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I see a college baseball thread so does anyone watch the college softball playoffs to get to the WCWS?? Some really good matchups today and this weekend.
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A lot more entertaining than baseball. Going to be great match ups and hopefully some upsets.
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I agree; can hardly watch baseball anymore and yes I think you are correct. There will be a few upsets. Enjoy
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Go Pokes indeed!
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It's a completely different game, we tune in. Daughter plays. She was happy to see Texas make the Supers and, it's Game Day in Stillwater! Hook'em
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I played Men's fastpitch when younger and you are correct, "It's a completely different game" My daughter play's also.
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I like watching both....Still prefer baseball on the college level but have been watching softball since LHN started up when no Horns baseball is on. I have been following the Lady Horns mostly but tune into other games if they are available on Dish or ESPN+.
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Today ALL day on ESPN2.
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Alabama and Kentucky game was GOOD
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Nuts, is bunting the 3 and 4 hole with no outs...


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Good stuff. The UCLA vs VT was a good game. Granddaughter’s play. First Allstar game for the one that pitches.
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A lot more entertaining than baseball. Going to be great match ups and hopefully some upsets.
Spot on statement! I Love watching the young ladies play ball. My dad use to coach my sister so maybe thatís where I learned to like it. OU has some serious boom sticks this year!!!
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Texas defense is awful.

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It’s much better.
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Good job Cowgirls!
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Texas took a beating today......they better tighten it up.
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OU beats Washington 4-2.
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Dang FSU got some fight in them! Sent the lady swamp dwellers home to their locker room for the season.
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Dang FSU got some fight in them! Sent the lady swamp dwellers home to their locker room for the season.

That was a good game. Was watching that and the Texas baseball game at the same time.
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Lol at softball being better tgan baseball. That's just silly. I wath some games though.

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Baseball is as boring as golf. At least w softball, the players are easier to watch when its slow.
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Baseball is as boring as golf. At least w softball, the players are easier to watch when its slow.

Do you have attention span issues?


There are some manly looking girls playing these days....


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Congrats to McNeese for the win over Sam Houston. Pretty good game!

Oops, wrong thread

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Old 05-30-2021, 09:33 AM   #25
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Then there is Texas' Lauren Burke.

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Softball is a much better game. Way faster, I played baseball throughout my youth and loved watching it. I can't watch it anymore.
Too slow, waiting for batters to re adjust their batting gloves 3 times between every pitch, pitchers resetting after going through all their motions, etc.
My daughter is a pitcher and plays top level travel ball for Texas Glory's top 18 u team.
She will be playing for a state title in HS this week (GO RAINS!) and will be playing D1 ball in college next year at Northwestern State.
I record and watch all the college games. Watch the World series this year and you will be hooked!
Keep an eye out for Jayda Colman for OU she is a Freshman and last years national Gatorade player of the year. She played on my daughters travel ball team last year. OU is going to be hard to beat.
Maribeth Gorsuch for LSU was her pitching coach for travel ball last summer. I hated to see them go down. Its even more fun to watch now that a lot of my daughters teammates and opponents are playing college ball. Can't wait till she gets to face the best in college next year.
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Softball is a much better game. Way faster, I played baseball throughout my youth and loved watching it. I can't watch it anymore.
Too slow, waiting for batters to re adjust their batting gloves 3 times between every pitch, pitchers resetting after going through all their motions, etc.
My daughter is a pitcher and plays top level travel ball for Texas Glory's top 18 u team.
She will be playing for a state title in HS this week (GO RAINS!) and will be playing D1 ball in college next year at Northwestern State.
I record and watch all the college games. Watch the World series this year and you will be hooked!
Keep an eye out for Jayda Colman for OU she is a Freshman and last years national Gatorade player of the year. She played on my daughters travel ball team last year. OU is going to be hard to beat.
Maribeth Gorsuch for LSU was her pitching coach for travel ball last summer. I hated to see them go down. Its even more fun to watch now that a lot of my daughters teammates and opponents are playing college ball. Can't wait till she gets to face the best in college next year.
Exactly. They donít call baseball, stand around for nuthiníí. Boomer!
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Texas lost 2-0. It was full on action though. Way better than a 2-0 MLB world series game. 2200 people attended and another 3000 watched on TV. It was amazing. The athletic ability these girls have is far superior to that Tatis Jr. guy. I'm ****in hooked bro.

