TEAM NEW JERSEY CLASSIC
|Team New Jersey Summer Classic
June 26-29, 2013Attending Teams
Showcase Games on Wed. & Thurs – Single Elimination starts Friday with Championship Game at 2:30pm Saturday
CA Team Mizuno Stith
CA Team Mizuno 16U
CA Corona Angels Tyson
CA So Cal Strikkers
CA Team Bownet
CO Colorado Stars Gold Burns
AZ Hotshots Gatti
AZ Lil Saints
AZ Killer Bees
AL Birmingham Thunderbolts Shea
AL Birmingham Thunderbolts 16U
GA Atlanta Vipers Gold
GA Impact Gold Pauly
GA Impact Medlam
FL Gainesville Gold Dunn
FL Lady Gators Gold Flannery
FL Central Florida Stingrays
NC Carolina Cardinals McHone
NC Lady Lightning Team Miken Corn
NC Lady Lightning 16U
NC Challengers Renzi
OK Tulsa Shootout
SC Carolina Elite Fusetti Genovese
SC Carolina Elite Norton Genovese
NJ Jersey Inferno Gold Meister
NJ Jersey Inferno Elite
NJ Intensity Premier KOD
NJ Jersey Nightmare Gold Wheeler
RI Rhode Island Thunder Lotti
RI Rhode Island Thunder Elite
NM New Mexico Sundancers Gold
NM New Mexico Sundancers 16U
NY Conklin Raiders Gold Cook
NY Team Long Island Galati
NY Frozen Ropes Force Gold
NY Team Long Island Angel
NY Hudson Valley Hurricanes
VA Vienna Stars Gold Rollins
VA Legends Gold Paul
VA Shamrocks Gold Metcalf
CA California Bears Morley
PA Chaos Gold Spina
PA Pennsbury Gems Gold
PA Newtown Rock Gold Garvey
PA Lower South Liberty Gold
PA Krunch Gold Mumma
PA Pittsburg Power Gold
PA Chaos Showcase Dudley
MD Severna Park Hornets
VA Shamrocks Giaquinto
VA Vienna Stars Hannigan
VA Glory Gold Suzy
CT Charmers Gold
CT The Wicked
NJ Jersey Nightmare Black
NJ Morris County Belles Gold
NJ Morris County Belles Elite
NJ East Coast Elite
NJ Cheetahs Gold
NJ West Jersey Witches Elite
NJ Jersey Flames Gold
NJ Jersey Outlaws Gold Scott
NJ Witches Gold
NJ Jersey Intensity Rodriguez
NJ Mystics Gold Jackson
NJ New Jersey Gators
UVA NAMES BLAKE MILLER
Blake Miller Named Virginia’s Head Softball Coach
Former Oregon assistant helped lead Ducks to three consecutive NCAA Super Regionals
June 18, 2013
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.—Virginia athletics director Craig Littlepage announced Tuesday (June 18) that Blake Miller, the top assistant coach with Oregon the past three seasons, has been named the Cavaliers’ head softball coach. Before his three campaigns with the Ducks, Miller had successful stints as the head coach of the Texas A&M-Kingsville and Darton College (Albany, Ga.) softball programs.
“We are committed to building a softball program at UVA that can compete with the best programs in the Atlantic Coast Conference and nationally,” Littlepage said. “I believe with the vision, the plan, and the hard work of Blake Miller, we have the opportunity to be a team that competes for championships. Coach Miller has a wonderful background and a wealth of experience in a top softball program like Oregon. His knowledge of the collegiate and club softball communities allows him to draw on the great contacts he has throughout the country, which will benefit our program in many different ways.”
|In his three seasons in Eugene, Ore., Miller helped lead the Ducks to three consecutive NCAA Super Regional appearances, including a 2012 trip to the Women’s College World Series. Oregon accumulated a record of 137-45 in Miller’s three seasons and went 50-11 on its way to the program’s first ever Pac-12 Championship in 2013. Miller worked primarily with the infielders and hitters at Oregon with the Ducks hitting .329 with 80 home runs and 374 runs scored (6.13 runs per game) last season.
“I would first like to thank Craig Littlepage for providing me the opportunity to be part of an incredibly successful athletics department as the head coach of the UVa softball team,” Miller said. “This is an exciting time for my family and me being welcomed into Charlottesville and at an institution steeped in a strong tradition of academic and athletic excellence.
“I’m looking forward to getting to work and bringing my version of speed and aggressiveness to the Virginia softball program and to leading the Cavaliers to ACC and national prominence.”
