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  • Shocker SB at Puerto Vallarta Challenge

    The Shockers continue their season with a trip south of the border to play in the Puerto Vallarta Collegiate Challenge. They play four games, one each day, beginning Wednesday. Their opponents are #8/7 Clemson on Wednesday at noon CT, #20/21 South Carolina at 6 pm on Thursday, #25/24 Auburn on Friday at 830 pm, and UC Davis at 1230 pm on Saturday. This is Session Two of the PV Challenge (Oklahoma was undefeated in Session One) and also includes #13/16 Utah, Mississippi State, and UC San Diego.

    #8/7 Clemson is picked for second place (along with Duke) in the ACC behind perennial power Florida State. [Note: Charlotte, the #2 pick in the AAC, defeated FSU in their season opener.] P/DP Valerie Cagle is on the Preseason All-ACC team. Last year, Cagle had an OPS of 1.452 and 19 homers, leading the Tigers in both stats. She had almost half of the innings in the circle with an ERA of 1.56 and a WHIP of 0.88. McKenzie Clark (1.069 and 13 homers) is another returning stick. Millie Thompson and Brooke McCubbin were a strong #2 and #3 on the staff and both return this year. The Tigers were 4-1 at the NFCA Leadoff Classic last weekend.

    #20/21 South Carolina is picked ninth of the thirteen teams in the SEC Preseason Poll. Their position in the SEC poll and their position in the national poll demonstrates the overall strength of the SEC. On the offensive side for the Gamecocks, the highest returning OPS is in the low .800s. The pitching staff will rely on newcomers Alana Vawter, a transfer from Stanford, and freshman Sage Mardgetko. Vawter pitched a shutout against the Shockers last year in Wichita while playing for the Cardinal. South Carolina was 4-0 in their Carolina Classic last weekend.

    #25/24 Auburn is a pick for fifth in the SEC Preseason Poll. Pitcher Maddie Penta and shortstop Nelia Peralta are members of the Preseason All-SEC team. Penta was the SEC Pitcher of the Year last season. Peralta had an OPS of 1.040 with nine homers. Auburn was 1-1-1 in their rain-shortened Tiger Invitational last weekend.

    UC Davis are members of the Big West where they are a preseason pick for fifth of ten teams. Anna Dethlefson, the reigning Big West Player of the Year, and pitcher Kenedi Brown are on the Preseason Coaches' team. Dethlefson had an OPS of 1.096. Brown has an ERA of 1.96 and a WHIP of 1.14. The Aggies were 2-2 last weekend at the NorCal Kickoff they hosted. Oh, Davis is very near Sacramento.

    The Shockers appear to have four dependable hitters at the top of the lineup including CC to protect Addison. The rest of the lineup is uncertain. Chloe was impressive in her very short outing. The other three pitchers we saw appear to be more or less where they were last year. All of this is based on "not much." PV will be a significant upgrade in the competition, and the Shockers will have a better idea of where they are this time next week.

    Rain may be an issue in this tournament. Of course, it is.
    Last edited by flyingMoose; February 15, 2024, 04:54 PM.

  • #2
    The games can be watched on FloSoftball with a paid subscription.

    Monthly Plans is 29.99 per month. The Annual Plan is $150.00. Cancel any time although I am not sure what the refund policy details are.

    With only 2 games under their belts and somewhat of a mixed performance in those two games the Shocks look to be entering the Danger Zone


    • #3
      Due to expected bad weather, the PV schedule has been altered.

      The Shockers now play Clemson at 11 am on Wednesday with the game against Auburn at 4 pm. On Thursday, they play South Carolina at 5 pm. No games on Friday, but there is still the Saturday game against UC Davis at 1230 pm.
      Last edited by flyingMoose; February 14, 2024, 10:52 AM.


      • #4
        Game One

        Clemson v Shockers

        Lineups: Addison, CC 3b, Taylor, Bailey, Lainee, Sami, Jessica dp, Sydney 1b, Krystin 2b with Alison in the circle. Cagle is pitching for Clemson - and hitting third.

        In the first, a popup and groundout on three pitches - nice start for Alison. And then Cagle homers. A flyout ends the inning.

        Addison leads off with an infield single and steals second. CC has an infield single of her own that advances Addie to third. Taylor, Bailey, and Lainee are all down on strikes. Last weekend, Cagle struck out fifteen batters in ten innings pitched. 1-0 Tigers after one.

