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Need to do some homework here folks. Tennessee DOES have power hitters. Shipman, Davin, Gibson, and Chevanne are all power hitters. But here's the thing....you gotta hit. All these girls can hit the long ball, at the end of the day no matter what TYPE of hitter you have you still have to hit. If all you do is recruit a big hitter then thats what you get. Shipman for instance is a big hitter who can also play defense and is fast. Its not the physical issue of not having big hitters....its the mental game of hitting, period. We have the talent, but I cant explain why we didnt hit either. It's Seems like the harder they tried the worse it got. Thats VERY typical of very intelligent, gifted athletes. Over analyzing and overthinking can kill a hitter. You're going to get struck out. How you handle it is another thing. Elite athletes take slumps personal. They have to have a very short memory and dont need to be around negativity all the time. I garrantee you the girls on this team take every loss and strike out very personal. As do the coaches. Some of the things a coach has to do is lead, comfort and protect the players and their "ego's". Not just coach baseball/softball. However and especially at big programs like Tennessee I am sure coaches are under enormous pressure to produce. That pressure at some point has to bleed over to the team, and thats when the wheels can come off the track. Its an extremely difficult balancing act, especially in any diamond sport (Baseball/Softball).
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