In addition to his 13-year coaching career, Miller is a seven-time member of the USA Men’s National Team and helped Team USA capture gold at the 2002 Pan-American Qualifier in Guatemala City, Guatemala, and a silver medal at the 2003 Pan-American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
At Texas A&M-Kingsville, Miller led the Javelinas to a 32-22 record in 2009 and climbed as high as 23rd in the Division II national rankings after they won five games against teams ranked top-five nationally. In 2010, the Javelinas broke school records in batting (.306), slugging (.470), home runs (34) and on-base percentage (.385), while the 2008 squad paced the Lone Star Conference in stolen bases (88).
During his two-year stint at Darton College, he guided the Cavaliers to a 64-44 record, the school’s first Region XVII Championship and a bid to the 2006 NJCAA Division I World Series. Darton shined off the field as well with a 3.26 team GPA his first season and an NJCAA national-high 3.59 mark the second campaign.
Before Darton, Miller spent time as an assistant coach at East Tennessee State, Missouri Western State and Mesa State.
Miller is a 2000 graduate of UNC Pembroke, where he was a four-year shortstop for the Braves. Miller earned his master’s degree in business from Mesa State in 2003.
Miller is married to the former all-conference pitcher Renee Hietbrink, and has three daughters, Ashley, Blakely and Carter.
SUNDAY JUNE 16 UPDATE
Comets Drop Final Game of Series to the Bandits
Montclair, New Jersey - In the final game of their inaugural home series, the NY/NJ Comets fell to the Chicago Bandits 11-3.
For the Bandits, both Megan Wiggins and Eri Yamada delivered homeruns in the game. Wiggins had a stellar 4 for 4 day at the plate that included 3 RBI and 3 runs. Yamada hit her third homerun in as many games. From the circle, Bandits pitcher Nikki Nemitz went the distance collecting her first win of the season (1-1).
Although the Comets fell short for the third time of the four game series, second baseman Amanda Kamekona stayed steady offensively with a 2 for 4 performance that included a double and 2 runs scored. From the circle, Taryne Mowatt collected her second loss of the season (0-2) surviving just two innings before yielding to reliever Angel Bunner, who finished the game.
Next up, the Comets are set to host the Akron Racers in a series that begins June 19 at CocaCola Field in LeHigh Valley, PA. The Comets and Racers are currently tied for third place with identical records of 2-6.
The Chicago Bandits are set to host the USSSA Pride in Rosemont, IL in a much anticipated match-up between the clubs who are both sitting at 6-2, tied for first in the League standings.
GATORADE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
|Jessica Adell||2013||Softball||RHP/OF||Ballard HS||Louisville||KY||PRESS RELEASE|
|Maryssa Becker||2013||Softball||RHP||North Medford HS||Medford||OR||PRESS RELEASE|
|Megan Betsa||2013||Softball||RHP||Union Grove HS||McDonough||GA||PRESS RELEASE|
|Nickie Blue||2013||Softball||RHP||Niwot HS||Niwot||CO||PRESS RELEASE|
|Kirtlyn Bohling||2013||Softball||RHP||Salem Hills HS||Salem||UT||PRESS RELEASE|
|Alexis Bower||2013||Softball||RHP||Williamsport HS||Williamsport||PA||PRESS RELEASE|
|Tatum Buckley||2013||Softball||RHP||Masuk HS||Monroe||CT||PRESS RELEASE|
|Jasmine Casados||2013||Softball||SS||La Cueva HS||Albuquerque||NM||PRESS RELEASE|
|Kasey Cooper||2013||Softball||RHP/SS||Dothan HS||Dothan||AL||PRESS RELEASE|
|Baylee Corbello||2013||Softball||RHP||Sam Houston HS||Lake Charles||LA||PRESS RELEASE|
|Jess Cummings||2013||Softball||RHP||Northern HS||Owings||MD||PRESS RELEASE|
|Tori Finucane||2013||Softball||RHP||Bishop O’Connell HS||Arlington||VA||PRESS RELEASE|
|Allyson Frei||2013||Softball||RHP||High Point Regional HS||Sussex||NJ||PRESS RELEASE|
|Rachel Garcia||2013||Softball||RHP||Highland HS||Palmdale||CA||PRESS RELEASE|
