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Drop_Curve

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Bubba Nickles smacked 6 homeruns and had 29 RBI in the Junior Womens World Championship. These are both tournament records, Stacey Nuveman and Alyssa Palomomino held the old record with 5 homeruns. Could this be the beginning of a big sophomore year for Nickles?
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Could be. She can pop em out of the yard with anyone.

She hit three homers in her final game with the Elite team last summer.

I will surmise that pitching in the Pac is a step up

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Could be. She can pop em out of the yard with anyone.

She hit three homers in her final game with the Elite team last summer.

I will surmise that pitching in the Pac is a step up


She seemed to be more settled in near the end of the season for UCLA. If this performance can help her become more established in the box, UCLA could be a dangerous team next year with Azevedo coming in too...

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I watched several of the junior women's world championship games and outside of a handful of countries the pitching was horrible.  A good 18U TB team from the US would throttle most of the teams there, so I would not get too excited about offensive production until you understand which teams it came against.
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I watched several of the junior women's world championship games and outside of a handful of countries the pitching was horrible.  A good 18U TB team from the US would throttle most of the teams there, so I would not get too excited about offensive production until you understand which teams it came against.

She had a good outing at the World Cup as well

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She had a good outing at the World Cup as well


Other than the top 4 or 5 countries at the World Cup, how was the pitching?
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Other than the top 4 or 5 countries at the World Cup, how was the pitching?


I would say after the top 2 teams, Japan and USA, the pitching dropped a lot.

The Junior teams' pitching was, at times, like u14. I expected a better game against Japan in Gold medal game, but that didn't happen.
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I wouldn't get all sweaty over her 6 HR in this last tourney. With the exception of couple above average arms for the Japanese team, the pitching rivaled that of a mediocre High School team. She hit 1 meaningful HR & that came in the World Cup against the Phillipines. 

Her 10 overall HR for the summer would be expected from her...she's a pitcher's nightmare.
Check these stats out:
Hit in 19 straight games
Had 1 strikeout
Had an RBI in all but 2 games.
Drew only 3 Walks.
Her OBP was a whopping .660(non exhibition)

Ye, I'd say she's trending up nicely for her Sohpmore year
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Bubba Nickles smacked 6 homeruns and had 29 RBI in the Junior Womens World Championship. These are both tournament records, Stacey Nuveman and Alyssa Palomomino held the old record with 5 homeruns. Could this be the beginning of a big sophomore year for Nickles?


Did Palomino outnumber Nickles during the season?
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Did Palomino outnumber Nickles during the season?

Yes she had better numbers

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Bubba played with an injured hand for 3/4 of her freshman season. Her numbers picked up when her injury healed. She was pretty disappointed with that injury.
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The grind of major college sports... no time for any injury to heal once the season starts

Just have to gut through it.

And, to most people, the depressed numbers just look like a down season, while the coaches know how lucky they were to have that kid (with their huge value over their replacement -- EVEN if compromised physically) pushing through when they could have taken that seat instead.
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Oklahoma's #3 pitcher, Mariah Lopez (who will be a sophomore in 2018), made 3 appearances for the USA team in the Junior Women's World Championship tournament. In her first appearance, she pitched the final two innings and didn't allow a base runner. She struck out three - and only threw one pitch that wasn't a strike (out of 17). 

In her second appearance, she started and retired all 10 batters she faced - striking out 9 of them. 

In her third appearance, she pitched the final two innings and gave up one hit (the only base runner she allowed during the tournament) while striking out 4. 
 
For the tournament she had 7.1 IP, allowed no runs, gave up 1 hit, no walks, and struck out 16 batters. That is 2.18 strike outs per inning.

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By the time the two Paiges are finished pitching for Oklahoma... 
Mariah just might be ready to step into that #1 spot. 
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HLA, she's already a #1 for most D1 teams in the country. Most likely you could rotate her in for OK on a regular basis & they wouldn't miss a beat.

The stats you mentioned...not to be debbie downer but, just not that impressive considering who she was throwing against.


