11-10-10 November 10 Update

NOVEMBER 10 UPDATE

SPY has posted 287 photos from the Sun Classic at Wide World of Sports on our Picasa web site:  www.picasaweb.google.com/spysoftballQuality is not as good compared to photos shot for years by Dennis Andersen who is somewhere in the mountain wilderness of Panama.

COMMITMENTS

Morgan Buie – 2012 – Catcher – Mac-N-Sietz Naturals (KS) – Morehead State University
Mattie Fowler, SS, Desert Thunder, signed NLI with Nebraska
EraShawna Sadler, Southern Force 2011 Middle infielder committed to Western Kentucky University

Texas Glory Gold- Foutch 2011 / 2012 Commitments

Misty Dooley, 2011, SS/OF, Denton, TX, Ryan High School, Commits to Angelina College(TX)
Micah Foutch,2011,1B, Denton, TX, Ryan High School, Western Oklahoma State
MacKenzie Middlebrook, 2011, SS, Mesquite,TX, Mesquite Poteet High School, University of Texas at Dallas
Chelsea Patterson, 2011, 2B, Decatur, TX, Decatur High School, East Central University(Oklahoma)
Shannon Carrico, 2012, P, San Angelo, TX, Wall High School, Texas Tech University
Cara Hoover, 2012, C, Azle, TX, Azle High School, Abilene Christian University(Texas)
Malori Moss, 2012, 3B/OF, Chico, TX, Chico High School, Western Oklahoma State
Paige Stevens, 2012, OF, Mesquite, TX, North Mesquite High School, Abilene Christian University

Georgia Impact 18 Gold (Watts)
2011 Committed:
Alex Bettis – OF/P  Spartanburg Methodist University
Ainsley Faulk – 2b/OF  Auburn University, Montgomery
Brandi Hughes – P/3b/1b  Auburn University, Montgomery
Megan Nesbit – 1b  Mississippi State
Ashley Simon – SS/2b  Jacksonville University
Lyndsey York – OF/C  Presbyterian College

2011 uncommitted:
Amanda Chastain – P
Forest Skelton – SS/P
Courtney Watts – Utility/P

DeMarini Zephyrs

University of Illinois-Cheyenne Rankin-2012 1B-OF Paola, KS
University of Nebraska-Keandria Stokes-2012 OF- Olathe, KS

North Carolina Challengers Commitment

Kaitlyn O’Shea, 2011 Graduate, has committed to play softball for Coach Stacey
Schramm and the George Washington University Colonials in the fall of 2011.

NJ MC Belles

Nikki Caruso – OF/2B to the University of Pittsburgh
Samantha Frungillo – C/1B to Fairfield University
Kayla Lombardo – 3B/SS to Fordham University
Brianna Schauer – SS/3B to Iona College

COACHES CLINIC

The clinic brochure is out for the 2011 Advanced Softball Coaches Clinic that will be held in Charlotte on January 28-29, 2011.

If you did not receive a clinic brochure and would like to have one:

1) Go on line:  www.nationalsportsclinics.com and click on the Charlotte Clinic.  It will give you all the information you need.

You will not want to miss hearing Tim Walton, from the University of Florida, Donna Papa, from University of North Carolina, Connie Clark, from the University of Texas and others teach the game of softball

CORRECTION

Sun Classic: Lake Breeze defeated Teamsmith 3-2.

COLLEGE SOFTBALL CAMP

PRESS RELEASE

The 2011 College Softball Camp will be held January 8-9, 2011 at the Coquille Sports Complex, just off I-12 in Covington, LA. Covington is located north of New Orleans, in-between Slidell and Hammond, LA. This is an opportunity for high school players from the south to participate in workouts over two days with over 35 college coaches from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama & Texas. Players will rotate through various skills stations being instructed by the camp staff, as well as participate in live scrimmage & game action. Pitchers will work with Sherry Werner PhD, nationally noted biomechanics expert, author and researcher for windmill pitching. Campers will be introduced, instructed, and exposed to the college coach camp staff for 15 hours over the two days. A special FCA devotional led by college coaches will be held early Sunday morning for any campers and parents that would like to attend. 

Registration for the two-day camp is $175. Don’t delay as the camp has sold out in its previous three years, and 2011 applications have already exceeded the number received at this time last year by 40%. Last year, 245 young ladies from 15 states attended the camp. You can find detailed information on the camp, lodging, directions, contact info, schedule, camp video, and bio’s of the college coach staff online. Registration forms and a camp flyer can also be printed from the camp website: www.collegesoftballcamp.com

The following universities that were on the 2010 camp staff are scheduled to return: Louisiana State University, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, University of Southern Mississippi, Southeastern Louisiana University, Louisiana Tech, Nicholls State University, Southern University, Millsaps College, Louisiana College, McNeese University, Mississippi College, Southern University, University of South Alabama, Belhaven University, Northwestern State University, University of Louisiana Monroe, Delta State University, William Carey College, Stephen F Austin, University of West Alabama, Troy University,  West Virginia University Institute of Technology, LSU Eunice, Co-Lin CC, Jones County CC, Marion Military CC, and a number of additional schools to be added. The camper to college coach ratio is 9 to 1.

