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I know, I know but it had to be done. :D

There has been a bit of a twitter trend for OU on SJ Geurin. She's a 2022 that plays for Diamond Sports Hotshots Gold. She struck out 15 batters in the in the USA Select Championship game. If you'll go to PGF qualifiers and go to my post about Tiare Jenning monster homerun being 3. Geurin is #1 in the video. Tall left handed pitcher. I think you'll agree she looks like an OU Rickets type of pitcher in the making.

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Its actually her dads twitter. Lots of OU follows. Especially of late. Also JT Gasso followed him. JT does follow a little easier than other coach's though. I know that seems a bit out there but you'd be surprised at how many times I've seen it happen before a commit.

Shes is a 2022. Its just a matter of time before we start seeing some commits from this class. Flosoftball said there has been a lot of questions of when they are going to do a 2022 Hot 100. They are planning on reranking the 2020 next. I believe they said after the PGF is over.

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I don't think the coaches will be interested in 2022s until next summer

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la softball wrote:
I don't think the coaches will be interested in 2022s until next summeri think you are right. Are the 2022 kids in 6th or 7h grade?

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Going into 8th grade

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I bet you start seeing some 2022s at the end of this year. Kinzie Hansen verballed that early

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Great find!  After watching her pitch, you can be sure that SJ (Savannah) Guerin is on OU's radar. After checking the family twitters,  clearly the Guerin family are close to the OU sports family.  I hope she is a high priority for OU.

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The dad added me on facebook. Tempted to direct him to our little message board.

Maybe we could show them some love:D.

Maybe this will be our 2022 #1 Hot 100 player.

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Great idea! His daughter is the real deal. She reminds me of Keilani. I believe SJ's mother is a softball coach.

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I would be surprised if getting him onto this board wouldnt be to OU's advantage. How many programs have a board that follows softball so closely and reflects the program's popularity so well?

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I am not so sure that sports boards are the best places for athletes' parents. There are lots of posts that are speculative in nature that parents tend to take as personal attacks.

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I do remember us having a one of the players dads on here that ended up getting mad. Or that's what I heard anyway. But at some time there would probably be some negativity. But that is usually after they are here. For the most part the recruiting is positive.

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OU_Tom wrote:
I am not so sure that sports boards are the best places for athletes' parents. There are lots of posts that are speculative in nature that parents tend to take as personal attacks.

Yep! OU Hoops is the worst and posters there ran off many parents! SMH!

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It is true that over the years we have had quite a few parents of OU athletes registered here at soonertimes.  I don't know about OU_Tom, sybil and the other admins here, but over the years I have exchanged PMs from several of the parents.  All of the PMs were initiated by the parents.  It has been a mixed bag of responses from the parents who sent me PMs. 

Some really appreciated the boards here as we kept them clean of the porn, profanity and kept the threads pretty civil.  Others would contact me because they thought a poster was being to harsh on their child.  One softball parent was upset by a couple of posters because he thought there were to tough on his daughter.  I was asked to censor the posters comments.  I read what had been written and didn't think I could/should do that as it wasn't malicious.  It was just opinion of a player and within our board rules, etc.

I tried to tell the parent that I couldn't sanction a poster because of an opinion expressed within our rules.  I don't think the parent liked it and don't think he ever posted again.

These sports message boards have to walk a fine line when it comes to being critical of coaches and players.  If you eliminate any discussion of coaches and players then you might as well close the forums down.  Games are won and lost by how coaches coach and how players play. 

Our position here is that coaches and players are fair game as long as it doesn't get personal and out of hand.  Just commenting or being critical about a pitcher not being able to put the ball in the strike zone is ok.  Getting personal with the pitcher is not ok.  Referring to coaches and players in really negative personal ways is certainly not ok.

These college kids are not children anymore.  They are young adults.  So, they should be able to handle some criticism.  And, parents should understand that. 

I have never monitored this forum.  Sybil created it and OU_Tom takes care of the code etc.  Both of these two admins love this forum and they would do about anything to make this forum better and more attractive to the good people who read and post here.

Over the years, this forum has been very good at monitoring itself.  The OU Sports board is a little different.  I attribute that to the high expectations of OU football fans. :cool:  Losing a football game usually results in lots of angry fans who take their frustrations out on the coaches and players ... sometimes outside of our rules.

