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Old 10-24-2017, 10:03 PM   #61
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Good fall wrap-up interview of Ralph and Karen:

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Old 10-25-2017, 12:18 AM   #62
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Good fall wrap-up interview of Ralph and Karen:

audioBoom / Ralph and Karen Weekly (10.24.17)

It would have been nice if the radio jocks had asked a couple more serious questions about this year's team--but as usual they wasted about half the interview making dopey comments, especially Ainge.
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Old 10-25-2017, 05:54 AM   #63
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Have to believe that pitching will be better with two having another season of experience. The question marks still the same and should have asked the coaches about the catching position and first base. Those two positions have to hit more that we got last season.
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Old 10-25-2017, 07:31 AM   #64
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The coaches said Morgan is playing first and that she is an excellent fielder, so there we are. I was glad to hear that our many left-hand hitters are seeing left-hand pitching in practice--from Sprang and a graduate assistant. That will help a little.
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Old 10-25-2017, 08:18 AM   #65
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The coaches said Morgan is playing first and that she is an excellent fielder, so there we are. I was glad to hear that our many left-hand hitters are seeing left-hand pitching in practice--from Sprang and a graduate assistant. That will help a little.
And from all indications Bearden will man the catchers position until someone starts to out hit her!
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I have high hopes for Bearden although she had a bad season last year.
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Old 10-25-2017, 05:29 PM   #67
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I have high hopes for Bearden although she had a bad season last year.
Me to! If she can finish that strong up the middle spot as a left hand catcher and hit we will be much better than last year. Lefty catchers can do well when athletic. Not sure that Bearden is what one would call athletic and she is rather tall but if she can hit we can overlook the defense a little bit!
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Old 10-25-2017, 08:13 PM   #68
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I'm not sold on Bearden at all. She hit .216 last year--that's worse than Lockman--and she's not as good a catcher. She is big but didn't show any power last year and is slow. She's also yet another left-handed hitter when we need right-hand hitters. I'm not trying to knock her--just offering facts. I'm not sure why the coaches would think she's an improvement. I suspect that both will play and the one that hits better will get more starts.
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I'm not sold on Bearden at all. She hit .216 last year--that's worse than Lockman--and she's not as good a catcher. She is big but didn't show any power last year and is slow. She's also yet another left-handed hitter when we need right-hand hitters. I'm not trying to knock her--just offering facts. I'm not sure why the coaches would think she's an improvement. I suspect that both will play and the one that hits better will get more starts.
I hear that she has shown more power this fall than in the past, however SEC play is a different animal. I thought Lockman got every chance to pick up the position by hitting and she just could not hit. Righty or not she will have to prove her worth for me. We might as well give up on recruiting good right hand hitters for Ralph. I looks like it aint going to happen. We both have asked for years and still none.

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It appears that we have lost one of our 2018 recruits. We had commitments from two southern California shortstops for next year. One was Mikayla Allee, from Norco High and Southern Cal Athletics, and the other was Kaitlin Parsons, from Los Alamitos High and the Firecrackers club team. Powerhouse high school and club teams. It was a little bit odd to have commitments from two shortstops from rival schools--I think they are rivals--but we certainly need a shortstop next year to take over from Gregg. (Do we have a legit SS on the roster now other than Gregg?))

Both Allee and Parsons are athletic and good defensively. Allee seemed slightly the better prospect to me as she is, I think, a regular hitter and was at one time ranked in the 170 range. She hit a home run in the southern California high school title game last spring. Parsons is speedy but more of a slap hitter, from what I gather.

In any case, Allee last month announced that she had committed to Ole Miss, after visiting that SEC school. I can only assume that she decided that two shortstops in one class was one too many. So Parsons looks to be our shortshop of the near future. She should be a good addition--and maybe a very good addition.

Nobody, sadly, is going to fill Gregg's shoes--and a bit scary to think of the Vols without her. To say we've been spoiled at the shortstop position would be an understatement: In Gregg and Maddy Shipman, we've had back-to-back All Americans and legit player of the year contenders. Third time's a charm?
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The coaches said Morgan is playing first and that she is an excellent fielder, so there we are. I was glad to hear that our many left-hand hitters are seeing left-hand pitching in practice--from Sprang and a graduate assistant. That will help a little.
i played 1st miami-florida 92-96 n mom was world class womens slow-pitch 1st baseman n she said 1st very important postion.i liked what i saw from her cause 1st should be able stop n catch whatever thrown at you n streatching for ball extremely important at 1st
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Old 11-04-2017, 11:39 AM   #72
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The Tennessee softball program went a perfect 8-0 in fall ball during the months of September and October, a slate of contests in which both junior Haley Bearden and sophomore Chelsea Seggern recorded double-digit RBIs. Bearden led the Lady Vols with 12 RBIs over those eight games, going 7-for-20 at the plate and hitting four home runs to lead the team. Seggern drove in 10 runs, hit four doubles and stole two bases. Senior Meghan Gregg hit two home runs for Tennessee and led the way with 13 runs scored.

Senior CJ McClain scored 12 runs, while also going 19-for-25 at the plate for a team-best .760. She led five Lady Vols who hit .400 or better over those eight games; junior Aubrey Leach hit .457 (16-for-35), while freshman Amanda Ayala was 9-for-20 (.450) and sophomore Jenna Holcomb was 8-for-18 (.444).

Tennessee Goes Undefeated in Fall Ball - University of Tennessee Athletics
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Old 11-07-2017, 08:45 PM   #73
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According to Flosoftball, UT has #1 recruiting class for 2018. Format of the list is bad, but the summary is Weekly's continue to prove they are the best coaches on campus. Also, should be noted that Duke is #13 on the list - they don't have a softball team this year, program starts next year and will start with a top 15 recruiting class.


Ranking University Points # of players Top 200 Player Rankings
1 Tennessee 1096 8 x's: 2, 12, 42, 61, 68, 71, 121, 135
2 UCLA 1003 6 x's: 1, 15, 17, 24, 40, 106
3 Florida 908 6 x's: 8, 26, 46, 49, 51, 116
4 Oklahoma 803 5 x's: 6, 13, 31, 62, 90
5 Oregon 767 6 x's: 10, 11, 73, 27, 96, 176
6 Oklahoma State 732 7 x's: 65, 29, 82, 111, 118, 128, 142
7 Michigan 722 5 x's: 18, 21, 28, 58, 158
8 LSU 624 5 x's: 9, 16, 56, 131, 170
T-9 Alabama 617 4 x's: 3, 7, 63, 114
T-9 Northwestern 617 5 x's: 25, 44, 45, 115, 159
11 Auburn 527 4 x's: 36, 47, 53, 141
12 Florida State 505 5 x's: 5, 12, 136, 152, 195
13 Duke 500 5 x's: 54, 64, 80, 145, 162
14 South Carolina 478 4 x's: 43, 77, 86, 120
15 Texas A&M 472 6 x's: 4, 74, 148, 154, 172, 181
16 Utah 471 5 x's: 52, 93, 112, 126, 151
17 Stanford 436 5 x's: 38, 95, 99, 149, 188
18 Arizona 417 4 x's: 57, 75, 125, 130
T-19 Georgia 375 3 x's: 69, 78, 81
T-19 Notre Dame 375 3 x's: 29, 92, 107
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