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Monday, February 2, 2015

15 Twitter Must-Follows this Softball Season

 As the college softball season gets ready to kick off, there are a handful of Twitter accounts that you *need* to follow. Whether it be a bunch of facts, stats, & games results, knowledge from years of experience, or something else, it would behoove you to click the “follow” button on these folks’ accounts (plus @justfactsmaam, of course).

  1. @NCAAsoftballThis is an easy one. The official NCAA account retweets the best from many team accounts at many levels, not just Division 1.
  2. @NFCAorgThe National Fastpitch Coaches Association feed also includes some great posts, including weekly Player of the Week awards.
  3. @grahamhaysESPNW’s resident softball writer posts feature stories, as well as his “softball notebook” on a weekly basis during the season. His feed includes links to his articles, as well as relevant and sometimes obscure-yet-intriguing stats.
  4. @softballscoresnScott Walters, a reporter in Starkville, Mississippi, posts the final score of every Division 1 game, all the way from Day 1 to the last game of the Women’s College World Series. Walters does a great job of keeping it short and sweet; he notes the score; extra innings when applicable; and the early-season tournament the game was a part of.
  5. @KaylaLombardo11The Fordham senior star operates an excellent softball blog featuring all-original articles from her perspective. Already an AOLSports contributor, Lombardo has a bright future in journalism ahead of her. Her feed contains links to her articles, which you definitely do not want to miss, as well as solid commentary on all kinds of happenings in sports.
  6. @nsaisoftball“Nothing Soft About It”, a new softball site, provided great insight in preseason forecasts of many of the mid-major conferences. If they keep up the solid work, this site will be a great resource all season long.
  7. @LChamberlain44Chamberlain, the OU slugger, operates quite the entertaining feed. With a quick wit & talent for sarcasm, she tweets about many things and often interacts with fans.
  8. @UACoachMurphyThe ‘Bama head coach, not the Florida congressman. He tweets & reposts great quotes, as well as all things Crimson Tide.
  9. @ascarboroughHaving established herself as one of the game’s premier analysts over the past few years, Scarborough tweets great analysis of occasional games, as well as pitching tips for young players.
  10. @CoachLisleNow one of the game’s top hitting gurus, Lisle is the assistant coach at Santa Clara. His feed includes many tips on improving a young player’s game, as well as the occasional analysis and opinion piece.
  11. @coachrogesshowThe Coach Roges Show has already featured interviews with several top Division 1 coaches, and that trend will likely continue throughout the season. They'll also feature Florida State coach Lonni Alameda on Mondays weekly throughout the season.
  12. @TopCoachSoftbalAnother podcast featuring frequent interviews with collegiate coaches, their pieces can also be found solely online. They tweet multiple times about each interview, so it’s highly unlikely you’ll miss any of them.
  13. @A10softballA site devoted solely to Atlantic 10 softball. With Fordham and St. Louis in the conference, there will be some great competition covered here, and it’s a well-written site and worth the read.
  14. @MWCsoftballA site devoted solely to Mountain West softball. They give excellent & extensive coverage of the conference, from games against big-name opponents to the 'smallest' conference games.
  15. @WNYsoftballA site devoted to MAAC softball & teams in the Western New York region. Based in Buffalo, the site’s proprietor provides coverage of a little-known conference in addition to a handful of other teams, including Trena Peel’s Buffalo team.

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