12-31-10 December 31 Update




The Easton Foundation Youth World Cup began at the International Softball Federation’s world headquarters complex in Plant City, Florida, today (Thursday). The (age) 16-and-under girls’ fastpitch tournament consists of 23 teams representing eight different countries and runs through and including January 5.

Between Plant City Stadium and the adjacent Randy L. Larson Softball Fourplex, five games took place at 3pm this afternoon with another quintet at 7:30, which followed Opening Ceremonies in the stadium.

Teams have converged on the world governing body’s facility from the Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, (South) Korea, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Russia, and USA

Two teams from very nearby went head-to-head in the day’s first games. The Sarasota Quicksilver defeated the Orlando Flames, 3-1. The winners jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning before Orlando cut the lead in half with a run in the bottom of the second. In the top of the fourth though, Jessica Laurie hit an RBI single for her team’s third run, in the person of Katelynn Johnson, who had reached on an error to open the inning. The Flames stranded five runners over the course of the next two innings and couldn’t solve winning pitcher Courtney Mirabella, who went the distance and finished with ten strikeouts.

Meanwhile, two international teams were going head-to-head as Puerto Rico downed the Bahamas, 15-0 in a game shortened by the international run-ahead rule. It was only 1-0 after the first inning, but the winners got five more runs in the top of the second and nine in the top of the third while setting down all nine Bahamas batters in order – seven by strikeout – over the game’s three innings. Six different players had two hits each for Puerto Rico, including Kiara Resto, who had three RBI.

In the main stadium, Easton California Impact topped Russia, 10-1. The victors scored one or more runs in five of the game’s six innings (shortened due to the international run-ahead rule) and were helped by five Russia errors. In the circle, winning pitcher Katy Kibbe surrendered just one hit and struck out ten. She also led the team offensively with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate, driving in two runs and scoring one.

Another team from close by was in action when the South Florida Mini Bulls defeated Manitoba (Canada) #1 by a score of 11-0 (four innings). Two Bulls pitchers combined on a seven strikeout no-hitter and catcher Lee Ann Spivey went 2-for-3 with two RBI. The knockout punch was a five-run top of the fourth inning in which South Florida got a three-run home run from Morgan Litchfield and then, two batters later, a two-run shot from Erica Nunn.

And, the Oviedo (Florida) Blaze held off Regina Gold (Saskatchewan, Canada), 2-1. The southerners had a 2-0 lead entering the bottom of the sixth but center fielder Ellen Kirkness led off with a single and would score to cut the Oviedo lead in half. Regina had the tying run on base one inning later but couldn’t close the deal as pitcher Haley Wiseman went the distance for the Blaze with eight strikeouts for an opening game win.

Opening Ceremonies consisted of all teams (and then the umpires) marching into the stadium, followed by the U.S. national anthem from vocalist Jessenia Figueroa. A local ‘boy band’ then entertained the girls, who were lined up around the perimeter of the infield. ISF President Don Porter gave a welcome, and then introduced Plant City Mayor Dan Raulerson, who spoke briefly before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.

The Northwest Elite (Oregon, USA) then took to the stadium field for a game against the Philippines, who emerged with a 3-1 triumph over the Americans. The winners jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings and got past Northwest despite registering just two hits for the game. Shareen Garcia went the distance in the circle for the victory.

Meanwhile, Brazil blanked the White Rock Renegades (Canada), 2-0. Raquelli Harumi Bianco tossed a one-hitter and struck out nine while Daniela Narumi Fukunishi hit a sixth inning solo home run in a 2-for-3 outing. Losing pitcher Sarah Lazarowich struck out seven.

The Blue Mountain Bucks (Vermont, USA) were not at the diamond for their opening game scheduled against Manitoba #2 (Canada), which resulted in the American team going down as a 7-0 loser by forfeit.

Also, (South) Korea edged the East Norriton Avalanche (Pennsylvania, USA), 3-2, in eight innings. Amazingly, the game was scoreless after regulation. The international tiebreaker rule, which places a runner on second base at the start of each half-inning (effective with the top of the eighth) certainly had its intended effect, although the Avalanche got both of their eighth inning runs via Korean errors. In the bottom of the eighth though, the first two batters singled to cut the lead in half, and Hyein Jung hit a two-out, two-RBI single to give Korea the victory. Jung also just happened to be the winning pitcher who went eight full innings and struck out twelve Avalanche batters, spoiling a 3-for-4 performance at the plate by East Norriton left fielder Taylor Robinson.

