11-12-10 November 12 Update




Bradlee Holeman started the game and pitched the first 3 innings. Hayley Davis pitched the 4th inning.  She struggled and gave up the 6 runs, so they brought Bradlee back in with 2 outs to finish the game.  The score was 2-0 when Bradlee finished her first 2 innings.


I’m Jody Long head softball coach at Northeast Mississippi Community College and we need a pitcher to join our squad this coming January 2011. We are looking for an unsigned pitcher or one that is already in college but looking to transfer from her current situation. We have great scholarship money left for a pitcher. School begins January 5, 2011 and we begin playing early February 2011. First time college enrollers will be eligible as long as they graduated high school or have GED. A freshman in college must have passed 12 hours with 1.75 GPA in the fall of 2010 and those young ladies who are second year participants must have 24 overall hours with a 2.0 GPA. Please visit our website at www.nemcc.edu click athletics and softball. Please feel free to forward this to all your coaching contacts and players.


Macy Oswald, 2012 ss/2b, Southern Force, verballed to Wisconsin


Triangle Lightning 2011 Class Commitments:

Camise Patterson: OF, 2B  Campbell

Melanie Davis: C, OF  Lander University

Kristen Jernigan: SS, 3B  UNCW

Raven Smith: OF    NCA&T

Lexie Brock: OF, MI  Pfeiffer University

Washington Ladyhawks Signings

Hannah Melick – University of Oregon- 2011

Cara Custer – Texas Tech – 2011

Kylie McChesney – Miami Ohio – 2011

Taylor Watkins – Ohio State – 2011

Amber (Bubba) Morrow – Seattle University 2011

Keslie Robinson – Troy University – 2011

Emily Miller – Towson University – 2011

Jessica Miller – Texas Southern University-2011


Lauren Rajchel (OF)…Villanova University

Jamie Kertes (P)………Bowling Green Universities

Jessica Minix (SS)…….DePaul University

Jules Steurer (UT)……USMA West Point

Erika Reis (3B/UT)…..Austin Peay University



NORMAN, Okla. – University of Oklahoma head softball coach Patty Gasso has announced the signing of five student-athletes to National Letters of Intent. Lauren Chamberlain (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.), Callie Parsons (Pryor, Okla.), Kelley Reeves (Arvada, Colo.), Erica Sampson (Tahlequah, Okla.) and Jessica Vest (Hollister, Calif.) all begin competing for the Sooners during the 2011-12 academic year.

LSU Softball Adds Five Talented Players for 2012 Season

BATON ROUGE – LSU head coach Yvette Girouard has announced the signing of Rikki Alcaraz, Ayanna “AJ” Andrews, Kailey McCasland, Dylan Supak and Tammy Vermeulen Wednesday to National Letter of Intent to continue their softball careers at LSU. The quintet represents the states of New York, California, Texas, Illinois and Florida. Girouard characterizes that speed, athleticism and overall versatility will mark this class that enters as freshmen for the 2012 season. To view the newest editions of the Tiger softball family, click on the photo gallery to the right.

BLACKSBURG – Head softball coach Scot Thomas and the Virginia Tech Athletics Department announced Wednesday the signing of six student-athletes who make up the 2011 signing class and will enroll at Tech next fall. The group is one of the strongest in the program’s history and will begin! play in the spring of 2012.

Isabella Corrao, Lauren Gaskill, Kylie McGoldrick, Kelsey Mericka, Jessica Rappe and Logan Spaw all signed their National Letters of Intent on Wednesday and are now officially Hokies. The group consists of two players from New Jersey, along with one from Georgia, New York, North Carolina and Missouri. Several earned all-state awards and Gaskill was named the Gatorade New Jersey State Player of the Year as a junior.


