Mike Lantry, 1972
So I caught the last half of Michigan's Taylor Jungman pitch against Team USA as the Futures Team lost 1-0. Now, the World Cup of Softball switches over to the Men's Slow Pitch Softball World Series. I'm serious. It exists. And there's not even beer allowed on the field. USA vs Canada. Uh... go America?
It also gets weirder. 11 players in the lineup.
As got some discussion on the super-regional thread, softball season ended a couple weeks too soon today, despite a furious late rally. The sense of disappointment in the stands was great, and I'm sure the team is feeling it even more.
Still, I won't accept the narrative that has this as a failed or wasted season. Yes, we expected and could have achieved much more. However, going 49-8 and winning a third straight Big Ten title is a damn fine year. A lot more folks are wishing they were us than are glad they aren't. A tough ending, but congratulations to the team on a great year - and may there be many more for Hutchins, the Bo of women's sports!
After dropping game one of the super regional to Tennessee 5-0, Michigan is in a bind today. We need to win both games in order to advance. Game one is at 4:30, and the if necessary game will be at 7. The first game will be on ESPNU, and if we push it to three games, the second will be on ESPN2.
Let's go Blue, this thing is far from over!
1 PM on the Big Ten Network, Softball will take on ND in the regional final, with the "if necessary" game at 3:30. Let's go Blue!
The Women's Softball Selection Show was tonight. Michigan will obviously host a regional as a national seed. They are the #2. As for the teams they'll face in their regional:
Ann Arbor Regional - May 21-23 at Ann Arbor, Michigan
Notre Dame (45-10) vs. Illinois State (32-18)
Wright St. (30-28-1) vs. No. 2 seed Michigan* (46-6)
I'll see if I can't convince Tim to have some sort of preview out for the weekend. If not, I may try to pull double duty.
No word on game times that I've seen yet. If Michigan can advance, they'll see the winner of the Tennessee regional.
There have been a few people interested in the return of Bree Evans after her medical emergency during the fall season. The good news is she's back. The better news, she's awesome.