Does Defense Win Championships in Softball?

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So, yesterday was the day. Superbowl XLVIII between the Denver Broncos, #1 offense in the league, and the Seattle Seahawks, the #1 defense in the league.

It was a classic matchup to find out if that old sports quote is true, “Offense wins games, defense wins championships.”

Well after a 43-8 blowout by the Seahawks, I guess it’s true.

Offense wins games, defense wins championships…

…except in softball where you absolutely need offense because your defense can’t score, nor can it cause a turnover…and you can’t win if you don’t score. 🙂

I’ve seen games with spectacular defense on both sides. Then ONE hitter puts a great swing on a great pitch and makes the difference in the game, 1-0. Game over.

What do you think? Do you agree? Does defense win championships in softball too? Or is our game special?

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5 comments on “Does Defense Win Championships in Softball?
  1. George Seagrave says:

    Defense does win championships in softball. If the other team can’t score, they can’t beat you!

  2. Joe Medlen says:

    Defense will not win a Championship but it will keep you in a game until your offense does. I have always worked very hard on defense as a coach and a very high percentage of our games are close due to our defense. I have seen many good Teams not win games due to there Team lacking defense.

  3. Stacie says:

    George and Joe: all good points 🙂
    I guess maybe the truth is, you need a solid TEAM in order to win the most important games. Or maybe it’s the one that knows how to overcome adversity that wins…

  4. Dave says:

    All that is needed in softball to win is one more run than your opponent. You can get that (usually) from anyone of your batters 1-9
    But it truely is defense that wins games and Championships, if you have a one run lead the defense has to make a play which will seal the deal. They also say a good defense is a great offense score early and often so your defense won’t have to bail you out.
    Any thoughts

  5. Jodi Murphy says:

    I think you need a good balance between defense and offense. If you make every play but no one gets a hit it’s impossible to win. If you’re team is full of sluggers but no one can catch a pop fly it’s still hard to win.

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