OCTOBER 30 2011 UPDATE
ISF CONCLUDES BUSY XXV CONGRESS
Events Awarded, Partnerships Enhanced, Honors Given at Biennial Gathering
ISF Press Release
OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Four busy days of softball business concluded here tonight at the International Softball Federation’s XXV Congress, marking the first time in ten years that the event has taken place in the United States. Delegates from exactly 70 countries were on-hand for meetings covering both on- and off-field activity.
The adjournment of the meeting at the Oklahoma City Marriott was preceded by the awarding of the next ISF Congress (2013). In electronic balloting, Cartagena, Colombia, won a close vote over Prague, Czech Republic.
The day began with a presentation by International World Games Association President Ron Froelich, who talked about the multi-sport event that softball (women’s fast pitch) was a part of in 2009 (Taiwan) and will again be on the programme of in two years (Cali, Colombia). Mr. Froelich is also a member of the International Olympic Committee’s Programme Commission and made remarks during a forum yesterday on softball’s Olympic reinstatement efforts, as one of the eight sports on the shortlist announced this past July by the IOC for the 2013 vote on the 2020 Games Programme.
Following Mr. Froelich’s presentation, the delegates heard from representatives of Special Olympics, with whom the ISF signed a partnership agreement in June. ISF President Don Porter and ISF 1st Vice President Dale McMann then awarded the ISF Medal of Honor – the highest recognition given by the world governing body – to Special Olympics, who was represented by Samantha Powell, a Special Olympics softball athlete from Oklahoma City, in accepting the honor.
Other honorees coming out of this session are the latest class elected by the ISF Hall of Fame Commission and approved by the full Congress. They include:
PLAYERS: Peta Edebone (Australia), Linda Marie Ford (Bahamas), Paul Maisey (Australia), Robert “Chubb” Tangaroa (New Zealand), Ray Tilley (Canada), Gina Weber (New Zealand)
COACHES: Alfred “Ali” Culmer (Bahamas), Bob Harrow (Australia), Ramon Lopez (Venezuela), Hung-Cheng Tseng (Chinese Taipei)
ADMINISTRATORS: Juan Manuel Arambula (Mexico), Franco Caverzan (Venezuela), Guller Eriksen (Denmark)
MERITORIOUS SERVICE: Russell Moffat (New Zealand)
The Congress also gave their support to the continuation of talks with the International Baseball Federation to explore the possibility of a joint Olympic reinstatement bid.
In addition to the next Congress, other host cities chosen for future ISF events were Haarlem, Netherlands (2014 Women’s World Championship), Whitehorse, Yukon (Canada) (2014 Jr. Men’s World Championship), and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (Canada) (2015 Men’s World Championship).
South Africa, the host of next month’s ISF IX Jr. Women’s World Championship (19-and-under, fast pitch), also gave a presentation today, updating the delegates on the progress of the 16-nation tournament that gets underway in 37 days.
Sooners Claim Own Fall Festival
OU ends the weekend event with 4-0 record with event’s second run rule.
NORMAN, Okla. — The Oklahoma softball program claimed its own Fall Festival as it defeated Connors State 10-0 in a six-inning run-rule victory on Sunday to finish the weekend event with a record of 4-0. The Sooners outscored their Fall Festival opponents 34-3 with Sunday’s win their second run-rule victory of the festival. OU collected 13 hits Sunday while no hitting Connors State as OU moved to 7-0 in the fall.
The Sooners first got on the board with two runs in the bottom of the second before adding three more in the bottom of the third. OU went back-to-back innings without a run before plating five runs in the bottom of the sixth to end the game an inning early.
OU opened the festival on Friday with a 10-0 win over Odessa College before winning back-to-back games versus North Central Texas (8-2) and Murray State (6-1) on Saturday.
Next up for the Sooners is a Thursday night exhibition contest versus the National Pro Fastpitch All-Stars. The contest at Marita Hynes Field kicks off at 7 p.m. and will feature a squad made up of All-Stars from the NPF’s four teams including six former Olympians.
NPF All-Stars Tops Duck Softball, 5-0
EUGENE – The University of Oregon softball team suffered its first loss of the fall exhibition slate Thursday night by a 5-0 score to the NPF All-Stars at Howe Field.
