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Great Britain would be a significant step below New Zealand.

New Zealand was akin to a 75 RPI team when Oregon played them last December


I think NZ is a little better than that. 75 is teams like Iowa State, UT Arlington, SE Mo St. I think they are more like a WI, BYU, UT (low-mid 50s) kind of team. Gettins wasn't too bad at AL and she is NZ's #2. Taylor Paige-Stewart was ok in the big 10 and is their #3. They have Ellie Cooper (FSU), and a bunch of other pretty seasoned position players. GB is definitely a (large) step below. 
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Alabama softball continues to add depth to its 2019 roster as the Crimson Tide welcomes junior Taylor Clark, a two-year starting infielder at Virginia Tech.

A native of Mechanicsburg, Pa., Clark made 31 starts as a true freshman for the Hokies in 2017 at shortstop and third base and made 35 starts at the hot corner as a sophomore in 2018. She was second on the team with 18 RBIs last season and led the team in batting average (.278), slugging percentage (.528) and on-base percentage (.381) in conference play.

"We are very excited to welcome Taylor to the Alabama softball family," UA head coach Patrick Murphy said. "We are happy to help Taylor find a home to finish her career."

Clark is the Tide's second Division-I transfer this year along with former Hofstra pitcher Sarah Cornell. The two join five other newcomers on the roster, including NJCAA national pitcher of the year Krystal Goodman and freshmen Kloyee Anderson, Kayla Davis, Montana Fouts and Skylar Wallace.

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Sounds like we will get word of some coming upgrades to Rhoads on Thursday.
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Taylor Clark remembers sitting glued to the TV as Alabama won the NCAA softball championship in 2012.

Not even in high school yet, Clark dreamed of one day playing for the Crimson Tide. And now, in a circuitous way, she will be.

The former Mechanicsburg standout shortstop, who earned All-Sentinel Player of the Year as a senior while batting .534, announced this week on Twitter she has transferred from Virginia Tech to SEC powerhouse Alabama.

 

“It took me a while to kind of decide that, ‘OK, transferring from Virginia Tech is my best decision,’” she told The Sentinel on Wednesday.

Clark committed to Virginia Tech as a high school sophomore in 2014 and thrived in her two years there, playing on the left side of the infield while batting .278 with 18 RBIs this spring as a sophomore.

But Scot Thomas was fired in May after 23 years on the job, the only coach the program had known. And when Pete D’Amour was hired, Clark felt the team shift in a way that no longer suited her.

“It just didn’t feel like home, like a family atmosphere,” said the rising junior, who stressed that she loved the school and her teammates.

She decided to transfer in mid-July and researched nearly every Division I program’s roster to narrow down squads in need of a shortstop or third baseman. She settled on more than 15 schools and emailed all of them.

But, in what she calls a “funny story,” she already had Tide coach Patrick Murphy’s number from when he had tried to recruit Clark as a freshman and sophomore with the Wildcats. So she shot him a text while Alabama was playing in Japan and was impressed by Murphy’s enthusiasm.

Clark now reflects back on her high school recruitment and realizes she may have rushed her decision, especially if Alabama was the dream school.

https://cumberlink.com/sports/high-school/softball/mechanicsburg-grad-taylor-clark-chooses-alabama-after-coaching-change-at/article_7250b003-cf14-55fb-9fb8-9116eee4fdf7.html

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Alabama softball continues to add depth to its 2019 roster as the Crimson Tide welcomes junior Taylor Clark, a two-year starting infielder at Virginia Tech.

A native of Mechanicsburg, Pa., Clark made 31 starts as a true freshman for the Hokies in 2017 at shortstop and third base and made 35 starts at the hot corner as a sophomore in 2018. She was second on the team with 18 RBIs last season and led the team in batting average (.278), slugging percentage (.528) and on-base percentage (.381) in conference play.

"We are very excited to welcome Taylor to the Alabama softball family," UA head coach Patrick Murphy said. "We are happy to help Taylor find a home to finish her career."

Clark is the Tide's second Division-I transfer this year along with former Hofstra pitcher Sarah Cornell. The two join five other newcomers on the roster, including NJCAA national pitcher of the year Krystal Goodman and freshmen Kloyee Anderson, Kayla Davis, Montana Fouts and Skylar Wallace.


Good to be adding to a position that we lack depth at.  I hope that she can contribute.  Other than what Nathan put out on Twitter from the Japan trip, I wasn't able to learn too much about any of the girls performances.  I had hoped that the games would have been streamed.  Based upon the tweets, it appears that Fouts is the real deal and will contribute both in the circle and with the bat.  I look forward to fall ball and getting a glimpse of the new faces on the team.
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Sounds like we will get word of some coming upgrades to Rhoads on Thursday.


Well never mind.  Gotta raise some money first.
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"Nearly every facility within the Athletics Department will be enhanced and some will be completely renovated and modernized."
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$3 million upgrade planned for Rhoads.
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Well never mind.  Gotta raise some money first.


Puh-leeeze.   Saban can find that in his couch cushions.

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Any idea of what they plan to do to Rhoads?
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Any idea of what they plan to do to Rhoads?


I don't know what this plan entails yet.  I would anticipate some upgrades to the brickyard, such as adding an entrance out beyond center field along with a building for concessions and restrooms.  Perhaps a slight relocation of the scoreboard along with that.  Probably some sort of improvements/addition to the clubhouse.  Maybe expand/upgrade the existing restroom facilities.  I know there are some ideas for expanding seating down the right field line, but Murphy has been back and forth a bit on whether or not he wants to do that.
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I don't know what this plan entails yet.  I would anticipate some upgrades to the brickyard, such as adding an entrance out beyond center field along with a building for concessions and restrooms.  Perhaps a slight relocation of the scoreboard along with that.  Probably some sort of improvements/addition to the clubhouse.  Maybe expand/upgrade the existing restroom facilities.  I know there are some ideas for expanding seating down the right field line, but Murphy has been back and forth a bit on whether or not he wants to do that.

I am by no means a construction engineer but it doesn't seem to me that it would be all that expensive to build a restroom/concession facility out in the brickyard and it could be constructed fairly quickly.  Maybe I am wrong with this assumption.
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