Claremore Daily Progress


September 22, 2013

SOFTBALL: National Champion Sooners start fall workouts


NORMAN — Gasso says she has six pitchers in camp right now and wants three of them to step up to be counted on at any moment.

“I’m excited about what our newcomers are doing,” Gasso said. “Maggie Ham is throwing the ball hard and has some pretty good movement. It is really going to be an important fall for her to develop and make her very effective. Kelsey [Stevens] is very smooth pitcher and our goal right now is just to get her stronger but she is going to be very effective.

“Georgia is back on the mound; it is fun to see her. She is just a hard worker and a blue-collar pitcher that may not get eight or nine strikeouts a game but she is going to find a way to get you out. And as team we understand, if we get 14 strikeouts a game, great, if we get two strikeouts a game, it’s also great.

In addition to pitching, Gasso is looking to see the team step up vocally, especially among the returning sophomores, and wants to get newcomers, like Stevens, Ham and freshman Tyler Lucas, acclimated to the Sooners’ style.

“I had seven freshmen last year that were learning a lot,” she said. “They were kind of hiding behind everybody else, a little bit shy and uncertain of things. My hope is that these guys step forward and make a more active role in what we are doing and stand on their own and believe that they are ready and good enough for it.

“Lastly, I want to make these transfers comfortable with what we are doing. This is also the first time we have had Shelby [Pendley] in the fall, so some of this is a little new for her. But I want these transfers to understand the level of play we expect.”

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