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Mark_H

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A lot of pitchers struggle against the Cajuns. Got to watch some of the video stream of the Cajun v Dartmouth game. Any Ivy pitcher who can hold the Cajuns to one for three innings in her first outing of the year has my respect. Any Ivy that can make the Cajuns play 7 has my respect.
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http://ivyleague.com/sports/sball/2016-17/releases/Ivies_Open_Softball_Campaign

Just in case anyone missed it.
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Does anyone have any updates on this Ivy weekend? I saw that Dartmouth went 0-4-1 in UL with some pretty promising play. Even though the record didn't show it. Looking at the stats Dartmouth was out hitting the Ragin Cajuns for most of the game. Two freshmen hit homers as well as two seniors with a bunch of doubles for the weekend.
Any other team information?
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Yeah Dartmouth has a team. Just have to wait and see how the pitching shakes out.
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Brown looked like a team figuring itself out during it's first weekend.   No wins, but clearly still getting their bearings.  A young defense struggled, they have a week off to lick their wounds and dust themselves off before a tough tournament in Boca Raton.
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Brown, Columbia and Harvard played at the EMU tournament in Madeira Beach.

Tourney records:

Brown 0-5
Columbia 1-3
Harvard 3-2

Results vs. common opponents:

SUNY Albany vs.  Harvard (Harvard Wins, 8-4); Brown (Brown Loses, 4-13); Columbia (L, 4-5)
EMU vs. Brown (L, 0-4); Columbia (W, 5-1)
Loyola Ill vs. Harvard (L, 1-3); Brown (L, 2-5)
Army vs. Brown (L, 2-3); Columbia (L, 0-8 (5))

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Any interesting match ups this weekend in the Ivy League?
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Looks like Harvard is playing the best ball right now in the conference.  Others have mixed results.  Looking forward to league play in several weeks.
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Can't argue with you.
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It looks like the early season weeks have taken a toll on the Ivy League teams. Dartmouth being the hardest hit. Hopefully these hard schedules will pay off for each team as they prepare for a run at the Ivy League Championship and a strong opponent in a Regional. It seems that all the teams held their own in some of this early matchups.
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I see that Dartmouth had a pretty good game against UCLA. Even though they lost sounds like they played well. 4-2 wasn't bad against a top twenty team. Sounds like Dartmouth had numerous scoring opportunities and started stringing hits and base runners together.
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Looking at the league,, I still think the power in the league is in the North. Throw out Dartnouth's record, they still are a quality team.

Harvard is putting up some nice early wins, and I would think they should be considered the heavy favorites.

Penn/ Princeton will battle in the South.

Looking forward to the weekend when conference play begins !!!
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Does anyone know if the ILDN's coverage of this weekends games will change due to the impending weather and schedule changes?
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I know last weekend a few games that were supposed to be streamed with video ended up only having audio feeds. It happened to be cold and drizzling at that location. Not exactly what I paid for when I signed up.
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They have adjusted the schedules, hopefully a good sign.
Hobbes

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They've already changed Penn tomorrow to audio only.
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I have much respect for Harvard, but making a trip to Hawaii for Spring break takes off the schedule all those scrappy Cali teams that have to fight the other teams in the state.  Coach Allard might be accomplishing another purpose, but the preseason for Harvard will not be a traditional one.  Might take them some time to dominate in Ivys.

Dartmouth had a leading pitcher decide not to play this year.  The graduation of the 2015 and 2016 classes took much power out of batting and pitching.

I think the South might be stronger than the North this year in terms of talent. Princeton was not a fluke.  Harvard did not get a favorable umpiring crew in the cs game and the Princeton bats were stronger.
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I have much respect for Harvard, but making a trip to Hawaii for Spring break takes off the schedule all those scrappy Cali teams that have to fight the other teams in the state.  Coach Allard might be accomplishing another purpose, but the preseason for Harvard will not be a traditional one.  Might take them some time to dominate in Ivys.

Dartmouth had a leading pitcher decide not to play this year.  The graduation of the 2015 and 2016 classes took much power out of batting and pitching.

I think the South might be stronger than the North this year in terms of talent. Princeton was not a fluke.  Harvard did not get a favorable umpiring crew in the cs game and the Princeton bats were stronger.


If playing in SoCal vs. Cal teams was that big a deal as compared to the extra travel to Hawaii, then I'd have expected the Ivy teams who did play there for the week to be performing better.

Placing these expectations on a non-returning pitcher who pitched less than 10 conference innings in 2016 seems odd.  In any event, players turn over every year, and one of the most important jobs for the coaching staff  is keep the pipeline full, and to see returners return.

I wonder if Doepking will pull another Amherst on this team, after the season?
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if the first week is any indication, looks to be a wide open race !!! 

Even the teams currently on the bottom showed some life this weekend.

I think every weekend we will see VERY competitive games.  Congrats to the league for stepping up their recruitment and getting better. 
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I think you're right. I watched the Penn-Harvard and Penn-Dartmouth series over the weekend and I saw three evenly talented teams. Dartmouth and Harvard played a much stronger non-conference schedule, but it didn't seem to matter. 

