Geri Ann Glasco is the rare ball player than can hit and pitch equally well. Yankee great, Babe Ruth could do both, but even he had to stop pitching to concentrate on his hitting. Glasco one-ups the all-time great by performing both roles at the same time. Against Utah Valley, Glasco allowed only three hits in a run-rule shortened 9-1 victory.
The junior right-hander helped her own cause by doubling in Janie Takeda in the first inning of the first game and in the second game of the double header, she hit a homer to spark the Ducks to a 3-0 record. For the season, Glasco holds a perfect 6-0 record as a pitcher and averages a cool .339 as a switch hitter. Expect that average to climb as the season progresses. She’s batting 4 for 4 with a pair of RBI’s for the three games this week.
One might wonder why the 2012 Gatorade National Player of the Year left Georgia after two years of stellar play and journeyed to rainy Oregon. No secret there: Glasco has come to learn from Oregon’s head coach and pitching guru Mike White, one of the best fast-pitch hurlers of all time.White emphasizes that his pitchers paint the corners. Glasco is learning her lessons well.
After the Utah State double-header she said about her pitching, “I was a little shaky in the beginning, but settled down and started hitting my spots.” As for her strength as a pitcher, she said “changing speeds is what I’m good at.” Good indeed; she fanned 10 Wolverines in the win against Utah State.
Of his star, White said that she is recovering well from an injury. “She’s getting stronger week by week,” he reported. That week-to-week growth will be vital down the stretch. Oregon holds a perfect conference record in the early part of the Pac-12 regular, but White needs Glasco to develop both as a hitter and a pitcher if he and his team are to reach Oklahoma City and the College World Series again this year. After the Utah State games, White declined to name his number two pitcher, but Glasco has to be high on his list.
PERFECT GAME ALERT: FishDuck.com would like to congratulate Cheridan Hawkins on her first career perfect game in the tilt against the Washington Huskies Friday. This victory was her fifth no-hitter at Oregon and perhaps the sweetest so far. The series against the Huskies continues today at Howe Field.
Top Photo by Dave Peaks
Raised in the Central Oregon mill town of Prineville beneath deep blue skies and rim rock, I attended the University of Oregon and during my collegiate summers, I worked in a lumber mill and also fought range fires on the Oregon High Desert for the Bureau of Land Management. After graduating from college at the University of Oregon, I swung from being budding hippy to cop work. I’m still wondering about how that came about. I was a police officer with the Port of Portland and after leaving police work, I obtained an MFA degree in Creative Writing from Vermont College. I live in Portland, Oregon with my wife, my daughter and a spunky bichon frise named Pumpkin. I’ve had short stories publishing in two Main Street Press anthologies. Harkness is my first novel.
For Football Season: FishDuck Back to Seven Days a Week!
I had to shut down the daily articles on July 20th because I could no longer work the extra 3 to 12 hours per week of certain managerial/editorial duties. (beyond the usual ones with FishDuck)
I’ve had a blast writing without those duties, and now, due to a new agreement with the writers, I can announce that we will have articles seven days a week again. I wish to thank the writers publicly for their graciousness in coming to a solution, as now I still do not have do those extra duties with our agreement, and meanwhile the writers are back having fun creating articles as I am.
Everybody is happy! So below is the new schedule through football season:
Monday: Mr. FishDuck
Tuesday: Darren Perkins
Wednesday: Joshua Whitted & Mr. FishDuck
Thursday: Coach Eric Boles & Alex Heining
Friday: David Marsh
Saturday: Mr. FishDuck (GameDay Baby!)
Sunday: Jordan Ingram
A couple of writers could not join us as they have new projects in their lives, and cannot write for anyone at the moment–but perhaps we will see them back later.
Things rarely work out so well for all parties in agreements, but this time it has and truly….everyone wins!
Our 33 rules at FishDuck can be summarized to this: 1) be polite and respectful, 2) keep it clean, and 3) no reference of any kind to politics. Easy-peasy!
FishDuck members….we got your back. No Trolls Allowed!