NOVEMBER 4 2010 UPDATE
69 TEAMS GATHER FOR SUN CLASSIC
The 2010 Sun Classic at ESPN Wide World of Sports began Thursday with a combine during which uncommitted players 2010-2014 demonstrated their pitching, fielding and hitting skills. The combine, which attracted numerous college coaches from around the country, featured 90 players from the major softball regions. The double session was followed by practice games; 11 games were scheduled but the final round of 6 games was cancelled by rain.
The formal tournament begins at 8am Friday.
Six games will be televised on ESPN3, three on Friday, three on Saturday, including:
11:10 am Friday Texas Storm vs WA Ladyhawks Miller
12:45 pm Friday NJ Intensity O’Donnell vs GA Vipers Berry
2:20 pm Friday Team No Florida vs Tulsa Eagles
11:10 am Saturday CA Batbusters vs Miami Stingrays
12:45 pm Saturday IL Beverly Bandits vs CA Cruisers
2:20 pm Saturday So Cal Athletics vs GA EC Bullets
Note: this game matches the Premier national champion vs the ASAS Gold champion.
The tournament concludes with a final round of games at 2pm Sunday.
Given the format, with stations on four fields, and constant player rotation, SPY could not take note of every player, and assuredly missed key players. Some were standouts. Celyna Grijalva-Lujan, Teamsmith, impressed at 3rd base, charging hard and soft grounders with deep throws to 1st. Courtney Ziese, So Cal Explosion, stood out because all the catchers were working with unfamiliar pitchers but she framed pitches and had a solid throwdown. Jocelyn Rivera, NJ Intensity KOD, fielded her position accurately. Meagan May, So Georgia Chaos, hit the only home run we saw. Gabrielle Klecko, NJ Intensity KOD, made an outstanding, sliding catch in the outfield. Alix Powers, shortstop for Team No Florida, was impressive in the field and at bat, driving in two runs with a solid double to center. Valerie Koff, a pitcher for the AZ Hotshots Gatti, also hits hard, driving in two runs. Catcher Janelle Bouchard, ME Frozen Ropes, looked good going down the line on plays at 1st and in handling pitchers.
In practice games, Cassie Vodde pitched a complete 3-1 victory by Indiana Magic over Victory. We were enjoying watching Pennsbury Gems, 3-0 win over NJ Intensity Deturro, pitched by Kim Smith. Erin Okoniewski and Claudia Boggi had rbi’s.
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)
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
Amanda Chastain – P
Forest Skelton – SS/P
Courtney Watts – Utility/P
Karina Rios 2011 SS/P U. Penn
Samantha Ruffolo 2011 OF Fairfield U.
Katie Lantz 2011 utl Harvard
Vienna Stars Gold
Sam Brady – Committed to Brown UniversityVienna Stars Gold
Sam Brady – Committed to Brown University
Megan Perry-Shifflett 2011 – middle infield
Sam Perry-Shifflett 2011 – catcher
Abby Carpenter 2011 – corner
Megan Perry-Shifflett 2011 – middle infield
Sam Perry-Shifflett 2011 – catcher
Abby Carpenter 2011 – corner
AMERICAN FREEDOM GOLD:
Cosette Hernandez (2012, OF) – University of Texas – San Antonio
4 November 2010
SOFTBALL READY FOR ASIAN GAMES
Women’s fast pitch softball will again be contested when the 16th Asian Games begin next week in Guangzhou, China. The sport has been on the programme of that multi-sport event since 1990 – coincidentally, also in China. Taking place every four years, the 2010 edition will feature six teams in the softball competition: China, Chinese Taipei, Japan, (South) Korea, the Philippines, and Thailand. Four years ago in Doha, Qatar, the gold medal game of the softball competition saw Japan defeat Chinese Taipei, with China having finished third.
International Softball Federation President Don Porter and ISF Secretary General Ms. Low Beng Choo (MAS) will be in Guangzhou for the Games, with ISF Regional Umpire Coordinator/Asia Tommy Wang (TPE) serving as the Umpire-In-Chief and Miss Jia Ali (CHN) as the Deputy UIC. The event opens on November 12th, with the softball competition getting underway on the 19th.
UMPIRE SEMINARS HELD
Both Argentina and Nicaragua recently held umpire seminars, as the calendar moves closer to another, which will take place at the ISF’s world headquarters complex in Plant City, Florida (for ISF certification).
This past weekend in Estelí, Nicaragua, a national umpire clinic (fast pitch) concluded, with 23 attendees. The four-day event (pictured below) was put on by the Nicaragua Softball Federation, with the head of their umpiring program, José Ricardo Rodríguez, as the instructor.