Each of the games came down to coaching and who could make the better moves, and the more decisive moves during crucial points in the contests. They were four excellent games and fun to watch. There was much appreciation for the players when it was over because all four of the games were just outright battles.
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Columbia is jumping out of the box strong!  

Doubleheader sweeps this weekend over Harvard and Dartmouth.  It looks like the freshman class is playing significant roles already with most getting some starting time.  Madi Camby with 4 wins, 2 starting and 2 in relief.  She played for American Heritage HS in Plantation Florida and was a significant pitcher for Gold Coast Hurricanes run to the championship game in the JO Cup last year.  

Can they keep it up?

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If playing in SoCal vs. Cal teams was that big a deal as compared to the extra travel to Hawaii, then I'd have expected the Ivy teams who did play there for the week to be performing better.

Placing these expectations on a non-returning pitcher who pitched less than 10 conference innings in 2016 seems odd.  In any event, players turn over every year, and one of the most important jobs for the coaching staff  is keep the pipeline full, and to see returners return.

I wonder if Doepking will pull another Amherst on this team, after the season?


What does this mean? That's she'll leave? Why word it this way

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So far, it looks like anyone's year. Six teams look like likely contenders. Parity seems to be the word of the day.
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Mark,, I think 7 out of 8 teams have life,,,
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Mark,, I think 7 out of 8 teams have life,,,
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Mark,, I think 7 out of 8 teams have life,,,


Right... and with 12 games left in conference play - truly Cornell could still bounce back.
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This season is wild. I think it is anyone's year. The best softball in the Ivy League in years. Just like that movie "Any given Sunday" well it's "Any Given Weekend" as far as Ivy League softball is concerned. This is a dog fight. These games are so good that they should start charging admission . I agree totally with what Nellie has to say. I wouldn't even close the door on Cornell either. It's exciting to see this great of play in the Ivy League. If they continue to grind it out we could see more regional wins from the league.
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I watched a number of the games on the ILDN this weekend.  Stealing bases has always been key, but the winning teams are really putting runners into scoring position through the stolen bag.  Princeton even executed some double steals.  Dartmouth and Princeton lead the conference in batting average (339, 338) with Harvard in 7th place at 266. Hence my prior note about playing or not playing a tough spring break schedule.  Dartmouth and Princeton lead the conference stats in batting categories with Yale, Brown, and Penn not too far behind.  Penn and Harvard lagging behind in the HR category with 2 and 1 respectively, which is a big change from prior years.  Seven teams are still in it, but with three 4-game weekends coming up, the teams should begin to separate. Most teams have a drop off with the second pitcher and the defense becomes so much more important.

I wouldn't underestimate the Dartmouth coaching staff as there are some excellent strategists behind the calls.  Frankly, most of the Ivy teams have strong coaches and staffs, a big change from a decade or two ago. We are still a long way from getting two teams in the tourney, but progress is happening.
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What an exciting Ivy season this one is shaping up to be! Great to see Yale and Brown making noise in the North division this year. Going to make for some interesting divisional series in the coming weeks. Princeton seems to have the momentum in the South right now, but with the 4 game series stretch on the horizon... a proven Penn squad, an up-and-coming Columbia team, and a historically tough hitting Cornell team... I would say that race is far from locked up.

I would agree with you AustinSoftball that there are a number of excellent coaching staffs in the League today, however in my opinion the league has historically had quality coaching. To imply otherwise I feel is a disservice to those previous staffs that fought for what I see is the big change. Specifically, if you look around the League, what you see is every school in the last 10+ years has upped its support of their respective softball program. From improved/new facilities, new practice facilities, bigger recruiting budgets allowing 3 coaches to go on the road, in some cases staffs going from having a 10-month head coach and very part-time staffs, to having the full complement of full-time, paid coaches. Not to mention the increased support that has been extended in admissions - which it goes without saying is vital to success in this League. These changes that I see current programs benefitting from don't just happen" - these changes happen because coaches work hard to get the support they need to make them happen. So let's give some credit where credit is due. There have been some great coaches who have coached in this league - most were challenged to do more with much less, and many who paved the way for the programs around the League to enjoy the resources they have today. In my opinion, that is why we are seeing, and enjoying, more parity around the League.
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I made my comment based upon going to watch 3 games in person about a decade ago and helping a family in the recruiting process.  Harvard played very well, but the other teams were extremely weak.  My friend's son went to play baseball for an Ivy, but a very talented daughter could not get the attention of the 3 programs she sought to play for.  One of the programs did not go out West to Colorado or California, another coach did not respond to emails, and a third dropped off.  This player had top grades and scores and played for an elite Houston team.  Ended up playing for a major program, and she played every game, batting in the top 3 spots for 4 years.  

I am not aware of the institutional struggles back then, but I remember the fields of two programs were substandard as judged by many high school fields. Recruiting and getting commitments requires institutional resources and that probably explains what I saw on the field.  Those coaches, some of them part time, do deserve credit for making a difference in the programs in terms of advocating for school support.  It is hard to play competitively if your our institution fails to support the sport and I am sure that was the case a decade ago.  Change agents take many forms and I am sure those staffs deserve credit and praise.  Luckily, the league is healthy and all teams are producing a quality product on the field.   
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