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Ladera96DD

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Girls are headed back to school in a couple weeks!

Anyone have any fall schedule info yet? opinions on how 2017 will shake out? I know I'm excited to see the new team at Towson! watched a couple incoming players this summer that I feel good about! Can's wait!

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Did Towson bring in any new pitching?
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Did Towson bring in any new pitching?

Yes, and i got to watch her at Champions Cup here in So Cal a couple weeks ago... looked extremely good and I'm excited to see how she transitions! 

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I'm curious if hosting the presidential debate messed up Hofstra's fall schedule since no one is allowed to be in the area of the arena for a while before, coaches and players included. The softball stadium is right next to arena. Typically most of our fall games aren't until October anyway, but practice will still be affected. I'm very eager to see how Sarah Cornell lives up to the hype, especially after being named both a Gatorade state POY and a high school All-American. Does any other CAA team have an incomin player with even one of those credentials, let alone both?
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I'm curious if hosting the presidential debate messed up Hofstra's fall schedule since no one is allowed to be in the area of the arena for a while before, coaches and players included. The softball stadium is right next to arena. Typically most of our fall games aren't until October anyway, but practice will still be affected. I'm very eager to see how Sarah Cornell lives up to the hype, especially after being named both a Gatorade state POY and a high school All-American. Does any other CAA team have an incomin player with even one of those credentials, let alone both?
No Gatorade POY's this year for Towson (have 1 on the roster from last year)... [smile] some nice awards for her! and congrats to the pride for getting her there!

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I'm curious if hosting the presidential debate messed up Hofstra's fall schedule since no one is allowed to be in the area of the arena for a while before, coaches and players included. The softball stadium is right next to arena. Typically most of our fall games aren't until October anyway, but practice will still be affected. I'm very eager to see how Sarah Cornell lives up to the hype, especially after being named both a Gatorade state POY and a high school All-American. Does any other CAA team have an incomin player with even one of those credentials, let alone both?


You'll find out real quick if she warrants the hype around Feb 2017. I wouldn't get too jacked up about her 'credentials'. The softball world is littered with kids just like her who just kinda disappeared when they went off to college and found out that hitting .600 & striking out 200 kids in High School was all an illusion. With VERY FEW exceptions High School softball is glorified Rec Ball. Most of the stats are so whacked as to be not believable...mainly because either the coach or Mom keeps the books. Now, in defense of the kids, most truly love high school ball. Winning State Championships is the pinnacle of most kids careers. 

As far as the credentials, the High School American deal sounds pretty cool but the selection process is ambigious & political at best. ie: Coach's memberships in certain Assoc or Affilitations are the main criteria for "their" kid getting selected. The Gatorade POY is arguably better. The main issue I see with the individual State selections, at least in states that compete in the Spring is, they announce the winner long before the season is even over. So the Softball body of work is not complete. In my State, the girl selected, a Pitcher, was on a team that couldn't even get out of Regional Play. Hey, that's great for her selection but, she plays in a small Division where the competition is average at best and, her dad is the coach. The Gatorade award encompasses more than just softball, community, academics etc...it seems to truly be a more well rounded award & a softball resume builder. I applaud our States Gatorade selection certainly however, an objective review would show a handful of other  more deserving candidates. 

Hofstra will be fine. I think you'll find the next 'stud' player on your team will turn out to be some no-name recruit who figures out the college game quicker than the rest. All the luck.




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No Gatorade POY's this year for Towson (have 1 on the roster from last year)... [smile] some nice awards for her! and congrats to the pride for getting her there!


awesome, i didn't realize that last year. good for towson being able to recruit that caliber of player! shows what kind of progress the program is making.
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Agree with Outofzone on this one.  Drexel had one two years ago and the impact was minimal as they continue to struggle.  

Pitchers typically win and the voters often do not look deeper than the stats, like how was the competition and schedule?  It is a wonderful recognition of HS success, but often not a great indicator of future success.

I think we are seeing better players now throughout the CAA and in the Northeast in general.  I am hoping that we (soon?) will see some non-power 5 type teams getting through the ceiling and making a run with powers!

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Hofstra's fall schedule was announced today, it's pretty similar to what it usually is although they may be less games than normal. 
http://gohofstra.com/news/2016/8/15/softball-sb-hofstra-announces-fall-playdays-alumnae-day.aspx
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Its about the same usual local schools. St Johns is not on the schedule so maybe thats the only team. I dont think we have ever played SJU regularly in the fall.
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I'm hoping the team that still hasn't been named yet is going to be Fordham. We often play them in the fall and they're good local competition.
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Towson Fall Schedule only has 4 play weekends which seems 1 weekend light over the last couple years... but i could be wrong... [smile] pretty usual suspects in terms of opposition...

9/17 - DH vs. Georgetown
9/23 - DH @ Maryland
9/25 - Alumni Game
10/1 - DH vs. George Mason
10/15 - DH vs. Morgan State

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You are only allowed to play 8 games plus alumni game. Friday night game at Maryland? I see them beating Maryland handily.
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You are only allowed to play 8 games plus alumni game. Friday night game at Maryland? I see them beating Maryland handily.