Meanwhile, a two-day Level 1 Umpire Seminar was staged in Buenos Aires by the Argentina Softball Federation. Mr. Javier Peñarroya, who, like Mr. Rodríguez, is ISF-certified, led the 13 attendees from around the country through the session. Attaining this particular level allows these umpires to officiate in minor categories in their country. The seminar is part of a program that the Federation has undertaken to rebuild their umpire crew.
Next Monday (November marks the registration deadline for the December 28-January 2 ISF Umpire Certification Seminar in Florida.
SOFTBALL ATHLETES GIVING BACK
Earlier this year Maria Soto (VEN) was elected by her peers to the Athlete Representative position on the ISF Board of Directors. Since then more athletes have stepped forward to be active in the sport off the field. ISF President Don Porter has recently added 2008 Olympic silver medalist pitcher Monica Abbott (USA) to the ISF Athletes Commission. And, her teammate Jessica Mendoza (pictured below), a two-time Olympic medalist, has expressed her interest in continuing to work with the world governing body, following her participation in the Olympic reinstatement campaign as a BackSoftball Athlete Ambassador. Mr. Porter says that plans are underway to continue implementing these and other athletes into ongoing development initiatives.
Chicago, Akron Trade Pitchers
ELGIN – Chicago Bandits General Manager Aaron Moore announced today a trade between the Akron Racers and Banidts, bringing pitcher Taryne Mowatt to Chicago in exchange for Kristina Thorson.
“It feels great to be a Bandit,” said Mowatt. “I played against them in past years and it’ll be nice not to face the lineup and have their lineup on my side. I know from my experience of getting back into the NPF last season, what I need to work on this offseason and how to prepare for 2011.”
Mowatt appeared in 15 games last season for the Racers, pitching her way to a 2-3 record in 42 innings pitched. She finished the season with 26 strikeouts 6.83 ERA.
“Taryne is a player we have high hopes in for the 2011 season,” stated Bandits GM Aaron Moore. “She had an up and down season with Akron in 2010, but we’re confident she’ll be able to find the form that made her one of the elite college pitchers in the last 10 years. She is a proven winner and is a pitcher that wants the ball on a big stage. We’re thrilled to have her in a Bandits uniform.”
The 2007 ESPY winner for Best Female Athlete and Best Female College Athlete was a member of the 2008 Washington Glory squad that faced off with Chicago for the NPF Championship.
“I’m excited to have her as a Bandit,” said Bandits Owner Bill Sokolis. “She was outstanding in college, pitched well for the Glory and we think she can return to good form. We didn’t reach our ultimate goal last season and we need to shake some things up roster wise so we can get another Championship.”
ASA conducts annual meeting in Shreveport, La., Nov. 5-13
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America continues its preparation for the 79th Annual Council Meeting as it is just days from kicking off the meeting in Shreveport, La. Hosted at the Hilton Shreveport and Shreveport Convention Center, the Annual Council Meeting brings together ASA administrators, players and tournament hosts from around the country to evaluate the needs of the association along with proposed rule and code changes for all divisions of softball.
The majority of the Annual Council Meeting will consist of breakout sessions for the different committees and regions. However, several special events will be held throughout the week including the Wilson Sporting Goods Awards Luncheon on Monday, the 3rd Annual “Fun Walk” on Tuesday morning and the National Softball Hall of Fame banquet and reception on Wednesday evening.
More than 70 exhibitors from throughout the United States are expected to attend the annual ASA Trade Show, which will be held Saturday evening in the Shreveport Convention Center’s Exhibit Hall 2. The show will feature exhibits from cities bidding on the ASA National Championships, equipment manufacturers and softball suppliers with more than 1,000 council members, association delegates and visitors passing through. A silent auction will also be held throughout the week in Shreveport with various items, including those autographed by past and present athletes on the USA Softball Men’s and Women’s National Team, up for bid. The proceeds will be donated to the ASA Special Programs fund.
Also on Tuesday at the general session, cities across the country will make their pitch to the 280 plus ASA council members to try and win their support to bring one of the 2012 ASA National Championships to their respective cities. The decision of the host cities is one of the most anticipated decisions made by the council as each ASA National Championship has the potential to have thousands of dollars in economic impact.
A complete list of the hosts for the 2011 ASA National Championships and 2012 Championships as well as the host city of the 2012 ASA Annual Council Meeting will be available on www.asasoftball.com, the official website of the ASA, following the Council Meeting. Code and rule changes will also be announced on the site.