this may be of some local interest
Haylie Wagner and Amanda Chidester won some very prestegious awards late this week form the Big Ten Office in Chicago.
Haylie won the Freshmen of the Year as well as Pitcher of the Year. Haylie had the best record in teh B1G for starting pitchers at 30-5. She was second in ERA at 1.53. Minny's Sara Moulton was 1.52. Haylie was 3rd in OBA at .205.
Chiddy was named Player of the Year. The senior from Allen Park Cabrini is a do-all type player. Many people dont know this but she is a catcher converted to third converted to 1st base. Chiddy had a .348 which is in the top 15. She had 44 RBIs which is in the top15. The most interesting stat is she scored 35 runs. That is high for a #3 / #4 power hitter. This shows how smart she is on the bases.
Her average is weighted down by a slow start. She is now batting over .400 the last half of the season. But that is the nature of averages: there is no such category as slump.
Congrats to both ladies. We are very proud of you. Keep up the good work in Louisville and we will see you in Oklahoma City.
The Michigan Softball team had its best series of the year, this weekend in Columbus. We smoked them Friday 10-2, then took 2 from them today 11-4 and 6-5.
Sara Driesenga started the first game and went the distance. She finished the game with 4 ER off 5 hits. She struck out 4 and walked 5. She also went 3 for 5 at the plate.
The offense is clicking in mid-season form by scrapping up 16 hits. Yes, that is correct. I said 16 (sixteen) hits. Chiddy led the way with a 2 for 3 performance and getting 3 RBIs and scoring 2 runs. Colie game out of her mini-slump by going 4 for 4 with 2 RBIs and a run scored. Ashley, Lyndsay and Steph Kirkpatrick each had 2 hits.
The second game was a little closer but not as close as the score would indicate. Haylie got the start and had a complete game. Things were a little rough on Haylie in the first inning. She had one pitch she which she could have back. It was a meat-ball for ohio 1B Evelyn Carrillo, who sent it for a ride for a grand slam. After that 1st inning, Haylie settled in and pitched a wonderful game. She ended up with 4 ER off 5 hits. She struck out 4 and walked 3.
The offense was led by Amy Knapp. She was 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs and 1 run scored. Bree Evans went 2 for 3 with 1 RBI and 1 run scored. We had 3 errors in the second game which can't make Coach happy.
Now I can say that we are starting to get on track. ohio is a very good team this year. They will finish in the top half of the B1G. We should have swept Indiana last week too but that is how things go. Great job ladies. Keep up the good work. We never lost faith in you.
I just hope everyone on this board realizes that we have an icon for a coach. She is the best and I would not trade her for anyone including Candreas.
The Michigan Softball Team took the rubber game of the weekend series against Indiana. M split yesterday so today's game was critical.
The bats were popping today. Ashley Lane was the big hero today by going 2 for 4 with a HR and 4 RBIs. Chiddy also went long and deep going 2 for 2 and scored 2 runs. Lindsay Doyle is doing all she can to keep herself in the #2 hole by going 3 for 4 with an RBI and 2 runs scored.
Haylie Wagner was in the circle today. She gave up 1 ER off 6 hits. She walked 0 and struck out 1: a very nice outing for Haylie today. Sara Driesenga batted for Haylie and went 1 for 3 with a run scored.
Indiana is a good team, not a great team. So we need to be more consistent in our day-to-day play. I think Coach is doing a wonderful job and is just trying to get the team into a groove.
Colie Sappingfield had a walk off grand slam in the bottom of the sixth inning to lead the Mochigan Softball team to victory against Bowling Green 12-2. She finished the day 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored and 5 RBIs. What a wonderful day for Colie. She has been struggling of late that this is just what the Doctor ordered for her. Colie is not known for hitting home runs.
Sara Driesenga played one of her best games today against BGSU. She was in the circle today and received the win. She pitched all 7 innings. She gave up 2 runs (1 ER) on 3 hits. She walked 4 and struck out 4.
Sara was also a leader at the plate. She went 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs. Chiddy also went 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs and a run scored. Lindsay Doyle went 2 for 2 with an RBI and 2 runs scored.
Overall we ended up with 13 hits on the day. We had 1 error as well. This game is certainly needed for a confidence booster. Bowling Green is not a Top 10 team, but a win is a win.
Great Job ladies. Keep up the good work. Awesome Job today Sara. We knew you could do it and we support you 100%.
The Michigan Softball Team had its first Mercy-Rule win today against EMU at Alumni Field. Today's game was not on the schedule; however, after two games in the Judi Garman Classic were canceled due to rain, Coach decided to get one in before the Big Ten Season.
Sara Driesenga got the win. She pitched 5 innings, gave up 2 unearned runs (0 ER) off 3 hits. She struck out 3 and walked none. She helped herself with the bat as well by going yard with a runner on base. She finished the game 1 for 2 with 2 RBIs and a run scored from the round tripper.
Chiddy hit a grand slam in the 8 run, 3rd inning. She ended up 1 for 2 with the 4 RBIs and the run scored from the dinger. Bree went 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored.
Coach continues to juggle the lineup. She had Chiddy at 1st, Steph and 3rd and Amy at SS. Colie was batting in the 9 hole and Lauren was batting in the 8th slot.
Not to shabby for the first game at home this year. It was nice to get a tune-up prior to the Big Ten season.
Blue Dragon? You know what to do.
The Michigan Softball team righted the ship this morning by defeating Mississippi State 3-1 in Clearwater Florida. This comes off the heels of two disappointing losses Friday and Saturday. Haylie started in the circle and yielded 1ER off 4 hits with 1 BB and 2 HBP. Sara came in to relieve Haylie in the 5th inning. Sara finished allowing 0 ER and 1 hit; she had 1 K and 0 BB. Coach is keeping the youngsters on a short leash today.
The offense was led by Caitlin Blanchard who went 1 for 2 with an RBI and a run scored. She hit a crucial hit to knock in Chiddy from second. Bree Evans was awarded an RBI after she worked the pitcher to full count while the bases were loaded and managed to get a good call along the way for the base on balls which scored a run. Chiddy went 2 for 3 with a run scored.
Now this is Michigan Softball that we know and love. Great pitching, timely hitting and ZERO errors today can make a coach smile. Coach Hutch uses many bench players today as well. Katie Luetkens, Brandi Virgil, and Jaclyn Crummey got into the game.
The two losses this weekend hurts. There is no doubt about that. We will drop more than a few spots in the polls next week. However, mid-season polls are useless. It gives fans and alums something to brag about before the Big Ten season starts. I personally wish they would release polls starting on May 1st leading into Regionals. Either way, GREAT job this morning ladies.
The team will stay in Florida for Spring Break and play Wednesday against USF in Tampa. This week we will play some top teams so we will get tested through this coming weekend. I have faith in the ladies and Coach will ensure they are ready to play.