I'm watching a game now (Washington and Tennessee) and the announcer keeps gushing about one pitcher throwing fastballs, rise balls, drop balls, curves, and screw balls. Problem is other than maybe the drop ball none of these pitches exist. They just showed a "rise ball" that the announcer said had a "sharp break" upwards. Besides the fact that a rise ball would have to defy gravity, apparently the announcer also ignored the ESPN pitch trak which clearly showed the pitch going perfectly straight. It only "rises" in the sense that the pitcher releases it low on an upward trajectory but it certainly doesn't "break".
The "screwballs" and "curveballs" do have the correct spin, but I have yet to see one actually break. My guess is that this fact is a function of the pitcher being so close and the size of the ball.
So here's a little decoder:
High fastball = rise ball
Fastball to arm side = screw ball
Fastball to glove side = curve ball
I simply don't get it. Fast pitch softball is a fastball/change up game. That's it and that's ok. Why there is this need to pretend all these different pitches exist is beyond me.