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aarong3000

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It's her ego. In her warped mind she thinks all of Wattens players were bad and everybody she has brought in has been good. It has been the complete opposite. Sky has been her best offensive player and Madison and Hannah have been her best pitchers and she had ZERO to do with them being here!
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Here is what I don’t understand. Wright has been very vocal that she just has to run off all of Wattens players and things will improve. The problem is that Deifel and staff went 27-27 with Wattens players. Wright has gone 24-83 since. Maybe she should have invested a little more time and energy in developing Wattens players instead chasing them all away.


Good observation Nextyear! In fact for 2017 absolutely no change in the pitcher count (minus Schmeiser adding Main) as she only lost two players that year to graduation.  Good Coaching skills and working players offensively was a LOST Opportunity.
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I'm happy that I found this thread. I had no idea that all of this bullying stuff was going on with this team. It's crazy that the Testudo times, the left bench or especially the diamondback hasn't reported anything about this. You have athletes on this campus filing protective orders against other athletes and nobody is talking about it, WTF. This whole athletic department is a mess!


You should read the threads from last season's mess - under College Softball.[rolleyes][rolleyes][biggrin][eek][eek]
aarong3000

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I saw some of it last night. I cannot believe that so many people in the athletic department are covering up and protecting a coach with such a horrible win-loss record. Hopefully this will be the final season of her reign of terror!
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Agreed. This is pretty simple. If you have a hitter on the bench that gives you a better chance than your clean up hitter - 1. Your clean up hitter should not be hitting clean up. 2. The pinch hitter should have never have been on the bench. 3. Or both. It’s not a huge deal ......except it shows the coach that does that is incompetent.


Exactly, and thank you.  How does a team reach the start of the season - after having all fall and all of January, not to mention past seasons - and have no clue who its best hitters might be?  Other than injury (or if the lineup is completely screwed up to begin with), there simply isn't a single valid reason to ever pinch-hit for a hitter in the top four of a lineup.
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Players go through high and low times during the season and can be distracted. If you're trying to work on something early in the season and the player is not listening, the pine speaks louder than words. The fall tells you little about your starting lineup, spring games really kick off the season.
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TerpAlum has some great points. In my view, if you are tinkering with the cleanup spot early on, your team is not settled. In my opinion there is not much to work with at MD and that is reflected in the move to have a freshman batting fourth and another one pinch hitting for her. Neither of whom should be in that spot at this juncture. The trip to Florida was a waste of time and money.
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It is flipping amazing the durability of a thread related to Maryland softball
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<< Other than injury (or if the lineup is completely screwed up to begin with), there simply isn't a single valid reason to ever pinch-hit for a hitter in the top four of a lineup. >> (PBLC20)

Sure there is.
If a game is so one sided that one team has no chance of winning... 
then subs are often put into the game.

And here is another...
One of those top 4 batters in the lineup has batted against the same opposing pitcher 2 or 3 times and struck out each time - looking as if she had absolutely zero chance to ever even touch the ball. In such a case, it makes perfect sense to substitute for that batter (especially if you have a sub who is very good at making contact).
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It is flipping amazing the durability of a thread related to Maryland softball


Kinda like a Cockroach uh?
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It is flipping amazing the durability of a thread related to Maryland softball


Because it is mostly one person with multiple user names??? Did I get it right??? Is there a prize???
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You can tell it is one person based on their writing style. 
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<< Other than injury (or if the lineup is completely screwed up to begin with), there simply isn't a single valid reason to ever pinch-hit for a hitter in the top four of a lineup. >> (PBLC20)

Sure there is.
If a game is so one sided that one team has no chance of winning... 
then subs are often put into the game.

And here is another...
One of those top 4 batters in the lineup has batted against the same opposing pitcher 2 or 3 times and struck out each time - looking as if she had absolutely zero chance to ever even touch the ball. In such a case, it makes perfect sense to substitute for that batter (especially if you have a sub who is very good at making contact).


The one-sided game, certainly, is correct.  If a team is going to pinch-hit for one of its top hitters based upon that hitter striking out 2 or 3 times against the same pitcher, then it must be the case that all MLB managers have no idea what they're doing.  I know some say softball and baseball differ and aren't comparable here, but I have no idea what the difference would be when it comes to pinch-hitting for one of your top hitters.  If it's a hitter who is marginally in the lineup, I get that, but a top hitter on the team?  I suppose it could be the case that a team is so poor that it has no exceptional hitters and subbing one hitter for any other is basically a crap-shoot.  

In any event, if a college coach can't at least have a pretty good idea of who his/her best players are after 2-3 months of fall practice and another few weeks in January (let alone previous seasons for everyone except freshmen), then what is it they're doing during all that time that is a higher priority?  Do they not ever go "live" during all of that time?
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“I suppose it could be the case that a team is so poor that it has no exceptional hitters and subbing one hitter for any other is basically a crap-shoot. “

Not taking a shot at any player but I think you just gave the answer. If you don’t really have a top half of the line up does it really matter who you pinch hit for during the course of the game. On most teams it’s very rare to pinch hit for a clean up hitter but this may be more or an indictment of UMs talent level right now than their coaching ability.
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Please pray tell, which screen names are one person? I wish I knew who the other posters were because I want the bullying complaints to go to the AD now that a new one is in there. And a group could do it better.

