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SECFan04

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With all SEC Teams wrapped up, figured we can look at how teams in the conference turned out this year and look at the surprises and dissapointments. 

Surprises:

Georgia

Lu deserves a lot of credit for the remarkable turn around this year. Its really shame Gray got knocked out her senior year early. She was having a historic year for Georgia and the best of her career. I am not sure what Georgia did this off season but the bats were phenomenal and much improved all year. Dicarlo and Milz absolutely crushed it this year. The offense should be every bit as dominant next season but there are a lot of questions that remain on the mound. Some rumors of possible transfers of a player or two on the mound. It will be the number one priority this offseason to develop/find suitable replacements on the mound. Fico has MAJOR work cut out for her. 

South Carolina
Beverly Smith easily could have been coach of the year this year, 15-9 SEC record finishing 3rd in the conference. The team didn't quite hit for average but they swung a big bat with 87 doubles and 65 home runs. They put up runs in a hurry. Maguire is such a fun player to watch. Freshman Kelsey Oh is very talented and did really well this season. Y'all return a lot of players next season and with the addition of a couple talented players should be a contender at the top of the conference next season. 

Arkansas
Coach Deifel transformation of Arkansas each year has truly been remarkable. This was a historic season for Arkansas in so many ways. The freshman class made such a dramatic impact for this team. Mary Haff is a very special player. Despite getting hit up pretty good at the end, what she did as a true freshman in a tough conference can't be understated. The other freshman Hannah McEwen was equally as impressive as well. The long ball numbers continue to rise every year, and it should next year with the players a year older and some key recruits coming in. Arkansas will have a very good staff between Storms and Haff. If the trend continues, I imagine some big time programs will come knocking for Deifel sooner than later IMO

Disapointments

Ole Miss
It was a very rough year for Ole Miss after a spectacular season the year before. There is no question losing Mowatt was a major blow to the program, for its pitchers no question. Lee and the other pitchers struggled quite a bit this season without her. The offense though was atrocious and at the bottom of every SEC Category. Of course it doesn't help with Mike Smith is running off half the team in fall ball. They lose a key top recruit which was expected to start. I think her name is Alyssa Martinez? Ole Miss has a very tough road to climb. There is a lack of talent at a lot of positions and they need a change in what they do at the plate. If Mike continues to run off everyone each offseason, his days at Ole Miss are numbered.

Missouri
Tough year but they were dealt with tough circumstances at the beginning of the year when the head coach was let go right before the season. While I was not very fond of Earleywin, many of his players loved playing for his based off the comments from a lot of the players. The pitching this season could not hold any team up unfortunately. The team showed life at times looking like they will turn the corner but it wasn't enough. I think the Anderson hire will be good for them but they are 1 or 2 classes away from competing again. Missouri needs better pitchers unfortunately. To make matters worse, transfers are a good possibility this offseason, there has been talk of Amanda Sanchez transferring who would be a grad transfer if she were to. If Missouri wants to be successful next season they can't afford to lose her.  


General Comments

Alabama
Definitely wasn't one of Murphy's best teams, they struggled a lot this season offensively a lot and had a substantial drop off outside of Osorio in the circle. Credit to Murphy and the players, they had a great turn around at the end of the year and played really really well. Hemphill is impressive as always. Tow was a game changer for sure, and she was only a true freshman. Alabama does add some absolute studs with this incoming recruiting class. Fouts will be heavily depended on next season. Wallace also should be a mainstay next season in the lineups. Some of these recruits should add a lot of help to this team next season. I heard rumors of adding a transfer pitcher for next season but don't know too much on that but if they do Bama can make some serious noise next season. 

LSU
We all knew LSU would be among the best in the country on the mound but had questions if the offense could back them up. Unfortunately this years offense was much worse than ones of the last 5 years at LSU. Almost ranked near the bottom in every statistical offensive category. A lot of close games for the tigers this season but Torina as always had the team ready to compete their best come post season. The tigers were a play or two away from 4 College World Series appearances. Next year will be quite the rebuild losing Walljasper and Hoover. LSU has two freshman pitchers coming in. The offense needs a complete overhaul in philosophy to be able to compete better. The offense has been moving downward these last 4 years in spite of some of the best pitching in school history. The questions that remain is who will step up on the mound next season for LSU? What changes will be made to the hitting. If the hitting can't support the team it will be a very rough year for LSU. 

