Michigan Wolverine Baseball and Softball Tournaments
Tournaments in baseball and softball are tough: double a coach’s torture
Having coached in quite a few regional tournaments, I thought that I would write a short article describing what teams in such ventures must undertake.
First, most teams are on the road and may be for three or even four days. This time of year many teams are done with finals. That sounds good, right? I found that it is tougher to motivate, keep an eye on players, and maintain focus once the school year is history. The players tend to change their lifestyle and slow down mentally and physically. The two best teams I ever had possessed considerably less energy after finals than during the last week of the semester, even with finals going forward.
Michigan has a tough challenge, as do many other super regional teams, hitting the road for a second straight week. If these games are played on neutral sites, maybe only the parents and relatives, and close friends would show up. So, the games are held on site. Only the loneliest applies as you look up in the stands.
A coach can give preparatory talks and practice hard, but the most important thing is getting off to a fast start: winning that first game is pressure packed and important. In a super-regional, losing the first game does not cost a team pitching, because there are two teams, not four or more.
The ladies will have it tough, but there is one final thing to understand about the double dip and out format: about anything can happen, good or bad.
Michigan Men’s baseball team beat Minnesota last night 3-2 and will face Indiana tonight.
Illinois vs. OSU … loser goes home.
Minnesota vs. Iowa … loser goes homes.
Nebraska vs. MSU … loser to losers bracket.
Indiana vs. Michigan … loser to losers bracket.
Big Ten Bracket: (Link — Click here)
Michigan Softball begins their super regional against Florida State Thursday night and then play Friday to see who goes on to the Women’s College World Series. Best of three wins the super regional.
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