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|18 min 47 sec ago||I have not revised||
the post. Sorry for the confusion.
|25 min 53 sec ago||Im not sure||
if we can discuss this on the board but I bet a C-Note on the under.
|27 min 14 sec ago||The Super Regionals||
started today. I realize that most people do not care about any other team than M. However there are a few of us diehard softball fans that appreciate some good softball.
Washington just tied up Mizzu in the top of the 7th.
|3 hours 52 min ago||Oh no||
say it aint so.
|23 hours 49 min ago||Lloyd Carr||
was the best I ever heard. It was 2003 at my daughters HS graduation. He spoke about when he interviewed for the job at my (and my daughter's) high school. He was chosen over another good guy in my HS Football Coach.
Lloyd was almost my HS coach. It is difficult to grasp but true. Lloyd said he regretted not getting the job because of the HS tradition we had. Somehow I think he landed a job that had just a little bit more tradition, but not by much.
I still have it on tape and I transcribed it too.
|23 hours 56 min ago||Hi there M,||
How are you? Brooke and I missed you last weekend. I know Jon is busy but are you going to the game this weekend?
|1 day 2 hours ago||I traded emails||
with him last weekend. He works during the evening but he will respond.
I was hoping to meet up with him for a ginger ale the weekend for the softball game but he has a convention (I think) that he is going to.
|1 day 12 hours ago||I have said||
this many times before. MSU is not our rival. A rival needs to be able to compete with us year after year. We compete with Ohio for recruits and they have a decent football team.
MSU does not compete with us in any metrics. We only compete on the athletic field, court or ice. The casual fan considers this a "rivalry game" but by definition, MSU is not a rival to most people that have a financial investment in our school. If you ask "Joe Football Fan" on the streets of Fowlerville, he will say MSU is a rival, when in actuality, they are not.
We have so much tradition (and hatred) for Ohio over the years: The Ten Year War I, the upcoming Ten Year War II, Tatgate, Fab Five, etc. Hell we even want to beat them in the annual blood drive every year. MSU is just another Big Ten conference that happens to be in close proximity to us.
The UM/MSU game does not even get on regional TV and is relegated to BTN Channel 3. However, UM/ohio is the prime time game every single year.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Toledo War|
|3 days 6 hours ago||The key is||
that softball seams are higher and larger surface area compared to a baseball.
YES!!!!! You hit the nail on the head. The batter CAN see the pitch. However the reaction time is actually less in softball than baseball. The plate to the front edge of the mound is exactly 43' by rule. However, the ball is typically released 3~5 feet in front of the mound via the foot drag and forward leap. So the pitch is released at about 37'. A good college pitcher is up around 67 or 68 MPH. So 68 MPH = almost 100 feet per second. 100 fps @ 37 feet is 370 miliseconds.
Now keep in mind that the batters swing is about 100-200 miliseconds so the batter has about 200 milliseconds to decide to swing. This is why good pitching beats good hitting every time. Most good teams hit about .300~.350.
A good baseball pitcher is about 92 MPH = 135 FPS. But baseball mound is at 60'6" and they do not get the benefit of the foot drag. So 135 fps @ 60'6" is about 450 miliseconds.
|3 days 8 hours ago||EDIT: Friday and Saturday Games this weekend.||
Friday at 2pm and Saturday Noon with the "if" game following.
|3 days 8 hours ago||The "drop" pitch||
is very similar (but not exactly) to the curve in baseball. I could get into the physics with you but I'm an engineer and I love geeky things like this.
Basically as the pitcher releases the ball, she rolls her wrist. I teach my pitchers to "turn the door knob" (counterclock wise for RHP).
The index finger should be in full contact with the seams. As the ball is released, the follow through will force the arm to come across the body as opposed to the fast ball where the hand/wrist will follow through up to the neck/face area.
The ball will have severe rotation. The ball will develop high and low pressures around the ball surface. If enough rotation (and speed) are acheived, the ball will "drop". This is very similar to a "stall" in an airplane. There is not enough pressure to hold the weight and the high pressure will cause the ball to move down.
The "rise" ball is just the opposite of the drop although very difficult to master. The ball starts off at the hip of the pitcher. As the ball is gaining velocity and rotation, the ball bites into the air molecules and "climbs the ladder". The batter sees the ball at the letters but when she swings, the ball is up around her chin. Typically the batter misses the rise ball. Ashley Lane is probably the best rise ball hitter that I have ever seen. She will at least get a piece of the ball to foul it off.
Alabama's Jackie Traina is a master of the rise ball. I counted every pitch in the WS. From my vantage point (my lay-z-boy) she threw about 33% of her pitches in the strike zone. Most of her strike outs were from batters chasing the high ball. Even Ashley struck out a few times on the rise ball.