Even then we try to give fans a day or two to get back to normal.

Anyway, I am just rambling here.  My thought is that you all are solid posters here.  I'm sure you all can figure out ways to do things in a good way. 


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I've been posting on another board for 16 years or so and in the past couple years I have really been getting into the recruiting in softball and that is how I came upon this board. On the other board it's been all football for years until I started posting recruiting tidbits and it really has gone over well. I appreciate the fact that you guys talk softball. Thx for what you do for the ladies!

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:ou: Walt makes alot of good points. The purposes of a board is to talk about coaches and players. This is one of the best boards I have seen when it comes to discussing teams and the sharing of recruiting info. While we don't always agree with each others points of view, and sometimes peoples post or intentions for their comments may be misunderstood causing un intended debates, we feel free to state our points of as long as they are in a tasteful and tactful manor. That being said posters should not feel or be pressured to make only positive comments about coaches and players.
We are fortunate to have the best coaching staff and team in the country and with the recent run of championships there are not many negatives to discuss. There are some areas of the team that could stand for improvement.

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FANATIC wrote: :ou:
We are fortunate to have the best coaching staff and team in the country and with the recent run of championships there are not many negatives to discuss. There are some areas of the team that could stand for improvement.

Well, I'm an old guy.  My father started taking me to OU football games back in the early-mid 50s.  I am a die hard OU football fan, but love to watch the girls sports as well.  Your comment about having the best coaching staff in the country is right on target.  Having followed OU sports for all these years I don't think we have ever had the kind of great coaching across the board as we now have at OU.

I attribute that to David Boren's decision to hire Joe Castigilione.   Joe hasn't hired all of our great coaches, but he has set the tone for the kind of coaches he wants at OU.  We are fortunate to have such great people coaching OU's athletes.  Some very high character people coaching at OU.

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Maci Bergeron. Maybe the best catcher in 2022. Has been on a visit to OU amoung other schools.

http://www.flosoftball.com/article/60513-rising-star-2022-ds-hotshots-c-of-maci-bergeron#.WZdZyFF95PY

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Watched her in Kansas City. Best 2022 Catcher in the country!

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Source said offer was made to 1 2022 player. Top prospect too.

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I hear we had 42 softball recruits at football game today. From 2019 to 2022. So big recruiting day for OU softball.

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cclift38 wrote:
I hear we had 42 softball recruits at football game today. From 2019 to 2022. So big recruiting day for OU softball.wow. That seems higher than I would have guested. 2019-2022 covers a period of 4 years. It seems like there might be 20-25 players every 4 years. Could 1/2 of those recruits be for 2022?

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Seen where Sami Skelly was there so some 2018's must have been there also. Here is a sideline picture. Believe these are all or mostly 2022's.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1986414464910739&set=a.1404646336420891.1073741839.100006266142587&type=3&theater

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They are after sj for sure.

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So maybe we need the Lincoln eyes up

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That is cool that they had all those recruits for a football game. The game is exciting and having a ton highly ranked recruits all together will probably lead to continued awesome recruiting

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They had a prospect camp also. Nice timing with the football game. Seen some pictures, looks like a good time for the girls. Just a few names I know was there

Taylor Pannell 3B/SS Beverly Bandits 2022
Emma Strood P/1B Diamond Hotshot 2022
SJ Geurin P/1B Diamond Hotshots 2022
Kaylee Lyon SS Gametime Gold 2021
Aynslee Linduff P Gametime Gold 2022
Malorey Outon MIF Gametime Gold 2022

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Avery Hodge

Commitment from a 2022. Nice to get a Texas girl. She is SS/Of. My understanding is she is a very good shortstop.

https://www.facebook.com/ImpactGoldOrg/photos/pb.925151134203332.-2207520000.1505829200./1642790882439350/?type=3&theater

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cclift38 wrote: I hear we had 42 softball recruits at football game today. From 2019 to 2022. So big recruiting day for OU softball.
Wow, that is unbelievable.  Patty Gasso sure is on top of her game. 

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Shouldn't much longer until SJ Guerin commits as well.

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Shouldn't much longer until SJ Guerin commits as well.

