Oklahoma Sooners and Monumental Expectations

University of Oklahoma Sooners Softball Coach Patty Gasso

by Kyle Parmley – Fastpitch Network

The bar has been raised to astronomical levels within the University of Oklahoma softball program.

That tends to happen when you have a stretch like the Sooners have enjoyed over the last decade: three national championships, eight Women’s College World Series appearances, eight straight Big 12 titles and seven 50-win seasons.

University of Oklahoma Sooners Softball Coach Patty Gasso
University of Oklahoma Sooners Softball Coach Patty Gasso
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Atlanta Premier: The New Kid on the Block?

Atlanta Premier Gold

by Kyle Parmley – Fastpitch Network

There’s a relatively new name beginning to show up more often on lists of the elite club softball programs throughout the country.

Atlanta Premier has established itself as an up-and-comer in the world of softball. The organization’s Gold 18U team finished 2019 as the No. 3 club team in the country, according to the NFCA’s official rankings.

Atlanta Premier Gold
Atlanta Premier Gold
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The Rapid Ascension of Aiyana Coleman

by Kyle Parmley – Fastpitch Network

Aiyana Coleman has one objective when she steps into the batter’s box.

“It’s my goal to hit the ball as far as I can,” said the No. 17 Class of 2022 prospect in the nation, according to Fastpitch Network.

Her coach with the Texas Bombers 18U squad, Scott Smith, has seen her hit the ball a long way quite a few times.

Aiyana Coleman Texas Bombers
Aiyana Coleman Texas Bombers 18U Scott Smith, “Every time she comes to the plate, she’s dangerous.”
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Leave It Better Than You Found It: The Glory Way

Texas Glory at Triple Crown

by Maren Angus – Fastpitch Network

At the turn of the century, Kevin Shelton began searching for a travel ball team for his then-10-and-under daughter, Kathy. He wasn’t having any luck, so he did what any dad would do.

Texas Glory Shelton @ Triple Crown
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Note from the Editor: Fastpitch Network welcomes sports writer Maren Angus.

Ailana Agbayani: A Model for Player Commitment

Ailana Agbayani OC Batbusters

by Kyle Parmley – Fastpitch Network

Ailana Agbayani’s commitment level to the game of softball is obvious before she ever steps on the field.

Ailana Agbayani OC Batbusters
Ailana Agbayani OC Batbusters Mike Stiths 18U Team making a double play

Despite living in Millilani, Hawaii, Agbayani finds herself in the mainland United States nearly every weekend in the summer and fall. The Class of 2022 prospect has been playing in the OC Batbusters program, based in California, for five years.

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Goode Continues to Impress

Leighann Goode Texas Bombers Shortstop

by Kyle Parmley – Fastpitch Network

Leighann Goode Texas Bombers Shortstop
#43 Leighann Goode Texas Bombers Shortstop at the Plate

Some people make strong first impressions. Then there’s what Leighann Goode did the first time James Burgess saw her play.

A few years ago, Burgess recalls heading to the third base coaching box as a game was about to begin. The opposing shortstop caught his eye almost immediately.

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Texas Bombers: An Impact On and Off the Field

Scott Smith Texas Bombers Program Director

By Kyle Parmley – Fastpitch Network

Scott Smith Texas Bombers Program Director
Scott Smith Texas Bombers Fastpitch Program Director

There are certain things that validate what Scott Smith is doing in his role as a coach and as the National Program Director of the Texas Bombers organization.

When he shows up to a practice in early summer and has nearly a dozen alumni of the organization there to work with the current team, that resonates with him.

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Learn more about the “4 the heroes foundation” at https://www.4theheroes.org/about

Kita’s Stock Rising as 2022 Prospect

Brinkley Kita

Kyle Parmley – Fastpitch Network

When Brinkley Kita warms up in the pitcher’s circle, her dad Brian enjoys scanning the faces of the people around.

Kita’s fastball, which consistently sits in the mid-60s mile per hour range, quickly gets the attention of on-deck batters and parents in the stands.

“Her velocity is kind of surprising,” Brian said.

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Hotshots Premier – Nelson Primed for Big Summer

Hotshots Premier - Nelson

Kyle Parmley – Fastpitch Network

In each tournment that his team appears in, Nathan Nelson expects to be coaching in the Championship Game.

That’s how confident he is in his Hotshots Premier team, a squad composed primarily of class of 2022 prospects.

“My expectations for them are extremely high,” said Nelson, who runs the Diamond Sports Hotshots organization since 2015 and seen it expand to 20 teams.

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