The free coaching clinic will return on Sunday, open to all high school, travel, and recreation coaches. Watch for the detailed coach clinic lineup and schedule to be published December 10. This camp is not a fund raising opportunity for any high school, travel team, recreation department, company, nor staged for any personal profit. The resources are directed back to support the college coaches and their programs.

RECRUITING SEMINAR

Hosted by
Snyder Baseball & Softball Academy
6614 James Madison Hwy
Haymarket, VA 20169
703.754.6810
www.SnyderBaseball.com

All Camps will take place at Snyder Baseball & Softball Academy
www.ProSoftballTraining.com
Advanced Softball Clinics  with  Professional Softball Coaches  Carie Dever-Boaz and  Erin Goettlicher

Pitching Clinics
Recruiting Seminars
Team Camps

November 19-21, 2010
www.ProSoftballTraining.com

ISF SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH HELIOS

Industry Leader Retained to Gain Corporate Partners

PLANT CITY, FLORIDA (USA) – The International Softball Federation has signed an agreement with Helios to acquire sponsorships on behalf of the world governing body.  The announcement was made by ISF President Don Porter and is effective immediately, beginning with preparing assets and then soon moving into securing sponsorships, with Helios having exclusive worldwide rights to work as such on behalf of the ISF.

“Helios is a major player on the Olympic and international sporting landscape,” Mr. Porter said.  “Their proven track record and impressive list of clients and contacts have all given us great confidence in taking them on for this important service to our Federation and our sport.”

The ISF president added that, “Clearly we are very serious about continuing to promote and develop our sport not only in the 128 countries where we already have member federations, but in other nations as well.  Surely these programs and opportunities will hold great value and appeal for companies looking to penetrate certain or all locations where we are and where we intend to go.  The sport of softball is not going away and we look forward to having multi-national or international partners onboard with us soon as we continue this new era that began with our re-branding from a new ISF logo to our web domains and to what still lies ahead.”

“We are very excited about working with the International Softball Federation,” said Terrence Burns, President of Helios Partners.  “There are very few sports that offer such a strong combination of worldwide reach and grassroots popularity for potential corporate partners.  Softball is one of those sports, and we’re looking forward to helping further its growth and global presence.”

The ISF is the world governing body of the sport as recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and SportAccord (formerly the General Association of International Sports Federations). Softball (women’s fast pitch) made its Olympic debut at the 1996 Games in Atlanta. There are 128 affiliated countries in the ISF and millions of participants in the sport worldwide.  The sport is contested in more than a dozen multi-sport Games.

Serving a wide range of global clients, with offices in Atlanta, London, Paris and Beijing, Helios Partners specializes in sponsorship consulting, sports property representation, and bid city and organizing committee consulting.

 Former Horns lead NPF All-Stars past Texas Softball, 2-0
November 7
Texas ex Cat Osterman tosses a complete game and fans 17 and Loryn Johnson connects for a solo homer to lead the NPF All-Stars.

AUSTIN, Texas – Former Longhorns Cat Osterman and Loryn Johnson shined for the NPF All-Stars as they downed the Texas Softball team, 2-0, Sunday night at Red & Charline McCombs Field. Osterman’s performance was vintage as she fanned 17 Longhorns, allowed just one hit and walked none in 7.0 innings of work, while Johnson smashed a solo home run in the second inning.

Osterman earned the victory in the circle for the NPF and Texas sophomore starter Blaire Luna was saddled with the loss for the Horns after allowing one run on three hits, walking one and striking out two. Freshman righthander Rachel Fox came on to throw the final 3.0 frames, surrendering one run on four hits, striking out two and walking one.

The NPF kicked off the scoring in the second with Johnson’s towering blast to leftfield and added a second tally in the sixth when designated player Samantha Findlay hit a line drive home run to straightaway centerfield.

Texas freshman infielder Karina Scott touched Osterman for Texas’ lone hit in the fifth inning when she laced a single through the left side of the infield.

Findlay and first baseman Megan Gibson headlined the NPF order with two hits apiece in the victory.

The game marks the end of the Longhorns’ fall exhibition season. Texas returns to action on Thursday, Feb. 10 when it kicks off its 2011 calendar at home against Louisville.

