Softball Columns

Connor Casey

Braud refuses to break under pressure

by Connor Casey June 19, 2013 in Softball

Picture this: You are a college student-athlete and you’ve just finished your freshman year at the University of Alabama. You’re on the softball team and finished the season as a huge offensive threat with a .505 batting average. But it doesn’t stop there. You’ve been named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year and named a National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American as a second baseman. You helped your team win the SEC Tournament championship and make it to the NCAA®… Continue Reading

Bill Plummer III

Arioto uses lessons learned from redshirt year to pay dividends as a senior

by Bill Plummer III June 11, 2012 in Softball

What a difference a year makes, especially for University of California senior Valerie Arioto, the winner of the 2012 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. Last year, Arioto was at the WCWS, but she couldn’t play after suffering an injury in the spring of 2010 when she slid into second base, breaking a leg.  She simply had to watch from the dugout. “At first, it hit me hard and I was pretty upset,” said Arioto.”But as time went by and I realized how much support and help I had, some of my… Continue Reading

Steph Diorio

Softball candidates take excellence to a whole new level

by Steph Diorio March 26, 2012 in Softball

Thirty women from all across the country are vying for an award. At first glance, the only thing they have in common is that they all play softball and are academically strong young women. Indeed, these are two of the qualities that have gotten them nominated for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in the first place. However, being hard workers in the classroom and on the softball field aren’t enough – these young women were nominated because they all love to give back to their communities and… Continue Reading

Bill Plummer III

Chelsea Kelley overcomes injury to complete four-year career and win softball award

by Bill Plummer III June 06, 2011 in Softball

When the 2011 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award winner was announced, no one was more surprised than the winner – Radford University pitcher Chelsea Kelley. “At first I was kind of in shock,” Kelley said. “I had already been excited just to be a finalist. The thought that I had won…I didn’t even know what to say. At first I thought he (head coach Mickey Dean) was kidding with me and joking around, but no he wasn’t. I was very excited and the four years of hard work – I feel like it… Continue Reading

Tommy Deas

Softball players find ways to excel in all four Cs

by Tommy Deas May 26, 2011 in Softball

It doesn’t take a village to make a difference, but it can start with one. Take a look at the 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS award in softball. They come from places ranging from Roanoke, Va., to West Hills, Calif., from Port Coquitlan, B.C., in Canada to Pembroke Pines down in Florida. They have more than softball in common. They are bound by the four Cs—community, classroom, character and competition. With those common characteristics, each has made an impact in her own way.… Continue Reading

Bill Plummer III

Morgan shines on and off softball diamond

by Bill Plummer III June 14, 2010 in Softball

This year hasn’t been any different for Charlotte Morgan than any of her previous three years of playing softball for the University of Alabama. She unfortunately, however, has had to play through pain. With this her senior year, Morgan had hoped to lead the No. 1 seeded Crimson Tide to a third consecutive berth in the NCAA Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City. But after winning the first game of the Super Regional against 16th seeded Hawaii, the Crimson Tide lost the next two… Continue Reading

Tommy Deas

Familiarity breeds respect for Charlotte Morgan and her softball contemporaries

by Tommy Deas May 17, 2010 in Softball

It’s a small world at the elite level in any sport. The top players, whether it be in football, baseball, basketball, soccer or any other athletic endeavor, have a way of running into each other on and off the field. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that Charlotte Morgan, the University of Alabama’s two-time All-American first baseman/pitcher, has some familiarity with the every other finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in her sport. Nor should it be a surprise that she has been impressed… Continue Reading

Tommy Deas

College Student-Athletes Become Part of a Community - That’s Where They Can Have the Greatest Impact

by Tommy Deas May 15, 2009 in Softball

Classroom, character and competition are all important elements of the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, but community is where student-athletes can make the biggest impact. When a student-athlete leaves high school behind and chooses a college, he or she becomes a part of a new community in many ways: by enrolling in an institution of higher learning and also by joining a new team. The student-athlete lives and learns alongside other students from different places and backgrounds, and also… Continue Reading

Bill Plummer III

The “4 C’s” in College and Beyond

by Bill Plummer III March 06, 2009 in Softball

With the softball season underway, this year will be the last time many players suit up with their school colors.  The seniors want to make their senior year the best it can be with the probability of competing after college very low. Unlike some of the other sports, the softball players aren’t going to be leaving school with the hopes of landing a big professional contract or with hopes of playing in the Super Bowl or the Baseball World Series. Playing in the Women’s College World… Continue Reading

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