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Kurosawa

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Now that the schedule has been finalized, I figure it is time to start this thread.

http://www.gohuskies.com/schedule.aspx?path=softball

Top Opponents (RPI):

Top 1-10 (4): Oklahoma (1), Auburn (3), @Alabama/2 (6)
Top 11-25 (5): Missouri (11), Baylor (14), Minnesota/2 (20), Fresno St. (21)
Top 26-50 (7): Texas (30), Nebraska (34), @Long Beach State (37), Ohio St. (40), Northwestern/2 (45), BYU (50)

Top 1-50: 16

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* = starter

Graduated: Courtney Gano* (1B), Kimberlee Souza* (C/1B), Jennie McNeill (SS/3B), Dani Braun (1B/C), Hailey Bator (P)

Transferred: Tannon Snow* (IF/OF)

Seniors: Ali Aguilar* (SS), Casey Stangel* (P/DP)

Juniors: Julia DePonte* (3B), Taylor Van Zee* (2B), Trysten Melhart* (OF), Kristal Aubert (OF), Maddi Schreyer (P), Kelly Burdick (OF), Kirstyn Thomas (P/OF/1B)

Sophomores: Taran Alvelo* (P/DP), Morganne Flores* (C), Amirah Milloy (OF), Rachel Ogasawara (C/3B), Brittany Werre (IF), Kristin Cochran (P, listed as a junior, but did not play in 2016, so should get a redshirt).

Freshmen: Nicole Bates (IF, #10 Hot 100), Samantha Manti (P, #27 Hot 100), Maggie Gallagher (U, 1st Team MaxPreps Small Schools All-American), Kaija Gibson (U), Gianna Carideo (C), Alyssa Simons (P/U)

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Individual Stats/Pac-12:

Batting Average:
13. Melhart .378

Runs Scored:
1. Aguilar 76

RBIs:
1. Aguilar 70

Doubles:
1. (tie) Van Zee 16
3. Aguilar 15

Triples:
1. (tie) DePonte 4

Home Runs:
1. (tie) Aguilar 21

Total Bases:
1. Aguilar 140

Walks:
3. Aguilar 39
7. Stangel 31

OB%:
4. Aguilar .488
9. Stangel .467
10. Melhart .462

Slg%:
1. Aguilar .828

ERA:
8. Stangel 2.89

Strikeouts:
6. Alvelo 152 (6.98/game)
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I'll be making my first ever trip out to UW this season.

What are my 'must see' places on campus/local bars I need to stop by?
Kurosawa

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Private message me and I'll give you some suggestions.
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I'll be making my first ever trip out to UW this season.

What are my 'must see' places on campus/local bars I need to stop by?


It might be cliche/touristy but I loved it when we visited Seattle .... Molly Moon's Ice Cream.
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Positions:

P: Taran Alvelo, Casey Stangel, and Maddi Schreyer. Fourth pitcher: Kristin Cochran?

C: Morganne Flores.

1B: Kelly Burdick? She came in as an IF, hit .354 last year on part-time duty in the outfield, and needs to start somewhere. The other candidate could be Kirstyn Thomas, who is a tall athletic talent who came in as a pitcher, brings power at the plate (but needs to get her average up), and was warming up at 1B late last season.

2B: Taylor Van Zee.

SS: Ali Aguilar.

3B: Julia DePonte? Started at third as a freshman, moved to center last season to make room at third for Tannon Snow, but moved back when Snow had trouble hitting. Nicole Bates is likely slated to replace Aguilar at SS next season, so it looks to me like Tarr will split her between OF and DP, rather than temporarily park her at third.

RF: Kristal Aubert? She has a rifle arm and was used as a defensive sub in right field last season. Kirstyn Thomas could be another possibility.

CF: Trysten Melhart? Should be in center field, unless DePonte gets bumped there, in which case Melhart will start in right field.

LF: Nicole Bates? She's definitely going to start somewhere, and LF is where Tarr likes to park her extra infielders.

DP: Casey Stangel, unless she's pitching.

Note: I didn't make it to any of the fall games, so these are my best guesses coming off of last season and reputation (Bates') coming in.

Corrections, emendations, comments?
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Casey Stengel is no longer pitching. She will be the DP this year.
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Casey Stengel is no longer pitching. She will be the DP this year.



No longer pitching?
Kurosawa

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Roster currently lists six pitchers: Alvelo, Cochran, Manti, Schreyer, Stangel, and Thomas.