What makes you say this? Anything you can share?

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Her and her father are big OU fans. When the first domino falls for these girls in softball recruiting, it doesn't take long for those who have made up their minds already to follow as well.

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Florida actually got a verbal from a 2023(7th grader). Does it seem like this is getting a bit out of control? Maybe not since its not binding, but that's really young.

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Florida actually got a verbal from a 2023(7th grader). Does it seem like this is getting a bit out of control? Maybe not since its not binding, but that's really young.

It’s really getting out of control. It has to be more of the parents taking charge and less of a seventh grader taking charge. They really shouldn’t even allow contact with these kids until at least sophomore year (or certain age).

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The girl's father is Jason Williams, a former NBA player and Florida Gator.   Not much of a surprise.

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Has anyone noticed even those these girls verbal early for the most part they don't change. Unlike football players who might change 5 times in 2 years. About the only time you see it is if a coach leaves, gets fired or a situation like Auburn has had.

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Has anyone noticed even those these girls verbal early for the most part they don't change. Unlike football players who might change 5 times in 2 years. About the only time you see it is if a coach leaves, gets fired or a situation like Auburn has had.
I agree. The Alo switch from Cal was a huge surprise especially being that it was so late in her recruitment.

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I think Alo's OC Batbusters teammates opened her eyes to what OU had to offer.

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Didn't Cal lose a coach?  They had a pretty mediocre year.

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Didn't Cal lose a coach?  They had a pretty mediocre year.



Diane Ninemire has been at Cal forever ('88 I believe) and will be there until she decides to retire.

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cclift38 wrote:
Has anyone noticed even those these girls verbal early for the most part they don't change. Unlike football players who might change 5 times in 2 years. About the only time you see it is if a coach leaves, gets fired or a situation like Auburn has had.It is really amazing.

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OU has the verbal from Avery Hodge a 2022 and I was told yesterday one more will be coming by end of the month. It will be big news if true.

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Yes, Hodge sounds like a good get. Nice when we get Texas girls.

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Sophia Romero is playing for the OC-Batbusters.

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I've wondered about the youngest Romero. If OU will be recruiting her.

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Another commit

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10210392211989843&set=a.1414712376036.2059758.1479377194&type=3&theater


My understanding she is a very good left handed catcher.Plays with Mizuno Storm. Older sibling played for BYU. Here comes the 2022's.

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http://www.mizunostorm.com/roster_players/17803650?subseason=238993

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Not exactly shocking but SJ Guerin has committed to the Sooners today.

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Sounds like we need a list

Avery Hodge SS/Outfield
SJ Guerin Pitcher
Jocelyn Erickson Catcher

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Not exactly shocking but SJ Guerin has committed to the Sooners today.

That’s a good get for the Sooners. The best want to play with the best.

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https://mobile.twitter.com/rgeurin/status/922275901068410881/photo/1

SJ Geurin commit. twitter official. Very good start to the 22 class.

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From flosoftball

Oklahoma loves power lefty pitchers and that's exactly what they're getting in the 2022 class. SJ Geurin was red hot last summer for the Diamond Sports Hotshots winning 12U PGF Premier Nationals and the World Fastpitch Championship. The Sooners also add 2022 catcher Jocelyn Erickson from Mizuno Storm Mathis/Holtorf.

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Looks like Jocelyn Erickson is now on the Batbusters Campbell roster.

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Kind of seems like there is a connection between OU and Batbusters. Lots of OU commits have moved to Batbusters.

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There's definitely a connection of some sort because not only are there former player's and current commits coming from the system but also currently there are three sisters in the system named Romero, Jennings, and Puni that are now on 12 and under squad.

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Jocelyn is clearly one of the top catchers in the 2022 class, paired SJ Guerin, undoubtedly the best 2022 pitcher, it's looking like we're going to be the team to beat for a long time.
I heard the younger Puni, who is a 2023, is pretty good too. Maybe she'll follow into her sisters footsteps?

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With the big announcement revealed earlier today that long-time media softball guru Brentt Eads has joined the Extra Inning Softball team, we’re wasting no time in putting him to work!

