2019 Recruiting - Softball

Discussion in 'Softball' started by Ellis21d, Aug 22, 2018.

  1. Ellis21d

    Ellis21d JediHorn

    London Mardrr signed
     
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  2. Ellis21d

    Ellis21d JediHorn

    Camille Corona signed
     
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  3. racerx5908

    racerx5908 1,000+ Posts

    Grace Green
     
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  4. racerx5908

    racerx5908 1,000+ Posts

    Update:
    Signed: Camille Corona - Dripping Springs
    Signed: Grace Greene - Birdville HS, North Richland Hills

    Alyssa Popelka - Westwood HS, Austin
    Signed: London Marderr - Atascocita
    Cait Calland - Katy -> Now LSU
    Tori Whillock - Katy -> Now Texas Tech
    Alana Vawter -> Flipped to Stanford
     
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  5. Ellis21d

    Ellis21d JediHorn

     
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  6. Ellis21d

    Ellis21d JediHorn

    Alyssa Popelka now in the fold
     
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  7. racerx5908

    racerx5908 1,000+ Posts

    Surprise signing. Pitcher, that's about what I know and that's from scanning her twitter feed.
     
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  8. longhorn47

    longhorn47 250+ Posts

    She's from Dawson HS in Pearland...RHP/INF
     
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  9. Run Pincher

    Run Pincher 1,000+ Posts

    Thanks for the updates racer & Ellis. I think White will get this program turned around pretty quick.
     
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  10. racerx5908

    racerx5908 1,000+ Posts

    I thought the phrasing was interesting, "Happy to finally announce". Looks like Mike White was holding a scholarship to see where Alana Vawter decided to go and she was told she would get it if Vawter went elsewhere. So this year (including the transferring pitcher from Oregon) we'll have 4 pitchers and then 2019-2020 we'll have 5 pitchers. Hmmm. I thought Connie was crazy to do it, but if they're all willing to play together and Mike has really expanded the roster size, okay.
     
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  11. Phil Elliott

    Phil Elliott 2,500+ Posts

    The #1 thing that Softball needs is a pitch count or innings pitched limit, so that a team must have a staff of pitchers instead of one stud that carries them thru an entire tourney. Make it more like baseball.
     
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  12. Vol Horn 4 Life

    Vol Horn 4 Life 5,000+ Posts

    The only reason those rules are in place in baseball is to prevent injury. Now managers have a pitcher for every situation possible which is absurd. Injury is not an issue with softball pitchers so no reason to limit innings just so they have to play more pitchers. If one pitcher can dominate the game then play her every inning you can.

    Quite frankly with pitchers frequently pushing 65-70 mph, maybe the mound should be pushed back 10 feet for not only more competitive at bats but also pitcher safety. A line drive to the face off a 65 mph fast ball will sting a little.
     
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  13. Phil Elliott

    Phil Elliott 2,500+ Posts

    When I said "make it more like baseball" I did not mean in terms of the rules. There are not rules in baseball that limit pitches or innings beyond Little League. In baseball, it is self-limiting, since pitchers cannot physically pitch 2 or 3 games in a row like they do in softball. I am advocating using such rules in softball so that you need more than one really good pitcher. I want building and managing a pitching staff to get rewarded, as it is in baseball.

    I also agree about moving the mound back and spreading out the bases. Again, make it more like baseball. Softball will be more successful attracting baseball fans this way IMO.
     
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  14. racerx5908

    racerx5908 1,000+ Posts

    Apparently, she can hit. But then....I think that's gonna be a requirement to play for Mike White:
     
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  15. Phil Elliott

    Phil Elliott 2,500+ Posts

    Yeah this team is really clubbing the ball early on. A stark contrast to the CC days.
     
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  16. Ellis21d

    Ellis21d JediHorn

    Amazing start to the year. 6 run rule victories so far this year! That's 10 or 11 innings of play. WOW this team is fun to watch!
     
  17. longhorn47

    longhorn47 250+ Posts

    We owe Connie a huge thanks for all she did, but THANK GOD, MIKE WHITE IS HERE...
     
