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Kurosawa

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Hope Alvelo stays healthy and they don't have to rely on the "Big East POY" to any extent. Like taking a newborn from the Kiddie Pool & throwing them into the Deep End without a Mae West. 

Which is exactly what Oregon is getting ready to do with their transfer from Va Tech. Got a bad feeling their defense will feel more like being downrange during a Mortar Barrage.


Just having a lefty pitcher on the roster, even if only to have that "look" in practice, will be an improvement. UW's batters struggled against southpaws last year.
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<< Washington seem to be ignored and it confuses me. They were one of the most consistent teams last season and they’ve not lost many players. >> (Lauren)


Lauren -  It confuses me... when you think that Washington  is being "ignored".
They are in the top 5 of every poll... and rightfully so.


Yep; I'd say she's REALLY confused.
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Just having a lefty pitcher on the roster, even if only to have that "look" in practice, will be an improvement. UW's batters struggled against southpaws last year.


"G" Juarez says "howdy"

Again, just messin' with Dawg fans on the cusp of a new season.
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Previews:

Outfielders: https://www.huskiesnewera.com/sb-2019-outfield?source=share-UWAthletics

Infielders: https://www.huskiesnewera.com/sb-2019-infield

Pitchers/Catchers: Coming soon.

Kaupe and Gibson are pictured among the outfielders, but mentioned among the infielders: "Kaupe and Gibson set to see action in both the infield and outfield."

Newcomers that I'm looking forward to seeing: Schiele, Huskey, and Espinoza.
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<< Newcomers that I'm looking forward to seeing: Schiele, Huskey, and Espinoza. >> (Kurosawa)


K -   Are you saying...  that the Huskies actually have a   Huskey   on their roster...

; )
trund

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For those who enjoy "messin'" with us Dawg fans, please show mercy because we are 
not used to the heights of the truly big-time, legit programs out there. Besides, we are still sore and injured after last year's finals, which saw our sad little dream punctured just as it was 
about to happen. We can only pray to be invited to the big soiree this year, given all the 
hitting we lost and the unlikely event of our pitchers being better than they really are - again. 
Sigh.
Kurosawa

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https://gohuskies.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=6681

SilentRain (Espinoza) also has an intriguing moniker.
HenryLouisAaron

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<< SilentRain (Espinoza) also has an intriguing moniker. >> (Kurosawa)


SilentRain is a wonderful name.
One of my favorite names from softball is Autumn Storms.
scrybe

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For those who enjoy "messin'" with us Dawg fans, please show mercy because we are 
not used to the heights of the truly big-time, legit programs out there. Besides, we are still sore and injured after last year's finals, which saw our sad little dream punctured just as it was 
about to happen. We can only pray to be invited to the big soiree this year, given all the 
hitting we lost and the unlikely event of our pitchers being better than they really are - again. 
Sigh.


LOL. Cry me a river. In fact, you can cry me two – one for each win over my Sooners in last year's WCWS.
trund

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Ach! You don't realize the sheer sadness of our past and present quandaries!
I can't escape the feeling that we didn't deserve to beat the legendary Sooners once, to say 
nothing of twice. Karma will catch up to us this year. Doncha think?
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Just having a lefty pitcher on the roster, even if only to have that "look" in practice, will be an improvement. UW's batters struggled against southpaws last year.


Good point. And she should up her game throwing live against her teammates. 
scrybe

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Ach! You don't realize the sheer sadness of our past and present quandaries!
I can't escape the feeling that we didn't deserve to beat the legendary Sooners once, to say 
nothing of twice. Karma will catch up to us this year. Doncha think?


Well, yes, the Sooners are, indeed, legendary. And, yes, I AM somewhat hopeful that karma does some catching up this year. [smile]
trund

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That's what I'm afraid of. The 2 shutouts were an anomaly, for sure (don't worry, Sooner fans: we'll be a lot worse this year). Karma should hit the little guys - not the long-time front runners like OU, right? We'll pray for you (we're very religious out here in Seattle) and hope for further blessings😉
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Bless you, my trund.
trund

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Thank YOU, m'lord.
Kurosawa

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https://gohuskies.com/news/2019/1/30/softball-four-huskies-named-to-player-of-the-year-watch-list.aspx?path=softball

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The #2 Washington Huskies put four players on USA Softball's Collegiate Player of the Year Preseason Watch List, the most of any team in the nation. Taran Alvelo, Sis Bates, Morganne Flores, and Gabbie Plain all earned their way onto the watch list. Only one other team, Arizona, has four players on the preseason watch list, while just seven total have multiple players.


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SJ28

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Arizona: Palomino, McQuillin, Harper and Mulipola.
Kurosawa

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Pitchers and Catchers:

https://www.huskiesnewera.com/sb-2019-battery?source=share-UWAthletics

Pitchers: Alvelo (RHP), Plain (RHP), Moore (LHP), Schulz (LHP)

Catchers: Flores, Helm (L), Ogasawara, Allen

When Flores is not catching, she'll be at 1B. When she is catching, it looks like Gibson will be at 1B. Helm, when not catching, looks like she'll be a lefty pinch-hitter (an underrated role). I'm assuming Ogasawara and Allen will be the bullpen catchers.
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Has anyone followed Plain's development since the WCWS?