And, Ontario Red (Canada) shut out the Colorado All-Stars (USA), 3-0. The Canadians got the game’s first – and winning – run in the bottom of the fifth and put up two more runs an inning later while scattering seven hits. The Red’s pitching duo of Lyndsay Butler and Rachel Young combined on a three-hit, eleven-strikeout performance while Rebecka Mintz took the loss in the circle for Colorado.



Zephyrs Gold College commitments

2011 OF Sydney Reynolds – University of Iowa

2011 C Logan Spaw – Virginia Tech

2011 INF  Sarah Logsdon – South Dakota State

2012 P Christian Harryman – Mississippi State

2012 SS Mary Gooding – Purdue


ESPN has just published what it calls a special double issue, featuring the “stars of tomorrow.”  Sadly, women’s sports are minimally represented – a soccer star and two basketball players were featured.  Softball was not included.

Brought to mind Geno Auremmia’s comments after his Connecticut Huskies broke the NCAA record for consecutive wins in basketball, noting the media who dissed the accomplishment as not comparable to UCLA setting the old record.  The Huskies streak ended last night, with a loss to Stanford, previously the last team to defeat UConn. 


Punished a group of boys for distributing miniature candy canes to youngsters, on grounds that the canes could be sucked down to a dagger-like point, and thus constituted a dangerous weapon.




The following pools have been posted for the Rising Stars Winter Classic which begins January 7 in Davie Fl.

