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AustinSoftball

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Coach Hanson figured out how to play Harvard and had much success against them (with Rumley).  Harvard's Allard plays a pretty predictable game.  Dartmouth's Coach D had some challenges after the first season that were outside of her control.  Going in with 3 pitchers should help. Looking forward to seeing what happens but it is likely these teams may be playing each other again.
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Going to 10th Harvard vs Dartmouth
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Harvard in 11. Gritty performance by Duncan
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And Harvard takes them both. Dartmouth now just making sure they get to the conference series.
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Hard not to see Duncan as the leading candidate for Ivy pitcher of the year. 13 innings today.
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Yeah. Impressive.
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Well Harvard and Dartmouth lead the field with two fewer losses than their closest competitors. Barring an epic collapse it will be Dartmouth at Harvard for the conference championship series. The betting line is a split series favoring Harvard but I wouldn't bet the mortgage money
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Congrats to the senior classes in all of the Ivy softball squads.  It has been great watching you grow and play some excellent softball while getting a first class education.


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Unsurprisingly, if two teams have the same record, tiebreaker is those teams' series record.  I still don't know what happens if 3-way tie, but that seems unlikely at this point.
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Looking forward to seeing Harvard today... they look like a complete team.

Hoping my Bears will compete and put up a fight.

Should be nice weather today.
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Hopefully your Bears will put up a heckuva fight! I need you to win one. [biggrin]


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Go Bears![biggrin]
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You are welcome !!!!!
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Brown surging at the end of the season to put two losses on Harvard and Cornell beats Columbia 10-9, sets up a Dartmouth Harvard final playoff with home advantage determined by Dartmouth playing Brown at Hanover.  Dartmouth is 8-1 at home and 5-4 away with two losses going to Harvard in Cambridge.  Dartmouth needs to win 2 to get home team, and it they lost 2 they would be tied with Harvard with the tie breaker going to Harvard. It will be tough because Brown had some very solid pitching against Harvard.    Go Big Green.
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It's been a wild year.
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Brown was very competitive this weekend,, good pitching,, timely hitting.

We will see if they can put two weekends together like that again.

I know the junior class is motivated,, most of these girls were recruited by Rachel before she left for Stanford..   

Hoping for a good outcome,, either way,, a full weekend in Hanover with the brew pubs is never a bad idea !!!!
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It's also hard to find a bad restaurant in Hanover.
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Stellas in Lyme about 20 minutes outside of Hanover is incredible Italian and reasonable.  Lunch at the King Arthur's flour (sandwiches) to bring to the field! Morano Gelato for a late night snack.

So proud to see the Senior and Junior classes step up into a leadership role. Some incredibly talented players quit this year and last year.  I am sure it happens every year, but it is so good when a team gels together with committed players.  This team has only received one rookie of week award and no other player or pitcher awards, which in a sense shows how big a team effort this season has been.
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Yeah, it's truly a team effort. Just enough at Yale. Might have to give the coach some credit too for winning without having the kids who are making player of the week this season.
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I’m not sure I would give her too much credit. I read a entry on here four years ago when she was hired that said “Good for Amherst, bad for Dartmouth “.

Someone told me that contributions to Dartmouth Softball have dropped off considerably since she arrived. In the four years that she has been at Dartmouth, she has had at least five assistants and eight players quit. Some of them starters. She is 4-11 against Harvard to this point. Her number two pitcher from last year has played in two games, batting once. Looking at the stats, she has been DHing players with batting averages from .000-.080. She has put inexperienced players on the field which has resulted in losses.

So, it’s hard to believe she is a mastermind. Her success is more a reflection of the Ivy League’s mediocrity rather than her coaching ability.

