3-8-2012 March 8 2012 Update




USA Softball recently announced that their women’s national team will go through a series of games in the U.S. and Canada before the ISF world championship in July. In addition, the Dutch women’s national team is currently in the U.S. playing against college teams as part of their preparations for the 16-nation tournament, which has an official website at http://www.worldfastpitch2012.com/.


Fourth-ranked Central Baptist went 6-0 at the 2012 NFCA NAIA Leadoff Classic at Frank Brown Park in Panama City Beach, Fla., last weekend to claim the tournament championship. The Mustangs outscored their opponents 28-12 over the six games, including an 8-0 win over Martin Methodist in the title game. After the tournament, the Central Baptist duo of Kira Bonner and Jessica Bock were named the 2012 NFCA NAIA Leadoff Classic Most Valuable Player and Pitcher, respectively. Bonner went 11-for-17 on the weekend with three home runs and eight RBIs, while Bock went a perfect 4-0 with a 1.62 ERA and 26 strikeouts.



Central Oklahoma’s Whitmire & Sonoma State’s Lipperd Named As Louisville Slugger Division II National Player & Pitcher of the Week
March 7, 2011

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Senior infielder Megan Whitmire of Central Oklahoma and junior Samantha Lipperd of Sonoma State have been named as the Louisville Slugger Division II National Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for games played Feb. 27-March 4.

Whitmire helped lead the Bronchos to a 6-0 week by going 14-for-22 with eight runs, 12 RBIs, four home runs, three walks and two doubles. For the week, the senior batted .636, turned in an on-base percentage of .680 and slugged 1.273. The Del, City, Okla., native homered in four of her team’s six contests last week and currently has six on the season. On the year, Whitmire is batting .424 with 21 RBIs and a .797 slugging percentage. Central Oklahoma, which received votes in the latest NFCA Division II Top 25 poll, is currently 15-3 on the year and is riding a 13-game win streak. The Bronchos opened this week by sweeping Cameron at home on Tuesday and will travel to Pittsburg State and Missouri Southern State this weekend.

Lipperd was 3-0 in four appearances last week for the Seawolves and finished the week with a 0.31 ERA. She allowed just one earned run in 22 innings of work last week while allowing just 10 hits and striking out 30. The junior from Boulder Creek, Calif., ended the week with two complete game shutouts and limited her opponent’s to a paltry .129 average. This week’s award marks the third time in her career that Lipperd has earned the distinguished honor. She was previously recognized by the Association on two separate occasions last season, once on Feb. 16 and the again on May 4.


From a reader

A group of friends from wanted to get together on a regular basis, socialize, and play games. The lady of the house was to prepare the meal.

When it came time for Al and Janet to be the hosts, Janet wanted to outdo all the others. She decided to have mushroom-smothered steak. But mushrooms are expensive. She then told her husband, “No mushrooms. They are too high.”

He said, “Why don’t you go down in the pasture and pick some of those mushrooms? There are plenty in the creek bed.”

She said, “No, some wild mushrooms are poison.”

He said, “Well, I see varmints eating them and they’re OK.” So Janet decided to give it a try.. She picked a bunch, washed, sliced, and diced them for her smothered steak.

Then she went out on the back porch and gave Ol’ Spot (the yard dog) a double handful. Ol’ Spot ate every bite. All morning long, Janet watched Ol’ Spot and the wild mushrooms didn’t seem to affect him, so she decided to use them.

The meal was a great success, and Janet even hired a helper lady from town to help her serve. After everyone had finished, they relaxed, socialized, and played ’42’ and dominoes. About then, the helper lady came in and whispered in Janet’s ear.

She said, “Mrs. Williams, Ol’ Spot is dead.”

Janet went into hysterics.

After she finally calmed down, she called the doctor and told him what had happened.

The doctor said, “That’s bad, but I think we can take care of it. I will call for an ambulance and I will be there as quickly as possible. We’ll give everyone enemas and we will pump out everyone’s stomach. Everything will be fine. Just keep them calm..”

Soon they could hear the siren as the ambulance was coming down the road.

The EMTs and the doctor had their suitcases, syringes, and a stomach pump.

One by one, they took each person into the bathroom, gave them an enema, and pumped out their stomach.

After the last one was finished, the doctor came out and said, “I think everything will be fine now,” and he left. They were all looking pretty weak sitting around the living room and about this time the helper lady came in and whispered to Janet, “You know, that fellow that run over Ol’ Spot never even stopped.”



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