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In this game (softball), names are the same

Have you ever been compiling softball stats and thought: man, there's a lot of Courtneys out there?

Really, you haven't?

Maybe it's just me.

Maybe I need a spring break.

The point is: what name actually produces the best stats? Accounts for the best players? Would be great to name your daughter, if you want her to grow up and be a star?

Oh, stop it. Like you've never had any of these thoughts?

Sigh. Fine.

Here's the results for those of you who have.

1. Samantha

Who: Dittman (Sunlake, right), Adamo (Land O'Lakes), Crews (Zephyrhills)

Stats: 104-for-194, .536 batting average, 25 doubles, 15 triples, eight homers

Interesting note: This wasn't even close. In fact, I challenge anyone to find a better threesome of Samanthas in the whole wide world. Go ahead, I'll wait — it's spring break.

2. Courtney

Who: Dougherty and Radke (Mitchell), Durbin (Sunlake), Brandt (Pasco), Riddle (Hernando Christian)

Stats: 96 hits, 257 at-bats (.373 batting average), 14 doubles, 10 triples, two homers, 47 RBIs

Interesting note: Cortney Radke, above, spells her name without a U. Courtney Durbin has a twin who also makes it on this list later. Lord, I need a spring break bad.

3. Sarah

Who: Simon (River Ridge), Jones (Sunlake), Burchfield (Pasco), Hill (Gulf)

Stats: 71-for-177, .401 BA, nine doubles, one triple, one homer, 35 RBIs

Interesting note: The Sarahs (Hill spells hers Sara) have four games of three RBIs or more — three by Simon and one by Jones.

4. Meghan

Who: Sfraga (Land O'Lakes), Gonzalez (Zephyrhills), Durbin (Sunlake), Newsome (Pasco)

Stats: 65-for-181, .359 BA, eight doubles, two triples, two homers, 31 RBIs

Interesting note: I'll say it: Meghan Durbin (pitcher) and Megan Newsome (catcher) are the best battery in Tampa Bay with the same first name except that one is spelled differently. Book it!

5. Lauren

Who: Smith (Land O'Lakes, right), Pasquale (Zephyrhills), Thompson (Gulf)

Stats: 42-for-110, .381 BA, 18 doubles, two triples, 32 RBIs

Interesting note: Ms. Smith spells her name Loren, so I kind of feel like I'm cheating. Oh, and Thompson has only three at-bats, but has scored 11 times. So more cheating.

6. Madison

Who: Morris (River Ridge, right), Manuel (HCA)

Stats: 59-for-126, .468 BA, 10 doubles, five triples, two homers, 38 RBIs

Interesting note: The Madisons have combined for 20 multiple-hit games, and each of their teams is 17-4. Coincidence? We think not.

7. Jessica

Who: Tamburri (River Ridge), Figueredo (Land O'Lakes), Santoli (Gulf)

Stats: 62-for-159, .389 BA, seven doubles, four triples, one homer, 41 RBIs

Interesting note: When Tamburri and Santoli played against each other, they combined for only one hit.

8. Ashley

Who: Orta (Sunlake), Antczak (Nature Coast), Fryar (Academy at the Lakes), Pinkston (Zephyrhills)

Stats: 43-for-145, .296 BA, 36 RBIs, five doubles, four triples, one homer

Interesting note: If Orta hadn't gotten hurt on March 13, this is clearly a No. 3 name.

In this game (softball), names are the same 04/09/09 [Last modified: Thursday, April 9, 2009 10:43pm]

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