POST-GAME QUOTES

Head coach Connie Clark

On what the team learned from the fall season: I think the biggest thing is that, as always, we try to get better each week that we come out and have our team practice.  I think the thing I liked best as we built up to our final game tonight was the compete factor.  Obviously we saw Cat (Osterman) a couple weeks ago and I wanted to see how they would respond. I thought our approach was great, I thought we competed well, and it was fantastic to have a great crowd tonight.  I was hoping we would get a great crowd with having that type of quality club in just for them to see just what life after college is all about, so I appreciate the crowd coming out and being supportive in our offseason.

On the sound defensive play by Texas: I like the fact that in the fall we have a lot of people in and out of the lineup getting looks for everybody and utilizing our entire lineup.  I feel like we saw growth across everyone on the roster and that’s what we’re looking for so that we don’t miss a beat and that we have the versatility and depth that we need.  I think we feel comfortable with that.  We’ll have Kim Bruins back in the spring as well, so I like our situation with the depth and versatility that we have.

On how the team can grow from facing quality competition: I think it helps us just from a compete standpoint.  Cat’s stuff is just filthy and I think she was in a different gear tonight. She threw very well.  What I liked about our pitchers, Blaire (Luna) and Rachel (Fox) both, is that their big key over the last few weeks has been just like real estate: location, location, location. That’s what we have been keying on, and with this type of hitter, if you leave it in the wrong location you are going to get instant feedback.  We got that once for sure tonight on Loryn Johnson’s home run.  With (Samantha) Findlay, it could have been a little bit better location, but she just did a great job.  So it was great to have us work on that.  For the most part we made some great progress there and I feel great with Blaire and Rachel.  Having KB (Kim Bruins) back and healthy gives us an opportunity.  If you have great pitching, you have an opportunity and I like our opportunities heading into the spring.

Sophomore rightfielder Taylor Hoagland

On facing former Longhorn Cat Osterman: You just try to take in everything that you know about her from watching film and reading notes. You just kind of have to think of her as another pitcher.  Obviously she is Cat Osterman, I’m not taking anything away from that.  She is a great pitcher, phenomenal, but you have to go out there with the mentality of “You’re not going to beat me.”

NPF All-STARS QUOTES

NPF catcher Megan Willis

On playing against her former team: It’s amazing. I think it’s something that I know I’ve wanted to do for the past four years.  Last year coaching the Longhorns was a lot of fun, but playing against them is a different experience.  The crowd here is great.  That’s what you always remember.  I know that Cat, Loryn and I were really looking forward to coming back home and playing.

On coming back to Austin and playing with Cat Osterman:  That’s another special experience.  Her and I had a great time together at Texas, and we still get to do that in the National Pro Fastpitch league.  To bring our professional league back to Austin with three Longhorns is exciting for us and for the fans.  They really enjoy seeing Cat out there and watching us play together.

On the big crowd:  It was awesome and kind of tough.  The fans are always loyal to the Longhorns, and although there were three former Longhorns on our NPF team, the fans were not going to cheer for us until the end of the game. 

On some of the NPF teammates staying for The Eyes of Texas:  Yeah I thought that was pretty special.  You’ve got players from college teams all over the country on this team.  I think the best part of this tour is going out and seeing all the different campuses.  I know all of us really enjoy seeing the different crowds and different fields.

NPF second baseman Loryn Johnson

On your feelings before the game and after the home run: Before the game I was a little nervous. Blaire Luna does a great job pitching.  I had the luxury of playing behind her for one year.  She’s does a great job of keeping hitters off balance.  After my first two swings I was a little skiddish, but after that it was a great feeling seeing the burnt orange nation behind me even though I’m not in a Texas uniform

On playing with Cat Osterman for the first time:  She makes it pretty easy on defense.  She’s one of the best pitchers in the world.  It’s a once in a lifetime experience.  Our team was supposed to have her all summer, but unfortunately she was traded.  Playing with a fellow Longhorn with such great status is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

NPF pitcher Cat Osterman

On pitching against the Longhorns back in Austin:  It was nice.  We had a great crowd tonight.  It’s always nice to be on the field back in Austin.  This is home for me.  All in all it’s everything I could’ve asked for.

On possibly pitching at McCombs Field for the last time:  I actually thought about that in the sixth inning.  I realized this may be the last time to pitch here.  It touches the heart a little bit.  I love being here, and I’m glad coach Clark let the tour come here.  Hopefully we do another tour sometime in the future, so I can come back and pitch again. 

On the great crowd:  It was awesome.  Megan and I have talked on and on about how amazing the crowds were when we played here.  It was awesome to see so many people turn out for a Sunday night in the fall.  These games don’t always get as big of crowds as we’d like, so it was awesome to see so many people in the stands. 

On some of the NPF teammates singing The Eyes of Texas:  I turned and laughed when I saw that.  They know how much this means to us.  We’ve gone to a lot of people’s home turf.  It’s great for all of us to support each other.  They know how much we love Texas, so it was awesome to see that.

 

 

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