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Frank,

I agree that there's pride in being a professional.  But, it may depend on the profession.

I was talking to my wife about the NPF recently, and she's a softball fan, and the first ten minutes of the conversation was me trying to convince her I wasn't joking about there being a professional softball league.  She though I was pulling her leg.  Seriously.  I think she represents the average American with regard to professional softball.
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LMUFan - Charlie - I began in fastpitch after a career in baseball, and I was "hooked".  That was about 50 years ago.  To say that I've seen the women's game grow is an understatement. I take great pride in my softball school (25 years) being a part of that growth.  My schools were in New Jersey, not California.  Hence my perspective.  As for your wife's perspective on the game, I would say it's typical of most people I know.  Softball is still a "gypsy sport" and held dear by those who experience it, while considered a game by most where fat guys drink beer in the park and lumber around the bases.  I don''t know if the nation or the world will ever be ready for Fastpitch as a major consumer's game, but I do know that folks like me have an avid interest in its growth everywhere.  Frank  
PS - There is no need for Alabama to beat their chests and brag arrogantly about winning the collegiate national championship.  The feat speaks loudly for itself.  The great thing is there is always next year. 

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Valerie Arioto homers in US wins over Canada and Netherlands at World Cup of Softball

By Associated Press, Published: June 30

OKLAHOMA CITY — Valerie Arioto has established herself as the most dangerous hitter at the World Cup of Softball, swinging the United States to a perfect start at the tournament.

Arioto homered in her third straight game and drove in four runs, Samantha Fischer tacked on a three-run shot and the U.S. beat Canada 9-0 in five innings Saturday night in the World Cup of Softball.

“She’s been on fire. It’s unbelievable,” Fischer said. “She’s just hitting the ball everywhere. Where it’s pitched, she’s hit it hard, she’s hitting it out and just producing a lot of runs and a lot of opportunities for us to score.”

Arioto smashed a three-run home run to left-center field off Marina Demore (0-1) in the first inning and added an RBI single in the third, just before Fischer homered — also to left-center — to make it 8-0. Keilani Ricketts (1-0) gave up four hits and struck out six in a shutout as the game ended because of the run rule.

Arioto also delivered the tiebreaking solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning earlier in the day to lift the U.S. to a 2-1 victory over the Netherlands. A night earlier, she opened the scoring with a solo homer against Australia in what ended up being a 3-1 win.

She is 5 for 9 with three home runs and six RBIs in four games in Oklahoma City.

“Valerie’s definitely seeing the ball. If I was the other pitcher, I wouldn’t be throwing to her,” Ricketts said.

Arioto credited a strong scouting report and good anticipation and said, “I’m looking for a certain pitch and I’ve gotten it so far.”

Coach Ken Eriksen credited her hard work after the end of the college season, when Arioto was the Pac-12 player of the year at California and one of three finalists for the national player of the year award won by Ricketts.

Eriksen said Arioto arrived at Team USA camp with her swing off-kilter because of a unnecessary movement in the lower half of her body, and she’s been able to correct it to find her groove.

“If your eyes are steady and you’re behind the ball with her type of power, the kid can get scary,” Eriksen said. “And right now, she’s scary.”

Fisher put the U.S. (4-0) in position for a run-rule victory when she homered on the second pitch from reliever Karissa Hovinga. She also homered off of Hovinga in an exhibition last weekend marking the 40th anniversary of Title IX.

Melanie Matthews had two of the four hits for Canada (0-3), a single to leadoff the game and a double to start the third. But Ricketts stranded her in scoring position both times.

The U.S. faced its only deficit of the tournament in the early game after Nathalie Timmermans — who formerly played at Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma City University — homered in the fifth for the Dutch (3-1).

Rhea Taylor reached on an error to start the bottom of the fifth, stole second and eventually scored the tying run on Stacy May-Johnson’s groundout. Arioto then led off the sixth with her second homer in as many days against Dagmar Bloeming (1-1).

Chelsea Thomas (1-0) threw two scoreless innings of relief to get the win.

Eriksen left pleased a day after calling his team out for what he felt was a lackluster effort in the victory against Australia.

“I don’t think that was our game and he knew it and we knew it,” Arioto said. “We came out today and wanted to show what we’re about and show ourselves what we’re about. ... This was what we wanted.”

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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Valerie Arioto homers in US wins over Canada and Netherlands at World Cup of Softball

By Associated Press, Published: June 30

OKLAHOMA CITY — Valerie Arioto has established herself as the most dangerous hitter at the World Cup of Softball, swinging the United States to a perfect start at the tournament.

Arioto homered in her third straight game and drove in four runs, Samantha Fischer tacked on a three-run shot and the U.S. beat Canada 9-0 in five innings Saturday night in the World Cup of Softball.

“She’s been on fire. It’s unbelievable,” Fischer said. “She’s just hitting the ball everywhere. Where it’s pitched, she’s hit it hard, she’s hitting it out and just producing a lot of runs and a lot of opportunities for us to score.”

