Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic

2024 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic

2024 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic

The annual Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic line-up is set and will run February 22th through the 25th. This very popular event is in it’s 19th year and will feature thirty teams that will battle it out at the Big League Dreams Complex in Cathedral City, CA.

Three-time defending national champion Oklahoma is scheduled to play five games including Notre Dame and LSU. 2023 Women’s College World Series semi-finalist, Tennessee will face UCLA, Oregon State, UCF, LMU, Cal State Fullerton and Hawaii.

Tickets for the event are available at their website. Games will also be streamed by FloSoftball.

2024 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic Schedule

Thursday, February 22, 2024*
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THU 2/22USA WrigleyPGF YankeeJustSOFTBALL FenwayDes MoinesPawtucket
11:30am--Oregon St vs Wisconsin--
NoonRutgers vs HawaiiBethune-Cookman vs BYU---
2:00--UCF vs Mississippi--
2:30Rutgers vs BYUBethune-Cookman vs Oregon St---
4:30--Baylor vs Notre Dame--
5:00Oregon vs UCFSan Diego vs Missouri---
7:00--Mississippi St vs Notre Dame--
7:30Oregon vs BaylorWisconsin vs Missouri---

Friday, February 23, 2024*
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FRI 2/23USA WrigleyPGF YankeeJustSOFTBALL FenwayDes MoinesPawtucket
10:00amSan Diego St vs Nebraska-Rutgers vs LMUCal Poly vs Cal-
10:30-Hawaii vs Fresno St--Illinois vs CSUN
12:30UCLA vs Nebraska-Tennessee vs LMUCal Poly vs Utah-
1:00-Hawaii vs Cal--Seattle U vs CSUN
3:00UCLA vs Northwestern-Tennessee vs Cal St FullertonBethune-Cookman vs San Diego St-
3:30-Notre Dame vs Oregon--Long Beach St vs BYU
5:30Oklahoma vs Mississippi StMissouri vs UCFSan Diego vs Wisconsin-
6:00-Long Beach St vs Oregon--UC Riverside vs Rutgers
8:00Oklahoma vs Wisconsin-Missouri vs Cal St FullertonSan Diego St vs Utah-
8:30-UCF vs Oregon St--UC Riverside vs Baylor

Saturday, February 24, 2024*
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SAT 2/24USA WrigleyPGF YankeeJustSOFTBALL FenwayDes MoinesPawtucket
9:30am-Illinois vs Hawaii-Cal vs Seattle UFresno St vs Long Beach St
10:00Oregon vs Nebraska-Bethune-Cookman vs LMU--
Noon-Oregon St vs Notre Dame-Utah vs Seattle UWisconsin vs Long Beach St
12:30Oklahoma vs San Diego St-Northwestern vs LMU--
2:30Oregon St vs Tennessee-Mississippi St vs Fresno StCSUN vs Bethune-Cookman
3:00UCLA vs Illinois-Northwestern vs San Diego--
5:00-UCF vs Tennessee-CSUN vs RutgersBYU vs Cal Poly
5:30UCLA vs Baylor-Wisconsin vs Utah--
7:30-UCF vs San Diego-Cal St Fullerton vs Mississippi StBYU vs UC Riverside
8:00Missouri vs Baylor-Rutgers vs Cal Poly--

Sunday, February 25, 2024*
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SUN 2/25USA WrigleyPGF YankeeJustSOFTBALL FenwayDes MoinesPawtucket
8:30am---Cal St Fullerton vs Seattle U-
9:00Notre Dame vs OklahomaNebraska vs UtahOregon St vs Northwestern-Cal vs Illinois
11:00---UC Riverside vs Seattle U-
11:30LMU vs OklahomaNebraska vs Cal St FullertonTennessee vs Hawaii-Cal vs Cal St Long Beach
2:00UCLA vs TennesseeSan Diego vs UC RiversideFresno St vs Cal Poly--

*game schedules as of 1/8/2024 (check the website for any schedule changes.)

Mike Stith Named #1 Club Coach

Mike Stith Named #1 Club Coach

Mike Stith Named #1 Club Coach

Congratulations to Coach Mike Stith, Batbusters Softball!

