5-30-2012 WCWS Story Lines

By NCAA Staff

2012 NCAA WOMEN’S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES

Team Storylines

 

Alabama

1. The Alabama senior class sports the best winning percentage of any group in the country, winning 85 percent of their games over the last four seasons.

 

2. Kaila Hunt has hit 20 home runs and driven in 74 runs in her sophomore season which are both the second most in a single season in school history.

 

3. Jackie Traina enters the WCWS with 37 wins which are the second most in the UA single season annals, one behind the record set by Shelley Laird (2000).

 

4. Amanda Locke did not pitch in 2011 due to injury but has returned to the circle as the No. 2 pitcher for the Tide. Locke earned the win against Florida in the SEC Tournament championship game and won the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional opener against UT Martin.

 

5. Alabama has its largest roster in program history, featuring 20 players from nine different states.

 

6. Alabama has made it to the semifinal round of the WCWS the last three trips (2008, 09 & 11).

 

7. The eight WCWS trips for Alabama are the most in the Southeastern Conference.

 

8. Alabama spanned the nation this season, taking trips to Eugene, Ore., and New York City. Head coach Patrick Murphy always tries to plan trips to each girl’s home state to play in front of their family and friends. (Eugene was for Braud and NYC was for Reilly-Boccia).

 

9. Alabama led the nation with six first team All-Region selections.

 

10. Alabama has reached 50 or more wins in eight straight seasons and 10 times overall, more than any other team in the SEC.

 

 

Arizona State

1. The chance to be just the third team to have back-to-back national titles, Clint Myers would be the fourth coach

* Arizona 07-06; 97-96; 94-93 all under Mike Candrea

* UCLA 04-03 under Sue Equist; 90-89-88 under Sharron Backus; 85-84 under Sharron Backus

 

2. Clint Myers has two national titles, making him one of five DI coaches who have multiple titles dating back to 1982. Myers and Arizona’s Mike Candrea are the only active DI coaches with multiple titles under their belts.

 

Clint Myers Records:

Postseason at ASU 46-11, at home in postseason 25-3

238-32 at home at ASU

375-88 at ASU

956-129 career record

 

3. Postseason success is nothing new for ASU, under Clint Myers the Sun Devils have gone to the WCWS six of the last seven years.

* Myers in the postseason 46-11 (7 appearances), Myers in the WCWS 13-5 (6 appearances, includes 2012)

* ASU in the postseason 76-45 (24 appearances), ASU in the WCWS 16-14 (10 appearances, includes 2012)

 

4. ASU bullpen in the postseason:

Dallas Escobedo 13-2 total; 2012, 3-2; 2011, 10-0

Hillary Bach 11-3 total; 2012, 2-0; 2010, 2-1; 2009, 7-2

 

5. Senior class win percentage – heading into Super Regionals, the ASU senior class ranked fifth national in win percentage.

 

*will update for WCWS after Supers ends

1. Alabama 212-39 = .845

2. Florida 216-41 = .840

3. Missouri 200-47 = .810

4. Louisiana Lafayette 193-46 = .808

5. Arizona State 199-48 = .806

6. Georgia 192-54 = .780

7. Washington 177-53 = .770

8. Tennessee 188-56-1 = .767

9. Oklahoma 179-55 = .765

10. California 181-56 = .764

11. Notre Dame 175-56 = .758

12. UCLA 167-59 = .739

13. Arizona 179-65 = .734

*updated May 21, 10:35 a.m. PT

 

6. Hillary Bach, a senior pitcher, will close out her career near her native hometown of Tulsa, Okla. Bach is second all-time at ASU in wins with 87 and ninth in strikeouts with 388. In 2012 she pitched the seventh-ever perfect game at ASU on March 4 vs. Wichita State. She is a four-time Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week and an Academic All-American.

 

7. Katelyn Boyd makes her second appearance as a Top 3 finalist for Player of the Year, last being 2011. She is the all-time leader at ASU in RBI (237) and doubles (60), third in hits (294), and second in stolen bases (82). In 2012, she was named Pac-12 Player of the Week four times, posted a team-best single game high of seven RBI against Creighton, has had three multiple home run games and notched a grand slam against No. 16 Stanford and No. 11 Washington. Was named First Team All Pac-12, Pac-12 Softball Batting Champion and First Team Academic All-America.

 

8. Homers have helped ASU to win all season, most notably in the postseason against No. 25 Syracuse and No. 7 Louisiana. The Sun Devils out-homer their opponents 88-37 on the season and 11-3 in the NCAA Tournament. As a team they rank 7th in the nation in the category average 1.4 long balls per game, and have had six 4-homer games in 2012. Against Louisiana, ASU hit eight home runs to help qualify for the WCWS berth.

 

9. Sporting a 51-9 record, the Sun Devils are 27-0 when scoring in the first inning and 37-1 when scoring first. When the early lead isn’t possible, ASU is still lethal to opponents – winning 11 games in come-from-behind fashion. The Sun Devils outscore their opponents 419-127 and out-hit them 512-286.

Come-from-behind games: Iowa 2/17, Creighton 3/4, Arizona 3/23  3/24  3/25, UCLA 4/7, Oregon State 4/10, Stanford 4/20, Washington 4/28, Utah 5/6, Syracuse 5/19.