Seem's to be effective with curve, drop and off-speed. 

Is she able to throw a rise?

Just curious and excited to see how she performs her sophomore and upper-class years...

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https://www.seattletimes.com/sports/uw-huskies/how-a-familys-dedication-propelled-washington-softballs-sis-bates-into-the-stratosphere/


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For her final three years of high school, Sis Bates — Washington’s junior shortstop and the reigning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year — starred on a competitive softball team based out of Huntington Beach, Calif., called Firecrackers-Rico.

The catch was that Bates lived in Ceres, Calif. — 345 miles north.

So three weekends a month, 12 months a year, Bates and her father, John, climbed into their car at 2 or 3 a.m. on Sunday, hopped on highway 99 and cruised for six-ish hours to make a 9 or 10 a.m. practice. John Bates made dozens of dutiful drives through the night, keeping all music to a minimum so his daughter could sleep in the passenger seat. They’d arrive, she’d practice and improve and then they’d make the drive again.



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People who live in the Central Valley of California, think your crazy doing this. But I understand. Kudos to dad and Siss.


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Has anyone followed Plain's development since the WCWS?

Seem's to be effective with curve, drop and off-speed. 

Is she able to throw a rise?

Just curious and excited to see how she performs her sophomore and upper-class years...



She could throw a rise when she came. She threw it more in international ball than she did last year for the Huskies. She throws it a bit slower than her drop, low 60s. She definitely struck some folks out with it last year and gave up that utter moonshot on it to Aaliyah Jordan at UCLA. 

She pitched over the summer with her Australian club team. Then of course she pitched some in the fall and on their trip to Australia as well.
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I think TA had about the same trip (or maybe a little longer) from her house in Carroll to play for the Bandits.
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https://www.seattletimes.com/sports/uw-huskies/stone-column-previewing-uw-softballs-season-which-begins-friday-in-mexico/


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The old – three returning All-Americans from the squad that made it all the way to the NCAA title series last year – is what has the Huskies ranked as high as No. 2 in the preseason polls.

The young – nine freshmen who will vie for significant playing time – is what has coach Heather Tarr both excited and a bit curious heading into the season-opening Puerto Vallarta College Challenge beginning Friday. (Yes, Tarr deserves early Coach of the Year consideration for getting the Huskies out of the snow and into sunny Mexico.)



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Besides old and new, there needs to be a special category for Morganne Flores, who straddles both descriptions. She was a two-year star at catcher for the Huskies before suffering a major knee injury last year that wiped out her entire 2018 season. Now she is fully healthy again and expected to split time at catcher and first base.


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Much of the Huskies’ success in a rugged Pac-12 Conference and beyond figures to rise or fall on the development of the freshmen. There are opportunities for playing time particularly in the outfield, where senior Amirah Milloy is the lone returning veteran, and the corner infield spots. Tarr says she’ll give everyone a shot and not settle on her starting lineup until midway through the Pac-12 schedule.


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Tarr has seen tangible growth from freshmen like Sami Reynolds (outfield), Silent Rain Espinoza (infield), Megan Vandegrift (infield) and Ari Quinones (utility), among others. In one notable moment in a recent scrimmage, Reynolds stepped up against Alvelo and got a single up the middle.





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She could throw a rise when she came. She threw it more in international ball than she did last year for the Huskies. She throws it a bit slower than her drop, low 60s. She definitely struck some folks out with it last year and gave up that utter moonshot on it to Aaliyah Jordan at UCLA. 

She pitched over the summer with her Australian club team. Then of course she pitched some in the fall and on their trip to Australia as well.



Thanks for the reply. 

If she picks up speed (fastball-like), perfects a change-up and improves her rise, she'll be un-hitable. 
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Thanks for posting the article K.

It's a good read but...

"nine freshmen who will vie for significant playing time"

I'm only seeing 8 on the roster.

"The Huskies made it to nationals two years ago and to the championship game last year."

Sigh. There is just so much here that shouts "I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THE WCWS."


How about "The Huskies made it to the national semi-finals two years ago and to the championship series last year."?
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That is what annoys me about *some* of the journalism in women's sports. On one hand yay, recognition the other hand do your job!! Flo annoyed me last year by professing their softball knowledge but having no clue Mo Flo was out.
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Thanks for the reply. 

If she picks up speed (fastball-like), perfects a change-up and improves her rise, she'll be un-hitable. 


A tad hyperbolic?

Plain is a great pitcher – one of the best in the country. But no pitcher is unhittable.
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Kind of off topic, but Sam Manti just pitched a shutout for her new team- Loyola Marymount. She was perfect through 4, but I don't have any stats. LMU beat Idaho State at the Titan Classic. I always liked her, and I hope she does well this year. Morganne Flores's little sister also plays for LMU.
Go Lions!
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