Arioto smashed a three-run home run to left-center field off Marina Demore (0-1) in the first inning and added an RBI single in the third, just before Fischer homered — also to left-center — to make it 8-0. Keilani Ricketts (1-0) gave up four hits and struck out six in a shutout as the game ended because of the run rule.

Arioto also delivered the tiebreaking solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning earlier in the day to lift the U.S. to a 2-1 victory over the Netherlands. A night earlier, she opened the scoring with a solo homer against Australia in what ended up being a 3-1 win.

She is 5 for 9 with three home runs and six RBIs in four games in Oklahoma City.

“Valerie’s definitely seeing the ball. If I was the other pitcher, I wouldn’t be throwing to her,” Ricketts said.

Arioto credited a strong scouting report and good anticipation and said, “I’m looking for a certain pitch and I’ve gotten it so far.”

Coach Ken Eriksen credited her hard work after the end of the college season, when Arioto was the Pac-12 player of the year at California and one of three finalists for the national player of the year award won by Ricketts.

Eriksen said Arioto arrived at Team USA camp with her swing off-kilter because of a unnecessary movement in the lower half of her body, and she’s been able to correct it to find her groove.

“If your eyes are steady and you’re behind the ball with her type of power, the kid can get scary,” Eriksen said. “And right now, she’s scary.”

Fisher put the U.S. (4-0) in position for a run-rule victory when she homered on the second pitch from reliever Karissa Hovinga. She also homered off of Hovinga in an exhibition last weekend marking the 40th anniversary of Title IX.

Melanie Matthews had two of the four hits for Canada (0-3), a single to leadoff the game and a double to start the third. But Ricketts stranded her in scoring position both times.

The U.S. faced its only deficit of the tournament in the early game after Nathalie Timmermans — who formerly played at Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma City University — homered in the fifth for the Dutch (3-1).

Rhea Taylor reached on an error to start the bottom of the fifth, stole second and eventually scored the tying run on Stacy May-Johnson’s groundout. Arioto then led off the sixth with her second homer in as many days against Dagmar Bloeming (1-1).

Chelsea Thomas (1-0) threw two scoreless innings of relief to get the win.

Eriksen left pleased a day after calling his team out for what he felt was a lackluster effort in the victory against Australia.

“I don’t think that was our game and he knew it and we knew it,” Arioto said. “We came out today and wanted to show what we’re about and show ourselves what we’re about. ... This was what we wanted.”

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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Charlie - I remember many moons ago when we took a team from New Jersey to the 16U Nationals in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  We coaches sat at a table with the California Batbusters.  They told us how they raised money (mostly tryouts and parents)  and had plenty of money to come to Tennessee.  We were neophytes. Our team had scraggly uniforms, so I took $1500 out of my savings and bought new uniforms for them so they would look presentable on "the big stage". Our kids stood outside grocery stores with cups, basically begging for money to take us to the nationals.  They also sold chocolate bars and washed cars.  When Tennessee added its 11 percent tax (we hadn't budgeted for that - our bad) to motel rooms, we were just about broke, and meals after that were a matter of individual payment. If we had progressed farther into the tournament, we probably would have had to sell somebody's car and double up for the trip back home.   The coaching staff paid for those kids who couldn't pay.  We won one game and were "happy to have been there".

At an outdoor barbeque before the tourney, all the teams were intermingling except the California team, and then ten minutes after all the teams had gathered, over a hill came the Batbusters.  They all looked to be six feet tall, blonde with beads in their hair, tanned, and strutting with arrogance.  A hush went over the crowd, and for all intents and purposes the tournament was over. Of course the Batbusters won easily. That was then.

Perhaps that will give you some perspective on my perspective.  While I respect the accomplishments of western teams in a former time, I am so proud of the struggle that fastpitch, especially in college, programs east of the Mississippi have had to make.  I see much data now available for an argument that we are moving toward national parity.  Just as the past is worthy of the numerous accolades they have won, so too should we give credence to a new era of fastpitch that is national and not merely parochial.  Here's to Fastpitch wherever it is played. No longer does one area of the country own sole possession of talent or results.    Frank 


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Frank,

When my daughter played for the 16U So Cal Diamonds (Joe Smith) they spent a day in uniform on the corner of Sycamore and Cochran in Simi Valley with cups in hand begging for dollar to help them get to Nationals.  About halfway through the day a cop pulls over to the curb, turns his lights on and gets out of the car.  "Uh, oh, we thought , we're busted."  He reaches into his pocket, pulls out his wallet, and hands one of he girls a $20 bill.

By the end of the day they had collected $800 and it helped a lot to pay for expenses.

The point of my story is to say that the Batbusters aren't necessarily representative of California teams.  Most California teams are just like New Jersey teams, the big difference is that they play softball 45 weeks a year.
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That first inning was a baserunning clinic.
Cochran to second on a change up in the dirt.
Taylor to second on a foul pop up to catcher.
Ricketts on second with a good read on the Texas leaguer to score, and
Leles first to third on a wild pitch and play at the plate.

