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lsursb
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re: Official LSU Softball Recruiting Thread: Commits & Targets
Thank you. There are still people bitching about a player who is no longer even on the team? Thankfully she is someone else's issue now, let's move on. I truly do not understand the obsession some have with this player. It is a little creepy and I think some counseling might help.


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LSUAshlyn
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re: Official LSU Softball Recruiting Thread: Commits & Targets
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Fix the defense Beth.


It's hard to fix the defense when you refuse to sit bad players. There is always this year to hope for change, though.



Sunseri is a rare blend of a player with ability to hit and pitch on a P5 conference level. This combination is extremely hard to find and it's not often a blend that pans out on both sides. Previously, Wali, Hoover and Smith were considered dual players and to date none could hit on the SEC level. For some unknown reason, Beth still believes that Wali can be an SEC hitter.

Although she is not nearly as big as Wali, Hoover or even Smith, Sunseri can generate power and will more than likely get a chance to see more pitches as a hitter her freshman year since we have two All Americans in the circle. LSU can show more patience with her at the plate. If Hoover is healthy, she shouldn't have to see a significant role on the mound until her sophomore season giving her some time to find out if she can hit on this level.

Goff has a pure, short, compact swing. LSU doesn't have many left handed hitters so that alone is a plus. She is an average runner with at least an average arm. She could develop into a very good gap to gap hitter. If given a shot, she could make a run at either 2nd base or RF. She is a much better player than most followers know.

Antoine has some really workable tools. She has above average speed, not Andrews or Landry speed, but will probably be faster than anyone else on the roster. She has a small body and has to generate power without a lot of leverage. She is weight room strong. Her arm is below average. Bailey Landry had probably the weakest arm on the 2017 team and was not a good defender. I don't think Antoine will be as bad defensively as Landry but her arm strength is not good.

Caccamise is another gap to gap hitter that could grow into some power. She seems to be a bit of a tweener position wise from 3rd to C. With our lack of depth and experience behind the plate you would think she would get plenty of reps there. With Sanchez returning at 3rd as the Staff's favorite, it is hard to believe we will see any competition at that position. Don't expect to see Caccamise at 3rd with a chance to win the job.

The transfers are the wildcard. Neither have showed they are average defenders but both hit well against subpar pitching. This has been a theme for LSU the last few seasons so nothing new here. Hopefully they bring some power to a "pop" depleted line up. Either of them or Goff should be a significant upgrade over what we have had to deal with the last 3 years at 2nd base.



tigerbait2010
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re: Official LSU Softball Recruiting Thread: Commits & Targets
I'm just dropping in as a supporter of LSU softball that thinks we have a few bat shite fans


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LSUcrazzz
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re: Official LSU Softball Recruiting Thread: Commits & Targets
THANK YOU 357 for all your info concerning SB and GYM! Please keep it coming...........


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LSUcrazzz
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re: Official LSU Softball Recruiting Thread: Commits & Targets
nor comment on the board


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Bhs83
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re: Official LSU Softball Recruiting Thread: Commits & Targets
I just wanted to inject a little reality into the discussion here....

I am glad that those of you who know about recruits and recruiting are liking what you see. That is good news, I am not up on that, but I respect the opinions of those who have commented on this thread and I am glad things are looking good for us.

A little reality never hurts, though.

In 2015, LSU had the team to win it all. Maybe it would have taken a close to par performance to win it all, but an LSU softball championship in 2015 would not have been a fluke. They were good enough to be champions.

The next year, from what I think most of us could see, they were the third best team in the country, maybe fourth, since Florida should have been there but were shocked by Georgia in the Supers.

The 2017 team's goal was to be as good as 2016, whether they realize it or not. That was the standard they were really aiming for, and they fell just a hair short.

The 2018 team, unless there are some surprises waiting for us, will be judged in comparison to the 2017 team, and there is a chance they will be as good.

Of course, Springfield and Doyle are the key, they must step up and fill the void left by two of the greatest LSU softball players ever. If they get their hitting”fixed”, they can do it.

The reality that I wanted to inject, though, isnt that LSU may not be as good in 2018 as it was in 2017, but that there are two teams that are going to be better than last year's teams, and that is Florida and Oklahoma.

Let's not kid ourselves.... we were the fifth best team in the country in 2017, and, really, fifth, and third, there aint much difference there.

I wont get my hopes up, and I would go so far as saying that 2018 will be a year of building, and we have to hope that, once Carly and Allie are gone, three new stud pitchers arrive.

Just like the Saints are going to lose Brees soon, LSU will lose its two best pitchers once the 2018 season is done.

Keep our expectations modest and reasonable. A third place LSU team would be really, really impressive ( I want to say miracle but I guess I'd get slammed). I'd happily take fourth, fifth, or sixth.

Just keeping it real, that's all.


LSUcrazzz
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re: Official LSU Softball Recruiting Thread: Commits & Targets
predicting Fourth place in SEC


Bhs83
Member since Mar 2016
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re: Official LSU Softball Recruiting Thread: Commits & Targets
Really to me the SEC championship and placement isnt that big a deal. I am thinking we got a shot at getting to supet regionals. If we get to OKC i think we may make early exit


Tigerbait357
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re: Official LSU Softball Recruiting Thread: Commits & Targets
I think this team with correct adjustments offensively can be much better overall hitting next season than this years team. A lot of youth for position players, if Doyle and Springfield get rolling, get Serrett where she should be, LSU will be in good shape. Catcher is my biggest concern next season. Either Caccamise or Cunningham will step in, I am going to bet that both will split reps. It also would not surprise me to see Schlattman being moved to catcher possibly if her bat can do damage, I have heard rumors of her going to see time there come fall practice.