Let’s just hope her success continues and she moves along...
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I like her. I've been following the Ivy closely for some years and know the previous coach very well. I can tell you sometimes things you can't control in coaching fall together in your favor and  sometimes against your favor. Getting judged fairly and often unfairly goes with the job. I think Dartmouth would be hard pressed to find someone better. And yes, I do think she deserves credit for being in first place in spite of the stats. That's some pretty good wizardry imo.
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A top select coach told me over half of the D1 coaches are not competent or they are not good managers.  Dartmouth's two recent coaches are winners.  Dartmouth turned a program around in a very short period of time with Hanson.  She knew how to recruit Texas and California players to a small town program without a winning record.  Hanson tended to stay with the core players and insert a few those players on a hot streak.  Her teams beat some serious D1 teams and faced some of the best pitching ever in Ivy League play with great success. The money tends to flow when you win championships.  Coach D has clearly defined rules on hustle and conduct. One play or at bat can cost you playing time.  As a catcher, she knows when a pitcher has lost her stuff and another one goes in.  With Hanson, I would say why is she leaving the pitcher in so long and with Doepking, I am saying why is she pulling the pitcher so soon!  They each have their system.  Some of the current batting leaders had .100 averages freshman year and if you hustle Coach D will give you chance to get playing time.  If you knew what assistant coaches get paid, you would leave too.  You have to be on the inside to know why kids quit.  I would say entitlement, bad attitude is often a reason.  College distractions, whether they are boyfriends or partying, are another.  With the right players, Coach D beat Auburn, came within one play of beating Texas, and lost a close one to UCLA.  The last 3 years have had some bad breaks out of her control, injuries, quitters, and more.  She has done a great job this year managing the game more than most coaches would do and giving young players a chance to step up.  They may not beat Harvard, but there are 6 other teams that played the same competition and didn't get the wins. Remember in the Ivy League, the AD and school tells the coach what kind of grades and scores are in your ivy index in a given year, so recruiting is not always a level playing field across years or coaches.
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Most of the time when someone is posting about any program on UCS, they only know a small percentage of what's actually going on and they make multiple factual errors (never mind the conclusions[rolleyes]).

Austin, however, is always well informed while making insightful points without asserting more than he knows.

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Well Dartmouth took both games today from Brown. One was a run rule in 6. Second one was a game to grow grey hair on coaches. Dartmouth will host Harvard at Hanover for the championship and the regionals spot. Certainly could go either way but hosting is huge.
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Today was a very important step for the Big Green.  Brown's grit came back in the second game, the same grit that overpowered Harvard last weekend.  Solid programs win games to control their fate.  Scoring 3 runs against the momentum is a great learning experience.  Congrats to the clutch hitting from a pinch hitter, a 4-4 performance, and a senior. Home advantage is very important in the championship series.  In my mind, the Big Green won the regular season title and that is impressive in this new format.  Harvard always plays tough and it will not be easy next weekend.  
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Having seen both teams play this past two weekends, I think Harvard is the deeper team.  

When Brown played Harvard two weeks ago, Harvard looked beat up, and rested several players (Rich with only 3 AB's)

I think the weekend off will really help them get healthy and be at full strength.

I like Harvard's pitching better than Dartmouth.  Ethridge for Dartmouth is very solid, but after her I think their other pitchers you can get to.  Smith and Duncan provide a nice 1-2 punch for Harvard.

Both teams well coached.

Series being in Hanover will be a plus for Dartmouth, and for that, I'll say this will not be a sweep.  But in the end, I think Harvard breaks through and gets to the NCAA.

Just one man's opinion,, should be a nice series.
 
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Thanks for your analysis. Especially given your first hand observations. Both the Dartmouth freshman pitchers have been impressive at times. It seems to me Dartmouth may be hitting their stride now. We shall see. Wish I could be there.
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Harvard is always pretty deep.  Stats look pretty similar in conference play with Harvard having the edge in batting and Dartmouth in pitching.  Dartmouth has 22 HR in conference to Harvard's 13.  I saw Dartmouth beat Houston twice and the freshman pitchers looked very strong.  Wish I could be there but with graduation weekend in Boston the flights are outrageous.  Will be watching online.  Columbia had 30 home runs this year in conference!  Their bats were on fire.  
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Harvard and Dartmouth championship series in Hanover. Nice!!! It's going to be a battle, but I give this one to Dartmouth. The girls love playing at home. The students and community always come out for playoffs and make the stadium electric. 

Go Big Green!!!


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