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Texas lost 2-0. It was full on action though. Way better than a 2-0 MLB world series game. 2200 people attended and another 3000 watched on TV. It was amazing. The athletic ability these girls have is far superior to that Tatis Jr. guy. I'm ****in hooked bro.

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Softball is fine, I enjoy high level softball. Itís not close to as good as baseball.

There are 1000 people in a parking garage in OKC watching the Big 12 tourney.

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Softball/ Baseball two different sports. About like comparing baseball to cricket. Both entertaining. If they just wouldn’t do stupid chants it would be much better.
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BIG upset today Oklahoma getting beat by JMU!!
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Not silly, the girls can play. And the game itself is at least as good, if not better. More strategy involved. Like old school baseball. More bunting, base stealing, not just everyone trying to go yard.
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Softball is fine, I enjoy high level softball. Itís not close to as good as baseball.

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Doesn't mean it isn't as good, just not as popular. Girls are still catching up skill wise, but they are getting better every year. They are getting better coaching these days, and are starting to play at an earlier age.
I see it because my daughter plays and in the ten years she has been playing collegiate players are getting better every year. It will reach a leveling our point, but you would be surprised at how athletic some of them are.
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Doesn't mean it isn't as good, just not as popular. Girls are still catching up skill wise, but they are getting better every year. They are getting better coaching these days, and are starting to play at an earlier age.

I see it because my daughter plays and in the ten years she has been playing collegiate players are getting better every year. It will reach a leveling our point, but you would be surprised at how athletic some of them are.
You don't have a son I'm guessing?

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Doesn't mean it isn't as good, just not as popular. Girls are still catching up skill wise, but they are getting better every year. They are getting better coaching these days, and are starting to play at an earlier age.
I see it because my daughter plays and in the ten years she has been playing collegiate players are getting better every year. It will reach a leveling our point, but you would be surprised at how athletic some of them are.

I understand. It IS a great game. Our high school softball team was very good and I dated a girl on it. I traveled all over the state watching them.


Itís just not on the same level as baseball to me, especially at the college level.


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What does that have too do with what Bowhunter is saying??? Oh and by the way I don't have son either.
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Not silly, the girls can play. And the game itself is at least as good, if not better. More strategy involved. Like old school baseball. More bunting, base stealing, not just everyone trying to go yard.

This is not necessarily the case from what I see, and Iíve watched a lot of both recently.


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It is a fast game that I now prefer over baseball. I asst coach a good 18u team and how fast that ball comes off those bats with 60 ft bases is impressive.
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What does that have too do with what Bowhunter is saying??? Oh and by the way I don't have son either.
It has everything to do with it. Lol.

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Other than 2 hours versus 3 hours of your time, there is plenty of small ball and gorilla ball in both. Pitchers can go on for days in softball, not the case in baseball. Too many different variables at play. I enjoy both, even more so when a James Madison knocks off a 50-2 favorite.


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No I don't, and I can see that having something to do with it. But I played a lot of baseball in my day, and was pretty decent. From playing, watching and coaching I would venture to say I am pretty knowledgeable about the game. My focus has turned to softball because my daughter plays. When she started I didn't watch any college SB, but over the years I have grown to where I look for it before baseball.
My neighbor is a tenured scout for a professional baseball team, has family members who play college and pro ball. My daughter went to his hitting facility recently and he watched her and gave her a few pointers. After telling her swing was better than most boys around her age and that she was hitting the hell out of the ball.
We all have our opinions obviously, which is what this discussion is. And obviously on average, boys are stronger and faster than girls. But skill wise, girls are improving and closing the gap due to several factors. Softball is a great game, very similar to baseball but with obvious differences. There are things I like about it better than baseball the way it is currently played.
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Can you elaborate a little more? I watch both frequently as well and I see very little moving base runners and stealing any more in baseball. It is more drastic at the pro level obviously. The dimensions of the field also dictate some it as well, so in that respect they are two different games.
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Other than 2 hours versus 3 hours of your time, there is plenty of small ball and gorilla ball in both. Pitchers can go on for days in softball, not the case in baseball. Too many different variables at play. I enjoy both, even more so when a James Madison knocks off a 50-2 favorite.


