Arizona Remains Grounded in the Fundamentals

University of Arizona Wildcats

by Kyle Parmley – Fastpitch Network

Five consecutive NCAA Super Regional berths left the University of Arizona softball program wanting more.

That’s as great a testament as any as to what head coach Mike Candrea has created in Tucson over the last 35 years. The bar has been set so high that seasons ending in the Super Regionals from 2014-18 had the program still yearning to take the next step and return to the Women’s College World Series despite seasons that would seem like a mere pipe dream for the majority of programs across the nation.

University of Arizona Wildcats
University of Arizona Wildcats led by Coach Mike Candrea
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EC Bullets 25 Years Strong

EC Bullets Greg Schnute

By Kyle Parmley – Fastpitch Network

Greg Schnute knew if the Southeastern Conference added fastpitch softball to its list of athletic offerings, the sport would grow rapidly at not just the college level, but the levels below as well.

He was correct. All in the span of a few years in the mid-1990s, the Summer Olympics featured softball, the SEC adopted softball and the state of Georgia transitioned from slow pitch to fastpitch at the high school level.

EC Bullets Elite 50 Pitcher
EC Bullets Sensing during an Elite 50 game on Saturday, June 13, 2020, at Wilson Morgan Park in Decatur. Photo by Kyle Parmley.
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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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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.

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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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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