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EarlyGrayce

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Barnhill getting a lot of hang time today. And why does she crouch down during the catcher's throw-down to 2nd before each inning? Not a good look for the sport.
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Team USA can't score when it counts against Japan's much more seasoned version of Barnhill.
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<< I expect an all hands on deck pitching. 
I do feel the team that score 2 runs will win the gold 
Edit I am not even going to try to spell the ACE pitcher for Japan but I do think we'll to see her in the circle. Although Michelle said she was dealing with a knee injury. >> (softballjunkie223)

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Very nice calls, sbj223, on all three (especially the 2 runs will win the gold).
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<< How/who picks our Olympic coaching staff? >> (outofzone)

I don't know.
But Kelly Kretschman (and others) have been saying they would love to see a Gasso/Walton Olympic coaching situaton.
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Australia up by 2 vs Canada
Gotta wonder why Sara G isn't on the Canada team
I do also wish Danielle lawrie was on the Canadian national team as well


Sara G is playing NPF and will only be at the big tournaments playing for Canada.
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Looks like about 50 people attend this tournament.  They would be better off playing this made for TV event somewhere other than OKC. 


100+ degree temps did not help attendance. Maybe the powers that be should realize it is too freakin hot to play softball in July/Aug in Oklahoma.
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<< Barnhill getting a lot of hang time today. And why does she crouch down during the catcher's throw-down to 2nd before each inning? Not a good look for the sport. >> (EarlyGrayce)

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A couple of games ago, the USA catcher threw a bullet down to second base - to pick off a runner who had taken too big a lead ... 
and that throw from the catcher almost killed Barnhill. She had to duck out of the way at the last millisecond. 
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<< I expect an all hands on deck pitching. 
I do feel the team that score 2 runs will win the gold 
Edit I am not even going to try to spell the ACE pitcher for Japan but I do think we'll to see her in the circle. Although Michelle said she was dealing with a knee injury. >> (softballjunkie223)

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Very nice calls, sbj223, on all three (especially the 2 runs will win the gold).
lol thanks that's how these games go most of the time
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<< Team USA can't score when it counts against Japan's much more seasoned version of Barnhill. >> (1janiedough)

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It was an interesting game today. I thought the plate umpire missed a lot of ball/strike calls (for both teams). I sure wish they would go back to using the k zone. But it makes the plate umpires look so bad - they had to get rid of it.

USA coach Erickson, waited one batter too long to take out the starting pitcher (I was saying this before she gave up that last hit) and that turned out to be the difference in the game. Actually, I would have taken out the starter way before that - as she was continually walking batters the entire time she was in the game (and putting her team in constant jeopardy with all those free bases).

The USA team had some very good opportunities to score many more runs (than the lone one run they did score). The key batter that let them down in the biggest game of the tournament was Haylie McCleney (who had been great before this game). McCleney came to the plate with the bases loaded on two separate occasions in this game. She popped out meekly to the shortstop the first time... and struck out swinging the second time. After looking so good in the earlier games - she just did not come through when it mattered most.

The star pitcher for Japan came in and did a terrific job. She earned her team that victory with a great performance (even when the plate umpire was making it tough on her).
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forgive me. but who is bay?


Lauren Bay, I believe she was Canada's main pitcher during the 2008 Olympics.
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My new favorite player (after watching these team USA games) is shortstop, Delaney Spaulding. I was impressed with her from what I saw during the NCAA tournament games... but these USA games have just reinforced how excellent she is. She is very smooth defensively, with soft hands and a great arm... and she has a very good bat. 

Speaking of shortstops... how about that play the Japanese SS made in the 7th inning. That was a great defensive play.

Danielle O'Toole also was very impressive in this tournament. She had excellent control of her pitches - and was very poised. 
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Lauren Bay, I believe she was Canada's main pitcher during the 2008 Olympics.


She would also be 39 years old in 2020.
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It's going to be interesting to see how many former Olympians come back and try out for their respected countries. I personally hope to see a mixture of new and seasoned faces in 2020
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Last night I switched over to watching the Pride NPF game during the rain delay of the team USA game. Late in the game (it was either the 6th or 7th inning) all of a sudden - the lights went out - and the place went almost completely dark. The only lights that seemed to still be on were the scoreboard lights. Right after the lights went out - fireworks started going off down the right field line side of the field (maybe 10 degrees into foul territory - and a football field away). 

The timing seemed so connected - that you had to wonder if the lights had been on a timer - to go off when the fireworks were scheduled to begin. 
The lights came back on after a relatively short delay... but the fireworks display continued just down the right field line - as the game played on. The NPF tv crew switched to their camera from the third base area - so you could watch the game - and see the fireworks show - at the same time.

It never ceases to amaze me - that you can still see something you had never seen before... even after watching the game for almost 60 years.
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She would also be 39 years old in 2020.


She will be, but I was just answering someone's question on who Bay is.
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100+ degree temps did not help attendance. Maybe the powers that be should realize it is too freakin hot to play softball in July/Aug in Oklahoma.

You mean the powers that be that held 18Gold. nationals there every year in August.
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Who do you all see as some "loyal" Team USA Members (I'm talking 3+ years) that could end up being cut now that an Olympic team is being assembled for 2020???

Specific players I would like opinions on are Jessica Moore, Aubree Munro, and Kelsey Stewart. Also, give your opinion on these players and others depending on if Eriksen or someone else is coaching. I could definitely see him letting some of the loyal athletes remain on the team.