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It's interesting to see the "country" of Japan absent from the Cup, but Brazil has majority Japanese players. 
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Are some of the Brazilian national team members... Japanese? Or Asian rather? Humor me, I know that sounds idiotic, but I've noticed the last names (as well as the faces) of some of their players, and they definitely don't look like any Brazilian I've ever seen.
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Haha. I guess you were typing when I was finishing. Yes, or at least that iswhat the commentators said.
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Haha. I guess you were typing when I was finishing. Yes, or at least that iswhat the commentators said.


What was said? I missed it.
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Michelle Smith, a commentator, played professionally in Japan.( so I trust her ) she said in the early 1900s there was need for workers in  Brail, and the Japanese came. Something like 4 or so million now live in Brazil,hence the majority of players look Asian.
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Michelle Smith, a commentator, played professionally in Japan.( so I trust her ) she said in the early 1900s there was need for workers in  Brail, and the Japanese came. Something like 4 or so million now live in Brazil,hence the majority of players look Asian.


I hate when my mom is right...

She literally just said the same thing (without hearing that, mind you) and I told her she was insane! She claimed she was right, and I didn't believe her. When I told her what you said, she gave a small smirk and nodded her head. Her reason for knowing such was that when the mine in Brazil caved in, and they were able to rescue some of the workers, the ones that were coming out appeared to be of Asian descent. Crazy logic, but my mom is a smart woman... Even if I don't want to admit it.
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Haha, moms never fail.
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Brazil might not have the experience or the talent level but they have some serious passion! They've been a fun team to watch! USA and Chelsea Thomas looking very good in this game! 
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Brazil might not have the experience or the talent level but they have some serious passion! They've been a fun team to watch! USA and Chelsea Thomas looking very good in this game! 


I love the passion they have displayed. You wouldn't know by looking at them that they weren't winning. Not a frown on a single face out there. Nice uni's as well!
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So how are they doing?  What's the latest?  Haven't had the time to watch it all.
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USA in the gold medal game tomorrow, and I think it's against Australia.
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USA in the gold medal game tomorrow, and I think it's against Australia.


This should help.
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Scores

USA over Brazil 9-0 in 4 & 1/2 innings
Australia over Netherlands 4-0
Canada over Puerto Rico 7-0 in 5 innings
Canada over Brazil 13-0 in 3 & 1/2 innings

Sunday was not a good day for  the ballpark as many didn't show or left early after USA played.
ALL 4 games were shutouts.
Only 1 game lasted past bottom of the 5th
Two games did not complete a 5th inning (one didn't finish the 4th).
20 innings played out of a possible 28.

Standings
USA 5-0
Australia 4-1
Netherlands 3-2
Canada 2-3
Brazil 1-4
Puerto Rico 0-5

Puerto Rico plays Brazil in 5th place game
Netherlands plays Canada in 6th place game
USA plays Australia in championship game

Puerto Rico is looking to get 1 win out of the tourney
Canada is looking for a win so they go 3-3 in tourney and finish 3rd
AUstralia is looking for the upset win when it counts- championship game


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DD played on a team with one of the Aussie players?..it should be a good game to watch! Thanks for all the info!

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So tonight the World Cup in Softball will be decided, and who better to make that decision than two honored international programs, Australia and the USA (with the absence of Japan).
Their last ballgame was a nail biter settled by a USA home run 2-1.  I'm picking the USA by a score of 4-1 (I keep wanting to type 3-1).  Looking forward to watching late night (for old folks) TV on the east coast.   Frank

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Nice to see Canada turn it around and get two very good wins yesterday on Canada Day! Caira pitched a 7k 2 hitter against Puerto Rico and Cater pitched a 7K 1 hitter against Brazil! I don't know that they'll be able to beat the Netherlands but I am happy to see them get the chance to try! 

I think it'll be USA over the Aussies 5-2

The Dutch over the Canadians 4-3

Brazil over Puerto Rico 6-2
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Mindajane - Ah yes, and I see that little Canadian lefty being a huge boost to your Huskies when she learns to throw that super rise shoulder high or chest high. I see really good things for her.  Frank
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Mindajane - Ah yes, and I see that little Canadian lefty being a huge boost to your Huskies when she learns to throw that super rise shoulder high or chest high. I see really good things for her.  Frank


Agreed! She's going to be a nice addition to the Huskies and her and Inglesby will be a nice 1, 2 punch I think! Pitching staff was already pretty good for the Huskies and only looks to get stronger with the addition of Cater! Now if they get some offense going, they'll be good to go lol! 
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Well I was wrong about the first game(congrats to Puerto Rico!) and so far I am wrong about the 2nd game! Canada up 7-3 bottom of the 4th. Canada has 2 on and 1 out!
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Canada has surprised me! It shouldn't be that big of a surprise, because they should have been playing this good all along. I believe USA will win 2-0 vs. Australia today. 
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Dutch make a run at it and almost come back but Jen Yee hits a walk off HR to win it for the Canadians 11-8! I would not have guessed with the way they started the World Cup that they would come back and claim 3rd place! Seems like things are finally starting to come together for them! 
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Jackie is going to start tonite in the circle. I am very excited, but I'm wondering why Jordan Taylor hasn't pitch AT ALL in the world cup?
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Jordan Taylor threw four innings in the win against Australia.

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