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  18. Ellis21d

    Ellis21d JediHorn

    Grace Greene is having an outstanding Senior year it appears! The future looks bright!
     
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  19. racerx5908

    racerx5908 1,000+ Posts

    My daughter plays varsity softball (very bad team) in the same (sports) district as Dripping Springs and is excited to see/play-against Camille Corona. She won't be happy to be run-ruled, but I'll report back on Camille's play.

    ;)
     
  20. Ellis21d

    Ellis21d JediHorn

    Camille Corona is a winner!
     
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  21. Ellis21d

    Ellis21d JediHorn

    Nice article from Houston Chronicle about London Marder.
     
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  22. Ellis21d

    Ellis21d JediHorn

    Good Luck Camille!
     
  23. Ellis21d

    Ellis21d JediHorn

    A hitting machine!! We sure need it!
     
  24. Ellis21d

    Ellis21d JediHorn

    Just a Recap of Texas's five Freshmen coming in next year:
    Camille Corona - Infield/Utility, Dripping Springs (only player from Connie Clark's original class)
    Grace Greene - Pitcher, Birdville HS, North Richland Hills
    Alyssa Popelka - Infielder/Utility, Westwood HS, Austin
    London Marderr - Catcher/Utility, Atascocita
    Courtney Day - Pitcher, Pearland Dawson (was a late signee and former SFA commit)

    Softball inks four players to its 2019-20 signing class - University of Texas Athletics
     
  25. racerx5908

    racerx5908 1,000+ Posts

    An interesting tidbit as relates to my family. My daughter plays varsity softball in the district that includes Dripping Springs (which in softball AND volleyball ensures that our H.S. will never come close to sniffing any type of championship).

    So she's:
    a) played against Corona twice - says that she didn't see any wow factor in the game*
    b) our pitcher was a senior transfer from The Woodlands who played club ball with Marderr
    c) our shortstop played club ball with Popelka

    *D.S. kept run-ruling our team by the 3rd inning (15 runs or more) that she didn't see A LOT of Corona. : )

    From the UIL rulebook
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  26. Run Pincher

    Run Pincher 1,000+ Posts

    Can any of them play SS?
     
  27. racerx5908

    racerx5908 1,000+ Posts

    Both Corona and Popelka play SS. My daughter said that her teammate who plays with Popelka on club says she's very good at SS.
     
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  28. Ellis21d

    Ellis21d JediHorn

    Looks like we are getting a good one! Sure could use a good hitting and dependable Short Stop!
     
  29. Ellis21d

    Ellis21d JediHorn

    Is this Mike White's recruiting class?
    Camille Corona - Infield/Utility, Dripping Springs
    Only player from Connie Clark's original recruiting class
    Grace Greene - Pitcher, Birdville HS, North Richland Hills
    Originally committed to Oregon. Flipped her commitment after Mike White went to Texas
    Alyssa Popelka - Infielder/Utility, Westwood HS, Austin
    Originally committed to Boston University (where her sister goes).
    Courtney Day - Pitcher, Pearland Dawson, Pearland
    Originally committed to SFA.
    London Marder - Catcher/Utility, Atascocita HS, Humble
    Was not committed to any school. Was holding an offer from U of Houston. Mike White saw her at the Texas camp and offered her after Alana Vawter flipped to Stanford.
    Grace Greene could really be the only player you could consider to be a Mike White recruit since he did recruit her at Oregon. She is also the only player in the class ranked, which she is ranked #34 in the 2019 class by Softball America.
    Interesting initial class to build on. One thing you can say is that Coach White did clean house on Connie Clark's class (other than Corona who looks like a keeper) and used his own judgement with his class. Now on to the 2020 season to see how they perform!
     
  30. racerx5908

    racerx5908 1,000+ Posts

    I've been watching "the wires" to see any players transferring out. The thing about softball, compared to the other sports, is that players just drop out of the roster and there's no tweet, no statement from anyone. Players or softball admin. And then when I ask on the forums like this......crickets.

    Examples of ghosted players the last couple of years:
    2018 - Ciera Schick
    2016 - Christina Bardwell
    2015 - Alyssa Angel
     
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