The group of players from the National Pro Fastpitch league touched Duck pitchers for 10 hits, and scored once in the third and fifth innings, and three times in the seventh.
Duck hitters struck out 15 times, and junior outfielder Allie Burger was the team’s lone baserunner with her walk in the third inning.
On the mound for the Ducks, junior starter Jessica Moore pitched the first five innings, struck out seven, gave up seven hits, and both of her runs allowed were earned.
Freshman Karissa Hovinga worked the final two innings, struck out one, walked none, yielded three hits, and one of her three runs allowed were earned.
The All-Stars scored their first run in the third inning on an RBI double by Duck volunteer coach Sam Marder – a former three-time All-American for Ohio State.
In the fifth inning, the visitors added another run on a solo homer by former UCLA All-American Andrea Duran to left field.
In the seventh, UO gave up its final three runs on three straight hits with two outs. After singles by former Long Island All-American Bianca Meija and Marder, former Husky All-American Jenn Salling singled to right field, and came around to score on a multi-base throwing error on a rundown between first and second base.
Earlier this week as part of its Back to School Tour, the same NPF squad topped Washington, 1-0, and Oregon State, 2-0, in games in Seattle and Corvallis. The past month, UO beat Corban College, 6-5 and 10-9, in eight innings. Oregon also beat PSU 5-3 in Portland and 13-2 at home vs. the Vikings. Looking ahead, UO hosts Oregon State on Sunday, October 29 in its final fall exhibition. The doubleheader starts at noon, and offers free admission.
COMBINED NO-HITTER BY TARANGO AND ELLEN RENFROE LEADS UT PAST WALTERS ST., 2-0
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – A combined no-hitter from freshman starter Cheyanne Tarango and sophomore Ellen Renfroe helped the Tennessee Lady Vol softball team to a 2-0 victory over Walters State in the opener of a fall doubleheader on Sun., Oct. 30, at the Lee Softball Stadium.
As the starting pitcher, Tarango struck out 10 batters and walked two over five innings of work, while Renfroe K’ed five in two frames of relief effort.
Lady Vol freshman catcher Hannah Akamine picked up an RBI in the fourth after getting hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Junior third baseman Raven Chavanne (1-for-3), senior center fielder Ashley Andrews (1-for-3), sophomore Whitney Hammond (1-for-1, run scored) and senior first baseman Shelby Burchell (1-for-2, double, walk) recorded hits for the Big Orange offense. Recent Pan Am Games gold medalist and starting UT second baseman Lauren Gibson was 0-for-1 but was hit by a pair of pitches and later scored a tally.
UT is being forced to play this fall season without the services of 2010 NFCA All-American Kat Dotson and 2011 SEC All-Freshman selection Madison Shipman as both continue recovery after off-season surgery.
“I was very pleased with the pitching, especially Cheyanne Tarango throwing five innings of no-hit ball in the opener and combining with Ellen Renfroe on a no-hitter,” Lady Vol Co-Head Coach Ralph Weekly said. “Both Ivy (Renfroe) and Cat (Hosfield) both threw well in the second game. We decided that today was going to be a day when we played everybody, and we did play everybody. Both coaches had free substitution and brought a lot of players in and out. There were a lot of good things today, and there were a lot of things we need to work on.”
The early story of the opener proved to be the overwhelming pitching effort of Tarango in the circle for the Lady Vols.
The Anaheim Hills, Calif., native rolled through the opening three frames against the Senators, striking out seven of the first nine batters she faced including all three during a dominant second frame.
The Lady Vol offense managed to grab the lead in the bottom of the fourth without the benefit of a single hit against Walters State starting pitcher Kelsey Weddle. Gibson opened the frame by getting hit by a pitch. Senior first baseman Shelby Burchell walked and sophomore left fielder Melissa Davin bunted and reached via an error to load the bags with no one down. Rookie catcher Hannah Akamine picked up an RBI after being struck by a pitch to force in Gibson for a 1-0 advantage.
WSCC attempted to answer right back in the top of the fifth as Tarango finally permitted the first Senator base runners of the game via a pair of one-out walks. A pitch got past Akamine behind the dish to allow the Walters State duo to reach scoring position. UT’s hurler was up to the task, however, responding to the threat with her ninth and 10th strikeouts of the contest to end the threat.