Well there you go... I thought they played their max over 5 weekends last year, but probably not... I was going to try to make it out for the Maryland weekend but just didn't work out. I will be out for George Mason the following weekend! [smile]

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Nice to see both Larissa Anderson and Mickey Dean representing the conference at the NFCA's pre and post conventions. Nice group of schools that both coaches are included with, all of the other coaches are from major conferences.
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Fall has started! the Tigers split a DH with Georgetown on Saturday... Friday the tigers head down to College Park for an evening DH vs the Terps... [smile]
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Scores of Towson/Georgetown? Details?
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I believe it was 8-4 & 2-5... was watching the live stream so it was hard to keep 100% track... not too much i can lend in details as it was a feed and no one was wearing numbers... quite a few errors on both sides lead to the a few runs in both games... in the 8-4 win Towson hit really well... 

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So, how was your weekend, Ladera laddie, and how was the play? I hope the change didn't catch you with your feet crossed, as it did me. Comment on both teams, if you can.

And, can the Thrower throw? (Couldn't resist that...)

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So, how was your weekend, Ladera laddie, and how was the play? I hope the change didn't catch you with your feet crossed, as it did me. Comment on both teams, if you can.

And, can the Thrower throw? (Couldn't resist that...)
Weekend was great! Schedule change worked out just fine, sitting at BWI as we speak, heading home! Team looked good... pitching seemed solid and defense was good... lots for me to be excited about! My kiddo went 5 for 7 with double and 4 base hits... our freshmen all look like they will contribute nicely this coming season!

As a team we hit the ball really well and scored a lot of runs... although we were held down for a bit in game 1. Mason's pitcher Marina Vitalich is pretty darn good... she's the same girl that kept us hitless last spring.

Mason had lots of defensive issues as I counted 6-7 errors in game 2 alone...

I did live tweet the 2 games if you want to try to follow along the games... @jerrybreig

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Hofstra announced the addition of a new volunteer assistant coach today. http://gohofstra.com/news/2016/10/4/softball-sb-diego-ibarra-joins-hofstra-staff-as-volunteer-assistant.aspx
Fall season kicked off this past saturday with the alumni game, rain forced it to be played in the bubble instead of the softball stadium. First actual games are this weekend.
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new pitching coach for the Tigers! http://towsontigers.com/news/2016/10/10/french-joins-towson-softball-staff.aspx
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Hofstra announced their 2017 schedule today. Decent slate, and the ECU game should be fun playing against Courtney Oliver's team.

http://gohofstra.com/news/2016/10/17/softball-sb-hofstra-announces-2017-schedule.aspx
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Hofstra announced their 2017 schedule today. Decent slate, and the ECU game should be fun playing against Courtney Oliver's team. http://gohofstra.com/news/2016/10/17/softball-sb-hofstra-announces-2017-schedule.aspx


Did i miss a CAA announcement that the CAA's will be in Harrisonburg automatically? i now see it in this release as well as on the CAA championship page... 

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Did i miss a CAA announcement that the CAA's will be in Harrisonburg automatically? i now see it in this release as well as on the CAA championship page... 


It is my understanding that the CAA is going to a predetermined site starting in the 2017 season....so for the 4th straight year the tournament will be held in Harrisonburg.

I have no idea how they plan on rotating the tournament, my guess is that not everyone would want to host and the CAA may not think every venue is up to hosting....
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They changed it for volleyball too, starting this year the conference tournament champion gets to host the championship the next year. That's why it's already determined that UNCW is hosting this year. Perhaps it's the same thing for softball
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It is my understanding that the CAA is going to a predetermined site starting in the 2017 season....so for the 4th straight year the tournament will be held in Harrisonburg.

I have no idea how they plan on rotating the tournament, my guess is that not everyone would want to host and the CAA may not think every venue is up to hosting....


Should be in Harrisonburg forever based on (1) quality of facility, (2) central location, (3) relatively inexpensive hotels and (4) local support.  No one else in the league comes close.  Competitive advantage, yes . . . but earned based on commitment to the sport. Can you imagine Drexel hosting? Heaven forbid!
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Should be in Harrisonburg forever based on (1) quality of facility, (2) central location, (3) relatively inexpensive hotels and (4) local support.  No one else in the league comes close.  Competitive advantage, yes . . . but earned based on commitment to the sport. Can you imagine Drexel hosting? Heaven forbid!


Really???? I think CofC, Hofstra and Elon would all be capable of hosting it based on facilities. Every year Harrisonburg has hosted I feel like there have been weather issues.
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Really???? I think CofC, Hofstra and Elon would all be capable of hosting it based on facilities. Every year Harrisonburg has hosted I feel like there have been weather issues.
Towson's new facility is also well capable of hosting... i hope they move it around, let's face it JMU doesnt need the competitive advantage, right now they have it on the field... 

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Towson's new facility is also well capable of hosting... i hope they move it around, let's face it JMU doesnt need the competitive advantage, right now they have it on the field... 


I would be shocked if JMU hosted every year.  I would be just as shocked if Drexel hosted at all..

The tournament expanded from 4 teams to 5 this year.  I wonder if they plan on expanding even more, would be a hard sell to have a tournament in a city that did not make the CAA tournament.


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