Latest Softball News

Tokyo being billed as 'Recovery Olympics' -- but not for all

Dec. 13, 2019 6:46 AM EST

FUTABA, Japan (AP) — The torch relay for the Tokyo Olympics will kick off in Fukushima, the northern prefecture devastated almost nine years ago by an earthquake, tsunami and the subsequent meltdown of three nuclear reactors. They’ll also play Olympic baseball and softball next year in one part of...

MLB draft relocating to Omaha ahead of College World Series

Dec. 11, 2019 4:47 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Major League Baseball is moving the opening round of its amateur draft in Omaha, Nebraska, ahead of the College World Series Next year's draft will be held from June 10-12 at Holland Performing Arts Center. The College World Series is slated to start June 13. “The College World...

Balkovec looks forward to breaking barrier as hitting coach

Dec. 11, 2019 5:12 AM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Rachel Balkovec wants to be a hit with the New York Yankees — and the way to do that is to help their minor leaguers get more hits. She was hired in November and starts work next month as a minor league hitting coach, believed to the first woman hitting coach employed by a big...

NCAA rejects Missouri appeal, postseason ban looms

Nov. 26, 2019 6:48 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The NCAA rejected an appeal by the University of Missouri to limit or overturn sanctions for infractions tied to the case of a former tutor Tuesday, angering school officials and leaving in place postseason bans in three high-profile sports along with other restrictions. The school...

Rutgers softball coaches accused of intimidation, abuse

Oct. 31, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

Two Rutgers softball coaches, a husband and wife, have been accused of fostering a climate of fear, intimidation and abuse on the team. The university president said Thursday he wants an independent investigation of allegations made against softball head coach Kristen Butler and her husband, Marcus Smith, a...