2022 PGF National Championships

2022 Premier Girls Fastpitch National Championships

2022 PGF National Championships

2022 Premier Girls Fastpitch (PGF) National Championships

Save the date for the Best of the Best competition in girls fastpitch softball!

The mission of Premier Girls Fastpitch is to provide a national platform on which fastpitch softball players can demonstrate their individual and team-enhancing skills, competing against the Best of the Best players and teams.

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High School Softball- Best teams

High school softball: Best team in each state

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High School Softball- Best teams

High school softball: Best team in each state

Xavier College Prep, Saint Francis, Lakewood Ranch headline top programs hitting diamond this year.

By |– Feb. 15, 2022

The high school softball landscape is a bit tricky to understand if you look at who plays what and when throughout the country. Five states play their ball fully in the fall, Mississippi has some teams who play in the spring and others who opt for the fall, Iowa plays in the summer, South Dakota still doesn’t have sanctioned high school softball and the remaining states play in the spring.

Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville)

The Huskies return several of the key weapons who helped lead them to a 7A state championship in 2021. Kenleigh Cahalan, an Alabama commit and 2021 First-team MaxPreps Underclass All-American, was one of the top hitters in the country with 17 home runs, 85 RBI and a .517 batting average.

South Anchorage (Anchorage)

The defending Division I champions have won three state titles in the past six years. The Wolverines return Emily McCutcheon, who batted .557 and blasted 15 home runs as a sophomore.

Xavier College Prep (Phoenix)

The Gators went on a roll to close out 2021 as the 6A state champions. Two of the top players in the state return for their senior seasons. Bridget Donahey, a Northwestern commit, launched 10 home runs last spring, and Harvard commit Riley Flynn went 16-2 in the circle.


The defending Class 5A softball state champions went 31-0 in 2021. Although the Panthers lost some major talent to graduation, they still have a solid group returning, including one of the top athletes in the 2023 class in Alyssa Houston.

Saint Francis (Mountain View)

The top-ranked team from California in 2021 after a perfect season returns nearly its entire lineup. 2022 Minnesota commit power hitter Jessica Oakland and 2023 pitcher Chloe Cummings are two of the best in the state.

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The Game of Softball

Did you know…

How did the game of softball start?

The earliest known softball game was played in Chicago, Illinois on Thanksgiving Day, 1887. It took place at the Farragut Boat Club at a gathering to hear the outcome of the Yale University and Harvard University football game. When the score was announced and bets were settled, a Yale alumnus threw a boxing glove at a Harvard supporter. The other person grabbed a stick and swung at it. George Hancock called out “Play ball!” and the game began, with the boxing glove tightened into a ball, a broom handle serving as a bat. This first contest ended with a score of 41-40. The ball, being soft, was fielded barehanded.

George Hancock is credited as the game’s inventor for his development of ball and an undersized bat in the next week. The Farragut Club soon set rules for the game, which spread quickly to outsiders. Envisioned as a way for baseball players to maintain their skills during the winter, the sport was called “Indoor Baseball”. Under the name of “Indoor-Outdoor”, the game moved outside in the next year, and the first rules were published in 1889.

In 1895 Lewis Rober, Sr. of Minneapolis organized outdoor games as exercise for firefighters; this game was known as kitten ball (after the first team to play it), lemon ball, or diamond ball. Rober’s version of the game used a ball 12 inches (30 cm) in circumference, rather than the 16-inch (41 cm) ball used by the Farragut club, and eventually the Minneapolis ball prevailed, although the dimensions of the Minneapolis diamond were passed over in favor of the dimensions of the Chicago one. Rober may not have been familiar with the Farragut Club rules. Fire Station No. 19 in Minneapolis, Rober’s post from 1896 to 1906, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in part for its association with the sport’s development. The first softball league outside the United States was organized in Toronto in 1897.

The name “softball” dates back to 1926. The name was coined by Walter Hakanson of the YMCA at a meeting of the National Recreation Congress. (In addition to “indoor baseball”, “kitten ball”, and “diamond ball”, names for the game included “mush ball”, and “pumpkin ball”.) The name softball had spread across the United States by 1930. By the 1930s, similar sports with different rules and names were being played all over the United States and Canada. The formation of the Joint Rules Committee on Softball in 1934 standardized the rules and naming throughout the United States.


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