Brentt is recognized as the expert when it comes to ranking recruits and has done his top 100 lists—which began with the 2014 grad class and has gone through the 2021 class with multiple updated classes for most of them—for media outlets such as Student Sports, Full Count Softball and FloSoftball and now brings his expertise to Extra Inning Softball!

“We’re excited to launch our first top 100 list for Extra Inning Softball,” he said earlier today, “and we’ll begin with a class that hasn’t been ranked before—the 2022’s or current 8th graders.”

“This class is loaded with talent and it will be fun to honor and spotlight these amazingly talented and hard-working players,” Eads continues, “with more than two dozen already committed to major colleges like Oklahoma, Florida, UCLA, LSU, Georgia, and many more.”

Extra Inning has already profiled a talented pair that will be going to Oklahoma State together who will likely make the list as will a tall right-handed pitcher headed to Georgia.

Brentt and staff are hitting the phones and emails hard and putting together another strong ranking class, but now we’re opening it up to the public to submit nominations for the Extra Elite 100.

If you’d like to nominate your favorite 8th grader (2022), please e-mail us at: info@extrainningsoftball.com.
Make a strong case for your favorite athlete by including as much as you can including the following for bio purposes:

stats
honors
accomplishments,
recruiting info (commits, offers, visits, camps, etc.)
other sport accomplishments
key championships/wins
a “scouting report” of strengths
anything else that’s impressive!
head shot and/or action shots
Send in the info ASAP to ensure considerations as the lists will come out soon!

And be sure to keep following ExtraInningSoftball.com as we’ll profile these 2022’s on the way to announcing who makes the elite list and who the overall #1 player is!


This may start being the go to for softball recruiting. Looks like Brent will be doing his Hot 100's here. Will be interesting to see if Flo still does their list.

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With Brentt Eads moving to Extra Inning Softball it looks like the Hot 100 will be the Elite 100 now. I'm not sure if that means Flo is not doing a list now but Brentt was the go to guy on it so I trust his list more.

100-91 today. All girls were uncommitted.


We have 3 commits in this class as of now.

Avery Hodge SS/Outfield
SJ Guerin Pitcher
Jocelyn Erickson Catcher

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The first rankings are being released and I'll post the player's that Oklahoma may be in on as they get dropped. Right now Oklahoma has 3 commits in this class SS Avery Hodges, C Jocelyn Erickson, and P SJ Guerin. I expect all three to be in the top 100 with Erickson being in the Top 10, and Guerin Top 5.

#91—Janyssa Ramos, P, Top Gun Academy – Turner (uncommitted)

After strong camp performances at schools like Arkansas and Kansas, Janyssa has received significant interest and has received her first D1 offer. A lefty pitcher, she’s hitting 60 mph on the gun and has an effective change and is able to mix in curves and screws at any point in the count to keep the hitters guessing, which last season helped her average eight Ks per game and limit the opposition to a.209 batting average. Janyssa has George Gidora (Texas) and Paige Parker (Oklahoma) as pitching coaches and is getting stronger each outing at keeping hitters off balance and showing poise in the circle for someone playing top competition.[​IMG]

#86—Lily West, C, Oklahoma Angels (uncommitted)
Lily has been working with Oklahoma standout catcher Lindsey Vandever Muddgett since age nine and that level of training shows in her play as she’s the undisputed leader on the field for her Oklahoma Angels team. Lily helped her team finish 3rd at the USA Elite Select WFC last summer facing some of the top teams in the country. The backstop has a quick transfer behind the plate combined with a strong work ethic and the athletic ability which will allow her to play at an elite collegiate level. Lily has caught the attention of several top colleges in the SEC and Big 12, several of whom have already invited her for visits. A multi-sport athlete, she plays AAU basketball and made her varsity tennis team as a 7th grader.
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Oger's Take- Coach Gasso already has her commit at the Catcher position so I don't expect Oklahoma to be recruiting this local target but I guarantee you OSU will be more than happy to swoop in snatch her up.

