Danielle O’Toole, nothing short of amazing for USA

Danielle O'Toole, softball pitcher for USA

O’Toole’s performance against Japan – the number one team ranked in the world at the time – was nothing short of amazing! The result on 7/7/17 on ESPN2 was USA 5, Japan 0. Just to put this into perspective in case you didn’t see the game, O’Toole along with USA’s stunning defense allowed only one hit against a lineup consisting of some of the smartest hitters in the world. Not to mention, O’Toole was also pitching against some of the best coaching in the world, because I’m sure Japan’s coaches are clever and were making adjustments throughout the seven innings yet O’Toole and the USA coaching staff managed to keep Japan’s hitters entirely off balance, shutting them out.

She is poised on the mound and graceful when she pitches. Her command of her spin and the strike zone is phenomenal. And her mechanics are certainly polished, to say the least. It’s easy to tell why O’Toole is a favorite softball pitcher here at fastpitcher.com.

Indeed, it was a pleasure to watch O’Toole and our great USA softball team on a national stage thanks to the World Cup and ESPN.

These softball players are amazing athletes! Athletes in men’s sports (i.e. Baseball) comparable to these women’s abilities I’d imagine are getting millions of dollars in signing bonuses alone. Pay-scale aside, it’s really a shame that we can’t at least watch and enjoy these Fastpitch performances and talented athletes more often on a national televised stage outside of the World Cup. How long is it going to take National Pro Fastpitch to get their games televised nationally by the likes of ABC, NBC, ESPN, etc. so we can all enjoy the games throughout the summer, ongoing? 1.72 million WCWS viewers can’t be wrong! Here’s to hoping it’s soon.

Alex Bayne, #2 Ohio State

I’ve been studying hitting mechanics for years and I’ve heard many, many different philosophies, but this kid’s mechanics are off-the-chart incredible!

Just goes to show that you don’t need to be huge to put the ball over the fence. A homerun is merely a byproduct of a good quality swing.

The difference a coach can make… Auburn softball

Clint Myers previously led Arizona State to two NCAA Championships but now it’s Auburn softball’s turn as he became its second head coach in program history, on Friday, June 14, 2013.
In only his second year at Auburn while claiming SEC coach of the year here’s a few 2015 stats:

  • Program-best 56 wins
  • Won first SEC tournament title in school history
  • First WCWS appearance (lost to Florida in semifinals)

Paige Lowary

Paige Lowary, 14, Missouri Softball
Didn’t play travel softball and only threw fastball while in high school. Coach Earleywine heard about her from a friend. I guess this goes to show that you don’t need travel or fancy recruiting to play D1 in a big way (being over 6 foot tall and throwing over 70 mph helped I’m sure).