        Two groundouts and a strikeout for Alison. Sami singles to start the Shocker second. A strikeout, force out, and groundout follow. 1-0 after two.

        Clemson has a one-out double in the third. With two outs, an infield single puts runners at the corners with Cagle coming to the plate. She gets a four-pitch walk to load the bases, probably an intentional walk. Oops, a double drives in two. A walk loads the bases again, but Alison gets a groundout to end the inning. 3-0 in the middle of the third.

        CC has a one-out single in the third, but nothing comes of it. 3-0 after three.

        An error, a throwing error on the same batted ball, and a passed ball put a Tiger runner on third with no outs in the fourth. Foul fly, popup, and groundout, and the Shocks escape with no damage. Sami has an infield single with one out, but nobody can move her. 3-0 after four.

        A single and homer in the fifth builds the Clemson lead to 5-0. CC walks with two outs but nothing comes of it. Clemson, 5-0 after five.

        Another single-homer combo stretches the lead to 7-0 in the top of the sixth. Three groundouts in the Shocker sixth. 7-0 after six.

        The Tigers have a three-up, three-down seventh.

        Mila pinch-hits for Jessica and starts the Shocker seventh with a single up the middle. Two force-outs follow but Addie singles. Runners at the corners, but CC hits a comebacker to end the game.

        Clemson 7-0 Shockers

        This game went about as expected against a highly-ranked team. The Shocks had six singles, two each by Addie, CC, and Sami. (The ball hit by Mila was originally scored as a single but was later changed to an error.) After the rough early start, they only struck out five times. Alison gave up nine hits, five of them for extra bases.

        Last edited by flyingMoose; February 14, 2024, 03:51 PM.


        • #5
          Preseason first-team AA pitcher Valerie Cagle in the morning, then preseason first-team AA pitcher Maddie Penta likely in the afternoon. Brutal.


          • #6
            Obviously, you don't expect to win games with Valerie Caigle in the circle. Doesn't sound like the Shocks squared up very many balls but they did manage to get 6 hits. Clemson had 9 hits but really made them count with 3 home runs and a timely bases loaded double. The Shocker hits weren't exactly distributed throughout the lineup. Addie, CC and Sami each had 2 hits, all singles (half of which did not leave the infield).

            Perhaps the most hopeful thing for the Shocks was that after striking out 3 times in the first they only whiffed twice in the final 6 innings against Caigle.


            • #7
              0-4 is this tournament will not be surprising. Anything over one win would be a rousing success. That takes nothing away from how good the team may be later on, but right now we are trying to find out who should be playing in a lab filled with Super Regional caliber teams.


              • #8
                Game Two

                Auburn v Shockers

                This game was originally scheduled for Friday. We will see if LiveStats has been changed to find the game today.

                Lineups: CC, Addison, Sami, Bailey, Lainee, Taylor, Sydney, Mila dp, Krystin with Chloe as the starter. Penta is in the circle for Auburn.

                Lineups are from Auburn/Sidearm rather than the Shockers/StatBroadcast.

                Strikeout, walk, strikeout, lineout. Nice start for Chloe. Will definitely take that. The Shocks are down in order. No score after one.

                Single, walk, single, single, two runs for the Tigers. Bailey leads off with a single in the Shocker second. After two strikeouts, Sydney singles to move Bailey to second, and Mila walks on four pitches to load the bases. Krystin fans to end the inning. Auburn 2-0.

                Alex comes on to start the third and gets three outs. Addie homers in the bottom half. 2-1 after three.

                Managing a freshman pitcher that you think has a lot of promise has to be a challenge. Getting her the experience and building her confidence, especially trying to do that against ranked teams, cannot be easy.

                With one out in the fourth, two walks and a hit batter load the bases for Auburn. Rain delay? Radar says there is rain in the area.

                Another hit batter scores a run for the Tigers, a walk scores another run, and a groundout scores the third run of the inning. Still another walk reloads the bases and Lauren is in to pitch. She walks in a run before a caught-stealing at home (??) ends the inning. Nothing happening for the Shocks in the bottom half. 6-1 after four.

                [I am gone for the duration. Will try to finish this up when I get back. For historical purposes, you know. :) ]
                Last edited by flyingMoose; February 14, 2024, 06:30 PM.


