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BStandby

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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!
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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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On e again, you have no clue what you are talking about. St. Francis is a far better program at this point than Maryland.
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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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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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Great job by Maryland's freshman pitcher Denhart. Looks like she is off to a good start.  


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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?
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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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I blame the lacking of hitting and the inability to drive in runs on the head coach, not the assistants. The assistants are new to the team, they just got here. The majority of these hitters played last season under this coach.

I feel bad for Lauren Graves. She is basically getting mop up duty for the second straight season. You had a chance to give her and Sami some much needed starting experience in May when the season was completely over but she continued to pitch Hannah and Madison to death. Now all she does is put them in when the game is basically over. She obviously favors these 2 new pitchers. Also if Ryan is your "best" pitcher why is she not pitching against Auburn. Can you say favoritism!
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She is making her recruit shine, and the others take the beating. I am still wondering what benefit that 11 days in Florida did to prepare this team? That last Auburn game MD looked lost in the field.
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Man the hate is strong with a few in this group. What a burden you guys carry.
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It's not hate when you are telling the truth!
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Ok 7 days ago.
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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.


Not to distract from the main thread topic, but good point with a slapper being hit for in certain situations.  
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It's not hate when you are telling the truth!


It is hate. The sad part is that you throw an entire team under the bus to attack a coach, administration and specific players. So you have become what you accuse them of being.  You are cyber bullies.  

You are not fans.  You are disgruntled parents and former players.  

Maybe the coach is horrible, maybe the Admin is sweeping problems under the rug. But it is hard to take you people seriously with the venom you spew on a daily basis at an entire team.  It is the players that you pretend to protect that you are attacking.  

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My problems have always been with the coach, the athletic department for hiding all of the issues and the few players that have been bullying other players on this team and other teams. I have never attacked the whole team.

Let's be honest, the teams record has been horrible for the past 3 years and I believe all of this drama is a huge reason for this.
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Also for the record I am not a former player or a parent of anybody on the team. Just a longtime fan of the program (since 2010) my senior year at UMCP!
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When is Wright’s contract up? Will administration make a move before her contract is up?
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I don't think anybody has attacked the players, if so point out where. I guess it's ok to get on the Florida thread and say how good they are. But on this thread the discussion is obviously different. Being the coach and players in a D1 sport that is televised, you get fans and people who are disappointed. If you can only talk about the good stuff then why have a Board like this. I must admit, I would not like to be a D1 head coach because the people are second guessing you all the time. That goes with the territory. But you have to admit, the exodus of so many players and the criticisms regarding their treatment has been out of the ordinary.
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Maryland begins weekend number 3 this Friday morning. With no more than one win this weekend the team will be off to a 3-11 start. The hitting is atrocious and the pitching is fair. Maybe I am wrong and the team will go 3-2 this weekend and be headed in the "Wright" direction.

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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


My bad, brain slipped a gear.  it's Boston U. who has 11 players from California.
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Hahaha TruDat. I just watched the Auburn no hit video where one of the bully girls was on an error spree!
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