#83—Ashley West, P/1B, OC Batbusters – Katie Stith (uncommitted)
At 6-foot-1, Ashley West has the frame and size that coaches love which has been a formula for D1 level success for many pitchers. And she might not be done growing as her father is 6-foot-8. It’s hard to create the leverage and whip that a tall pitcher has without that height. Pitching for the OC Batbusters team led by Katie Stith, the daughter of organizational head Mike Stith, Ashley is focused and a hard worker and has everyone watching her to see how she’ll mature and develop. Many are raving she has a very high ceiling because of her physical gifts, work ethic and great resources around her in the Batbuster organization. She’s a hard thrower working on movement and said one top coach, “Ashley is a bright prospect with a great future ahead of her.”
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Oger's Take- This is one player that I am very intrigued with simply because of the physical attributes that she brings to the Pitcher's position. At 6'1" I'm very curious to see if she grows to 6'4" or 6'5" and is throwing flames by the time she hits her Junior year. Being that she is in the Batbuster's system which Coach Gasso has ties with you can bet they are watching her closely.

#82—Indiana Langford, MIF/OF, OC Batbusters – Shockey/Whieldon (uncommitted)
Indiana is a versatile player who has great speed and natural gifts you can’t coach. Said one elite scout, “She is freakishly fast, it’s unbelievable how fast she is.” Indiana is a middle infielder who looks to be playing more at second base, at least in the short term, and is a slapper who can put the ball on the dirt and move down the line to make it so anything that’s not fielding immediately will put her on the bases. She was impressive at the Select 30 All-American combine last August in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and competing against players years older more than held her own. Indiana is another player with unlimited potential and said a top club coach, “She could be a top 20 player in her class very soon.”
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Oger's Take- Again another OC Batbuster and any top player that comes from that organization you know Oklahoma is keeping a close eye on. Being that she is a lefty slapper and reportedly very fast you have to evaluate her as a potential leadoff.

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90-81 Done. Killatella with nice summary of prospects.

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80-71 done.

No committed players. 1 player of note.


77—Aynslee Linduff, P/UT, Gametime Stars (uncommitted)
Ashley is a dual threat on the mound and at the plate for the Gametime Stars 2021 Gold team. During the 2017 season she went 19-5 on the mound with a 2.20 ERA and recorded 101 strikeouts versus 45 walks in 135 innings pitched because of her tremendous spin on the ball and speed in the low 60’s. At the plate, the Oklahoma product who has played up her whole life has the ability to go to both sides of the field while hitting with power and average from the left side. She hit .420 last season with a .460 on-base percentage and smashed 20 doubles from the 2-hole in the lineup. She is receiving high interest from Big 12 and SEC schools and already has an offer from one Big 12 program and has been on several other visits so don’t be surprised if she’s off the market sooner than later.

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68—Ashanti McDade, P/UT, Oklahoma Angels (uncommitted)
Ashanti has a fastball clocked in the mid-60’s which looks faster because of her devastating, floating change up. She also has excellent natural movement on her pitches to keep batters off balance and said one coach, “She is without a doubt of the of the top pitchers in the nation.” Last summer facing the top teams in her age division, Ashanti recorded 223 strikeouts in 151 innings and helped her team finish 3rd at the USA Elite Select World Fastpitch Championship. At the St. patty’s Day Blast Tournament she helped the Angels win the title and was a star at the plate hitting .412 with a pair of home runs and 11 RBI in seven games. The Oklahoma hurler has received interest from SEC and Big 12 schools and is also competitive in basketball and track.

64—Jade Ignacio, C/1B, Athletics – Mercado/Greg (uncommitted)
Thanks to her great size, power and athleticism, Jade—who goes by the nickname “Cousin”—is an ideal quarterback from behind the plate. She receives the ball well and her great footwork allowed her to have only four passed balls allowed all fall. She receives the ball well and is not just a trustworthy defensive receiver, she’s strong offensively as well as she batted over .400 in 100-plus innings last fall. As a hitter the ball jumps offer her bat and she says one scout, “Jade has power to spare and hits hits the ball as hard as anyone in the 2022 class. Not only does Jade “pass the eye test,” she has set the bar extremely high for her position within this class. She has visited Oklahoma, Oregon and Arizona and has interests from other SEC, Pac-12 and Big 12 programs as well.