Auburn

Definitely a rebuild for Dean and his staff with what has transpired with the program over the last year. On the mound they were very good and tough for anyone to hit on, unfortunately the offense could not hit decent pitching and support the players on the mound. Transfers didn't help the team at all. Auburn will need to add another pitcher next season to help out and find a way to produce way better offensively. I don't know much about the incoming class to say much on that.


Florida
Pretty self explanatory, another SEC Title and World Series appearance for Walton. They couldn't win when it counted yesterday. We will never know what could have been if they had instant replay in college softball, it could have been the difference in the UCLA game. Losing Ocasio will hurt next season but they return Lorenz and Barnhill. As always a very good class will come in. Florida should be the favorite again next year to win the conference
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Thanks for the commentary. Fun read.

It sucks the conference broke its 7 year streak in the Finals, but we had 12/13 teams make the Regional Finals. And if Auburn hadn't imploded at the end of the season, it would have been fun to say the entire conference is within the Top 32 teams in the country.

Deep league, but lots of young pitching this and next year. Unless someone else is up for it, I'd like to put together the list of all those graduating for each team.

I think next year will be a rebuilding year across the conference in general. 
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This might not be the best post for this topic, but in your opinion, what effect, if any, will the SEC's showing in 2018have on future recruiting? With the addition of Duke and Clemson will they affect recruiting, too?
SECFan04

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This website keeps screwing up my posts with the bullets, the names keep disappearing. Sorry everyone for making it look like crap
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Thank you for doing this, SECFan!
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My eyes watered seeing all the seniors and knowing I won't see them on the college diamond next season. But I'm excited to see what their futures hold for them.
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Senior Losses for each team (Does not include transfers)


Georgia
Cortni Emanuel
Kendall Burton
Brittany Gray

Tennessee
Meghan Gregg
CJ McClain
Sheridan Allen
Scarlet McSwain


Texas A&M
Tori Vidales
Lexi Smith
Kristen Kuyos
Erica Russell
Trinity Harrington

South Carolina 
Jordyn Augustus
Hayley Copeland
Krystan White
Tiara Duffy
Kamryn Watts
Alyssa VanDerveer 

Mississippi State
Cassady Knudsen
Reggie Harrison
Holly Ward
Calyn Adams
Carmen Carter
Morgan Bell


Ole Miss
Bry Castro
Alyssa Clayton
Elantra Cox
Kaitlin Lee
Elis Jahnke
Paige McKinney
Alex Schneider 

Florida
Janell Wheat
Aleshia Ocasio
Kayli Kvistad
Nicole Dewitt


Alabama
Demi Turner
Peyton Grantham
Rachel Bobo
Sydney Booker
Carrigan Fain
Alexis Osorio


Arkansas
AJ Belans
Tori Cooper
Autumn Buczek
Loren Kryzsko

Auburn
Kaylee Carlson
Victoria Draper
Courtney Shea

 Kentucky
Brooklin Hinz
Rachel Metzger
Erin Rethlake

LSU
Carley Hoover
Allie Walljasper
Emily Griggs
Sydney Loupe

Missouri
Paige Bange

SECFan04

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I fixed it everyone lol

I probably made a mistake somewhere, if y'all see one I'll fix it
SECFan04

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Newcomers to Watch:

Aly Shipman (Tennessee)- C 

Skylar Wallace (Bama)-SS/INF

Montana Fouts (Bama)-P

Baylee Klingler (A&M)-IF

Brittany Allen (Florida)-3B/SS

Shelby Wickersham (LSU)-P

Grace Fagan (MSU)-P

Georgia Clark (LSU)-1B

Asypn Godwin (Auburn)-UTL

Ali Kilponen (LSU)-P

Taylor Green (Arkansas)-UTL

Ashley Rogers (Tennessee)-P/1B


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Do you know which of those are pitchers?
Gators2014

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I looked up Grace Fagan and there doesn't seem to be a relationship to the other ones. 
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Newcomers to Watch (With Positions):

Ally Shipman (Tennessee) - Catcher

Skylar Wallace (Bama) - Infielder

Montana Fouts (Bama) - Pitcher/1B

Baylee Klingler (A&M) - Infielder

Brittany Allen (Florida) - 3B

Shelby Wickersham (LSU) - Pitcher

Grace Fagan (MSU) - Pitcher

Georgia Clark (LSU) - 1B/Catcher

Asypn Godwin (Auburn) - Catcher

Ali Kilponen (LSU) - Pitcher

Taylor Green (Arkansas) - Catcher/UT

Ashley Rogers (Tennessee) - Pitcher
SECFan04

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Fouts will step in immediately for Bama

Wickersham and Kilponen will as well for LSU

I've heard Rogers hasn't looked as sharp on the mound as of late but who knows. Tennessee's latest pitchers haven't exactly panned out as hoped. 