|Hannah Heacox||2013||Softball||RHP||Stillwater Area HS||Stillwater||MN||PRESS RELEASE|
|Rachel Hickman||2013||Softball||RHP/2B||Poplarville HS||Poplarville||MS||PRESS RELEASE|
|Carley Hoover||2013||Softball||RHP||D.W. Daniel HS||Central||SC||PRESS RELEASE|
|Savannah Horvath||2013||Softball||3B||Centennial HS||Las Vegas||NV||PRESS RELEASE|
|Alyssa Huntley||2013||Softball||RHP||Stevenson HS||Sterling Heights||MI||PRESS RELEASE|
|Sarah Ing||2013||Softball||RHP||National Cathedral School||Washington, DC||DC||PRESS RELEASE|
|Valerie Kaff||2013||Softball||RHP||Mountain View HS||Mesa||AZ||PRESS RELEASE|
|Katelyn Kennard||2013||Softball||RHP/1B||Concord HS||Concord||NH||PRESS RELEASE|
|Andrea Kindrick||2013||Softball||RHP||Russellville HS||Russellville||AR||PRESS RELEASE|
|Jenna Lilley||2013||Softball||SS||Hoover HS||North Canton||OH||PRESS RELEASE|
|Paige Lowary||2013||Softball||LHP/1B||Dallas Center-Grimes HS||Grimes||IA||PRESS RELEASE|
|Lindsay Mayer||2013||Softball||RHP/SS||Lincoln HS||Lincoln||RI||PRESS RELEASE|
|Sonja Morse||2013||Softball||RHP/SS/1B||Cony HS||Augusta||ME||PRESS RELEASE|
|Nicole Newman||2013||Softball||RHP||La Follette HS||Madison||WI||PRESS RELEASE|
|Sydney O’Hara||2013||Softball||RHP||Cicero-North Syracuse HS||Cicero||NY||PRESS RELEASE|
|Paige Parker||2013||Softball||LHP||Truman HS||Independence||MO||PRESS RELEASE|
|Makenzie Prince||2013||Softball||RHP||Smyrna HS||Smyrna||TN||PRESS RELEASE|
|Abby Ramirez||2013||Softball||SS||Trinity HS||River Forest||IL||PRESS RELEASE|
|Morgan Ray||2013||Softball||RHP/1B||Frenchtown HS||Frenchtown||MT||PRESS RELEASE|
|Erin Rethlake||2013||Softball||LHP||Huntington North HS||Huntington||IN||PRESS RELEASE|
|Brittany Rheault||2013||Softball||RHP/OF||West Fargo HS||West Fargo||ND||PRESS RELEASE|
|Samantha Show||2013||Softball||RHP||Pearland HS||Pearland||TX||PRESS RELEASE|
|Lexi Shubert||2013||Softball||RHP||Fred T. Foard HS||Newton||NC||PRESS RELEASE|
|Shannon Smith||2013||Softball||RHP/1B||Milford HS||Milford||MA||PRESS RELEASE|
|Casey Stangel||2013||Softball||LHP/1B/RF||Lake City HS||Coeur d’Alene||ID||PRESS RELEASE|
|Allison Stewart||2013||Softball||RHP/1B||Olathe East HS||Olathe||KS||PRESS RELEASE|
|Carolyn Szymanski||2013||Softball||RHP||Caravel Academy||Bear||DE||PRESS RELEASE|
|Ashley Thompson||2013||Softball||RHP/1B||Connell HS||Connell||WA||PRESS RELEASE|
|Pauline Tufi||2013||Softball||RHP/SS/C||West Anchorage HS||Anchorage||AK||PRESS RELEASE|
|Madi Unzicker||2013||Softball||C||Millard South HS||Omaha||NE||PRESS RELEASE|
|Jessica Walker||2013||Softball||RHP||Grove HS||Grove||OK||PRESS RELEASE|
|Kayla Wood||2013||Softball||RHP||Brattleboro Union HS||Brattleboro||VT||PRESS RELEASE|
|Sydney Wright||2013||Softball||RHP||Bishop Snyder HS||Jacksonville||FL||PRESS RELEASE|
|Jaci Young||2013||Softball||RHP/IF||Punahou School||Honolulu||HI||PRESS RELEASE|
|Morgan Zerkle||2013||Softball||3B||Cabell Midland HS||Ona||WV||PRESS RELEASE|
|Nikki Anderson||2012||Softball||P||Brainerd High School||Brainerd||MN||PRESS RELEASE|
|Alicia Armstrong||2012||Softball||SS||Beatrice High School||Beatrice||NE||PRESS RELEASE|
The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility.
As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5- year phase-in plan that would become known as “Euro-English.”
In the first year, “s” will replace the soft “c.” Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard “c” will be dropped in favour of “k.” This should klear up konfusion, and keyboards kan have one less letter.
There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome “ph” will be replaced with “f.” This will make words like fotograf 20% shorter.
In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible.
Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling.
Also, al wil agre that the horibl mes of the silent “e” in the languag is disgrasful and it should go away.
By the 4th yer people wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing “th” with “z” and “w” with “v.”
