 walks in that game yesterday, that was ridiculous.
Anyone that knows Mike Larabee knew it was just a matter of time at Ark. He did one heck of a job at WSU before he left. Team BA is now up to 290 with 49 HR's.
Last edited by SBFAMILY; 04-17-2013 at 01:37 PM.
Great… thanks for the reference..
- You only get 4 years to play college ball. As a player, I'd rather be the starter at a different school than sit behind a Chelsea Thomas especially since it is clear college coaches are absolutely not going to use more than two pitchers if they can absolutely avoid it. Choice of starting for 4 years for a mid-Major versus sitting behind someone for 2 of the 4 years seems like an easy choice to me.
- Because travel teams ALSO do this - most teams are only really developing one true pitcher. And because most travel coaches are 'speed' versus 'movement' we lose a lot of girls who can really spin the ball with decent speed over someone who can only throw hard.
- I'd transfer or stop being a pitcher as well if I felt I could be a starter elsewhere or if I had no shot of being the starter no matter what I do.
- Hot bats and better batting are also hurting pitchers. A half swing shouldn't regularly provide a home run - yet you see it way too often. Bigger fields or dead balls - it is going to happen.
- There are simply not that many girls who start pitching after 13 or 14 who make it to college as a pitcher. That means the pool just gets smaller and smaller year after year. Not saying it doesn't happen - but it doesn't happen often. So that group of second year 12U pitchers - that is where colleges are pulling from for their recruiting year.
- There REALLY are lots of colleges out there. And softball is becoming bigger so a lot more colleges are fighting over the top talent. You may see a lot of excellent pitchers out there but the depth just doesn't exist. When you actually add up the number of good pitchers you are actually seeing in HS/Travel the numbers are surprisingly small.
And this leads to some very good pitchers just not doing it any more. It is a lot of work to be just average and there isn't a lot of opportunity for average pitchers on good teams. I was talking to a local pitching coach who says every girl he has coached who has stuck with it has played in college - some not because they were great but because college teams struggle to find depth once you get past the big name schools. He right now is looking for pitchers for 2013 opportunities in all college divisions for his contacts.
Last edited by marriard; 05-14-2013 at 01:17 PM.
Softball, Softball, Softball..... Softball...