I expect one of the freshman and transfers to step in and help a bit. Both transfers do not have SEC experience but both do have the tools and ability to put up some nice numbers. I would like to see Doyle and Springfield hit over .280 at least.

I think Doyle was way out of the game this year, having those major knee surgeries in HS really held her back this past year. She played on and off her senior year and hit only in the .300's, so I was expecting a struggle somewhat from her trying to get back into it. She showed flashes of what she can do, I just think she completely lost all confidence and started to force things. Confidence really can truly make or break a hitter. Springfield wasn't necessarily bad, sure she struck out a bunch but she also hit the ball well and did so against good pitching at the end of last year

Pitching will always keep us in any game, its just the offense that needs to improve. I was pretty happy with the way the team stepped up in the post season at times when Jaquish and Landry weren't on.


It's going to be really important also to develop Sunseri and Gorsuch for the future, even if it involves taking our lumps at times this year.
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Mulerider
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re: Official LSU Softball Recruiting Thread: Commits & Targets
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I think this team with correct adjustments offensively


quote:

It's going to be really important also to develop Sunseri and Gorsuch for the future


And these two questions remain along with the question of will we implement a different fundamental defensive approach. We have been one of the worst infield defensive teams in the league the last 3 years.

Will we make any offensive adjustments and will we develop any depth remains to be seen. The achilles heel of the recent teams have been just this. We have seen a total refusal to use mid week games or out of hand games as an opportunity to develop the younger players. Cunningham is a perfect example. We had dozens of opportunity to get her experience and made no effort to plan for 2018 behind the plate.

Hopefully this finally happens so we reload with experience instead of rebuild without it.


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Tigerbait357
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re: Official LSU Softball Recruiting Thread: Commits & Targets
Just updated the recruiting targets. LSU is done with recruiting trips for the summer. Many prospects will be visiting throughout September, October, and November.

Expect some commitments to happen in October and November when we roll out the carpets for the officials, a lot of girls came here for camps and unofficials.

Expect splashes in either the 2019 class or 2021 class. I think we are done for 2020 with 6 commits right now, all who are top 70 prospects and a top 6 class, although we might add Olivia Lackie who is a pitcher. Other than her I don't know of anyone else we would add unless there is a surprise from a big prospect.

I think we are still looking for another pitcher for the 2019 class. If not don't be surprised to see a transfer or for us to go the Juco route with the departure of Hoover and Walljasper. I am not even 100% sure if Taylor Edwards makes it to campus if her play doesn't pick up, its been a rocky last two years.


Will continue to update the more I learn. Sometime this week I'll post about each of our commits for the 2018 class.




Bhs83
Member since Mar 2016
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re: Official LSU Softball Recruiting Thread: Commits & Targets
Mulerider's post is spot on this is the gist of what i have a problem with as far as coaching philosophy. You create depth by using mid week games to give experience to the underlings. Get rid of the idea that some players have to always be on the field.



wildcat81tiger86
Member since Feb 2014
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re: Official LSU Softball Recruiting Thread: Commits & Targets
Ty to the coaches and recruiting insiders for the information flow to this board.

I appreciate it.

Mulerider and bhs have hit the nail on the head for me as well.

Hopefully something changes that solves or at least improves these areas of weakness.
(At least as I see it)

Infield defense is horrible and very rare use of backups.
Hard to develop for the future this way.

Go Tiger's


Tigerbait357
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re: Official LSU Softball Recruiting Thread: Commits & Targets
LSU Picks up Redoutey!


Tigerbait357
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Member since Jun 2011
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re: Official LSU Softball Recruiting Thread: Commits & Targets
LSU also made the final cut for Kaylen madrey, who is #11 on FloSoftball top 100 for 2021. A lot of pop in her bat too, plays for Firecracker Sewell


Tigerbait357
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Member since Jun 2011
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re: Official LSU Softball Recruiting Thread: Commits & Targets
Hearing rumors that Emiley Kennedy, a 6'2 pitcher and infielder who goes to The Woodlands HS has us as her number one choice. She was on campus for a visit in late June. She possibly could be the recruit that gave a commitment to the staff this week.

She hits a grand slam in a game at PGF Nationals a week ago.

She's been on visits to OU, Texas, and Baylor as well.

LINK

Here is a clip of her pitching
This post was edited on 8/7 at 9:37 pm


18handicap
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re: Official LSU Softball Recruiting Thread: Commits & Targets
We're always in the same scrimmage with them. Don't know if we will play each other, but I'll get to watch.

ETA just looked at their gamechanger and she isn't listed so she must be a freshman this year. The coach is a very good friend of mine so I'm sure I'll hear about her if she's considering LSU the next time I talk to him.
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Tigerbait357
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Member since Jun 2011
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re: Official LSU Softball Recruiting Thread: Commits & Targets
The Woodlands has produced some damn good softball players over the years

Its really unfortunate with what happened with Coach Jorgensen situation, he really was a nice guy.

Yes she is 2021, I am pretty sure. Its crazy how tall Emiley is but the girl seems to be a baller. She seemed to fall in love with the staff and the softball facilities when she came in.


Also, Emari Frazier changed travel ball teams, I updated it.


tiger nutz
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re: Official LSU Softball Recruiting Thread: Commits & Targets
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Sometime this week I'll post about each of our commits for the 2018 class


What day do you plan on doing this? Your info is great and I look forward to reading it.


18handicap
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Member since Jul 2014
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re: Official LSU Softball Recruiting Thread: Commits & Targets
Coach Jorgensen was one of my best friends. I'm still in shock over the whole situation and to this day I still haven't deleted his phone number.

The new coach knows she's coming and her dad is on the football coaching staff there. He'll tell me more during fall ball.


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