Edit: I feel like a lot of the young players that were on the team for 1 or 2 years were given a chance, but will be cut. Some of the standouts will stay on though.

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That was fun
Next stop the pan am games In clear water Florida
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Who do you all see as some "loyal" Team USA Members (I'm talking 3+ years) that could end up being cut now that an Olympic team is being assembled for 2020???

Specific players I would like opinions on are Jessica Moore, Aubree Munro, and Kelsey Stewart. Also, give your opinion on these players and others depending on if Eriksen or someone else is coaching. I could definitely see him letting some of the loyal athletes remain on the team.

Edit: I feel like a lot of the young players that were on the team for 1 or 2 years were given a chance, but will be cut. Some of the standouts will stay on though.


Sadly I see Chiddy being cut if they go with a truly top tier talent team. Munro and Stewart could be too.
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Sadly I see Chiddy being cut if they go with a truly top tier talent team. Munro and Stewart could be too.


Really? You don't put her in top tier? Who's a better hitter/catcher with her experience? I know we are 3 summers out but, who you think will rise to her level by then? Not sure she's even peaked yet...and wouldn't think she'd be a victim of the politics we are sure to see. 

I didn't get any warm fuzzys watching our Junior National Team either. 
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This is very interesting discussion. What about Moore? She did not have a good outing today, but I almost want to give her the benefit of the doubt because Eriksen has thrown her a LOT vs Japan the past few years.
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Who do you all see as some "loyal" Team USA Members (I'm talking 3+ years) that could end up being cut now that an Olympic team is being assembled for 2020???

Specific players I would like opinions on are Jessica Moore, Aubree Munro, and Kelsey Stewart. Also, give your opinion on these players and others depending on if Eriksen or someone else is coaching. I could definitely see him letting some of the loyal athletes remain on the team. Edit: I feel like a lot of the young players that were on the team for 1 or 2 years were given a chance, but will be cut. Some of the standouts will stay on though.
I don't consider anyone who gets an opportunity to wear the red-white-and-blue as being loyal for doing so. 99 percent of players would give a body part for the opportunity, even in an off-Olympic year
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I don't consider anyone who gets an opportunity to wear the red-white-and-blue as being loyal for doing so. 99 percent of players would give a body part for the opportunity, even in an off-Olympic year


I see your point, but that 1% may want to jump back on the train headed to Tokyo knocking some of the current members out. There are just several sides to the coin. I want the best 15 athletes representing our country, but due to politics or whatever reason, that may not happen.

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I see your point, but that 1% may want to jump back on the train headed to Tokyo knocking some of the current members out.

Anyone who would want to take a train from America to Tokyo probably isn't smart enough to be on the Olympic team. [biggrin]

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Anyone who would want to take a train from America to Tokyo probably isn't smart enough to be on the Olympic team. [biggrin]


Hey, some of the earlier Olympic Tours were "Aiming for Athens" and "Bound for Beijing."

You heard it here first: "TRAINing for Tokyo" 😂🚂

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Really? You don't put her in top tier? Who's a better hitter/catcher with her experience? I know we are 3 summers out but, who you think will rise to her level by then? Not sure she's even peaked yet...and wouldn't think she'd be a victim of the politics we are sure to see. 

I didn't get any warm fuzzys watching our Junior National Team either. 


I wouldn't at all be surprised to see some other catchers come out of the woodworks for the position.  Maybe I could see her make the roster as an alternate who can be put in as catcher in some games.  I, personally, think she's amazing, but I'm not sure she is the fire-power they should want.  Or maybe it's just my fear she gets left off.

You are absolutely correct she shouldn't be the victim of any politics, but to me it may just be a case of wanting more.
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This is very interesting discussion. What about Moore? She did not have a good outing today, but I almost want to give her the benefit of the doubt because Eriksen has thrown her a LOT vs Japan the past few years.


I think it all depends on who shows up as a pitcher (I think we'd all be crazy to think a spot isn't being held for Abbott if she wants it).  I almost think Moore gets a spot for her continued dedication through all the down years.  We shall see.
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<< Sadly I see Chiddy being cut if they go with a truly top tier talent team. Munro and Stewart could be too. >> (jayrot)

<< Really? You don't put her in top tier? Who's a better hitter/catcher with her experience? I know we are 3 summers out but, who you think will rise to her level by then? Not sure she's even peaked yet...and wouldn't think she'd be a victim of the politics we are sure to see. >> (outofzone)

<< I wouldn't at all be surprised to see some other catchers come out of the woodworks for the position.  Maybe I could see her make the roster as an alternate who can be put in as catcher in some games.  I, personally, think she's amazing, but I'm not sure she is the fire-power they should want.  Or maybe it's just my fear she gets left off.
You are absolutely correct she shouldn't be the victim of any politics, but to me it may just be a case of wanting more. >> (jayrot)

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If Kendyl Lindaman continues to develop... 
she could become one of the greatest catchers the game has ever seen.
If she turns up in the 2020 Olympics - I would not be all that surprised.

Another catcher who just graduated - that could become a factor... 
is Sahvanna Jaquish.
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Wouldn't jaquish be on the puetro rico national team? Are we just talking about USA national team catchers?
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<< Wouldn't jaquish be on the puetro rico national team? Are we just talking about USA national team catchers? >> (Softballjunkie223)

Well... I didn't say she would be a factor - for the USA team.

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