Most people do not understand the game of softball. Many think that a high pitch is the sign of a pitcher losing control. FALSE. A good pitcher will throw the rise ball until she walks two batters in one inning. Then she will mix up her pitches a little more. Teams have figured out Traina and now force her to throw pitcher in the strike zone where it can be hit.
|4 days 21 min ago||Should be||
the same as the Regionals.
|4 days 25 min ago||+1 to you good sir||
for getting Reed City in a post.
|4 days 2 hours ago||Yes||
There were top 10 pre-season IIRC. They had a few bad loses, but we did as well.
This is going to be a great series.
I still predict a Oklahoma-Michigan World Series Final.
|4 days 2 hours ago||YES||
|4 days 3 hours ago||We must have||
been sitting very close then. I was originally in Sec 1 row 7. Then I moved down to the dugout area.
Emily Hepker is out of the hospital and was in the dugout with the team. It was such a treat to see her smile and get a hug from all the girls.
|4 days 3 hours ago||Henderson was in the dugout||
and not having muh fun. I spoke with her briefly after the game as we waited for the players to come out. She said her knee was killing her and she was about to pull herself out. If Cal won the first game, she would not have played in the second.
I felt bad for her because she played very well today but not good enough. She was hobbling toward Schembechler Hall with her dad. A good game by both teams.
I only ask that the best team wins. I think this happened today.
|4 days 4 hours ago||The delayed dead ball||
was the second call he made. The first was interference then he quickly changed to delayed dead ball AFTER the second base umpire called delayed dead ball. The second base umpire did not have position to see Ashley in relationship with the ball or the runner as the Ashley obscured her vision of the play.
The home plate ump then confirmed what both base umpires called. Hutch was arguing the original call with the first base umpire. Then the home plate umpire injected herself without being invited.
Bad call either way. If the first base ump CLEARLY called delayed dead ball and then the other 2 umpires confirmed the call, then you can say "umpires judgement".
Hutch was spitting angry. The home plate umpire was just as angry. I rarely see other umpires lose their cool with a coach. Overall I thought this umpire did a decent job but not good enough for Regional Play.
I have umpired many a high school game and I will admit I made more than my fair share of mistakes. I do not claim to be an NCAA quality umpire but I would have called this a "collision" or no-call as the runner did not leave her feet and just side stepped Ashley.
|4 days 5 hours ago||I was standing||
next to the dugout. Coach was pissed as she should have been. The umpire followed Hutch back to the dugout. They were about 5 feet from me.
Coach was arguing for an interference call. The first base ump CLEARLY signaled interference on the runner. The home plate ump came running out and called a conference. The call was reversed.
There are two problems with this. 1) this call was NOT the home plate ump's call. It was clearly the first base ump's call. He called interference. 2) The home plate ump said that Ashley did not have a "reasonable" attempt at the ball. So worst case we have a "collision" with no call either way. But to call obstruction on Ashley, the umpire had to interpret that Ashley's action was to imped the runner.
Rule 2.00 Interference: A runner makes contact with a fielder attempting to field a batted ball, except the batter with the catcher in the immediate vicinity of home plate immediately after the ball was batted;
Now NCAA does not have a "no contact" rule like high school and summer ball does. All runners are required to attempt to avoid collisions; if a runner fails to do so, he is guilty of malicious contact, which is one kind of offensive interference
Normally this would have been a "No call" which allows the play to continue. In this case the runner was forced out and the batter-runner was safe at first.
|6 days 2 hours ago||^^^^^^^^||
another big funny. Damn boys, this board is just too funny tonight.
|6 days 2 hours ago||^^^^^^^^||
|6 days 3 hours ago||I feel you.||
The dude is terrible. Even Section 1 could do better.
|6 days 3 hours ago||What ever happened||
to the unwritten rule that announcers do NOT talk about no-hitters? WTF???
|6 days 3 hours ago||Like Romero?||
She is the type of player that comes along once every 5 or so years. We do have some blue chips in the wings that will contribute.
|1 week 3 days ago||In this funny game of softball||
anything can happen: a bad call, a lucky bounce, a wild pitch or a rain delay. Thankfully it is a double elimination bracket which should even out any lucky team.
The chance of a team coming out of the losers bracket to win it is about 15% overall.
|1 week 3 days ago||Absolutely Agree!||
We cannot worry about other teams. If we play solid defense, get those timely hits and Sara/Haylie keeps us in the game, we are off to Oklahoma City.
|1 week 3 days ago||Good Luck to him.||
Hopefully he lands on his feet somewhere.
|1 week 4 days ago||No.||
There are 2 brackets of 4 teams playing double elimination. Each bracket has a winner then the winners play the best 2 of 3.
|1 week 4 days ago||That was||
some crazy softball last year. Dont count out Hofstra this year either. They are really good.