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Bubba played with an injured hand for 3/4 of her freshman season. Her numbers picked up when her injury healed. She was pretty disappointed with that injury.

I really feel like she'll have a great season and will fill the gap left by Spaulding. She has been playing SS as well, so will she challenge Perez for the SS spot next year?

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Also, if anyone has any other incoming freshman or rising sophomore they think will have a big season fill free to share. I'd keep my eyes on Balint and Elish (for obvious reasons) but I also feel like McGlaun (spelling) at Baylor could be fun to watch as a two way player. I really like Fiser at Minnesota as well.
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I think Maddie Dwyer will put Stanford back on the map.
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I think Maddie Dwyer will put Stanford back on the map.

me tooooooo I saw her highlights and she has good stuff. I'm sure the coaching with help her develop greatly. Also keeping my eye on Mulipola.

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I think UCLA's Rachel Garcia will be one of the top pitchers next season, she showed the ability to compete with the best in OKC this year. If UCLA's offense can deliver the timely post-season hits, they will be dangerous the next few years.
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I think UCLA's Rachel Garcia will be one of the top pitchers next season, she showed the ability to compete with the best in OKC this year. If UCLA's offense can deliver the timely post-season hits, they will be dangerous the next few years.

Agreed about UCLA being dangerous. They have recruited well and some of their players are developing nicely. I think ucla could challenge a lot of big teams this year.

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An instant replay system would also help.  Testing of umpire skills instead of just relying on past game experience is needed. I know my eyesight has diminished. Perhaps testing umpire eyesight before certification to umpire the CWS would weed out obvious diminished skills. 

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No excuse, with that overwhelming recruiting advantage, for UCLA to ever not be in the final eight
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An instant replay system would also help.  Testing of umpire skills instead of just relying on past game experience is needed. I know my eyesight has diminished. Perhaps testing umpire eyesight before certification to umpire the CWS would weed out obvious diminished skills. 


SOMETHING has to be implemented. I hardly ever blame umpires bc I understand the challenges and the speed of the game, but this year's world series was unforgivably bad. I could even hear the commentators getting annoyed with the amount of. open calls. The blunders of the umps made it extremely hard to watch.

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No excuse, with that overwhelming recruiting advantage, for UCLA to ever not be in the final eight

Can't argue with that. Injuries plague them year in and year out

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SOMETHING has to be implemented. I hardly ever blame umpires bc I understand the challenges and the speed of the game, but this year's world series was unforgivably bad. I could even hear the commentators getting annoyed with the amount of. open calls. The blunders of the umps made it extremely hard to watch.


The umpires decided the entire UCLA vs LSU game on bad or questionable calls at the plate

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We South Carolina fans are looking for now sophomore Cayla Drotar to really compete in the circle. Freshman Kelsey Oh (P) is coming in as well, and I've heard good stuff about her. Looking forward to seeing her
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SOMETHING has to be implemented. I hardly ever blame umpires bc I understand the challenges and the speed of the game, but this year's world series was unforgivably bad. I could even hear the commentators getting annoyed with the amount of. open calls. The blunders of the umps made it extremely hard to watch.


They got rid of the on screen K-zone this year because it made the umpires look so bad last year...
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  The blunders of the umps made it extremely hard to watch.


How about not allowing women to umpire any of the WCWs games since that vast majority of the blunders/blown calls were made by them.
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How about not allowing women to umpire any of the WCWs games since that vast majority of the blunders/blown calls were made by them.


Bad umpires make bad calls, not female umpires. Some females are bad umps, some men are too. The women at the WCWS this year did make bad calls, this doesn't mean women aren't fit to ump in high pressure situations. It mean they need to vet the umps better.

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Bad umpires make bad calls, not female umpires. Some females are bad umps, some men are too. The women at the WCWS this year did make bad calls, this doesn't mean women aren't fit to ump in high pressure situations. It mean they need to vet the umps better.


that's for sure. some of these umpires are horrible from beginning to end of the season. doesn't make any sense how they get vetted for the series
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