Lets not forget that the golf national championships start today. Go Blue!!!
O and I hear that Tressel might be resigning, could just be a rumor though.
Here is another installment for all the softball junkies on this board that follow softball by the hour. We have another recruit to welcome to the Michigan Family. It is Haylie Wagner. As with the other softball “Hello” posts, Haylie’s is more of a player profile as she signed her LOI in November.
Haylie plays for El Modena High School (El Mo) in the Orange County High School league. This is the same league as Jordan Taylor’s Valencia High School. Haylie is 6’ 0” and is a clone of JT. Haylie has strong arm and has strong legs and best of all she is a left-handed pitcher.
Her summer team is the elite Courage out of Southern California. Courage has 6 players that have currently signed LOI to D1 schools. This team is an elite team that is consistently in the top tier in the ASA 18U Gold Division.
With the addition of Haylie, this will give us 4 pitchers on staff for 2012. These are Jr Stephanie Spiereman, Sr. Hilary Payne, and the two incoming Freshmen Sara Driesenga and Haylie Wagner.
Haylie doesn’t have blazing speed as her strike out numbers are low (about 2 Ks per game in 2011) compared to other pitchers we are accustomed to. But don’t let that cloud your judgment. Haylie has an awesome K to BB ratio of 8 to 1. This shows a tremendous amount of control and command of her pitches.
Her currents pitching statistics are 17 wins and 5 losses with 139 IP. She has given up 29 runs of which 22 are earned off 24 hits. She has an ERA of 1.11
Haylie is another rare pitcher that bats for herself, like incoming freshman RHP Sara Driesenga. Haylie is batting .571 with 15 RBIs, 8 runs scored, 2 doubles and 7 Home Runs. She has 0 stolen bases and 0 triples so I’m guessing base-running speed is not in her top 10 softball qualities.
I will continue to profile new players in the coming few days. I debated submitting this post with all the drama in ohio these days. But the Michigan Show must go on. The addition of Haylie certainly makes our future eve brighter. Welcome to Michigan Haylie. Its great….to be…..a Michigan Wolverine. Go Blue.
Michigan made a strong showing this weekend at the ACRA National Championships. I went down to watch my niece (UC Davis) (She took home GOLD BABY!!!). Great event. The participants had a difficult time with the heat & humidity but the teams from MI (UofM & GVSU) were strong.
The MI coach gave the play by play from a boat at the start to the point the finish tower could make the call. Did a really nice job, better than the announcer in the tower.
Salute to our Vets, those in Uniform, their families... and especially to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.
Andy Oliver put up a quality start in just his second MLB start and against the best lineup in baseball. Tigers were able to claw back from a 3-0 deficit to tie the first game up, which is where it's at after 7.5.
Also, it seems ESPN and/or MLB is lifting the exclusivity ban and will let FSD show the nightcap featuring Verlander v. Beckett. I guess some big wig finally decided the little bump in ratings the ESPN game would otherwise get is not worth having a premier pitching matchup go un-televised. Good for them, I can't wait to watch!
We're a little more than 2 hours from kick off of the World's Superbowl. It's a matchup of the '08 (Man U) and '09 (Barca) champions.
Two years ago when these two met in the Final the game outdrew the Superbowl world wide in TV ratings. I think that was on ESPN, though, so the build up was certainly bigger. This year it's on FOX, so we may see similar numbers b/c of the wider reach of network TV.
I'm expecting a similar game to the '09 one. Barca is the superior team and Man U will need to play at its absolute best to stay in the game.
Biased prediction: 2-0 Barca. Cheers to the Catalans!