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Professional softball players rip ScrapYard Dawgs organization after controversial tweet

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The ScrapYard Dawgs and the USSSA Pride were set to kick off a summer tour of games between the two professional softball organizations on Monday. 

One social media post has put the entire tour in jeopardy. 

As the national anthem played, the ScrapYard Dawgs posted a tweet that not only praised the teams for standing but also tagged President Donald Trump, an advocate for respecting the American flag.

The commentary in the post, which suggested the teams were in unison on the flag stance, infuriated players from both organizations, nearly all of whom had spent the past few months showing support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Many players attributed the post to ScrapYard Dawgs general manager Connie May. The tweet was later deleted but the damage was already done. 

Former Countryside and LSU standout A.J. Andrews played for the ScrapYard Dawgs from 2018-19. Andrews, who became the first woman to win a Rawlings Gold Glove in 2016, has used her celebrity softball status to embrace social issues, especially involving African American women in sports.

Two years ago, Andrews was part of an ESPN special called Unapologetic: The Black Female Athlete. The program, presented by The Undefeated, spotlighted black female athletes and their struggles to become prominent figures in the sporting world. The special included segments of a panel discussion held at Morgan State University that Andrews hosted.

Andrews was disgusted by the post from her former team, saying the issue was never about the flag. 

Other prominent African American players in the sport slammed the organization. 

Several players currently with the ScrapYard Dawgs said they would no longer represent the organization. 

There also was support from the USSSA Pride. Former Alonso and FSU star Jessica Warren plays for the pride and voiced her displeasure about the since deleted tweet.

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Softball: Four locals playing in Women’s College World Series

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The championship series of the Women’s College World Series features a quartet of local softball players (three from FSU and one from Oklahoma). Here are the four to follow.  

FSU

OF Cassidy Davis, Sr.

High School: Newsome

The redshirt senior, who has already won a state high school title and national title, decided to return after her senior season was cut short last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. A utility player who spent time as a pitcher throughout her college career, Davis became an outfielder this year. She had two homers in the Tallahassee Region finale against UCF, and had game-winning sacrifice fly outs against LSU in the Super Regional and Arizona in a College World Series elimination game. 

C Kaia LoPreste, Fr.

High School: Riverview

The redshirt freshman had an immediate impact with the Seminoles, appearing in 20 games during last year’s abbreviated season and hitting .304. This year she has a .227 average and two doubles. 

UTIL Elizabeth Mason, Sr.

High school: Gaither

One of the Seminoles’ most versatile players, Mason can play just about anywhere in the field. She played a critical role in FSU’s run to the national title in 2018. She has been a consistent producer on offense throughout her college career. In the playoffs, Mason has come up big, hitting a game-tying homer against LSU in the Super Regionals and blasting a three-run shot against Alabama in the deciding game to reach the World Series. 

Oklahoma

P Shannon Saile, Sr.

High school: Land O’ Lakes

Saile already made headlines by starting in game two of the Sooners’ Super Regional series with Washington that aired on ABC, the first nationally broadcast game in the sport. Saile helped Oklahoma advance and will likely pitch in at least one game in the College World Series. Saile helped Land O’ Lakes reach the state semifinals during her high school career and is trying to cap her college career with a national title.  

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Shannon Saile has spotlight in history-making softball game

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Former Land O’ Lakes standout Shannon Saile had the spotlight when she took the mound in Saturday’s history-making moment in college softball. 

Saile, a redshirt senior, was named the starting pitcher for Oklahoma in game two of its Super Regional series against Washington. The game is being aired on ABC, the first time a college softball game has appeared on national television. 

A star initially at Florida International, Saile transferred to Oklahoma, where she compiled a combined 18-4 record and 215 strikeouts the past two seasons.

She decided to return to the Sooners once last season was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

To prepare, Saile works out with former Land O’ Lakes pitcher Callie Turner, now at Tennessee. They throw off a makeshift mound in an area neighborhood designed by Gators assistant coach Vinny Guarracino. The rubber is made from pieces of an old tire. Home plate is assembled from wood. 

There are other workout items Saile has at her disposal, all courtesy of the Sooners. She has body bands, medicine balls and jump ropes. Oklahoma even sent her a diamond kinetic ball that can track the velocity, as well as the spin rate and direction, on each pitch. 

Saile (featured photo above courtesy of OU Athletics) spent the summer playing for the Bradenton Slice in the seven-team FGCL, the first league of its kind for college softball players. She was dominant, finishing first in strikeouts and third in ERA. 

This season, Saile is 16-0 with a 1.67 ERA and 116 strikeouts entering the second game of the Washington series. 

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Softball: FSU-LSU Super Regional has plenty of local angles

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The Super Regional between FSU and LSU, which starts tonight, will feature plenty of familiar faces. Four former bay area softball standouts (three with the Seminoles and one with the Tigers) are expected to be in the starting lineup. Here are the four to keep an eye on. 

LSU

Photos courtesy of LSU Athletics

OF Aliyah Andrews, Sr.

High school: East Lake

The fifth-year senior, one of the country’s top players, will be playing professionally after being selected ninth overall in the Athletes Unlimited college draft two weeks ago. Her older sister, AJ, was a standout at Countryside and with the Tigers. In fact, there has been at least one Andrews sister in the outfield for LSU the past nine seasons. Aliyah currently is hitting a team-leading .370 with 19 RBIs and 27 stolen bases. But she known more for her acrobatic catches that often end up on SportsCenter’s top 10 plays.

FSU

Photo courtesy of FSU Athletics

OF Cassidy Davis, Sr.

High School: Newsome

The redshirt senior, who has already won a state high school title and national title, decided to return after her senior season was cut short last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. A utility player who spent time as a pitcher throughout her college career, Davis became an outfielder this year. She has nine home runs this season, including two in last week’s Tallahassee Region finale against UCF. 

Photo courtesy of FSU Athletics

C Kaia LoPreste, Fr.

High School: Riverview

The redshirt freshman had an immediate impact with the Seminoles, appearing in 20 games during last year’s abbreviated season and hitting .304. This year she has a .227 average and two doubles. 

Photo courtesy of FSU Athletics

UTIL Elizabeth Mason, Sr.

High school: Gaither

One of the Seminoles’ most versatile players, Mason can play just about anywhere in the field. She played a critical role in FSU’s run to the national title in 2018. She has been a consistent producer on offense throughout her college career and has nine doubles and seven home runs this season. 

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