1-16-2012 January 16 Update




National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum/Gift Shop closed for makeover

OKLAHOMA CITY –  Renovations to the National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum and Gift Shop are underway at the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America headquarters in Oklahoma City.  In an effort to upgrade our visitors’ experience, the museum and gift shop will be temporarily closed through the spring with plans to reopen before the 2012 NCAA Women’s College World Series.

Current renovations began in December 2011, and plans include a new entrance for the museum and gift shop, the installation of an elevator in the museum and an expansion to the gift shop that will display umpire clothing and accessories from OfficialGear.com.  The remodel will also feature additional Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act accommodations with new bathrooms and front doors to allow easier access for visitors. The redesigned Olympic Room, will feature digital media and text panels that summarize the 1996-2008 Olympic Games. 

Since its grand opening in 1973 at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex, the National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum has served as the national institution for the study, interpretation and appreciation of the impact of softball on society as well as honoring those individuals who have made contributions to the sport.  Two initial renovations added additional square footage at the museum and gift shop, and in 2010, the museum received a face lift which included new carpeting and additional exhibit space in the bottom floor of the building. 

 During the temporary closure, guests can still experience the National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum by taking a virtual tour at ASASoftball.com. Biographies of all National Softball Hall of Fame members are also accessible through the website. To purchase softball merchandise normally sold in the gift shop, visit SoftballOutlet.com.

The public can receive updates and images of the renovation process by visiting the ASA Facebook (www.facebook.com/asausasoftball/) and Twitter pages (twitter.com/asausasoftball/).

 SPY hopes the remodeled Museum will feature more displays relating to travel ball, the background of women’s fastpitch.  The current museum was woefully neglectful.

The Preview featuring OU, OSU, LSU and Iowa kicks off 2012 ASA Hall of Fame Complex season

 ASA PRESS RELEASE – OKLAHOMA CITY — Another year of action kicks off at the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) Hall of Fame Complex on Saturday, March 3, in Oklahoma City with The Preview presented by Jersey Mikes college showcase featuring two teams from the 2011 NCAA Women’s College World Series, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.  The University of Iowa and Louisiana State University are also participating in the four-team showcase.

The Sooners and the Cowgirls will return to the ASA Hall of Fame Complex after a successful 2011 post-season where the two rivals competed for the first time with each other in the Women’s College World Series.  The Cowgirls will face off against LSU and Iowa at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., respectfully, while the Sooners will take the field against LSU at 4 p.m.  The final game of the day will feature three 2011 USA Softball Women’s National Team members as OU’s Keilani Ricketts and Jessica Shults take the field against the Hawkeye’s and assistant coach Stacy May-Johnson at 6:30 p.m.  The Sooners roster also includes Lauren Chamberlain and Destinee Martinez, who helped lead the 2011 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team to the program’s second-consecutive Gold Medal at the 2011 International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Women’s World Championship in Cape Town, South Africa. 

In conjunction with the Preview, the ASA and the Oklahoman will be running a PENCIL DRIVE  to benefit North Highland Elementary School in Oklahoma City.  Fans are encouraged to bring a new pack of pencils and in exchange they will receive a FREE ASA Complex Souvenir Drink. * Limit one per person.

General admission all-day tickets are on sale now through the ASA for $10. To purchase tickets, call 1-800-654-8337 or visit SoftballOutlet.com. Tickets will also be on sale at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium on March 3.

In addition to Saturday, both OU and OSU will host Iowa and LSU in Norman and Stillwater in match-ups on Friday and Sunday.  For tickets and schedule please visit SoonerSports.com and OKState.com.

The Preview is just the start of an exciting line-up of events at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex featuring all levels of the sport, including high school fast pitch and slow pitch, the Jim Thorpe Native American Games, the 2012 Women’s College World Series and the ASA/USA Softball Girls’ GOLD 18-Under Fast Pitch National Championship. The 2012 USA Softball Women’s National Team and Men’s Slow Pitch National Team will also return to the stadium June 28-July 2 for the World Cup of Softball VII and Border Battle IV.

Lisa Carey Added to Sooner Staff

Former three-time All-American at Oklahoma returns in volunteer role.

NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma softball head coach Patty Gasso announced on Thursday the return of former Sooner All-American Lisa Carey who will join the Sooner coaching staff in a volunteer role. Carey returns to Norman after a nine-year stint as head coach at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan.

A three-time All-American at Oklahoma, Carey was instrumental in OU capturing its first ever Women’s College World Series title in 2000. The 2000 Big 12 Player of the Year, Carey was named to the WCWS All-Tournament team as she finished the championship season with a .405 batting average.

“Lisa is without question one of the best athletes to ever come out of this program. As a three-time All-American, she knows how to win,” said Gasso. “She has extensive head coaching experience at Washburn and this is an opportunity to bring in someone who knows the style of the Oklahoma program and its expectations. This move not only benefits the players, but benefits me as well as it gives our staff another set of eyes on the field. I’m looking forward to the head coaching experience she brings to the program and at the same time rejuvenating her love for the game.”

