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Slap-hitting trend strikes Oklahoma City

Updated: July 12, 2005, 9:29 PM ET
By Mary Buckheit | ESPN.com

OKLAHOMA CITY – The slap is the new black. Everyone's doing it.

If you haven't seen too much fastpitch softball, you may be surprised by the feet all aflutter in the batter's box. Hitters begin their 60-foot trek to first base while the pitch is still on the way. Don't be alarmed by their early exit. It's an intentional element of the slap sensation, which is sweeping across college softball.

Maybe Earl Weaver could wait for the three-run homer, but the teams in Oklahoma ...

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