2-23-2011 February 23 Update

February 23 2011 update

Commitments
Valerie Sadowl 2012 of TNT verballed to   UConn.

CATHEDRAL CITY CLASSIC BEGINS THURSDAY

2011 Cathedral City Classic February 24-27
Because of formatting codes, Spy could not replicate the boxed schedule, which readers can access by logging on to: Cathederal City Classic Softball.

USA Softball Men’s Slow Pitch National Team athletes, coach selected for 2011

OKLAHOMA CITY — Eleven veterans are among the 15 athletes selected for the 2011 USA Softball Men’s Slow Pitch National Team, which will be coached by Steve Shortland (San Antonio, Texas), the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today. Shortland, now in his third year as head coach, will lead Team USA through July’s Border Battle III game against Canada in Oklahoma City.

Highlighting the roster are three-time Men’s Slow Pitch National Team members Rick Baker (West Harrison, Ind.); Rusty Bumgardner (Gastonia, N.C.); Brett Helmer (Cicero, N.Y.); JD Genter (Chickamauga, Ga.); Johnny McCraw (Wylie, S.C.), the 2010 USA Softball Men’s Slow Pitch National Team Player of the Year; and Brian Wegman (Hamilton, Ohio). All were on the inaugural squad in 2009.  Returning to Team USA for their second campaign: Bryson Baker (Magalia, Calif.); Don Dedonatis Jr. (Kissimee, Fla.); Andy Purcell (Naples, Fla.); Brain Rainwater (Kathleen, Ga.); and Dennis Rulli (Moorpark, Calif.). Playing in the Red, White and Blue for the first time this year are Dal Beggs (Gainesville, Fla.), Geno Buck (Red Wing, Minn.), Greg Connell (Moultrie, Ga.) and Bobby Hughes (Jonesboro, Ark.).

The Border Battle, which is slated for July 24 at 3 p.m. during the World Cup of Softball VI at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex in Oklahoma City, will be broadcast live on ESPN. In preparation for the Border Battle, both Canada and the USA will play exhibition games during the World Cup against local slow pitch teams at the Hall of Fame Complex, although the schedule has not yet been finalized. In 2010, the Canadian Men’s Slow Pitch Team upset the USA in the second Border Battle with a 30-29 victory, evening the Border Battle series at one victory apiece for Canada and the USA. In 2009, Team USA won the battle 30-23.

2011 USA Softball Men’s Slow Pitch National Team Roster

Bryson Baker (Magalia, Calif.)

Rick Baker (West Harrison, Ind.)

Dal Beggs (Gainesville, Fla.)

Geno Buck (Red Wing, Minn.)

Rusty Bumgardner (Gastonia, N.C.)

Greg Connell (Moultrie, Ga.)

Don Dedonatis Jr. (Kissimee, Fla.)

JD Genter (Chickamauga, Ga.)

Brett Helmer (Cicero, N.Y.)

Bobby Hughes (Jonesboro, Ark.)

Johnny McCraw (Wylie, S.C.)

Andy Purcell (Naples, Fla.)

Brain Rainwater (Kathleen, Ga.)

Dennis Rulli (Moorpark, Calif.)

Brian Wegman (Hamilton, Ohio)

Angelo’s Tafiti & Indianapolis’ DeMotte Named NFCA Division II National Player & Pitcher of the Week
February 23, 20101  STARKVILLE, Miss. – Angelo State junior DeeshanaLynn Tafiti and Indianapolis sophomore Jennifer DeMotte have been names as the NFCA Division II National Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for game played February 14-20, 2011.Tafiti had a big week for the Rambelles, as she went 10-for-19 with five runs, 10 RBI, a double, a triple and two homeruns.  She finished the week with a .526 batting average, a .571 on-base percentage and a slugging percentage of 1.000. The Kalaheo, Hawaii native had two three-plus RBI games on the week and led her team in both slugging and on-base percentages.  Currently this season, Tafiti is hitting .408 through 15 games and is leading Angelo with 19 RBI.  The second-ranked Rambelles are off to their second best start in program history at 15-0, trailing only their 2003 team that began that season at 19-0.  So far in the 2011 campaign, Angelo has outscored its opponents by an astonishing 110-29 margin.