And I know I am one person and do not know any of the others.


They have ALL been forwarded to the new AD, back in the fall!! And still.....nothing!
aarong3000

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The new interim AD has been with the athletic department for a while. He probably knows everything that has gone on. He definitely knows about the protective orders that just went out to the 2 softball girls.

I understand people using fake names on these boards. They are probably parents or related to the players on the team and don't want their children to get punished by the coach or the other players. I have no problem using my Twitter and Instagram name on these boards. The only thing she can do to me is make all of her players block me on social media (which she has done by the way) hahaha.
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It's going to be another long season for this team. They are now 2-7, cannot drive in any runs and they are making a ton of errors. Basically the same stuff from last season. I wonder who Coach Wright will try to put the blame on now for all of this, hahaha!
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Sorry to say this but I went to the U of M CLUB team game against Navy probably two years ago, whose team should be varsity, when MD won. That team, and that CLUB pitcher, could beat St. Francis, no offense to St. Francis, their pitcher is also good.
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On e again, you have no clue what you are talking about. St. Francis is a far better program at this point than Maryland.
aarong3000

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There is no way a team like St. Francis should be better than Maryland. I blame the horrible coaching. It's one thing to go scoreless against Auburn with most of your hitters returning from last year but it's another thing for that to happen against St. Francis. It's going to be hilarious to see what excuses she have for this weekend in her post game interview!
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aarong, I respectfully disagree with some of your observations.  I watched most of the Auburn games this weekend and St Francis gave a good account of themselves especially considering the small school enrollment.  Auburn got a last inning walk off win 4-3 in their first game and won 5-0 in second game.   Also, Auburn has a lot of new faces in the lineup compared to last year and we were not a very good hitting team then.  We lost our best returning hitter to transfer (Carlee Wallace).  Currently our best batter is our freshman SS.  No doubt, Auburn's strength is their pitching. Although early season competition has not been with major type programs, they have given up only 5 runs in 13 games.   From what I saw, Maryland is going to have big issues in the circle.  They appear to have a long way to go as far as team development.  May not have the staff to attract a talented pitcher, which is probably the quickest way to improve the won//loss record.  I can understand the frustration.
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Auburn played great this weekend - great pitching as well from Auburn.  Considering what Auburn went through off the field, on the field will only get better this season.  Can't wait to see what Martin brings for the rest of the season. 

aarong3000 - St. Francis has discipline and typically has solid recruiting within the region.... in the last 4 seasons ALWAYS shuts out Maryland - tough rival - last season SFU won 2 out of 3 against Maryland at home field :0)      
aarong3000

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Looks like it'll be another 10-15 win season for this team. This is definitely some karma for all of the BS that has gone on with this program behind the scenes. I can only imagine what that bus ride home was like! 😱😱😱😱😱
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I checked the St. Francis roster after they almost beat us.  They have 11 players from California.
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I checked the St. Francis roster after they almost beat us.  They have 11 players from California.


Well there are zero California players on St Francis' roster. Maybe you're reading PA as CA on their roster since most of the players are from Pennsylvania.

https://www.sfuathletics.com/roster.aspx?path=softball
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Great job by Maryland's freshman pitcher Denhart. Looks like she is off to a good start.  


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One again, you have no clue what you are talking about. St. Francis is a far better program at this point than Maryland.


Exactly what are you after, stalking?!

That is what I said Maryland's CLUB team is better than the varsity team and would beat other varsity teams. Get a life and learn how to read.
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Exactly, and thank you.  How does a team reach the start of the season - after having all fall and all of January, not to mention past seasons - and have no clue who its best hitters might be?  Other than injury (or if the lineup is completely screwed up to begin with), there simply isn't a single valid reason to ever pinch-hit for a hitter in the top four of a lineup.


Obviously a slump or a matchup with a pitch/pitcher can create the need, but the one I see more often is at the top with a slap hitter up with the bases loaded.   Force plays take away some of the slapper's options and putting in someone with the capability to drive in multiple runs by driving the ball or with get a SF RBI at a greater level than the slap hitter is a good reason to PH at the top of the order in that circumstance....your point is well taken otherwise though.
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I’m guessing an improvement up to 14 wins this year. This is obviously a guess but it should be somewhere between 12-17 wins. 14 would mean 37 wins in 3 years. Is that enough to keep this dumpster fire lit for one more year?
TruDat

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Some thoughts on this weekend. Ryan Denhart looks like a decent pitcher. She'll probably get the games MD has a chance of winning and throw the other pitchers to the wolves. The schedule this year will do this coaching staff in. The UCLA, Auburn, Florida, Tennessee etc route was ill advised. MD does not belong playing them. Look at the link below and you will see the hitting stats. What is this Victoria Hayward doing that is different than her predecessor? Tori, what's with Lauren Graves? The kid has a fantastic arm and she is not progressing one bit. She gets tossed in for mop up time when she'd be a front liner in some other program. The transfer pitcher is decent but at the Mid Major level. The 15-17 win range looks like a lock at this point. The bully captain is not doing so well, but is a coach's favorite. Off to Florida to get win number 3. Go Terps.



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