Softball is a great sport to play. Just ask the 5300 women playing the sport at the Division 1 level. There are 250 NCAA Division I women’s college softball programs. So, what is the difference between softball and baseball? The most obvious difference between baseball and softball is how the ball is pitched to the hitter. In baseball, the pitcher throws overhand, releasing the ball above the shoulder. A softball pitch is thrown underhand, and the ball is released at the pitcher’s hip. The size of the ball is also different. A softball is bigger than a baseball and the field of play is smaller. A softball diamond maxes out at 60 feet between bases, while a baseball diamond goes to 90 feet. The distance between each base is 90 feet in baseball and just 60 feet in softball. The biggest difference is softball is played by women!