DeMotte helped the Greyhounds get off to a 6-0 start a last week’s Charger Chillout in Decatur, Ala., by earning five of her team’s six wins in the circle.  She finished the week with 0.35 ERA and allowed just one run off of 14 hits, while striking out 25 and walking only six.  The Indianapolis, Ind., native recorded a season-high nine strikeouts against West Alabama and notched two complete game shutouts on the week.  DeMotte also get it done from other side of the plate as she went 14-for-21 for a .667 batting average.  After their 6-0 start last week, the Greyhounds vaulted from not receiving any votes to ninth in the latest NFCA Division II Top 25 poll.  Indianapolis will return to Alabama this week for a pair of games with North Alabama on Friday, followed by a doubleheader showdown with No. 4 Alabama-Huntsville on Saturday.

Other Top Performances
Emily Kennemer of East Central went .500 against Pittsburg St. on the week, including hitting for the cycle on Saturday… Midwestern State’s Kristina Guiterrez threw a no-hitter against Eastern New Mexico and limited opponents to a.027 batting average on the week… Jemaie Keltz of Indianapolis drove in nine runs, hit three homeruns and stole five bases… Camille Gato of UC San Diego picked up two wins for her team while striking out nine.

Valdosta Remains No. 1 In Latest NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll
Feb. 23, 2011  STARKVILLE, Miss. – Valdosta State garnered nine of 16 first place votes to remain the No. 1 team in the nation in the latest NFCA Division II Top 25 poll that was released by the Association on Wednesday. The Blazers (2-0) held on to the top spot, despite being idle on the week.  However, No. 2 Angelo State is closing the gap, as it finished just seven points behind Valdosta in the voting this week.  No. 3 North Georgia (13-2) fell to third this week after losing its first two games of the season, while Alabama Huntsville (6-0) and Hawaii Pacific (8-2) rounded out the top five in fourth and fifth, respectively.

A trio of unbeaten teams moved into the rankings this week, led by Indianapolis who opened the season with a 6-0 weekend including wins over then No. 6 Wayne State (MI) and No. 19 Arkansas-Monticello.  Also joining the fray in the second regular season edition of the poll was Winona St. (4-0) at No. 11 and Flagler (16-0) at No. 22.

Making their respective exits from the poll were last week’s No. 21 Armstrong Atlantic, No. 24 Mesa St. and No. 25 Emporia St.

The NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches, two representing each of the eight NCAA regions. Records as of Feb. 20, 2011 are shown, first-place votes are in parentheses.

Rank Team 2011 Record Totals Last Poll
1 Valdosta St. (9) 2-0 390 1
2 Angelo St. (4) 15-0 383 3
3 North Georgia (3) 13-2 353 2
4 Alabama-Huntsville 6-0 319 9
5 Hawaii Pacific 8-2 311 4
6 Bloomsburg 0-0 306 5
7 West Texas A&M 6-1 280 7
8 Nebraska-Omaha 9-1 244 8
9 Indianapolis 6-0 236 NR
10 UC San Diego 11-2 234 11
11 Winona St. 4-0 218 NR
12 Midwestern St. 17-1 204 12
13 Ark.-Monticello 9-1 188 19
14 Kutztown 4-0 169 17
15 Augustana (SD) 5-0 162 15
16 Rollins 5-0 156 14
17 Lenoir-Rhyne 7-3 143 13
18 Ashland 0-0 120 16
19 Dowling 0-0 103 22
20 California (PA) 2-1 95 20
21 Wayne St. (MI) 1-5 91 6
22 Flagler 16-0 67 RV
23 Wayne St. (NE) 1-5 65 10
24 Western Wash. 5-0 58 23
25 Molloy 0-0 51 18

Dropped Out: No. 21 Armstrong Atlantic, No. 24 Mesa St., No. 25 Emporia St
Others Receiving Votes: Emporia St. 40, Lewis 39, Armstrong Atlantic 35, Sonoma St. 35, Tampa 27, west Virginia Wesleyan 16, Indiana 14, Tarleton St. 13, Southern Connecticut 11, Saginaw Valley 8, Metro St. 4, St. Edward’s 4, Caldwell 3, Augusta St. 2, Central Oklahoma 1, Francis Marion 1, Regis (CO) 1

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