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  • 2019-20 Shocker Softball Offseason/Fall Season/Preseason Discussion

    Originally posted by flyingMoose View Post
    The Conference Softball Award Winners have been announced.

    Shockers on the First Team are

    C - Madison Perrigan
    1B - Ryleigh Buck
    SS - Laurie Derrico
    3B - Sydney McKinney (also on the All-Rookie Team)

    Second Team

    P - Erin McDonald

    To no one's surprise, Georgina Corrick of USF is the Pitcher of the Year. The Players of the Year, both seniors, are Sarah Barker of Houston and Julia Hollingsworth of Tulsa.
    The one thing I wish the AAC would do with their Conference honors is list the class of the players. I have looked those up and here are the results:

    All-Conference First Team:
    Seniors - 6: Houston 3 (including a Co-Player of the Year), Tulsa 1 (a Co-Player of the Year), Memphis 1 and Wichita State 1
    Juniors - 5: USF 1, UCF 1, Houston 1, Wichita State 2
    Sophomores - 3: USF 1 (the Pitcher of the Year), UConn 2
    Freshman - 2: Tulsa 1 and Wichita State 1

    All-Conference Second Team:
    Seniors - 6: Tulsa 3, Houston 1, USF 1, UCF 1
    Juniors - 2: USF 1, UConn 1
    Sophomores - 3: Uconn 1, Memphis 1, Wichita State 1
    Freshman - 1: Memphis

    Returning All-Conference Players (1st team + 2nd team = total) in order of conference finish:

    USF: 2 + 1 = 3 (including the Pitcher of the Year)
    Tulsa: 1 + 0 = 1 (the Freshman of the Year)
    Houston: 1 + 0 = 1
    WSU: 3 + 1 = 4
    UCF: 1 + 0 = 1
    UConn: 2 + 2 = 4
    ECU: 0 + 0 = 0
    Memphis: 0 + 2 = 2

    Non-Returning All-Conference Players:

    USF: 0 + 1 = 1
    Tulsa: 1 + 3 = 4
    Houston: 3 + 1 = 4
    WSU: 1 + 0 = 1
    UCF: 0 +1 = 1
    UConn: 0 + 0 = 0
    ECU: 0 + 0 = 0
    Memphis 1 + 0 = 1

    Net Returning All-Conference Players minus Departing All-Conference Players:

    USF: 2 + 0 = 2
    Tulsa: 0 - 3 = - 3
    Houston: - 2 - 1 = - 3
    WSU: 2 + 1 = 3
    UCF: 1 - 1 = 0
    UConn: 2 + 2 = 4
    ECU: 0 + 0 = 0
    Memphis: -1 + 2 = 1

    I would think USF will be the favorite to repeat next year simply because Georgina Corrick is returning. The Shockers look like they are positioned to make a strong challenge considering the have one of the best profiles in terms of what they are returning plus getting Bailey Lange, a 1st team UTL/P in 2018, back and getting Kaylee Huecker, who made good strides at the plate in 2019 before her injury, back.

    Of course, there are many wild cards including how much players improve or regress from one year to the next, injuries, and he quality of newcomers added to teams.

    As a reminder here is the Shockers incoming recruiting class:

    Bailey's injury may actually have provided a boost to the Shockers next year. Not only will Bailey be back in the mix but her absence provided an opportunity for our other pitchers to develop and improve. Erin McDonald ended up being a pleasant surprise in that respect. Caitlin Binghman had her struggles and can be effective if she can throw strikes. She till needs some work this off season to get to where she needs to be. It will be interesting to see what incoming freshman Kiersten Nixon will bring to the table as she was recruited at the time HCKA thought she would be replacing Bailey. Clearly the Shockers are set at the other end of the pitches with Madison Perrigan (Butters) behind the plate. Madison could very well be in the discussion for AAC Player of the Year next season.

    On the infield the Shockers face the challenge of replacing Laurie Derrico at shortstop. My guess is that we will see is Neleigh Herring at 1st, Sydney McKinney at 2nd, Kaylee Huecker at short and Ryleigh Buck at 3rd.

    Bailey Nickerson will be in either left or right and Wylie Glover most likely will be in center. Adi Reese was forced to fill in in right after Asea Webber's season ending knee injury caused a shake up in the outfield. Adi was adequate defensively but needs work at the plate as she only hit .190, There are a couple of incoming freshman who might compete for playing time in the outfield if they can handle D-1 pitching. HCKB sounded very high on Bailey Urban our of Millard South in Omaha and Lauren Johnson out of Maize South sounds like an interesting player also.

    Lauren Mills had a very good year as a DH as a freshman as she was 2nd on the team in OPS at 1.035 to Butters' 1.116. Clearly Lauren has some major power potential which she flashed late in the season against USF. Hopefully, that continues to develop into next season.

    All-in-all there are a lot of reasons to like the Shockers prospects next season. Expectations should be pretty high for this team and a return to post-season play would certainly be part of those expectations.

    Hopefully, the way this season ended will give the Shocks a little extra motivation in attacking next season.
    Last edited by 1972Shocker; 6 days ago.

  • #2
    Not to start a different discussion but I hope the admin signs our coach to a multi year extension. She has done a nice job here. Don’t want to lose her


    • #3
      Originally posted by pogo View Post
      Not to start a different discussion but I hope the admin signs our coach to a multi year extension. She has done a nice job here. Don’t want to lose her
      No need to apologize for a different discussion. The thread is intended to be a one stop spot for discussing Shocker softball between now and next season.

      Coach Bredbenner did get a new 5-year contract in 2018 through 2023 at a relatively modest salary of $120,000. Not sure what the other terms are but she has some job security at Wichita State. It doesn't mean another school won't try to lure her away though.

      Taylor Eldgridge: Softball coach awarded contract extension: WSU is ‘very difficult to walk away from’

      Last edited by 1972Shocker; 6 days ago.


      • #4
        Nice. Still need a roll over clause in my opinion or an additional year for what seems to be a nice recruiting year. By the way thanks again for all you do in keeping the rest of the barn yard aware of our other sports . If not for you I might not have known in advance the track meet


        • 1972Shocker
          1972Shocker commented
          Editing a comment
          I was thinking the same thing with respect to an automatic rollover provision. Glad you enjoyed the AAC track championship.

      • #5


        • flyingMoose
          flyingMoose commented
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          Which suggests Ryne will not be back? No changes in the Coaching Staff on the Web site.

        • 1972Shocker
          1972Shocker commented
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          I was was also thinking it suggest Ryne will not be back based on the following language:

          Requirements include successful experience in coaching and training pitchers;

          Although if this assumption is accurate it really doesn't indicate whether it is Ryne's decision to move on or whether HCKB wants to go a different direction with the pitching coach with perhaps a somewhat different skill set than Ryne brought to the table.

          Ryne's resume was not real deep when he came to the Shocks. My impression was that his background was more about pitching philosophy and perhaps not as much in terms of teaching pitching technique and mechanics. Again I could be off base in that assessment. But Caitlin Bingham might be a good example of a pitcher that could benefit from more help with technique and mechanics more so than pitching philosophy.

          In any case, this posting was just made today so we'll see what happens. It's possible HCKB has someone in mind already but might need to post the job listing for a certain period of time to comply with state rules. It is also possible Ryne has decided to move on and HCKB is starting from scratch in the search.
          Last edited by 1972Shocker; 4 days ago.