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Old 09-25-2016, 07:06 PM   #1
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Default Softball fall scrimmages .

I have seen 4 and a half of the 5 games played so far . I haven't had anything to say thus far because it's been hard to evaluate the team for a lot of reasons . Three of the four pitchers evidently will not pitch this fall - Jessica Elliott ( some kind of surgery on her wrist or forearm) Cayla Drotar (back problems ) and Hayley Copeland ( not sure on her ailment but it's a shame because she really needed to pitch ) . They are all supposed to be back for regular season . Drotar is not batting this fall either so this will slow her development as a hitter . Also , freshman first baseman Alexis Lindsay is still recovering from ACL surgery so she isn't dressing out . And junior 3rd baseman Kamryn Watts didn't dress out this past weekend (concussion is what I was told) .

Nickie Blue was in a walking boot at the start of fall practice but she has been able to pitch a little . She pitched two innings vs UNC the first weekend and four innings vs Charleston Southern this past Saturday . The other innings have been pitched by outfielders Kennedy Clark and Tiara Duffy . They are both left-handers and both got off to very rocky starts , but both bounced back to pitch much better , all things considered . It's possible one or both might see a few innings in the circle in the regular season .

Game scores - We actually managed to win 4 of the 5 games thus far . We got trounced by UNC as Clark started off very wild and allowed 5 runs early . That wound up an 8-0 five inning game . After that we beat UNC-G 8-7 , Presbyterian 4-3 , Charleston Southern 4-1 or 4-2, and SC State 7-3 .

Defense was very good , especially on the left side of the infield . In the outfield I think we really need Purdue transfer Lauren Stewart to win the CF job to give us more speed out there .

Being fall scrimmages , the rules are pretty relaxed and there is some experimentation . The last three innings vs SC State Coach Smith was letting sophomore catcher Alexis Hull & Juco transfer Shannon Plese bat every inning . I think she just wanted to see them bat a little more to try and get a handle on how they might contribute .

There are two more fall games - one on Oct. 9 vs Anderson at Palmetto High School and one at College of Charleston on Oct . 23 . I hope to see the CofC game .

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Old 09-26-2016, 08:12 AM   #2
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Default Re: Softball fall scrimmages .

Thanks for the scouting reports - hopefully a good spring to follow!
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Default Re: Softball fall scrimmages .

S&F article on fall practice .

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Default Re: Softball fall scrimmages .

Good finish to the fall scrimmages for USC , winning a ten inning scrimmage at College of Charleston 10-4 . USC pounded out 18 hits , I think it was , with quite a few extra base hits . I recall doubles by Mackenzie Boezel , Kennedy Clark , Taylor Williams and a few others , and leadoff hitter Kamryn Watts was on base all day with 3 or 4 hits .

Jessica Elliott , returning from some minor surgery (wrist or forearm) was able to pitch for the first time this fall . She had three really good shutout innings , then seemed to tire a little in her fourth inning and got a little wild and sloppy and allowed two runs . Very encouraging performance from her though since she hadn't pitched in a while .

Nickie Blue was not able to pitch , as she finally had to have surgery on the foot that had been bothering her for a while . As far as I know , she is expected to recover in time to pitch this season .

Outfielders Kennedy Clark & Tiarra Duffy (maybe I should label them both pitcher/outfielder now ) pitched three innings each . Clark allowed two runs and Duffy finished the game with three shutout innings .

Also the USC 2017 schedule is at the link below , and it may be the toughest schedule we have had since Beverly Smith arrived . Extremely tough conference slate , plus non-conference games with Texas, Arizona State, UCLA and Florida State . Scroll down to 02/10/17 .

http://www.gamecocksoftball.com/schedule
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Default Re: Softball fall scrimmages .

Dang, I was right beside there running my dog. I could tell something was going on at the softball field with the scoreboard lit up. Wish I had known it was us.
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Default Re: Softball fall scrimmages .

A women's soccer match between CofC and William & Mary was going on when we arrived , and they kept the little concession stand open for the softball scrimmage . I was surprised to see beer listed as one of the items for sale . The concession lady told me they sell beer at pretty much everything they play at Patriot's Point - baseball , softball , soccer , etc. I didn't realize that . No one was drinking beer at the softball scrimmage . I didn't go into the stands of the soccer match to see if anyone was drinking beer over there . Just curious - do they sell beer at the basketball arena ?
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