62—Amari Harper, SS/OF, Firecrackers – Brashear/Lopez (uncommitted)
Amari has good softball bloodlines as her mother, Carrie Frederick, stared at the University of Oklahoma from 1992-95. The younger daughter is a lefty with speed, but she has good size and pop in her bat to impact a game in multiple ways. She has good all-around athletic abilities to drop a bunt and beat it out or swing away and hit a 200-foot blast. Amari is primary a shortstop but can play anywhere in the outfield and some think in time she’ll be a Top 20 national player in her class. Oklahoma and several Pac-12 programs such as UCLA, Oregon and Utah are among the national programs showing interest in the Southern California native.

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60-51 Done. Players of interest

56—Ayden Allen, IF/OF, Texas Glory (uncommitted)
Ayden has all the physical tools and skills to play anywhere on the field except pitcher and catcher and her versatility has college coaches excited to follow her with the prospect of plugging her in quickly at numerous positions in college. Ayden is big and strong at 5-foot-9 and is excellent defensively with a strong arm that allows her to play anywhere at a high level in the infield or outfield. At the plate, she hits for power and drives the ball a long way. Said one top Southwest coach, “I love this kid, she has the physical and mental tools to be a standout at the collegiate level.” Last summer Ayden helped her 14U team win the North Texas Shootout and finish 9th at the Colorado Sparkler Juniors showcase. She was also a USSSA Select All-American. Ayden has several teams from the Big 12 and other Southwest region conferences following her closely.

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50-41 Done. I didn't see any with OU interest in there.

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40-31 done. Nothing Oklahoma. On a side note Oklahoma State did have 2 commits. As we have noticed their recruiting has been on an upswing.

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Time for my OU commit prediction...
#26 Hodge-I'll be honest I didn't think she would be in the top 30
#7 Erickson- Very talented Catcher
#3 Guerin- Completely dominant Pitcher.

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Saw guerin pitch Sunday walking by their field with my dd. Looked like a strong pitcher.

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30—Jocelyn Erickson, C, OC Batbusters – Campbell (Oklahoma)
Jocelyn comes from a family of athletes as a brother and sister have played baseball and softball at BYU and another is on the way. The youngest of five has benefitted from watching her siblings as her skill level is, as one coach put it, “is off the charts and she has a ton of upside.” The Phoenix native is a great defensive player and she has all the tools to be a dominant catcher at the next level while her offensive skills are improving too. Jocelyn also plays volleyball which helps her quickness and explosive movements which is one reason she had heavy interest from all over the nation before she committed to the Sooners in October of 2017. Said one high-level scout, “Jocelyn could be a top 10-ranked player by the end of the summer as she picks up intensity to her game and brings it all together.”

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20-11 Done. No OU commits. 1 Player of interest.

13—Olivia Gigante, P/1B, OC Batbusters – Campbell (uncommitted)
Olivia is an up-and-coming pitcher will all the tools and her potential is off the charts. She throws hard and brings all facets to the mound: power, velocity, and the key strength of zone awareness to keep the ball down and induce ground balls. She has legit spins and according to one scout, “is very sophisticated for her age.” Olivia’s location of pitches is good now and once she gets it perfected “she will be unbeatable,” says a top West Coast coach. Major programs like Oklahoma, Arizona, and Oregon are among the many who are watching to see how her development continues, but expect Olivia—playing for Mark Campbell’s powerhouse 14U team—to have her choice of top schools everywhere across the nation by the time PGF Nationals wraps up this summer.

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T-9—Avery Hodge, SS/OF, Impact Gold HTX (Oklahoma)
Avery is the old-school multiple sport athlete (softball, volleyball, basketball and track) who excels in everything she does because of her speed—2.6 home-to-first camp times–and her aggressive, fearless style of play whether she’s making a diving catch in the dirt or stretching out an extra base hit. The Oklahoma athlete has an advanced knowledge of the game and excellent instincts where she knows intuitively how to get the extra advantage to put her team in a position to win. Avery has played up with girls two years older ever since she joined Kelli Jacoby’s Texas Aces 10U team when she was eight-years-old before the program recently joined the Impact Gold organization. A natural leadoff batter because of her skills at getting on base, Avery plays the middle infield and centerfield spots equally well and had Big 12 and SEC interest starting in the 6th grade. She first got noticed by Oklahoma in 2016 at the Colorado Sparkler 14U Power Pool and was offered at an OU Elite Camp on September 17, 2017 and committed the next day.