2011 TCS Rising Stars Winter Showcase
Bracket Groupings
as of 12/14/10
1 2 3
1A. TN Tennessee Eagles 2A. TX American Freedom Gold 3A. FL W. Pines Diamond Dusters-Schmalz
1B. FL Lightspeed Gold 2B. GA Georgia Elite Gold – Moody 3B. PA Tuff-N-Tuffer Gold
1C. GA Georgia Power Academy Gold 2C. FL Crossfire 3C. WA Blaze Blue
1D. VA Vienna Stars Gold 2D. MD Severna Park Hornets Gold – Toal 3D. IA Iowa Blitz
1E. FL Winter Spring Panthers Gold 2E. FL Florida Select 3E. FL Central Florida Hurricanes
1F. FL South Florida Bulls 18 Gold 2F. FL Tampa Mustangs – Bell 3F. FL River City Rebels
4 5 6
4A. FL Lady Gators Gold 5A. FL Miami Wildcats 6A. FL Gold Coast Hurricanes Gold-Cooper
4B. FL Gainesville Gold – Silverman 5B. CA Strike Force 6B. AZ Roadrunners
4C. FL Tampa Mustangs – Red 5C. PA Sports Connection Lady Wildcats 6C. PA Newtown Rock Elite
4D. IN Indy Dreams 5D. MS Blue Angels Gold 6D. FL Team FLA Gold
4E. MO St. Louise Esprit 5E. FL Lake County Tigers 6E. FL Davie Power
4F. NY Team New Era Gold 5F. FL Lady Gators – Stump 6F. NJ New Jersey Gators
7 8 9
7A. FL Gold Coast Hurricanes Gold 8A. FL Gold Coast Hurricanes – Norman 9A. NJ Top Gun Gold
7B. GA Angels Gold 8B. CA Socal Magic 9B. GA GA Fire – Tudor
7C. FL Jacksonville Storm Gold 8C. FL Miami Stingrays 9C. MD Riviera Beach Spirit Gold
7D. MD Wagner’s Gold 8D. CO TC Stars Red 9D. FL Plantation Pressure Gold
7E. NJ New Jersey Breakers Gold 8E. VA Virginia Legends – Standish 9E. FL Florida Ultimate Gold
7F. TX Texas Blaze Gold 8F. MD Lady Orioles Gold 9F. FL Tampa Heatwave – Borak
10 11 12
10A. FL Central Florida Sting – Black 11A. FL Mizuno Krusherz 12A. FL South Florida Contenders
10B. PA All American Roadrunners 11B. FL Miami Lady Canes – Green 12B. FL Central Florida Sting 18 – Red
10C. FL Florida Gold 11C. VA Virginia Rowdies 12C. PA Blue Thunder Black
10D. AZ Team Velocity 11D. FL Palm Beach Pride Riptide 12D. FL Clearwater Lady Bombers – Dion
10E. FL Ft. Lauderdale Lightning Gold 11E. MD Maryland Magic Elite 12E. FL Lightspeed Gold 18A
10F. GA Peaches Gold 11F. FL Central Florida Ladyhawks – White 12F. KY Championship Fastpitch
13 14 15
13A. NJ NJ Venom 14A. PA East Norriton Avalanche 15A. MD Maryland Chill
13B. FL Lady Gators – Testa 14B. FL Florida Pride 15B. FL Future Rebels – Teal
13C. FL Clearwater Bullets – Walter 14C. FL Caloosa Park Lightning – Blue 15C. FL Tampa Blaze
13D. VA Fire & Ice 14D. MD Riviera Beach Spirit – Seger 15D. PA Lenape Valley Fury
13E. FL New Tampa Predators 18u 14E. FL Central Florida Sting Red – Savitz 15E. FL Palm Beach Wicked
13F. FL Southern Shockers – Jeter 14F. FL Tampa Bay Velocity Gold 15F. FL Osceola Overdrive
16 17 18
16A. NJ Jersey State Bandits 17A. FL Brevard Stealers West 18A. FL Future Rebels – Black
16B. FL West Pines Diamond Dusters 18A 17B. FL South Florida Mini Bulls – Dave 18B. IL Elite Softball Gold 1
16C. FL Jacksonville Bandits 17C. NY WNY Lightning Elite 18C. FL St. Lucie Panthers
16D. MD Maryland Crush 17D. FL Seminole Storm 18D. GA Tanel 360
16E. FL Southern Shockers – Keith 17E. FL South Florida Lady Knights 18E. FL Miami Lady Canes – White
16F. FL Plantation Pressure – Black 17F. AL Bama Babes Elite 18F.    
2011 TCS Rising Stars Winter Showcase
Bracket Groupings
as of 12/14/10
19 20 21
19A. CAN Brampton Blazers Midget 20A. MO St. Louise Angels 21A. FL Miami Stingrays – Gator
19B. FL Thunder Gold 20B. GA Georgia Fire – Watson 21B. FL Central Florida Sting – Thomas
19C. VA Crushers 20C. FL Tropic Wave – Morgan 21C. IL Rockers MO 16u
19D. FL Lady Lightning 20D. FL Central Florida Stingrays 21D. FL Krusherz Fastpitch – Bobby
19E. FL Tampa Bay Velocity – Welch 20E. AL Mobile Thrillers 21E. FL Team FLA 16u
19F.     20F. FL Tampa Bay Redhawks 21F. GA East Cobb Bullets – Palazzo
22 23 24
22A. FL Miami Lady Canes 16u 23A. FL West Pines Diamond Dusters 16u 24A. FL Wellington Wild Elite
22B. FL Orange Park Tiger Sharks 23B. CT Eliminators – Red 24B. NY Long Island Bandits – Smith
22C. AL Birmingham Thunderbolts 23C. FL New Tampa Predators 16u 24C. FL W. Pines Diamond Dusters-Devesa
22D. FL Tampa Heatwave – Teddy 23D. GA East Cobb Bullets – Johnson 24D. FL Plantation Pressure – Green
22E. GA East Cobb Bullets – Walters 23E. FL South Florida Mini Bulls – Bryan 24E. GA Georgia Academy Power – Miller
22F. FL Wildfire ’95 23F. VA RBI Inferno 16u 24F. FL Lady Predators
22G. FL Weston Explosion 23G. FL Miami Stingrays 16u 24G. GA Georgia Fire – Campbell
25A. FL Blazers ’97            
25B. FL Florida Havoc ’96            
25C. VA Shamrocks 14u            
25D. FL Miami Stingrays 14u            
25E. FL Tampa Mustangs – Ehlers            

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