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|2 weeks 1 day ago||2014 Judi Garman Schedule||
If you click on the link and the 2014 Judi Garman schedule doesn't show, click on 2014 Judi Garman in the right sidebar under 2014 Season. BTW, this post and the previous post were intended as a reply to post #9 by MGoBrewMom.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Judy Garman Classic||
There may be a mistake in the 2014 MIchigan softball schedule posted on MoGoBlue.com. Here is a link to the schedule for the 2014 Judi Garman Classic posted on the Cal State Fullerton web site. http://www.fullertontitans.com/sports/w-softbl/2013-14/files/2014_JG_Tou... Instead of playing Long Beach State on Thursday as per the Michigan schedule, the JG schedule shows Michigan playing Arizona State. Instead of playing San Jose State on Friday as per the Michigan schedule, the JG schedule shows Michigan playing Arizona. If that is correct, what a schedule for Michigan. Arizona State and Washington on Thursday, Houston and Arizona on Friday and Texas on Saturday. What a tournament--5 of the 8 WCWS participants plus Wisconsin, Arizona, Houston and the 4 Cal State schools. We'll know a lot about Michigan, Nebraska and Wisconsin after this tournament.
|9 weeks 4 hours ago||I was fortunate enough to||
I was fortunate enough to watch the games in Traverse City. I have also read Coach Hutch's post-TC comments. My impressions:
(1) Michigan's defense is going to be a lot better than it was last year. We were already pretty solid in the outfield with Silo, Lyndsay, and Nicole returning. Over the last year, Romo has improved tremendously at shortstop. She now makes all the plays with great ease and confidence. I don't believe she made any errors last weekend. She made one especially outstanding play lunging to the right to snag a low line drive. Hutch obviously has decided that Silo will remain in left and that freshman Abby Ramirez will be the second baseman at Michigan for the foreseeable future. Abby played every inning over the weekend at second and made many fine plays. Romo at short and Abby at second for three years will be a significant strength for Michigan. Kelsey and Taylor Hasselbach fielded well at first. Caitlin, who is out with a broken thumb, won the first base job last year when Kelsey and Taylor dropped too many balls at first during the early season last year. Both Kelsey and freshman Lindsay Montemarano were flawless at third. Monte, in particular, showed that she will be a very reliable third baseman. The excellent Lauren Sweet played every inning as catcher. There was a difficult ball that Abby didn't field cleanly but I don't think that was an error. Other than possibly that play, I don't think Michigan made any errors over the 5 games.
(2) In 2012, Michigan depended mostly on Haylie in the circle. Last season, Sara carried the team especially in the pre-Big Ten and post-Big Ten seasons. Next year, barring any injuries, Michigan will have three very strong pitchers. Freshman Megan Betsa pitched 10 scoreless innings in TC. I think she gave up only 2 or 3 hits and only 1 walk. Haylie and Sara were almost as good. Each gave up only one run and very few hits and walks. As Hutch has noted, Haylie looks a lot fitter than she did last year. That was obvious to me. But note that the pitching of most Big Ten teams and not just Nebraska is going to be very good next year.
(3) As Hutch also noted, the hitting could have been better in TC. Romo (2 home runs and several doubles and singles), Kelsey and freshmen Kelly Christner had the best weekends at the plate, in my opinion. In general, they hit the ball hard and on a line. Silo and Monte also had pretty good weekends as batters. Lauren Sweet was disappointing as the clean-up hitter and Abby was disappointing as the #9 hitter. Abby batted almost entirely as a left-handed slapper and had trouble making good contact. I think she hit her home runs in high school as a right-handed hitter. I expect Abby to improve her hitting considerably as the season progresses. With the possible exception of Megan, the pitchers did not hit well. I am not sure how long Hutch will be able to let the pitchers hit for themselves.
(4) My big takaways from the weekend in TC. (a) Kelsey will be playing as a regular at third, at first (if Caitlin is not available) or as DP, probably as the #5 hitter as has been suggested. (b) The four freshman all showed they are ready to make significant contributions to Team 37. It is obvious that Hutch feels that way. Abby is going to be a great up the middle partner with Romo. Monte will be a very good backup or starter at third. Hutch indicated that she will have to find a spot for Kelly. At TC, Kelly played left, center and first. She looked very good at each position. She was especially impressive as a hitter. Over the weekend, she batted 8th and 2nd. This coming season, she will be playing in the field or as DP. She is too good not to have her bat in the lineup. Finally, Megan was outstanding as pitcher. As Hutch's comments indicate, I think she will be treated as co-equal with Haylie and Sara. . .
|37 weeks 3 days ago||Agree with MGS||
Softball fans in the stands almost always shout out encouragement to their players using their first names. "Amy, time for a hit." "Great pitch, Sara." etc. Yes, it's a softball thing.
FWIW, Coach Hutch. to avoid confusion, refers to Sierra Romero as "Romo" and Sierra Lawrence as "Silo (pronounced Seelo)."