3—Savannah Geurin, P, Diamond Sports Hotshots – Nelson (Oklahoma)
Savannah is a franchise pitcher, a shut-down lefty talent who one scout says, “has all that good lefty movement.” Nicknamed “SJ,” she is a big, intimidating presence at 5-foot-10 and locates all her pitches with her great command and can change speeds at any given time to keep hitters off balance. She throws in the 57-59 mph range and tops at 61 but it’s her changeup that helps make her the top pitcher in the 2022 class right now. Says Hotshots Head Coach Nathan Nelson, “Her changeup is comparable to that of a Power 5 pitcher right now though she’s only a 14U pitcher.” Savannah is a big-game pitcher and elevates her game when the stakes are highest. She’s won an amazing six national championships already including a pair of PGF National Championships and other titles at USA Elite, Triple Crown and the USFA World Series. She was also a part of the All-American USA/ASA team that won it all in Oklahoma City last summer. The scary part about Savannah’s game is she hasn’t peaked yet—she still has room to improve as she matures and her velocity increases.

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Geurin should be #1, best pitcher on probably te best team, but they are probably tired of OU players being #1. From what I hear Erickson at 30 is underrated. But moving to the Batbusters should help her.

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They took one look at my predictions and flipped Erickson and Hodges rankings just out of spite. :) But you're right about the move to the Batbusters.

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30—Jocelyn Erickson, C, OC Batbusters – Campbell (Oklahoma)
Jocelyn comes from a family of athletes as a brother and sister have played baseball and softball at BYU and another is on the way. The youngest of five has benefitted from watching her siblings as her skill level is, as one coach put it, “is off the charts and she has a ton of upside.” The Phoenix native is a great defensive player and she has all the tools to be a dominant catcher at the next level while her offensive skills are improving too. Jocelyn also plays volleyball which helps her quickness and explosive movements which is one reason she had heavy interest from all over the nation before she committed to the Sooners in October of 2017. Said one high-level scout, “Jocelyn could be a top 10-ranked player by the end of the summer as she picks up intensity to her game and brings it all together.”


T-9—Avery Hodge, SS/OF, Impact Gold HTX (Oklahoma)
Avery is the old-school multiple sport athlete (softball, volleyball, basketball and track) who excels in everything she does because of her speed—2.6 home-to-first camp times–and her aggressive, fearless style of play whether she’s making a diving catch in the dirt or stretching out an extra base hit. The Oklahoma athlete has an advanced knowledge of the game and excellent instincts where she knows intuitively how to get the extra advantage to put her team in a position to win. Avery has played up with girls two years older ever since she joined Kelli Jacoby’s Texas Aces 10U team when she was eight-years-old before the program recently joined the Impact Gold organization. A natural leadoff batter because of her skills at getting on base, Avery plays the middle infield and centerfield spots equally well and had Big 12 and SEC interest starting in the 6th grade. She first got noticed by Oklahoma in 2016 at the Colorado Sparkler 14U Power Pool and was offered at an OU Elite Camp on September 17, 2017 and committed the next day.

3—Savannah Geurin, P, Diamond Sports Hotshots – Nelson (Oklahoma)
Savannah is a franchise pitcher, a shut-down lefty talent who one scout says, “has all that good lefty movement.” Nicknamed “SJ,” she is a big, intimidating presence at 5-foot-10 and locates all her pitches with her great command and can change speeds at any given time to keep hitters off balance. She throws in the 57-59 mph range and tops at 61 but it’s her changeup that helps make her the top pitcher in the 2022 class right now. Says Hotshots Head Coach Nathan Nelson, “Her changeup is comparable to that of a Power 5 pitcher right now though she’s only a 14U pitcher.” Savannah is a big-game pitcher and elevates her game when the stakes are highest. She’s won an amazing six national championships already including a pair of PGF National Championships and other titles at USA Elite, Triple Crown and the USFA World Series. She was also a part of the All-American USA/ASA team that won it all in Oklahoma City last summer. The scary part about Savannah’s game is she hasn’t peaked yet—she still has room to improve as she matures and her velocity increases.