Cochran didn't play, and Thomas didn't pitch, last year.

Stangel had the best ERA last season (2.88) and she's a lefty - if not pitching this season, as claimed above, maybe Tarr wants her to concentrate 100% on her hitting.

Manti was ranked as the #27 recruit last year. From last April:

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So why Washington?

“I wanted to go there since I was 9 years old,” she said. “I remember watching Danielle Lawrie pitching for them in 2009, when they won the Women’s College World Series. She was my hero.”

“I think she’ll really benefit going to Washington and being introduced to their strength and conditioning program,” said Eastlake coach Lini (Koria) Bush, who’s sixth all-time in career home runs at the University of Arizona, with 61 from 2009-2012. “When she gets a bit stronger I think that will help with her consistency.”

“They said I should have an opportunity to start next year. That’s all I can ask,” Manti said. “I’ve been taught a chance is all you can expect. It’s up to me after that.”



http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sdut-prep-softball-samantha-manti-eastlake-washington-2016apr25-story.html

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Regarding 2017 positions:

I add the following observations from the Fall Classic games:

RF - Kaija Gibson got most of the time.

1B - Thomas started

3B - Aubert and Bates. Krystal looked pretty good to me. Of course, she has plenty of arm. Deponte did not play in the field. Bates looked very good at third and shortstop.

P - Cochran pitched as did Simons. I'm guessing that it's Taran, Madi then either Cochran or Manti with Simons 5th.

Brittany Werre was used quite a bit in a utility role.

I assume that Julia will be a core part of the lineup. The depth of the team is very impressive. 

I am reporting from memory, I apologize for errors. I also know that the fall work is just one part of the process, that Heather will experiment with different arrangements during the non-conference games.

The prospects for the 2017 season look positive for the Dawgs.

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So hard to glean much from the fall slop those pacnw schools are forced to use their games on
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No longer pitching?


She told coach and the team about a month ago.
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If by concentrating on just hitting, Stangel can make a bigger contribution to the team, then I don't necessarily see anything wrong with it. She is a talented hitter, who I think is capable of putting up bigger numbers. Last year, she pitched, hit, and fielded, which might have been a bit much. We've got other girls who can pitch besides the main guns, Alvelo and Schreyer - Cochran and Manti, being perhaps the most likely.

Last year she hit .341 (7th on the team), with 14 doubles (3rd), 5 home runs (7th), 36 rbi (tied/5th), 31 walks (2nd), .556 slug% (7th), and .467 ob% (2nd).
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http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/page/QTP_161116Woochingproposal/washington-huskies-psalm-wooching-successfully-proposes-girlfriend-practice
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Awww
Congrats to the happy couple
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http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/page/QTP_161116Woochingproposal/washington-huskies-psalm-wooching-successfully-proposes-girlfriend-practice[/QUOTE

Have pretty much known both Psalm & Courtney since they 1st stepped foot on campus, they are both absolutely great people that come from great families, so happy for them!
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Can anyone provide a rundown on Sis Bates, evidently a late addition to the roster? Or, is this Nicole? gohuskies can be a bit of a challenge.
Kurosawa

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They'll be splitting time at third...

Seriously though, "Sis" is Nicole Bates' nickname.

A number of players have opted to be listed by foreshortened versions of their formal birth names: Ali (Alison) Aguilar, Maggie (Margaret) Gallagher, and Madi (Madison) Schreyer, while "Sam" Manti has chosen to go by Samantha.

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Let's pick one thread for god's sake
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Let's pick one thread for god's sake

Seems to me that it's a significant difference of players for 2017 and signers for the next year.

3leftturns

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Moment of weakness.

If it doesn't appeal to me, I can skip it.

As we were
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Seems to me that it's a significant difference of players for 2017 and signers for the next year.



This thread is for discussion of the Washington 2016-17 team (or 2017 season).

I would normally be removing the new recruits on the current team's roster from the "recruiting" thread, but, unlike previously, the forum settings no longer allow me to edit the front page on an ongoing basis, beyond a relatively short period of time.

It looks like I'll be forced to create annual Washington recruiting threads ("Washington Recruiting 2017", for instance), although I'd prefer just editing one thread, to cover future Washington recruits (through 2020, and beyond).


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Predictions for Washington this coming season?

I'd like to think they could at least make it back to Supers.
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Predictions for Washington this coming season?

I'd like to think they could at least make it back to Supers.


