MAY 21 UPDATE
Spy has published two versions of the bracket for Super Regionals – one on spysoftball.com, the other somewhat more legible version on spysoftball.org.
Ashland, Ohio set to host the USA Softball Women’s National Team
OKLAHOMA CITY — Ashland, Ohio will play host to the USA Softball Women’s National Team when they take on the USA Softball Women’s Elite National Team in an exhibition doubleheader, June 18, at Brookside Park. General admission tickets to the event can be ordered for $15 each by mailing the ticket order form to Ohio ASA Commissioner Warren Jones at the address provided.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for the City of Ashland,” said Jones. “Hosting the USA Women’s National Team gives the members of this community a chance to see, in person, some of the greatest softball in the world.”
The action kicks off Monday at 6 p.m. Following the doubleheader, USA National Team and Elite Team members will hold an autograph session for ticket holders in attendance.
Currently, 12 athletes have been named to the USA Women’s National Team roster. Twenty-one additional athletes will compete for the final roster spots at the National Team Selection Camp, June 10-12 in Ashland. Participants who are not selected to the National Team roster will make up the USA Softball Women’s Elite National team.
Second year National Team pitcher and Iowa native Chelsea Thomas is excited for the opportunity to represent the Red, White and Blue. “Wearing my country’s colors and representing the United States of America is a dream come true,” said Thomas. “ All of my life, I have dreamed about getting to wear USA across my chest and represent my country.”
In addition to the doubleheader, the Women’s National Team will compete in exhibition games against the Women’s Elite National Team in Summersville, W. Va. on June 14, the Title IX 40th Anniversary Celebration Game vs. Canada in Oklahoma City on June 23, the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City and the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship in Surrey, B.C., Canada and the International Softball Federation (ISF) XIII Women’s World Championship in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. Click here for ticket information.
COLLEGE STATION ALL REGION TEAM
the only report Spy received
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – LSU softball’s Allison Falcon, Rachele Fico, Simone Heyward and Brittany Mack were chosen to the NCAA College Station All-Regional Team Monday as announced by the host site Texas A&M.
Fico was the unanimous choice for the NCAA College Station Regional Most Valuable Player. For Mack, it was her second straight season selected to an NCAA All-Regional Team.
The Fico-Mack combo limited opponents to one run on seven hits and a paltry .101 average for the weekend. The pair also racked up 19 strikeouts as LSU punched its first ticket to the NCAA Super Regional round since the 2007 season.
Fico kept the Tigers in the winner’s bracket with consecutive two-hit shutouts over Texas State and Texas A&M. Her 0.92 ERA and 13 shutouts are ranked second and fourth in the nation, respectively.
Falcon paced LSU’s offense with a .375 batting average. Her RBI single during the first inning of Saturday’s winner’s bracket contest with Texas A&M put the Tigers on the scoreboard. The Donaldsonville native also scampered home with the game’s first run during Sunday’s regional championship contest.
Heyward, who was making her first start since April 17, ignited LSU with a leadoff single in the seventh inning of its 1-0 walk-off win over Texas State. She crossed the plate on Juliana Santos’ RBI single. The 2011 SEC All-Freshman pick also drew a pair of walks and stole a base.
LSU squares off with another future SEC rival and meets No. 9 national seed Missouri at the NCAA Columbia Super Regional. The three-game series to determine a spot in the Women’s College World Series starts Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and will be televised on ESPNU. Live video also is available on ESPN3.com with Cara Capuano and Garland Cooper serving as the broadcast team.
Every LSU postseason game will have live audio and live stats inside the Geaux Zone on LSUsports.net. The games also will be carried live on Country Legends 104.9 FM in the Baton Rouge area with Patrick Wright and Matt Dunaway set to call the action.
Fans can follow every pitch of LSU softball this season via live in-game updates on LSU softball’s social media outlets at www.Facebook.com/lsusoftball and @lsu_softball on Twitter.
2012 NCAA College Station All-Regional Team
Mel Dumezich [Texas A&M]
Allison Falcon [LSU]
Rachele Fico [LSU]
Chandler Hall [Texas State]
Selena Hernandez [Texas State]
Simone Heyward [LSU]
Meagan May [Texas A&M]
Brittany Mack [LSU]
Nicole Morgan [Texas A&M]
Cesley Tafoya [Bethune-Cookman]
*= Fico was a unanimous choice for the NCAA College Station Regional Most Valuable Player.
NPF CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
Nashville, Tenn. – May 21, 2012 – National Pro Fastpitch announced today that all tickets for the NPF Championship Series are now available for purchase. The 2012 NPF Championship Series will be played at The Ballpark at Rosemont, in Rosemont, Ill., August 23-26.
The NPF Championship Series is hosted by the Village of Rosemont in cooperation with National Pro Fastpitch.
The NPF Championship Series is the league’s hallmark event and is designed to feature the outstanding talent of the NPF in a playoff/tournament format. All four NPF teams will qualify for the Championship Series and post-season seeds are based on final regular season standings.
The playoff format is a best of three series between the No. 1 and No. 4 seed, along with a best of three series between the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds, with the winners of those two series’ facing off in a best of three final series to crown the 2012 NPF Champion.
In the 2011 NPF Championship Series, the Bandits captured their second title in four years after deafeating the USSSA Pride in the final round of the series.
For ticket purchases, the NPF Championship Series will be broken into individual games. However, a six game package is available for purchase but the games will be ticketed individually. Games five, six, and nice are “if needed games” in the series format and those games will not be available for purchase until it is evident through the competition that they will actually take place.
Thursday August 23
Game 1: No. 2 vs. No. 3 @ 6:00 p.m. Game 2: No. 1 vs. No. 4 @ 8:30 p.m.
Friday August 24
Game 3: No. 1 vs. No. 4 @ 6:00 p.m. Game 4: No. 2 vs. No. 3 @ 8:30 p.m.
Saturday August 25
Game 5: “If Necessary” No. 1 vs. No. 4 @ 11:00 a.m.
Game 6: “If Necessary” No. 2 vs. No. 3 @ 1:30 p.m.
(If there is only one “If Necessary” game, it will be played at 11:00 a.m.)
Game 7: Championship Final TBD (approximately 7:00 pm)
Sunday August 26
Game 8: Championship Final @ 1:00 p.m.
Game 9: “If Necessary” Final @ 4:00 p.m
NPF Championship Series’ tickets will have five different sections at The Ballpark at Rosemont to choose from for seating. These categories include Lower Club, Upper Club, Lower Box, Upper Box, and General Admission.
Tickets can be ordered by calling the National Pro Fastpitch office at 615-232-2900 or by visiting the official NPF Championship Series website at http://championship.profastpitch.com.
Individual game tickets will be priced as follows:
Lower Club – $15.00
Lower Box – $13.00
Upper Club – $12.00
Upper Box – $10.00
General Admission – $5.00
A group discount is available for groups of 15 or more people.