The 2018 softball season has officially started with a slew of tournaments happening around the Southern and Western parts of the country. Being located in the North that’s still covered in snow and ice all the games I’ll be watching are on the tv. Thankfully the Pac-12 Network has a robust schedule of games live from the Kajikawa Classic on their network and Internet app. available to view.
I got to watch three games on Thursday. First up was BYU vs. Stanford. BYU had the balls flying out of the stadium as they run-ruled Stanford in a 10-1 six innings home run fueled win.
After hearing of Georgia’s 23-2 win earlier in the day I was curious to see how they would fare against highly ranked Oregon. While Georgia held their own Oregon showed why they are picked to be there right until the end this season.Oregon’s pitching is as good as any around. Megan Kleist got the start and got the win with help from fellow Duck’s pitcher Maggie Balint. Transfer DJ Sanders also looked good both on the field and with her batting. What impressed me most was the skilled base running by the Oregon players always taking the extra base on the outfielder’s throw or steal situations. Those skills can be attributed to the good coaching of Duck’s head coach Mike White. Oregon won the game by a final score of 8-3.
The last game I got to watch was Tennessee going up against tourney host team Arizona State. Tennessee was coming off an earlier day win over Boise State 8-1. Caylan Arnold got the start for the Lady Vols but after a promising start she started getting knocked around and freshmen left-hander Gabby Sprang entered the game to get the win. Sprang is a imposing figure with her 6’1″ frame and looks to be a good addition to Tennessee’s pitching staff. Tennessee took the win by a final score of 7-4.