They will score a lot of runs and run up really good pitching stats in the non conference part of the season.

Their run production will not be consistently high once conference play starts, but they will still score substantial run totals.

If they can develop a better work ethic in Alvelo,  consistency in a pitcher who did not pitch in the rotation last season, and/or break through the mental barricades with Schreyer,  they could easily get into the supers or beyond.

If they can do that, they could conceivably be Pac-12 champs.

I believe again this year that they would do much better in the pitching department if they pitched by committee throughout the entire season, but what do I know.

That is a prediction, for what it is worth. 

Kurosawa

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Alvelo had some control issues, especially on her rise ball and change, leading to more walks/hbps - get more batters to swing at her high stuff, mix in effective changes/drops, stay ahead of the count, and field her position better, and I see her pushing her ERA, over 3.00 last year, well below 2.00, if not even lower. She throws plenty hard, with good movement.

Schreyer had some issues with throwing mechanics last year, chicken-winging or side-arming her pitches. Assuming that has been taken care of, she can be a very capable #2 pitcher. I'm guessing the #3 pitcher will be Kristin Cochran or Sam Manti, or combination of the two.

They'll have the Pac-12's best hitter returning in Aguilar, with strong hitters throughout the lineup. Their defense will be solid.
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2017 Husky Softball Preview

Intro:

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"We believe we have all the necessary parts in place to put together a great team in 2017," remarks Tarr. We've got the majority of our defense back from last season's team and we expect our pitching to lead the way."


http://www.gohuskies.com/news/2017/1/23/2017-husky-softball-preview.aspx

Outfielders:

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"Our outfield unit is comprised of a lot of speed," said Tarr. "The unit includes Burdick, Melhart, Amirah Milloy, Kaija Gibson and Alyssa Simons. DePonte and Aubert could potentially see some playing time in the outfield as well."

Stangel will look to play as the team's starting leftfielder this season. Stangel saw outfield action in 21 out of her 49 games last season; the others she played as pitcher or designated hitter.

Also looking to see some action in the left field is freshman newcomer Gibson. Gibson brings in an impressive resume after playing for the Firecrackers, 2016 national champions. She has over 21 steals and a .574 batting average. He quick feet will give the Huskies' offense and defense an edge over opponents.

Burdick and Melhart will be covering the center and rightfield positions. The pair brings speed to the defense, especially after their experience last season as sophomores. They also contribute offensively, after bringing in a combined 62 runs last season.


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Not only will it be a function of leadership," said Tarr. "But also offensive matchups because you have Kelly and Trysten who are triple threat type batters, whereas Julia and Krystal bring more of a power game."


http://www.gohuskies.com/news/2017/1/29/2017-husky-softball-preview-outfield.aspx

Previews of infielders and pitchers to follow.
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Pitchers:

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"We are going to build on what they did last year," said Tarr. "Last season, Taran's injury forced Madi into the number one spot but she held it down for us. She shut down Alabama's offense at Super Regionals. Taran was at about 50% during the post season so she was able to contribute during that time as well."


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The pitching staff is rounded out by Junior Kristin Cochran and Freshman Samantha Manti...."We are excited to see Sam develop as she watches and grows as a pitcher. She throws hard; with the same velocity that Madi and Taran bring. It's going to be a matter of her ability to locate pitches and command the zone at the top Division I level. We are hopeful that we can develop her for our program's future."


Catchers:

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"We're led by Morganne Flores behind the plate this season," said Tarr. "She had a solid year for us last year, catching in all of our big games. Courtney Gano's injury last season forced Kimberly Souza out of the catching spot and into first which gave Morganne a wealth of experience."


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Behind Flores is fellow sophomore, Ogasawara. She appeared in five games in 2016 as a pinch hitter and runner. In those games she went two for three, earning two runs.

Freshman Gianna Carideo will round out the catching staff. She will add power to the offense at the plate as she continues to learn and grown behind Flores and Ogasawara.



http://www.gohuskies.com/news/2017/2/2/2017-husky-softball-preview-the-battery.aspx

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Holy cow, I can't believe my account here still works.  Looking forward to a good game today and a good season for UW.

Just wish I could take a "business trip" to Puerto Vallarta.[wink]
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Holy cow, I can't believe my account here still works.  Looking forward to a good game today and a good season for UW.

Just wish I could take a "business trip" to Puerto Vallarta.[wink]


Alvelo really doing well with seven shutout innings.
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