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Best Fastpitch Softball Bats of 2014A few days ago I mentioned on Facebook that it looked like I needed to update the What Bat Should I Get? article I wrote last September.  I got some feedback from the post, talked with some other "softball people" I know and reaffirmed my belief that there may never be a general consensus on the matter.

During the next few weekends at tournaments I'll be watching what bats are being used and talking with as many coaches, players and parents as possible.  I have also decided to conduct a poll and ask all the Softball Journey readers for their input as well.  Click on the link below to take the poll (and Thanks for helping us out!).

What is your current favorite fastpitch softball bat brand?

Read more: 2014 Fastpitch Bat Poll

Ball Field BurgerWhat a refreshing weekend.  I spent most of it at the ball fields watching my daughter's 18u travel softball team play their first tourney of the summer.  The weather could have been better Friday, but it improved and Fathers Day was beautiful.  We also managed to attend a couple open houses on Saturday.  Although they didn't win the Championship of the World, they played well finishing with a 5-1 record. 

We really enjoyed the weekend getting to know our new team and are looking forward to the rest of the summer.

Read more: No Crazies Around Here

Senior Night - Hailey Fox & Coach Greg CruthersThe Swartz Creek High School held their College Signing Day recently.  Senior athletes from all sports who have committed to play at the collegiate level were on hand for the ceremonial signing and media event.  Some of their college coaches are permitted to be present, while others are not.  It is dependent upon which athletic sanctioning body the college belongs to such as NAIA, NCAA and NJCAA.  The student's High School coaches, myself included, were all on hand as well as many of their friends and family members.  It's a feel good moment celebrating the student-athlete's achievements.

This is the last time she'll ever play on this field.

Read more: Transitioning from High School to College

Jenny GilbertJenny Gilbert is the 3-time Mid American Conference Softball Player of the Year, one of only 11 players in NCAA Division 1 history to earn their conference player of the year award three times.  The senior outfielder's career has been amazing as you can see by the many accolades in her Ball State Softball Player Profile. She is a member of the Canadian National Softball Team and was recently drafted by the Akron Racers.  She is currently in 8th place for the most career home runs (74) hit in NCAA Division 1 Softball.  I could go on and on.  I didn't know who she was until my daughter was being recruited by Ball State.  Now she's Hayley's teammate.

In this close game with her college softball career coming to an end, Gilbert went 0-4 at the plate.

Read more: No Matter How Good You Are: Nobody's Perfect

Pow! Right in the Kisser!My full-time job became part-time last year.  Not only did my income take a hit, but the loss of benefits have increased my expenses $550 per month. My employer's told me they were going to do everything possible to return my status to full-time, while begging me not to leave.  A few months passed, but nothing changed.  I recently discovered accidentally that my position would remain part-time for at least the next year.  Not one of my three supervisors had the integrity or courage to inform me of this. 

Welcome to the school of hard knocks.  As Ralph Kramden (Jackie Gleason) used to say, "One of these days Alice....Pow!  Right in the Kisser!"

Once their minds enter that mode they lose the ability to focus and cannot make their best efforts.

Read more: POW!  Right in the Kisser!