Softball Columns

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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… Continue Reading

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