1-1-2011 January 1 2011 Update

JANUARY 1 2011 UPDATE

HAPPY NEW YEAR

A New Year Message from Spy

My passage through the course of a long, frequently adventurous journey, has been populated by popes and presidents, kings and queens, ministers of various ranks in numerous lands, members of the Senate and House, bureaucrats of high and low station – and enough rogues and spies to fill a good-sized prison. As the calendar turns over again today, signaling ever more clearly that I am deep in the winter of my years, the highs and lows of that life pass in reflection, events of major and minor significance in more than 130 countries.  Their visages and my interactions with these people are burned into memories never far from conscious thought.  Yet, events which I once thought were the grandest of accomplishments stand down in the sense of personal fulfillment to the experience of partaking in the world of fastpitch softball.  I can say, without equivocation, that some of the finest people I have known the world over are the players, coaches, parents, managers and others who make up that world.  This could be the final year, the great challenge of publishing Spy Softball has taken its toll, financially and physically.  But, whenever that last chapter is written, in this or another year to come, know you all that, in the words of famous bon vivant Pogo Poole, it has been a pleasure to be a member of your company.

USA NATIONAL TEAMS

Spy has received the following information from National Teams Director Ronnie Isham, in response to Spy questions:

Applications are being taken for the USA WNT Coaching Pool until January 5, the pool will be named in mid January with coaching assignments made prior to March 1st.  All current coaches have been evaluated and may or may not be re-assigned or selected as a coach for the WNT or the JWNT. The 2011 WNT and Pan Am Games Team will be selected at a Selection Camp in early June.  The JWNT stays intact.

 

WORLD YOUTH CUP DAY TWO

(reported by ISF)

Although 17 games would be played over the course of today’s first full day of games at the Easton Foundation Youth World Cup in Plant City, Florida, it was more about the off-field events at the International Softball Federation’s world headquarters complex.

While sport has always been a source of eliminating barriers and bringing people together, today that is complemented by it being New Year’s Eve.  The age 16-and-under athletes along with the coaches and families that have traveled with them will have memories of the calendar changing to 2011 while amidst fellow softballers.

Furthermore, the opportunity to interact socially with other teams was given to the event participants with a (catered) solidarity dinner this evening just outside the ISF’s administration building.

 The morning had begun with Regina Gold (from Saskatchewan, Canada) defeating Russia, 6-2.  Russia jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but was done in by four errors and a Regina offense that got on the board in each of the second through fifth innings.  Losing pitcher Stephanie Koop led the offense, going 2-for-3 at the plate, while posting nine strikeouts over four innings, although she walked four batters as well.  Six different Regina players had one hit apiece as they rebounded from a close opening day defeat (2-1).

Meanwhile, the host Plant City team (Legends) was triumphant over another Florida team, the (Windermere) Wildfire, 8-3.  The second and fifth innings were where the winners did most of the damage, scoring three and four runs respectively.  All the runs in the fifth inning came after the first two batters were out with the score only 4-2 at that point.  The Wildfire committed six errors and starting pitcher Chase Cassady walked five batters in five-and-a-third innings.  Plant City was led by centerfielder Cacey Simmons, who went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs.

During the same time slot, Northwest Elite (Oregon) was defeating Brazil, 3-1.  The winners got four consecutive singles in the top of the fourth en route to scoring all of their runs to support the pitching of Mackenzie Spencer, who had a whopping 13 strikeouts in six innings.  Centerfielder Kiana Wood led the victors with a 3-for-3 performance at the plate (all singles).  It was another two-run decision for Brazil, who had opened the tournament with a 2-0 victory last night over another team from the Pacific northwest (near Vancouver, Canada).

Four games took place at 12 Noon, with the main stadium hosting Manitoba #2 (Canada) posting a big 12-1 victory over the Bahamas.  It was the Bahamas taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but after that it was all Manitoba.  The Canadians scored three times in the second and six in the third, taking advantage of a game total of eight errors by the Bahamians.  Four different Manitoba players had two hits each and pitcher Mia Gautron had twelve strikeouts in five-and-a-third innings in picking up the win.

In a slugfest, the Easton California Impact outlasted the Colorado All-Stars, 10-8.  The Impact charged out to a 6-0 lead after two innings and was up 10-3 after three, but the All-Stars kept coming but couldn’t get closer than two runs.  Katy Kibbe had the big bat for the winners, going 3-for-3 with two RBI.  Kristyn Peters put up the same numbers for Colorado.

A team from the host county, the South Florida Mini Bulls, posted a 5-0 victory over the East Norriton (Pennsylvania) Avalanche.  Winning pitcher Erica Nunn was a difference-maker, holding the Avalanche to just two hits over seven innings while striking out 13 and walking just one.  She also led the Mini Bulls offensively with a 2-for-3 outing and a run scored and one run batted in.

And, the Sarasota Quicksilver topped the Philippines, 6-2.  A four-run top of the third inning helped the Quicksilver on their way to victory.  Eight different players had hits for the victors, including Mia Fung, who went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.