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The list is still going up to 300 but sadly, no profiles on the girls, just a list. I think SJ was ranked right about where she should be. No doubt, she's dominant, the #1 pitcher in her division, possibly even better than pitchers in 16's but she doesn't bat nor play anywhere else on the field if I'm not mistaken. Jocelyn should have ranked higher. Campbell has another lefty catcher with a big bat. It'll be interesting to see those two duke it out for playing time.

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Rising Star: Savannah Geurin Inspired By OU Great Keilani Ricketts

May 1, 2018
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Savannah Geurin knew she wanted to play for Oklahoma since she was 8 years old. She and her family would head out from their home in Texas to Marita Hynes Field in Norman, OK, any chance they had to watch the Sooners put on a show.

Around 11 years old, Geurin started attending OU softball camps, but it wasn’t until a Sooners game against Texas in 2013 when she finally met one of the greatest pitchers to ever wear Oklahoma across her chest, Keilani Ricketts. From that moment on, there was no doubt in Geurin's mind that Ricketts was her role model.

After Geurin verbally committed to OU in the fall, we’re not shy to say that this 2022 Hot 100 player could possibly be the next Ricketts for the Sooners.



Savannah Geurin
Grad Year: 2022

Position: P

Club Team: Diamond Sports Hotshots Gold

Committed: Oklahoma



What team are you on?
Diamond Sports Hotshots.

How are you liking it so far?
I love it. The coaching staff has a nice blend, so you have one coach who is really stern while the other is soft. All of us have been playing together for about four years now.

How would you describe your family?
Never a dull moment in our lives. Wouldn’t have it any other way, though.



Do you have a pretty close relationship with your mom?
I sure do. She’s actually my pitching coach and was actually an assistant coach at the University of Tulsa at one point.

What is it like having your mom as your pitching coach?
I’m a very stubborn person, so I’ve gotten some information through.

Other than your family, who is your biggest role model?
Keilani Ricketts. She played at Oklahoma, and to me, she’s one of the greatest pitchers I’ve ever seen play the game.

With you being committed to OU, what was your recruiting experience like?
It was so exciting. I was pretty young when they first came out to see me and I didn’t think they were going to want me. It wasn’t until the eighth grade when they started to push for me.

Any superstitions on the field?
I cannot step on the chalk line and I can’t pack up before the game is over.

Have you had any setbacks that kept you from playing?
My back injury over the summer was pretty tough. When pitching, I kept landing wrong which ended up straining my back quite a bit. I could still pitch, but it took the whole fall to go through physical therapy to able to pitch at 100 percent.

How do you get pumped before games?
I just talk to one of my coaches. I’ll tell him all my worries and basically hypes me up before each game.

What is your go-to pregame snack?
Fruit snacks. All about those berries and cherries.

What is one of your favorite memories from travel ball?
Winning three national titles in one month (10U Triple Crown, 10U USFA, and 10U PGF).

What is your favorite Netflix show?
"Fuller House."

Who is your favorite character on there and why?
I can definitely relate to DJ mainly because she has so much on her plate and she has to learn how to let other people help her.

What is your favorite movie?
Either the "Blind Side" or "Forever Strong."

If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
I really want to go to Colorado again to see the mountains.

What made you want to go to Oklahoma?
I love the coaching staff and academics. Not only that, but my family is from Oklahoma so I have some family still over there.



What was one thing that stood out to you about their program?
[Associate head coach Melyssa] Lombardi. She’s just so positive and she knows her stuff.

Do you have an idea of what you want to study in college?
I want to study biology, so I can become a surgeon.

https://www.flosoftball.com/articles/6193581-rising-star-savannah-geurin-inspired-by-keilani-ricketts

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I'm sure one of her top qualities Patty loves is the "winning three national championships"!!!

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OU_Tom wrote: I am not so sure that sports boards are the best places for athletes' parents. There are lots of posts that are speculative in nature that parents tend to take as personal attacks.I agree with this.  I remember on another (private) sports board that Stephen Good's (football) dad was invited and made a member.  While not a disaster or anything, I recall that there was a pervasive atmosphere of everyone walking on eggshells, for fear of giving offense to the parent, inasmuch as Stephen largely failed to live up to his 5 star press clippings.
I realize that this is a thread from a couple of years back...  Has anyone got any new stuff on SJ?  She looks like the real deal!

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SJ is staying on course




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