During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary “o” kan be dropd from vords kontaining â€œouâ€ and after ziz yer, ve vil hav a reil sensibl riten styl.
Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech oza. Ze drem of a united urop vil finali kum tru.
Und efter ze fifz yer, ve vil al be speking German like zey vunted in ze forst plas.
If zis mad you smil, pleas pas on to oza pepl.
One day, a man walks into a dentist’s office and asks how much it will cost to extract wisdom teeth. “One Thousand Dollars,” the dentist says. “That’s a ridiculous amount,” the man says. “Isn’t there a cheaper way?” “Well,” the dentist says, “if you don’t use an aesthetic, I can knock the price down to $700.” Looking annoyed the man says, “That’s still too expensive!” “Okay,” says the dentist. “If I save on anesthesia and simply rip the teeth out with a pair of pliers, I can knock the price down to $400.” “Nope,” moans the man, “it’s still too much.” “Well,” says the dentist, scratching his head, “if I let one of my students do it, I suppose I can knock the price down to $100.” “Marvelous,” says the man, “book my wife for next Tuesday!”
NPF SATURDAY NIGHT
LITTLE FALLS, New Jersey – The NY/NJ Comets bounced back to defeat the Chicago Bandits 7-5, after being swept in Friday night’s doubleheader. Seven of nine hitters in the Comets lineup put base hits together to reach their second victory improving their record to 2-4. By doing so, the Comets knocked the Chicago Bandits out of a first place tie with the USSSA Florida Pride.
Olivia Galati started in the circle for the Comets Saturday night and got the win on her birthday. Galati allowed 5 hits and struck out 3. The Comets led the Bandits 4-1 throughout 4 innings, facing both Andi Williamson and Mel Dumezich for the Bandits.
The Bandits rallied in the top of the 5th scoring 4 runs putting them in the lead 5-4 over the Comets. Kimi Pohlman scored Danielle Zymkowitz on a base hit. Eri Yamada hit a 3 run home run.
The Comets fought back in the bottom of the 6th with Monica Abbott on the mound for the Bandits. Angeline Quiocho started the inning reaching on an error by Abbott, followed by Amanda Kamekona who reached first on a walk. Bianca Mejia hit a double to tie up the game and Dorian Shaw drove in Kamekona for the go ahead run.
The Comets shut down the Bandits in the top of the seventh to seal the win with a 7-5 victory. The Comets will take on the Bandits for final game of the series at Yogi Berra Stadium in Little Falls, NJ tomorrow night Sunday June 16, 2013 at 5pm EST.
USSSA Pride and Akron Racers Split Doubleheader
|CORPUS CHRISTI – The USSSA Pride and Akron Racers split a doubleheader on the final day of the NPF Coastal Classic at Whataburger Field Saturday afternoon before 1,650.
DiSalvatore finished the opener with four RBIs. Her heroics made a loser of Rachele Fico (0-1), on in relief of Brittany Mack.
As was the case Thursday and Friday night, USSSA posted first-inning runs. Mack issued consecutive one-out walks to Caitlin Lowe and Natasha Watley and paid the price. DiSalvatore’s double down the right-field line made it 2-0 Pride.
The Pride added on during the second for a 5-0 advantage, Lowe’s two-run double plating Andrea Duran (walk) and Kelly Kretschman (infield single). Watley’s single off the glove of first baseman Charlotte Morgan chased Lowe home.
The Pride’s Jordan Taylor carried a no-hitter into the sixth but the former Michigan Wolverine allowed five runs on five straight one-out hits, including a game-tying three-run bomb to left by Kaylyn Castillo. Taylor walked two and struck out eight.
Mack, who lasted five innings, permitted seven hits, walked four and recorded three strikeouts.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Sarah Pauly worked the final 1 2/3 for her second victory of the series.
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Norris and Pauly (2-1) threw blanks at each other through the first four innings, the two clubs combining for just three hits. Kelley Montalvo’s one-out, inside-the-park home run enabled the Racers to avert a series sweep.
Norris walked a pair and struck out six. Pauly scattered five hits and fanned five.
FRIDAY NIGHT SOFTBALL LIGHTS
Pride Crush Akron in 13-2 Win, Shults Hits First NPF Homerun
Pride: 13 Racers: 2
With 2,828 fans in attendance at Whataburger Park in Corpus Christi, Texas Friday night, Cat Osterman lead the USSSA Pride to a well-earned 13-2 win in the second game of a four-game series against the Akron Racers.
