Women's College World Series notebook: Florida's Bailey Castro hits tape-measure shot

by Scott Wright and Michael Baldwin Published: May 30, 2014
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Florida junior left fielder Bailey Castro crushed a mammoth home run over the left-center bleachers near where team buses park behind the flags in center during the Gators 4-0 win over No. 1 ranked Oregon.

“She’s hit ’em a lot farther than that,” said Florida pitcher Hannah Rogers.

Gators coach Tim Walton said: “That one was probably 260 feet. She’s hit them a lot longer, over our scoreboard at our stadium, but it’s the easiest swing I’ve ever seen her have. Usually she swings out of her shoes.”

BAMA’S GRANTHAM LIKES HER HAT

There are plenty of hair accessories to be seen among the players at the Women’s College World Series, but Alabama third baseman Peyton Grantham has one corner of the market all to herself.

While many girls wear visors, Grantham wears a full baseball cap — and for good reason.

“I just like it,” she said. “I think it’s easier to play in. Plus, I played baseball until I was 14 years old, so I was used to playing in a hat.”

IS THE SEC THE NEW DOMINANT CONFERENCE?

The two teams that are 2-0, one win away from the finals, are both from the Southeastern Conference, which received an astonishing 11 bids into the NCAA Tournament. The SEC has three teams at the WCWS.

“I’ve said all year if you took the top two teams out of the SEC and took out the bottom two teams, those teams bunched in the middle I haven’t seen any better (conference),” Walton said. “It was strong competition all years and it’s showing right now.

“It’s a credit to the athletic directors and the (SEC) administrations that they’re made softball important. Schools are pouring a lot of money into resources. That’s the key. These kids are treated first-class.”


by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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