                • #9
                  Alex really struggled in the 4th inning. After get the 1st out on a grounder to 1B unassisted Alex walked 2 and hit a batter to load the bases when the game was halted due to weather for about 30 minutes. Alex did return to the circle after the weather delay and hit another batter to force in a run, then walked the next batter to force in another run then got another out on a grounder to 1B unassisted that drove in a 3rd run, then she walked another batter to reload the bases at which point Lauren came on in relief. Lauren walked the first batter she faced on 4 pitches to force in a 4th run before the Auburn runner on 3rd was out on an apparent attempt to steal home. 4 runs on not hits for Auburn to extend their lead to 6-1.

                  That had to be a long freaking inning for the Shocker coaches. If I counted correctly 13 strikes and 22 balls from Alex and Lauren in that Auburn at bat.

                  Lauren walks the lead off batter in the top of the 5th. Then went 3-0 on the next batter before getting 2 strikes and inducing a fly out to center. So Lauren's first 13 pitches were balls. Not watching so I can't tell if the ump is squeezing our pitchers or not but the Auburn pitcher has only walked 1 through 4 innings while the 3 Shocker pitchers have walked 8 and hit 2 batters. Not a recipe for success.

                  Lauren settles down to get 2 strike outs stranding the pinch runner who had stolen 2nd base and 3rd base.
                  Last edited by 1972Shocker; February 14, 2024, 06:46 PM.


                  • #10
                    Once Lauren settle down she was pretty good. The Shocks still trailed 6-1 head into the bottom of the 7th.

                    Mila Seaton led off with a single to left. Krystin Nelson lined out to left. CC singled to left putting runners at 1st and 2nd with one out. Addie struck out for out #2 seemingly dooming the Shocker chances. Sami Hood was then hit by a pitch to load the bases and Bailey Urban delivered an grand slam home run to pull the Shocks to within 1 run at 6-5 giving the Shocks a ray of hope.

                    Lainee Brown reached on an error by Auburn's 3B with Avery Barnard coming on to pinch run for Lainee. Taylor Sedlacek struck out swinging but reached first on a wild pitch with Avery advancing to 3rd. That was followed by another wild pitch which scored Avery with the tying run. Sydney Zenon popped up to 3rd to end the inning but that Shockers managed to tie it up at 6-all putting the game in extra innings.


                    • #11
                      Tiebreaker rules in effect in the 8th. Auburn starts the inning with a runner on 2nd.

                      Auburn attempts to bunt the runner to 3rd but the batter is call out for interference and the runner has to stay at 2nd. However, Lauren helps Auburn out by wild pitching the runner to 3rd before hitting the next batter to put runners on the corners with 1 out. A stolen base buts runners on 2nd and 3rd. I probably would have walked the batter to load the bases but they pitched to her and she grounded out SS to 1B with the runner on 3rd scoring and the runner on 2nd moving up to 3rd. A single up the middle makes it 8-6. An infield single puts runner at 1st and 2nd with 2 outs. A walk loads the bases. Lauren gets a strike out to close out another long, less than clean inning for the Shocks.

                      Do the Shock have another late inning rally in them?

                      Sydney Zenon placed on 2nd but the Shocks can't play for just one run. Mila Seaton works the count full but strikes out. Krystin Nelson, who is hitless on the season is up in the 9-hole. Krystin grounds out to first moving Sydney over 3rd. Back to the top of the order with CC. CC flies out to CF to end the game.

                      Auburn 8 - Shocks 6 despite outhitting the Tigers 8-5. I thin the Shocker pitching staff will have to wear this one as Chloe, Alex and Lauren combined to walk 11 batters and they also hit 3 batters. On the other hand Auburn pitchers walked only 2 batters and hit 1 batter. Just too many free passes to overcome.

                      Kudos to the Shocks for battling back late to get the game tied. Perhaps a little positive to take away.
                      Last edited by 1972Shocker; February 14, 2024, 08:30 PM.


                      • #12
                        Other Wednesday Game

                        UC Davis 4-6 Clemson
                        Three not-Cagles pitched about two innings each for 6+ before Cagle came on to shut down a rally.


                        • #13
                          Damn that would have been a very good win.


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by shoxlax View Post
                            0-4 in this tournament will not be surprising.
                            Perhaps, but I would be very disappointed if we could not beat UC Davis.


                            • #15
                              They showed some fight in the Auburn game. They have things to build upon.
                              Infinity Art Glass - Fantastic local artist and Shocker fan
                              RIP Guy Always A Shocker
                              Carpenter Place - A blessing to many young girls/women
                              ICT S.O.S - Great local cause fighting against human trafficking
                              Wartick Insurance Agency - Saved me money with more coverage.
                              Save Shocker Sports - A rallying cry