3-26-10 March 26 Update



Jay Miller just confirmed a plan that will compel aspiring 18U-eligible players to choose between two career-defining events.  The Pan Am qualifier for Junior World in Bogota has been scheduled by ISF for August 9-15 — the exact dates for the Premier tournament.  More, Jay says they will require a two week commitment from players selected, which means they will be at Jr World practice the same week as ASA Gold and ASA 16U.  Ergo, any player wanting to be on the 2011 Jr World team will have to forego 2010 Gold and Premier, or vice versa. This is the second critical calendar conflict for international softball.  In the best of all worlds, the powers that be would consult on dates.  In 2010, the losers are the players..


Rhode Island Thunder Gold
2011 IN/OF Emily Felbaum has verbally committed to the University Of Delaware


Erin Marrone, who was leading Notre Dame with a .453 average, and enjoying a super junior year, tore her ACL last week, and is out for the week.  Erin was sliding into 3rd for a triple against Western Michigan.  (Side note: we should have mentioned this on March 17, but the Irish media rep, Alan George, says 15 of the 18 players are of Irish descent.)

Aubrey Broyles, underwent surgery on Wednesday on her ailing right shoulder and will miss the remainder of the 2010 season.The surgery was performed at the American Sport Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Ala., by world-renown surgeon Dr. James Andrews. The doctors expect Broyles to return by next spring. “From what we understand, Audrey’s surgery went well,” said Gamecock coach Joyce Compton. “Unfortunately, she’s lost for the year, but our hopes are that she’ll be back full strength next year. We hope she can pick up where she left off.” Broyles, from Pembroke Pines, Fla., suffered a rotator cuff injury and sat out the entire fall season, working to strengthen the shoulder so she could pitch this spring. While healthy, Broyles dominated with a 0.99 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 42.1 innings in the circle. But the shoulder started to bother her again, so she elected to have surgery to have enough time to be ready for the 2011 campaign.

Data on individuals and teams, through games of March 21, are published on:
Because of the complexity and length of the tables, SPY published in Front Page, as it does every season.

Compiled by Doug Mefley, Northwestern, who uses Excel tables, these statistics are also published on: www.spysoftball.org.
One Family’s Tragedy Brings Another Hope
Sooners to face Missouri on Saturday at 2 p.m. CT

NORMAN, Okla. – Last October, former University of Oklahoma softball standout Mariee Mena passed away from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. As a true expression of her generous spirit, Mena’s organs were donated per her final wishes. On Saturday, Oklahoma softball fans have a chance to experience Mena’s spirit through 12-year old Curtis Kingfisher.

Kingfisher was just one recipient of Mena’s organs and will throw out the first pitch prior to OU’s game with No. 3 Missouri Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.

The Mena and Kingfisher families will meet for the first time at the site where Mariee made a name for herself on the softball field. The two families have been in contact through LifeShare Transplant Donor Services of Oklahoma.

According to the organization, LifeShare Transplant Donor Services of Oklahoma is committed to providing a better quality of life for those people who require organ or tissue transplantation, while respecting and honoring those families who share the gift of life.

A native of Escondido, Calif., Mena was a 2004 second team All-Big 12 selection and named to the NCAA Regional all-tournament team that season. She was a member of the Sooners’ 2003 and 2004 Women’s College World Series teams. Mena was a member of Oklahoma’s 2007 Big 12 Championship team.

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