The first ever softball player in the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, Carey was a member of three Big 12 Championship teams. Along with her .405 batting average, Carey led the Big 12 with 90 hits, 20 home runs, 77 RBI, 173 total bases and a .779 slugging percentage as a senior.  Following her career at Oklahoma, Carey took her first coaching job at Washburn where she compiled a 256-221 record, the most wins in the program’s history. Carey took the Lady Blues to the NCAA Division II Tournament twice in 2006 and 2008. In nine seasons at the helm of Washburn, she coached 55 Lady Blues to all-MIAA honors, seven all-region team selections, the 2007 MIAA Freshman of the Year, the 2009 MIAA Most Valuable Player, 57 MIAA Academic Honor Roll award winners as well as an ESPN The Magazine Academic all-district selection.

Four-Time All-American Kelsi Dunne Joins Mississippi State Softball
STARKVILLE, Miss. – One of the most decorated pitchers in college
softball history, four-time All-American Kelsi Dunne has joined the
Mississippi State softball program as a volunteer assistant, head coach
Vann Stuedeman announced Wednesday. 
“Kelsi commands instant respect in the softball community and we’re
ecstatic that she decided to be a Bulldog and help this team reach
places we’ve never been before,” Stuedeman said. “Her ability to
thoroughly and effectively communicate her knowledge of the game to our
players will prove to be an invaluable asset for our program going
The 2010 and 2011 Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Year will
assist Stuedeman with the Maroon and White pitching staff. Having
enjoyed an accomplished four-year career under Stuedeman’s direction
at the University of Alabama (2008-11), the right-hander led her school
to three Women’s College World Series appearances. The Port Orange,
Fla., native finished her time in Tuscaloosa as the school’s all-time
strikeout leader (1,219), while also shattering the school record in
career strikeouts per seven innings (9.82) and lowest opponent batting
average (.165).
“To work under Vann and help her current pitching staff is an
opportunity that I’m extremely grateful for,” Dunne said. “I look
forward to using my passion and knowledge of the game to maximize player
development here in Starkville.”
After earning a bachelor’s degree in business management and
administration in December 2010, Dunne was selected first overall in the
2011 National Pro Fastpitch Draft by the NPF Diamonds. Currently, the
newest Bulldog is pursuing her master’s degree in sport management.


Patton and T. Williams sign on for 2012 season


ROSEMONT, Ill. – Chicago Bandits GM Aaron M. Moore announced the re-signing of third baseman, Amber Patton, and shortstop, Tammy Williams for the 2012 season.

Drafted out of DePaul University by the Bandits as the 20th overall selection in the 2009 NPF Senior Draft, Patton has seen time in both the outfield and third base. Patton, who was on the 2009 All-NPF team, finished the 2011 season with 29 hits, a .250 batting average and a .310 on-base percentage.


Taken by the Bandits as the 10th overall pick in the same draft class as Patton, Williams made a splash her rookie season, grabbing the honor of both Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year.

After spending the 2010 season with Team USA and Team Denzo in the Japanese league, Williams came back fired up to be a part of the Bandits in 2011. She finished the season with 21 hits, a .288 batting average and a .409 on-base percentage.  


Alex Flores– 2013 – C/3rd –Oregon Thunder Gold ,Portland State University


Case Batbusters 18 Gold (Bob Wenk)

Ambar Hickman 2012-Pitcher-Towson University

Emily Strom 2012-CF-Southern Oregon University

Brenda Bott 2012-C/3rd-Wagner College

Sam Hernandez 2013-OF-Wagner College

Lexy Dominguez 2012-C/OF- North Carolina A & T State University



The excellent cast includes the noted British actor John Hurt.  Among many other roles, he received international acclaim for “Elephant Man.”

I met Hurt at the Carnivore restaurant outside Nairobi in 1986.  The Carnivore, which is actually out in the bush, features native game – don’t ask.  I was at table with a Major General of the Kenyan army and some US Embassy types. Earlier in the day, we had been discussing cocaine traffic through Kenya, especially the port of Mombasa, but also casual cocaine use by tourists – including a film colony shooting a safari flick in the Serenghetti. American accents carried over to the next table where Hurt was dining with a very attractive young blonde.  She asked where I was from; one tidbit led to another, then she and Hurt joined our table.  Sparkling conversation about safaris and the legends of Kilimanjaro.  While suspecting that Hurt’s film crew was using cocaine, the general and I agreed silently to say nothing.  But, the blonde, after staring at me for a few minutes, realized she had seen my photo in the Times,which lay folded on the table next to Hurt, and shouted to Hurt, “He’s some kind of international narc.”  She immediately grabbed her purse, and they quickly made their goodbyes and left. 



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