Osterman struck out 12 Racers hitters in six innings, making this game her third straight start with ten or more strikeouts. She allowed only three hits for the night, two of which were to former Pride player Charlotte Morgan, including a solo homerun in the fourth. Her third-inning hit to Ayumi Karino in the third was the first hit Osterman gave up in more than 11 innings since opening night on June 9.
The Pride continued to dominate offensively. Their 13 runs came on 16 hits. Akron starting pitcher Erin Arevalo struggled against Pride hitters, allowing eight runs on as many hits, before Jen Mineau was brought in for relief in the second inning. Exceptional offensive performances came from GiOnna DiSalvatore (2-3) with three RBIs and Francesca Enea (3-4), who scored on a wild pitch in the second.
Rookie Jessica Shults earned her first NPF homerun in the fifth inning, sending a bomb over the center field fence to extend the Pride’s lead to 11. Fellow rookie Blaire Luna made her second relief appearance in the seventh, retiring three straight batters to end the game, a much better performance than the previous night’s outing.
The Pride close out the series with the Racers in a double header Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. EST. Tune in to ESPN3 or the WatchESPN app for live coverage.
Bandits Blank Comets, 5-0
By Traci Bode
POMONA, New York – All but two Bandits in the Chicago starting lineup recorded at least one base hit and Monica Abbott tossed a four-hit shutout in the first game of a double header Friday night. The Bandits went on to defeat the Comets 5-0 in their first road trip to play the New York/New Jersey Comets, the newest addition to the NPF. The Comets acquired the rights to last season’s Carolina Diamonds after the Diamonds folded following the 2012 season.
Chicago improved to 4-1 on the season with its victory while the Comets fell to 1-4 with its loss.
Angel Bunner started on the mound for the NY/NJ Comets, giving up 11 hits and three earned runs.
Abbott scattered four hits and a pair of walks with 11 strikeouts to improve to 2-0 overall on the season. The shutout was Abbott’s second this season and she has recorded double digit strikeouts in each game pitched.
The Bandits plated two runs in the first after Megan Wiggins and Amber Patton drew a pair of walks and Alisa Goler loaded the bases with a single. Kristen Butler followed suit with a single of her own as the Bandits took an early 2-0 lead. Chicago tacked on another run in the fourth after Kazuki Watanabe reached on an error, Kimi Pohlman hit a single and a single by Wiggins scored Watanabe. Kristen Butler hit a solo shot in the fifth as the Bandits took a 4-0 lead and Eri Yamada hit another homerun, adding another run as the Bandits went on to defeat the Comets, 5-0 in the first game of the doubleheader.
Chicago Holds On To Defeat NY/NJ in Game Two, 9-6
Chicago defeated New York/New Jersey in the second game of the double header Friday with the help of a seven-run third inning, defeating the Comets, 9-6. Chicago improves to 5-1 on the season while NY/NJ falls to 1-5 on the year with its loss.
Michelle Gascoigne made her first career start in the NPF. The last time she started in a game, (June 4, 2013) she won a WCWS title with the University of Oklahoma. Gascoigne allowed eight hits and five Comet runs, while striking out six in six innings of work.
Nikki Nemitz came on in the seventh to relieve Gascoigne and close out the second game of the night. Olivia Galati started for the Comets but was replaced by Taryne Mowatt in the third.
The Bandits jumped out to an early lead in the first inning after Alisa Goler hit a two-out single and Kristen Butler’s double scored her. NY/NJ got its first run of the series in the bottom of the first off an Amanda Kamekona homerun, which tied the game at one apiece.
Chicago used a huge third inning, plating seven runs off eight hits to take an 8-1 advantage. Eri Yamada and Tammy Williams both hit two-run homeruns to highlight the rally. Also recording hits in the big inning were Goler, Brittany Cervantes, Danielle Zymkowitz, Kimi Pohlman and Amber Patton.
The Bandits were held scoreless until the seventh inning when the rookies went to work. (Spy comment: Does someone proof read these releases; how can you say the Bandits were held scoreless until the 7t h when they lead 8-1 in the 3rd?) Maggie Hull came on to hit and singled, she advanced to third and fellow rookie Nerissa Myers singled to drive her home and give Chicago an 8-1 cushion.
NY/NJ showed some life in the bottom of the seventh and gave Chicago a bit of a scare, plating five runs off six hits. Courtney Liddle hit a two-run homerun to spark a rally for the home team. A couple of singles and an error scored a pair of Comets and forced a pitching change as Nikki Nemitz came in to close out the game for the Bandits. NY/NJ plated a couple more unearned runs but the Bandits offensive surge in the third proved to be too much as Chicago went on to defeat the Comets, 9-6.
The Bandits and Comets play again tomorrow night, Saturday, June 15. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. CT.