Bandits sign top hitting, pitching instructor as head coach

 Elgin, Ill. – A 22-year veteran of fastpitch softball in Western Michigan and Northern Indiana, Darrick Brown will now be stepping into the dugout as the new head coach of the Chicago Bandits.
“Darrick brings an outstanding coaching resume to the table with experience in all levels of ball except professional,” said Bandits Owner Bill Sokolis. “I know he has the tools to start career as an NPF coasucceed as a professional coach.”
Coaching since the age of 19, Brown has quickly become one of the top hitting and pitching instructors in the United States. In his 18 years of coaching, he has guided over 30 teams. Currently Brown is the Head Varsity Softball Coach at Portage Northern High School in Portage, Mich., and the Head Varsity Hockey Coach for the Kalamazoo Eagles.
“I’m excited for the opportunity [Bandits Owner] Bill Sokolis has given me,” said Brown. “I’m looking forward to meeting the players and getting started. Having a new stadium is a great opportunity for Chicago to expand it’s exposure of National Pro Fastpitch, the sport and to show the city we’re serious about the Bandits.”
One of Brown’s greatest moments in the softball world came when, at the age of 21, he squared off against Mike Branchaud of King and his Court. Brown blast the 90 MPH fastball over the centerfield wall, beating King and his Court.
Brown will certainly have a challenge ahead of him as the 2011 season approaches. The retirements of infield cornerstone and 2010 National Pro Fastpitch MVP Stacy May and pitching superstar Jennie Finch, along with the recent acquisition of Taryne Mowatt will bring a new emphasis on rebuilding team chemistry as retaking the top spot as
“You can’t replace May and Finch,” said Brown. “They are both great ambassadors for the sport of softball. We will need to find that leadership and passion from returning players and players we decide to bring in to replace them. I’m confident that Bill [Sokolis], Aaron [Moore, Bandits GM] and I can add the right mix of players to keep the chemistry needed to continue the winning ways that May and Finch helped create.”
Brown has signed a one year contract with the Chicago Bandits. For more information about Darrick Brown, visit www.brownfastpitch.com.“His style on the outside is similar to [former Bandits coach] Mickey Dean’s style, but inside the dugout I think he’ll bring a new presence to the team with his hitting and pitching expertise.”Brown continues the line of Bandits coaches signed from lessor known places. Current Bandits’ assistant coach Mike Steuerwald and former coaches Mickey Dean, Shane Winkler, Maggie Johnson and Thomas Macera all came to the Bandits from small universities or community colleges and have developed or gone on to develope their programs into proven winners.
The Chicago Bandits will open the 2011 season in a new stadium located in Rosemont, Ill. Season tickets for the 2011 season are now available at www.chicagobandits.com.





photo by Dina Kwit

Saratoga, Calif. – U.S. Olympian Vicky Galindo, 2007 ESPY winner Taryne Mowatt and 2010 National Pro Fastpitch Defensive Player of the Year Lisa Modglin are teaming up with Bandits assistant coach Mike Steuerwald to hold a December and a Januar clinic in Saratoga, Calif. and San Luis Obispo, Calif.

On December 18 and January 15, the three Chicago Bandits and Akron Racer (Modglin) will hold a Coaches Clinic, Youth Clinic (grades 5 – 8) and a High School Clinic at West Valley College (Dec. 18) in Saratoga, Calif. and at Cuesta College (Jan. 15) in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Each clinic will feature three hours of clinic instruction from professional players, a Bandits t-shirt, instruction on hitting fundamentals and drills, fielding fundamentals, team defense, pitching, speed and agility.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with West Valley College and Cuesta College with our Bandits of Tomorrow program,” said Bandits General Manager Aaron Moore. “This is a great opportunity to get the Bandits and the NPF in front of more fans. It’s also a great way for these schools to make some money through the partnership.” 

The Coaching Clinics will run from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and will cost $25 if registration forms are received before December 15. The Youth Clinics begins at 10 a.m. and will conclude at 1 p.m. To conclude the day, the High School Clinics will begin at 2 p.m. and end at 5 p.m. Registration for the Youth Clinic and High School Clinic costs $75 per player if a registration form is received by December 15. 

To register for the California Bandits of Tomorrow Clinics, download this form and send it by fax or mail to the Chicago Bandits office address located at the bottom of the registration form.

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