D1Softball Road Trip: Observations From The Sunshine StateColumns
As many players returned home early this year due the coronavirus outbreak, there were numerous questions regarding when they’d actually get back on the field. The Florida Gulf Coast League has answered that question, providing college players an opportunity to get in some much-needed game time. Our Tara Henry traveled down to Tampa to witness the league in person and experience sun, softball and unfortunately a lot of bug bites. Hence, I’ll be lobbying for OFF!, Benadryl and Cortizon to sponsor all Florida Softball Leagues.
Below are the standings after almost two weeks of action:
Game of the Week: The Manatee Squeeze v. Pioneers
The Manatee Squeeze were red hot at the plate, smacking nine hits and two home runs in a 6-2 victory over the Pioneers.
Taylor Gilmore (Colorado State) started for the Pioneers in the circle, lasting just 1.1 innings due to an explosive Squeeze offense. Nikki Cuchran (Northwestern) blasted a two-run homer in the first inning, her fourth home run in seven games. Stormy Kotzelnick (Washington) led the team in hits going 3-4 with 2 RBI and Meagan Ricks (FAU) offered more fire power going 2-3 with a homer to deep center field.
Jenna Greene (Presbyterian) picked up her third win of the season, throwing an impressive four innings with seven strikeouts and one walk. Paige Schindler closed out the game for the Squeeze surrendering just two hits against the Pioneers.
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