Level I, II, III players in USA's new "regimen"

Level I, II, III players in USA's new "regimen"

Post by RAYFOST » Thu, 27 Nov 1997 04:00:00


The player I was surprised to see in the list was Michelle Gates. She had an
outstanding high school career as a pitcher at Chowchilla High School (near
Fresno), but that was in a small school league. Then she went to Mississippi
State and became their ace pitcher. The Southeast Conference, with the
exception of South Carolina, was really weak in their first year and Gates won
some games for them, but the previous summer she was playing "A" ball with the
Fresno Force Blue and they didn't fare too well. I don't get it. I saw Jocelyn
Forrest pitch extremely well to the Chinese National team in 1995 in a
pre-Olympic tournament versus Fresno Force Pink (which had Amanda Scott) but
I've seen nothing remarkable from her since then. I don't get her either!
Ray Foster

 
 
 

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Post by RAYFOST » Thu, 27 Nov 1997 04:00:00

Oops, one more comment. Kelley Wigington is clearly a superior catcher. I never
saw another catcher nail as many runners trying to steal second as did.
Defensively she is definately in that elite class. But there are a dozen
catchers I'd rather see with a bat in their hand, especially Braatz, Box, and
the UCLA Cloud Killer.

Just my thoughts. Kelley is a super student of the game. I didn't see her play
during her freshman year at Stanford so I don't know what her hitting is like
now. But she would have to REALLY improve to outhit the three above.

Ray Foster

 
 
 

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Post by Paul Joseph Ro » Thu, 27 Nov 1997 04:00:00

There is one more name which needs to be added to the list, Lindsey
Klein. She was at last years Olympic Festival, and was one of the short
stops on the Pan Am Team. She batted over .400 at the Pan Am games.
While she currently plays for Sacramento City College, she will attend
UCLA next year. I think her achievements over the past summer warrent
her inclusion on this list.

 
 
 

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Post by Andy Collin » Thu, 27 Nov 1997 04:00:00

Quote:
> Dot was at her best about 7 or 8 years ago. She's a washed-up old lady now. (I don't say this lightly, I'm one month older than she)

That would put Vince at about 35 - 36.  Is it just me, or did anybody
else out there who didn't know Vince, think that he was a crotchety old
man? :)

Sorry I couldn't resist.  Vince's information and passion for the game
is normally informative and comes from a depth of knowledge, as well.
As such, I find him a welcome member of this board, albeit at times he
can be a "little" opinionated. (hint of sarcasm on the "little" part)

Andy

 
 
 

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Post by Andy Collin » Thu, 27 Nov 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

> Oops, one more comment. Kelley Wigington is clearly a superior catcher. I never
> saw another catcher nail as many runners trying to steal second as did.
> Defensively she is definately in that elite class. But there are a dozen
> catchers I'd rather see with a bat in their hand, especially Braatz, Box, and
> the UCLA Cloud Killer.

> Just my thoughts. Kelley is a super student of the game. I didn't see her play
> during her freshman year at Stanford so I don't know what her hitting is like
> now. But she would have to REALLY improve to outhit the three above.

> Ray Foster

Another catcher I was surprised to see not on any list is Scia (I know
I'm going to butcher up the last name) Mausopolo all-american from Cal
St Northridge.  She holds most of their home run and heavy hitting
records.

Andy

 
 
 

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Post by SWT00T » Fri, 28 Nov 1997 04:00:00

Amie

Sorry to hear that you did not make the elite list.
Well may be next time. Keep working Hard.
Now you can focus on your coahing-Varsity HB School and your travel team-
Orange County Athletics. How do you do both?

Good Luck

 
 
 

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Post by STUDUCK » Fri, 28 Nov 1997 04:00:00

Is Ralph Raymond considering coaching the USA Olympic team in the next
Olympics, and if not does, his 1996 assistant Ralph Weekly have the job sewed
up.

                                                              Thanks
                                                             S. Duck

 
 
 

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Post by Jazzso » Fri, 28 Nov 1997 04:00:00

Quote:
>The player I was surprised to see in the list was Michelle Gates.

It did not suprise me because of the college she attends. Kathy Aredsen is the
coach a Miss St and is also on the Olympic selection committee.For her to be
chosen over Knipfer or Dale is a mistake and shows bias. Forest pitched very
well at Nationals and in an tournament that both Redding and Commotion were
entered. She went extra innings with Redding and looked good doing it.

Just for everyones information another player at Miss St also made level III
and that was Dani Fowler. I understand she throws hard but has no idea where it
is going. It is interesting to me that she made the Pan Am Qualifier team as an
unknown and then signs with Mississippi St. It appears to me that she sees the
benifit of signing with a school whose coach is on the selection committee.

Don

 
 
 

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Post by Jazzso » Fri, 28 Nov 1997 04:00:00

Kelly played for us last year and is a great kid. She did not get much of an
chance to show her catching skills with us but having seen her play a Stanford
I think she is the real thing. Her hitting is just a matter of getting used to
the better pitching. Will she hit for power is doubtful but she could hit for
average.
Don

 
 
 

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Post by Jazzso » Fri, 28 Nov 1997 04:00:00

What has Lindsey KIein done to earn a spot. She was at the Festival and did not
do all that well. Yes she went to the Qualifier and hit 400 but against what
competition. None of the better international teams were there. I think the key
to her future is that she needs to play on a Major travel team for a few YEARS
and prove she belongs. I can think of a number of shortstops better than she is
right now. How can you think she did so well this summer when she did not play
travel ball.

Interesting idea lets base the selections on the premise that there is NO
womens summer program. Maybe thats what ASA wants. Or is that what the college
people want. If it is what both of these supreme beings want then WHY.

Softball as we know it today is dying and it will soon be a sport that will no
longer be played during the summer by women out of college. Can anyone imagine
Fernandez or Smith pitching slow pitch. What a waste.

Don