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Old 03-23-18, 02:41 PM
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Reason for the power surge in OHSAA softball?

Here are the leading HR hitters in OHSAA history. The numbers show that there are higher HR totals recently than in the past. What is the reason for this surge?

Better strength?
Batting style?
Pitching distance?
Better bats?
Something else?

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23 - Carly Wagers, Williamsburg (2017)
21 - Bailey Byers, Beloit West Branch (2017)
19 - Abby Ehrenborg, North Lewisburg Triad (2017)
18 - Allison Smith, Warren Champion (2017)
18 - Taylor Kirian, New Riegel (2013)
17 - Melissa Hoffbauer, New Washington Buckeye Central (2010)
16 - Elizabeth Birkbeck, Orrville (2015)
16 - Stevie Taylor, Canfield South Range (2014)
16 - Brittany Oldaker, Gahanna Lincoln (2013)
15 - Rebekah Yenrick, Oregon Clay (2017)
15 - Jessie Rock, Groveport Madison (2016)
15 - KayLee Fox, Milan Edison (2013)
14 - Amber Cieplinski, Atwater Waterloo (2017)
14 - Mackenzie Huey, Reynoldsburg (2017)
14 - Kendall Meeks, Albany Alexander (2016)
14 - Dayna Denner, Cuyahoga Heights (2015)
14 - Alicia Hansen, Middletown Bishop Fenwick (2012)
14 - Taylor Thomas, Bellville Clear Fork (2011)
14 - Becka Peterson, West Liberty-Salem (2011)
14 - Letitia Bittinger, East Canton (2010)
13 - Megan Turner, Warren Champion (2017)
13 - Katelynn Russell, Marysville (2017)
13 - Madison Huck, Delaware Hayes (2016)
13 - Sammie Stefan, LaGrange Keystone (2016)
13 - Chloe Otte, Magnolia Sandy Valley (2015)
13 - Alyssa Irons, Jefferson Area (2015)
13 - Kaitlyn Stocker, Tipp City Tippecanoe (2015)
13 - Morgan Geno, Chillicothe Zane Trace (2014)
13 - Lillian Piper, Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit (2014)
13 - Kendall Meeks, Albany Alexander (2014)
13 - Kayla McEldowney, Versailles (2013)
13 - Amanda Beursken, Grafton Midview (2013)
13 - Alexis Zacharias, Celina (2013)
13 - Molly McCoy, Richmond Edison (2013)
13 - Britney Reynolds, Burton Berkshire (2008)
12 - Elizabeth Yirga, Lucas (2017)
12 - Natalie Herder, Hamler Patrick Henry (2017)
12 - Kaitlyn Stocker, Tipp City Tippecanoe (2017)
12 - Taeshauna Alleshouse, Strasburg-Franklin (2016)
12 - Alexis Arnold, Monroe (2015)
12 - Kelsey Uhl, Holland Springfield (2016)
12 - Hailey Ellis, Mason (2015)
12 - Lindsay Ward, Kirtland (2014)
12 - Kori Locke, Newark Licking Valley (2014)
12 - KayLee Fox, Milan Edison (2014)
12 - Carly Clark, Strasburg-Franklin (2010)
12 - Raven Cline, The Plains Athens (2010)
12 - Carly Clark, Strasburg-Franklin (2009)
12 - Paige Berger, Rootstown (2009)
12 - Abby Rhodes, Thornville Sheridan (2007)
12 - Blair Nance, Sunbury Big Walnut (2006)
12 - Hayley Wiemer, Toledo St. Ursula Academy (2005)
12 - Ginger Theis, Gates Mills Hawken (1992)
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Old 03-23-18, 02:52 PM
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I would say having these fancy alloy bats couldn't hurt, they sure beat the old aluminum bats. Probably also just more pure strength/bigger girls. I suppose there is the possibility of players using performance enhancing substances that are not legal, though I have no idea what is or isn't allowed off-hand.

Strictly from a physics perspective, if the pitch is traveling at a higher velocity and the bat has more mass and is swung at a higher velocity, then the ball will travel further. I would guess pitch velocity and bat speed are both higher than they were 15-20 years ago, whether the girls use heavier bats I honestly have no idea.

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Old 03-23-18, 08:25 PM
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Another factor many may not remember is that the National Federation of State High School Associations mandated moving the pitching distance from 40 feet to 43 feet starting with the 2011 season.
That gives batters a fraction of a second longer to see and react to each pitch.
I wrote a story on this for my newspaper at the time.
Some of the main points:
* A 55 mph pitch takes 4.9566-tenths of a second to travel 40 feet, and 5.3284-tenths of a second to travel 43 feet.
* At 60 mph, it's 4.5455-tenths of a second for a 40-foot pitch, and 4.8864-tenths of a second for a 43-foot pitch.
* A proportional distance change in baseball would move the pitching distance from 60 feet, 6 inches to just more than 65 feet (65.0375 feet).
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