The mid-afternoon games (2:30) were all quite close – except for Puerto Rico blanking the Plant City Legends, 7-0.  Right fielder Nilbeth Torres was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, to go with two runs scored and an RBI and three of her teammates had two hits apiece as Plant City could only hope for a better outcome in their next game.  The Legends managed just two hits off of two Puerto Rico pitchers.  The winners were scoreless in their first at-bat but then got runs in the top of the second, third, fourth, and fifth innings.

The Orlando Flames got past the White Rock (Canada) Renegades, 6-4.  White Rock was up 4-1 after an inning-and-a-half but Orlando got a pair of runs in the third and fifth innings, sandwiched around a single tally in the fourth in taking advantage of four Renegades error in victory.  The combined ten runs came on just eleven combined hits, with only Orlando catcher Sara Newman getting more than one.

The East Norriton Avalanche bounced back from their earlier loss by winning 5-2 over Manitoba #1.  The winners charged right out of the gate with four runs in the bottom of the first inning, highlighted by a Shannon DeFusco bases-clearing triple.  Manitoba outhit the winners, 9-5, but stranded eight runners, including three to end the top of the second inning.

The Colorado All-Stars also rebounded from a defeat earlier today when they posted a 4-1 win over Regina Gold.  They also rebounded from an early 1-0 hole and held Regina to just two hits.  Mallory Paulson went 2-for-2 with a run scored and one run batted in, plus she picked up the save by pitching one inning, in which she struck out two Regina batters.

And, Ontario Red (Canada) defeated the Oviedo (Florida) Blaze, 4-1.  Ironically, yesterday the Blaze had won over another Canadian team, only to have the tables turned today.

Final scores for Day 2’s final five games are below.  Additional information will be added into this portion of the Day 2 recap on Saturday morning (Jan. 1), to include the boxscores for that quintet of games, which were:

Ontario Red 3 vs. Easton California Impact 1
Ontario Black 11 vs. (South) Korea 0
(Windermere, Florida) Wildfire 11 vs. Manitoba #2 6
Sarasota Quicksilver 6 vs. Brazil 0
Orlando Flames 3 vs. Philippines 0

NOTABLE 2010 DEATHS IN THE ATHLETIC WORLD

Bob Feller,  baseball

Pat Burns, Hockey

Bob Fenimore, football

Clint Hartung, baseball

Quinton Dailey, basketball

Ken Iman, football

Joe Brown, baseball

Carl Braun, basketball

Nellie King, baseball

Keith Alexander, English football

Tom Brookshier, football

Vince Banonis, football

Don Doll, football

Manute Bol, basketball

Clyde King, baseball

Dottie Kamenshek, women’s baseball

Bill Dudley, football

Nodar Kumaritashvili, luge

Yeardley Love, lacrosse

Lew Carpenter, football

Gil McDougal, baseball

Franklin Meuli, basketball

Willie Davis, baseball

Dodge Morgan, sailor

Bobby Bragan, baseball

Robin Roberts, baseball

Maurice Lucas, basketball

Danny McDevitt, baseball

Fred Morrison, Frisbee inventor

Dave Niehaus, broadcaster

Melin Olsen, football

Bob Probert, hockey

Don Meredith, football (the party’s over)

Bob Sheppard, announcer

Patricia Rico, track and field official

Ron Santo, baseball

Fred Schaus, basketball

Freddy Schuman, baseball comedian

Don Coyell, football

Larry Siegfried, basketball

Chester Simmons, broadcaster

Andy Irons, surfer

Jack Tatum, football

Ralph Houck, baseball

Juan Antonio Samaranch, Olympics

George Blanda, football

Sparky Anderson, baseball

Bobby Thomson, baseball

George Steinbrenner, baseball

John Wooden, basketball

CELEBRITIES WHO PASSED OUR WAY

Elizabeth Edwards

Dennis Hopper

Dixie Carter

John Forsythe

Lena Horne

Leslie Nielsen

Jill Clayburgh

Patricia Neal

Corey Haim

Alexander Haig

Rue McClanahan

Tony Curtis

Gary Coleman

Alexander McQueen

Lynn Redgrave

Gloria Stuart

Andrew Koenig

Tom Bosley

Greg Giraldo

Mitch Miller

Barbara Billingsley

Zelda Rubinstein

Capt Phil Harris

Jimmy Dean

Malcom McLaren,

Pernell Rob erts

Jean Simmons

Robert Culp

Art Linkletter

Rich Cronin

Solomon Burke

Eddie Fisher

Peter Graves

J.D. Salinger

Richard Holbrooke

Elaine Kaufman (of Elaine’s)

Casey Johnson

Ted Stevens

Daniel Schorr

Robert Byrd

Helen Wagner

Dorothy Height

Wilma Mankiller

Colin Redgrave

Stewart Udall

Fess Parker

Kathryn Grayson

Dick Francis

Charlie Wilson

John Murtha

Frances Reid

R Mosbacher

Erich Segal

Miep Gies

Dan Rostenkowski

Edwin Newman

Harold Dould

Arthur Penn

Stephen J Cannell

Leona Gage

Dame Joan Sutherland

Gregory Isaacs

James MacArthur

Theodore Sorensen

Blake Edwards

Billy Taylor

Teena Marie

Steve Landesberg

Irvin Kershner

Lauri “Bambi” Bembenek

Dino De Laurentis

David Wolper

Can you name one significant fact about each of these players and celebrities?

Thanks for the memories

 

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