UT added to its advantage in the bottom of the fifth after sophomore pinch hitter Whitney Hammond led off with an infield bunt single. The Chattanooga, Tenn., native eventually advanced to third on a groundout and a wild pitch, before racing home on an errant throw to first by WSCC to make it 2-0.
From there Ellen Renfroe was dominant by striking out five of the six Walters State batters she faced over the sixth and seventh frames to complete to combined no-hit effort.
BROWN, GIBSON AND TARANGO EACH POST TWO RBIS AS UT SWEEPS WALTERS ST., 8-0
In the finale of a fall doubleheader on Sun., Oct. 30, at the Lee Softball Stadium, two-RBI efforts from Big Orange junior Melissa Brown (3-for-4,) junior second baseman Lauren Gibson (2-for-2, double, two walks) and freshman first baseman Cheyanne Tarango helped power Tennessee softball past Walters State, 8-0.
UT freshman shortstop Hannah Akamine also contributed a 2-for-3, double, walk, RBI effort for the Tennessee offense, while junior third baseman Raven Chavanne was 2-for-3 with a walk.
The Lady Vol offense tried to get started in the bottom of the first as Chavanne led off the inning with a bunt single. After sophomore right fielder Whitney Hammond (2-for-3) advanced the runner to second on a bouncer back to the circle, Gibson joined her teammate on the base paths via walk. Unfortunately, the duo was eventually left stranded at second and third on consecutive UT groundouts.
Walters State managed to get the lead-off batter on base to christen the top of the second via a walk. After a liner to senior center fielder Holly Baker for the initial out of the frame, Tennessee’s combo of freshman shortstop Hannah Akamine, Gibson and Tarango turned a perfect 6-4-3 double play to conclude the frame.
Walks by Akamine and senior catcher Ashley Andrews to go along with a single off the bat of Brown loaded the bases for the Big Orange in the bottom of the second with one retired. A fielder’s choice and a pop-up to short raised Tennessee’s left on base count to five through the opening two innings.
Despite allowing the first single of the game to the Senators in the top of the third, UT starting pitcher Cat Hosfield posted her first two strikeouts of the contest to get out of the frame with no damage done.
After back-to-back walks issued to Gibson and senior Shelby Burchell to begin the bottom of the third, Akamine ripped a two-bagger just inside the left field line for an RBI as Tennessee nabbed a 1-0 lead. With two retired Brown lined a promising shot to short but Walters State’s Brittany Heffner made a great leaping catch to leave two more Lady Vols stranded in scoring position.
Brought into the contest in relief starting the top of the fourth, Ivy Renfroe got the first two outs of the frame before allowing a double to left center by WSCC first baseman Lindsay Loudermilk. The Jackson, Tenn., native responded immediately with a strikeout, however, to leave the Senator runner stranded in scoring position.
Tennessee improved on its advantage in the bottom of the fourth. With Chavanne on via a one-out walk and Hammond on after a single over short, Gibson delivered an RBI double off the wall in left. Tarango followed soon after by lifting a sacrifice fly to short left to make it 3-0, Lady Vols.
With Renfroe in control from the circle (two K’s in the top of the fifth), fifth-inning walks drawn by UT freshman Hannah Trainer and junior Morgan Fowler set the stage for an RBI single by Brown to raise the advantage to 4-0.
The UT lead expanded in the bottom of the sixth via an RBI single by Gibson. Then Walters State’s hurler uncorked a pitch that eluded the catcher, scoring a run, before Tarango delivered an RBI on a groundout to improve it to 7-0. Brown delivered yet another RBI single to plate another tally as UT picked up its eighth tally.
Permitted to bat because the run-rule wasn’t utilized, Senator catcher Randi Wimpie led off the top of the seventh with a double just inside the right field line. Renfroe responded to the WSCC hit by striking out the side to complete UT’s second straight shutout.
Tri-State Thunder Gold
Nicole King 2012 Univ. of New Haven
Taylor Henry 2012 Georgetown Univ.
NW Bullets GOLD – commitments
Class of 2012
Jennette Isaac – of – Eastern Illinois University
Class of 2013
Kelsie Gardner – of – Portland State University
Samantha Shanahan – mi – Penn State University
Katie Sutherland-Finch – rhp – University of California, Berkeley