We're about to witness Davids knocking off Goliath's in the baseball world as well.
This is true, a dominant pitcher can carry a team farther in softball than in baseball due to the fact they can pitch longer and more often. I am sure there is more small ball in high school baseball, but I don't see a lot of it. The higher up you go in baseball though, the less there is.
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Can you elaborate a little more? I watch both frequently as well and I see very little moving base runners and stealing any more in baseball. It is more drastic at the pro level obviously. The dimensions of the field also dictate some it as well, so in that respect they are two different games.
Maybe it's just because I primarily watch Texas, but they will sac bunt, and steal bases as much as the girls. Without knowing the actual numbers, I'd say the men steal more, maybe bunt a little less....which is how I prefer it. The steal is a more exciting play than the bunt. I know Ok St, and TCU will bunt on ya too.

I much prefer the longer bases and the aggressiveness required to get the next base on balls to the outfield.

I prefer the bigger field and the more athletic plays that it requires in both infield and outfield. Covering ground, and making a longer throw.

The number of errors in softball drives me nuts, especially dropped fly balls and booted ground balls, although I realize the infielders are very close to the plate. Again, I primarily watch Texas softball, and they seemed atrocious in the field.

I prefer the pitching strategy in baseball. Those girls throwing underhand never wear out!

What drives me the most insane is the way lefthanders are 1/2 way to first when they swing in softball. It's weird looking (ala Japanese baseball players) and it uglies up the game to me.

Just my thoughts. I still enjoy softball though. Enjoyed the conversation, as well.
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I guess what kills me about Pro Baseball today is the SHIFT. If the right-side or left-side of the infield has one guy there. Why not bunt and make them pay but NO majority of the time the batter will swing away and hit RIGHT into the shift. Softball is a faster game and like Bowhunter stated girls or getting stronger and faster. Fun times to come for softball for sure.
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I guess what kills me about Pro Baseball today is the SHIFT. If the right-side or left-side of the infield has one guy there. Why not bunt and make them pay but NO majority of the time the batter will swing away and hit RIGHT into the shift. Softball is a faster game and like Bowhunter stated girls or getting stronger and faster. Fun times to come for softball for sure.
Pro ball is slowly dying thanks in no small part to awful leadership. I'd like to strangle Rob Manfred for just a minute or two...
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Maybe it's just because I primarily watch Texas, but they will sac bunt, and steal bases as much as the girls. Without knowing the actual numbers, I'd say the men steal more, maybe bunt a little less....which is how I prefer it. The steal is a more exciting play than the bunt. I know Ok St, and TCU will bunt on ya too.

I much prefer the longer bases and the aggressiveness required to get the next base on balls to the outfield.

I prefer the bigger field and the more athletic plays that it requires in both infield and outfield. Covering ground, and making a longer throw.

The number of errors in softball drives me nuts, especially dropped fly balls and booted ground balls, although I realize the infielders are very close to the plate. Again, I primarily watch Texas softball, and they seemed atrocious in the field.

I prefer the pitching strategy in baseball. Those girls throwing underhand never wear out!

What drives me the most insane is the way lefthanders are 1/2 way to first when they swing in softball. It's weird looking (ala Japanese baseball players) and it uglies up the game to me.

Just my thoughts. I still enjoy softball though. Enjoyed the conversation, as well.
I will have to agree with you on some of your points, which are well thought out I have to say. There may be less stealing in college softball compared to baseball, most of my comparison is to pro baseball, where there seems to be very little anymore. I don't know if most people realize the strength of the arms of these college softball catchers, some of them are amazing. Mary Iakopo at Texas has a cannon. The ball is bigger and less aerodynamic (funny talking about a round object) than a baseball but the base paths are shorter so it somewhat equals out.
There are more errors in softball, but Texas' defense is atrocious compared to most upper level D1 teams, hell even smaller schools. I have also watched a lot of D2 and D3 softball and have seen a few girls there that are absolute wizards in the middle infield, but didn't go D1 for various reasons. Defense is where I have seen a lot of improvements in softball in recent years and girls get better coaching at younger ages and are starting to move and field more like their male counterparts.
The dominance of some softball pitchers can be frustrating, but I appreciate the skill level to throw that hard and accurately underhanded. I can see how slappers (lefties that are half way to first) can be aggravating, but to me it is another strategic part of the game that kind of relates back to small ball in baseball.
Thanks for the response and I have enjoyed the discussion as well.
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Dale.. that's a FACT. Softball update OKS winning 3-1 in the 6th.
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