Consistent Winning Keeps Alabama Fans Coming Back

Setting Goals and Expectations at the Plate

by Kyle Parmley – Fastpitch Network

Strategy and Expectations

Despite residing in the shadow of one of the premier college football programs and in one of the most football-crazed states across the country, the University of Alabama softball program has led the nation in average attendance each of the last nine years.

Not even Patrick Murphy could have envisioned that when he took over the Crimson Tide in 1999. Over his 22 years at the helm of the program, plus the two seasons before that as an assistant, Murphy has seen Alabama softball rise from literally nothing.

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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

Coach Hutch Showing No Signs of Stopping

Carol Hutchins University of Michigan Softball Program Head Coach

Kyle Parmley- Fastpitch Network

Carol Hutchins University of Michigan Softball Program Head Coach
Carol Hutchins Michigan Wolverines Softball Program Head Coach

Legendary University of Michigan softball coach Carol Hutchins considers herself fortunate that the beginning of her tenure in Ann Arbor overlapped with that of immortalized football coach Bo Schembechler.

Schembechler instilled the creed, “Those who stay will become champions” into the fabric of the Michigan football program, which he led from 1969-1989.

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Avery Fantucci Far From Reaching Her Ceiling

Avery Fantucci East Cobb Bullets Schnute Atlanta GA

by Kyle Parmley – Fastpitch Network

Avery Fantucci already draws rave reviews for the kind of player she is.

Avery Fantucci East Cobb Bullets Schnute Atlanta GA
Fantucci, a Class of 2022 prospect, East Cobb Bullets – Schnute , Atlanta GA

Fantucci, a Class of 2022 prospect, is a sure-handed middle infielder with a strong arm and the ability to punish opposing pitching in a variety of ways.

But for as good as the 5-foot-9 “gifted athlete” out of Atlanta is, she’s still getting better daily.

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16 U Club Rankings

Hotshots

June 30 2020

Team Rankings are compiled by a formula that is made up of 1/3 College Coach Ballots, 1/3 of player rankings, and 1/3 Club Coach Ballots.

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Firecrackers: Earning Wins On and Off the Field

FIRECRACKERS

Kyle Parmley – Fastpitch Network

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Tony Rico enjoys winning as much as the next person, but it’s simply not his only focus when he wakes up each morning.

As the President of the Firecracker Softball organization, Rico dedicates his days to the fostering of a strong culture, the development of athletes as players and people and making people happy.

And yes, the Firecrackers have done some winning along the way as well, including the 2016 PGF 18U Premier National Championship.

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