Fagan has some nice stuff

Kilponen is legit, ***when she has control 

Klingler is a just a stud at the plate, she is so polished already, I'd be shock to not see her be successful as a freshman

Wallace will be a 4 year starter


SEC has some really great talent coming in, it'll be fun to watch and see how they adjust to this level of play

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Thanks smcouvillion 
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I’d put Lari Cesena on the “to watch” list for Arkansas, as well. The Hogs lose two starting outfielders, and Cesena will have a great chance to come in and compete for a starting spot.
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Shelby Wickersham will be LSUs ace next season. Followed by Gorsuch/Kilponen.

If Sunseri can locate her pitches much better can easily be the #2. She is the real deal when she’s on.

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Wickersham is no ACE. She got lit up multiple times in the LSHAA All-Star Game by average hitters.

An true SEC Ace wins the LHSAA State Championship easily. I don’t think her HS team won this past year.
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So a player was off one weekend and now she’s bad? If I recall she wasn’t feeling very good during the all star gsme.


Mt Carmel’s offense was horrific this season. Do you not think Wickersham is SEC caliber?

I would like to add Taylor Tidwell to the group as well. Best player in that state of Louisiana easy. She hit a homer off Wickersham if I recall correctly.
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Everyone has their opinions on players. She gave up multiple HR in the LOUISIANA all star games. And Louisiana has a long way to go to be competitive in softball with the rest of the country. We will find out soon enough. As far as Tidwell is concerned I’m not convinced. Both have work to do! Clark will bring more pop to the plate than Tidwell, guaranteed.
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Everyone has their opinions on players. She gave up multiple HR in the LOUISIANA all star games. And Louisiana has a long way to go to be competitive in softball with the rest of the country. We will find out soon enough. As far as Tidwell is concerned I’m not convinced. Both have work to do! Clark will bring more pop to the plate than Tidwell, guaranteed.


Appreciate the response. Do you like the kids we have coming in next year? I only know the girls from Marucci Patriots, none of the out of state players.
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What exactly are you not convinced about with Tidwell? It’s her defense that’s a problem
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I think Kilponen is a way better pitching prospect of the two IMO 

Washington and ASU were gunning for her hard last fall


Georgia Clark is the best LSU signee 
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Fouts will be the best incoming SEC pitcher in the conference easy 
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So a player was off one weekend and now she’s bad? If I recall she wasn’t feeling very good during the all star gsme.


Mt Carmel’s offense was horrific this season. Do you not think Wickersham is SEC caliber?

I would like to add Taylor Tidwell to the group as well. Best player in that state of Louisiana easy. She hit a homer off Wickersham if I recall correctly.


Wickersham and Tidwell were on the same LHSAA All Star team.
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Wickersham and Tidwell were on the same LHSAA All Star team.


St amant and mt Carmel played eached other during the regular season!
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Fouts will be the best incoming SEC pitcher in the conference easy 


Wonder how much she will hit if at all?
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CJ Landrum a Georgia signee I believe can make some noise taking over for Cortni
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CJ Landrum a Georgia signee I believe can make some noise taking over for Cortni



She's very talented. I'm sure the coaches will have her prepared next year
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Truer words have never been spoken.  

Of the 15 recruits of the incoming class of 2015 ONE remains on the team.  Of the 10 recruits of the 2016 class I believe 4 remain.  I haven't researched the 2017 class, although I noticed 2 names are now off the roster.  I am sure more will be leaving, time will tell.

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Ole Miss
It was a very rough year for Ole Miss after a spectacular season the year before. There is no question losing Mowatt was a major blow to the program, for its pitchers no question. Lee and the other pitchers struggled quite a bit this season without her. The offense though was atrocious and at the bottom of every SEC Category. Of course it doesn't help with Mike Smith is running off half the team in fall ball. They lose a key top recruit which was expected to start. I think her name is Alyssa Martinez? Ole Miss has a very tough road to climb. There is a lack of talent at a lot of positions and they need a change in what they do at the plate. If Mike continues to run off everyone each offseason, his days at Ole Miss are numbered. 
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Fouts will be the best incoming SEC pitcher in the conference easy 


Ahhhhhh, hate over hyping a freshman. She’s great but this is still a step up.
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