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PGF 18U Championship Game Pitching?

Feb 7, 2013
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Did anyone else watch the PGF 18U championship game last Friday? One thing that jumped out at me was the pitching was very average and the batters were hitting the hell out of both teams pitchers. The pitching speed was mid to high 50's and lots and lots of ineffective low 40's change ups? Where did all of the elite pitching go? Were they used up in earlier bracket play?

I will say that the other defensive players made some very nice plays but surprisingly the weak spot was the pitching.
 
Oct 5, 2015
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A couple of things:

-it could be that OCBB Stith had some tired arms after losing first game and going through loser's bracket the whole way. Although I do agree there were a lot of change ups, especially by the 2021 for Stith

-Impact is a pretty big hitting team which might have contributed.

-2 Oklahoma commits on Stith and I find it very hard to believe that neither one could hit 60 on the gun.

-Most importantly, I think the radar was slightly off. Not sure if you saw the All Star game later that night but having seen several of the girls in that game pitch in person, the radar did not line up with what I have seen. It is pretty easy to tell the different between 55 and 60, in my opinion. I think the radar was an easy 5 MPH off.
 
Nov 25, 2012
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-Most importantly, I think the radar was slightly off. Not sure if you saw the All Star game later that night but having seen several of the girls in that game pitch in person, the radar did not line up with what I have seen. It is pretty easy to tell the different between 55 and 60, in my opinion. I think the radar was an easy 5 MPH off.
Radar was most definitely off...almost to the point of ridiculous. I don't know if it was an ESPN radar (I think it probably was as it was their network) or not but I agree an easy 5 mph off and would bet it was more than that. I have seen Brooke Vestal pitch now for many years and I am confident in saying she doesn't average mid-50's on her pitches.
 
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