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The XII Junior Women’s World Championship

The XII Junior Women’s World Championship is one of the top events for 19 and under fastpitch softball. It will be hosted in Clearwater, Florida from July 24th through July 30th. This year there are a record number of 26 countries competing in the WBSC Junior Women’s Softball World Championship. These nations have been drawn into four different pools. To kickstart this international tournament, round-robin games will be played in each respective pool. Pool A: Chinese Taipei, Guatemala, Italy, Philippines, Turkey, South Africa, USA Pool B: Australia, Bahamas, Brazil, Israel,…

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The Canada Cup ~ July 11-17th, 2017

Tomorrow begins The Canada Cup, an annual international women’s softball tournament which is held in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. This competition will serve as an event to help the advancement of fastpitch softball by helping young female athletes maximize their potentials. The Women’s International Division will showcase some of the world’s top caliber national teams competing against each other. This includes Japan, Mexico, Canada, Pakistan, Philippines, Chinese Taipei, Australia, Canada Junior team, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico. The tournament will follow a pool play format.   POOL A Japan Mexico NJCAA…

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World Cup of Softball ~ July 5th-9th, 2017

Next week starts the twelfth World Cup of Softball, an annual softball tournament held at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Round-robin round begins Wednesday July 5th. Every team will get to play each other once throughout the week. The elimination round will have the two teams with the best record from the week play for the championship game July 9th. The competition features top teams from all around the world including Japan (1), USA (2), Canada (3), Australia (4), Puerto Rico (7), Mexico (10),…

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NCAA Softball Roundup 3/28/17

A great SEC matchup finished up last night, as the No. 5 Auburn Tigers defeated the No.2 Florida Gators, 1-0. The Gators were leading the three game series, 2-0 going into last night’s matchup. The first game was down to the wire as the Gators fought back from a 3-2 deficit in the bottom of the seventh. With two outs to go, Gator junior Nicole DeWitt stepped up with two runners on. DeWitt collected her first hit of the game with a single to the second base side. This hit…

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NCAA Softball Roundup

Another exciting week goes by filled with NCAA Division I Softball. The top eight teams remain the same but there has been a lot of moving around in the top 25 NFCA poll. However, the main focus from this past weekend was that conference games began in the Pac 12 and the Southeastern Conference (SEC). No.3 Oregon leads the Pac 12 as they remain the lone team to be undefeated, 27-0. The Ducks defeated Cal this weekend; 5-1, 2-1 and 10-2. This conference has six teams in the top 25;…

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NCAA Softball Roundup

Another week of softball action goes by and the Florida State Seminoles remain on top. The Seminoles finished off the weekend with two shutout victories; 6-0 and 1-0 over Missouri. Despite the top spot remaining untouched, there has been some changes to this week’s top 25 list. Dropping to No.4, previously No.2, is the Auburn Tigers. In last weeks roundup I mentioned to keep an eye on the Auburn against No. 13 LSU series. In the three game series Auburn came out with two wins, both 5-4. LSU defeated the…

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NCAA Softball Update from Dani Rafuse

Another exciting weekend of college softball is in the books. Yesterday afternoon, the USA Today and NFCA Coaches released their most recent top 25 poll. Staying in at the one spot is Florida State. The Seminoles had a 3-0 weekend against Georgia Tech, winning 4-0, 13-8, and 8-0. Rolling in at No. 2 was last years runner-ups, Auburn University. The Tigers swept their opponents this weekend to have an overall record of 19-2. No.3 in this week’s poll is the Florida Gators. In the Thursday game against Iowa, senior Delanie…

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Ahead of the Spread’s Player Profile: Ally Costa from Jupiter FL

It was just over 48 hours since she had thrown a perfect game against Royal Palm Beach High School when I sat down intending to write the most perfect introduction to Ahead of the Spread’s Player Profile on pitcher, Ally Costa. Jupiter High’s very own… but I couldn’t concentrate! All I could think of was Costa’s answer to my question from our phone interview Thursday afternoon. What are your personal goals for this season? Before we get to her answer, it’s important to note that Ally Costa is a senior…

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NCAA Softball Update from Dani Rafuse

This weekend has been jam packed with Division I softball action. The powerhouse conferences in collegiate softball are the Pac 12, Big 10, Big 12 and the SEC. Leading the way in the Pac 12 is No. 5 Oregon with a 14-0 record. The Ducks ended their weekend 4-0 with victories over Hawai’i, Montana and UNLV. Senior infielder Nikki Udria leads the team with six homeruns on the season. Oregon is one of five Pac 12 teams listed on last weeks USA Today/NFCA Coaches Rankings along with UCLA, Arizona, Utah…

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NCAA Softball Update from Dani Rafuse

On this past Monday, USA Today/NFCA Coaches released their most recent top 25 poll for Division I women’s collegiate softball. Florida State comes in at the number one spot for the first time in program history. The Seminoles have started the 2017 season off with a perfect 10-0 record with seven victories coming in shutout fashion. Remaining at No. 2 are the Auburn University Tigers. Last season, the Tigers fell to the No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners in the Women’s College World Series (WCWS) Finals, 2-1. Ranking at No.3 are the…

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