 

10. WCWS opener for 2012 has ASU pitted against **

 

*Oregon, with ASU leading the series 52-36 dating back to 1987. This season, the Sun Devils split with the Ducks 1-1 after the series finale was rained out. The last time ASU has faced a conference foe in the WCWS was in 2009 against Washington (UW won 1-0 (8)). Versus Pac-12 opponents in WCWS ASU is 2-7 with wins over UCLA (4-0, 2008) and Oregon State (3-1, 2006).

 

*Texas, with Texas leading the series 6-5 dating back to 1997. The last time the two teams met was March 18, 2010 with Texas taking the 1-0 victory in the bottom of the seventh. Hillary Bach garnered the loss while Blaire Luna took the win.

 

11. ASU freshman are putting up big numbers offensively for the club. In the postseason, Haley Steele (Pac-12 All-Freshman) has a team-best .444 batting average, three home runs, eight RBI and a 1.056 slugging percentage. Don’t count out the sophomore class, between the two they combine for 10 of the team’s 11 homers. Amber Freeman (Pac-12 All-Freshman) has two, Elizabeth Caporuscio (Pac-12 All-Freshman) has one.

 

12. Freshman numbers in postseason compared to team:

* Hits 17 of team’s 45

* Runs 12 of team’s 33

* RBI 18 of team’s 33

* Home Runs 6 of team’s 11

 

On the season, Caporuscio is tied for second in hits (57) and homers (16) and is third in runs (49). Steele is third in doubles (11).

 

 

California

1. Friends of Jaclyn Adoptee

-Cal adopted Bebe Wiggs – a young girl with a rare form of cancer – through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation three years go

-Bebe, who is very healthy now, comes out to games, was at our selection show party

-Cal has BW on its helmets

 

2. Valerie Arioto

-Broke her left leg sliding into second base on the second day of practice in January 2011

-Sidelined for the entire true senior year yet traveled on every road trip

-After that redshirt year, she’s one of the top-three candidates for national player of the year

-Pac-12 Player of the Year

-Hit a homer in her first at-bat of the year (against Tennessee)

 

3. Jolene Henderson

-Named the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year, the first repeat in program history

-Sister Danielle is the starting third baseman

-Pitched almost all of Cal’s postseason play this year

 

4. Diane Ninemire

-Cal’s all-time most winningest coach, male or female

-Won the first women’s national championship at Cal in 2002

-Has been part of all Cal’s 12 trips to the WCWS, 11 at the helm

-Earned her 1,100 career victory this year

 

5. Jamia and Elia Reid

-Twins

 

6. Danielle and Jolene Henderson

-Sisters

-Jolene told Danielle she had to come to Cal so Danielle wouldn’t hit homers off Jolene

-Middle brother David also attends Cal

 

7. Frani Echavarria

-First person in her family to go to college

-Lots of military ties – two of her three brothers are currently serving in the Air Force and both parents were in the Air Force

 

8. Cal Hosts Postseason Play

-For the first time since 1993, Cal hosted a regional in Berkeley

-For the first time in program history, Cal hosted a super regional in Berkeley

-Once Memorial Stadium is complete, Cal has plans to make permanent upgrades to Levine-Fricke Field – including lights, a press box and seating improvements. “Once that is done, I look forward to getting after it in earnest,” Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour recently told the San Francisco Chronicle

 

9. 10-Year Anniversary of the 2002 NCAA Title

-Cal won the first team women’s national championship in school history

-The Bears celebrated the anniversary with a huge alumni event in April

-Two current kids – Nikki Owens and Breana Kostreba – trained with Jocelyn Forest prior to Cal

 

10. Britt Vonk

-Played with the Netherlands national team at the 2008 Olympics

-Father, Theo Vonk, played professional soccer in the Netherlands, mother, Tanja Reijerink, played professional water polo in the Netherlands and her brother plays soccer

-Shoulder surgery has prevented her from playing defense

 

 

LSU

1. Parallels for Coach Girouard and Coach Torina both taking the Tigers to the WCWS during their first season as head coach. Girouard brought LSU to the WCWS in 2001.

 

2. The “IT” Factor – Motto for the season from the new coaching staff has been “Whatever it Takes.” Each day, different players received a puzzle pieces for stellar practice, academic accomplishment or in the community. Puzzle was compete right before we went to NCAA Regionals.

 

3. Heidi Pizer – Off the field, Heidi has become an ESPN favorite. She created the “Rally Phone” at the SEC Tournament and the “Rally Cone” at the NCAA Regionals. She doesn’t where her hat backwards, she’ll find any odd item in the dugout to incorporate a rally.

 

4. Juliana Santos – Just received the Eye of the Tiger award at LSU academic awards gala in March for her battles with Crohn’s disease throughout her career.  Has gone through more than most people could even imagine just to be able to finish her career at LSU.  She is also one of the team captains.  Father is a coach and she is one of those kids that truly gets what it takes to succeed.

 

All eight seniors play a role in leadership but it’s Santos who was voted by her teammates as the main captain before the season. Like hockey, Santos wears the captain’s ‘C’ right above the Nike check on the front of her jersey. First time LSU softball has put a captain’s ‘C’ on the jersey.

 

5. Brittany Mack – Through her relationship with Miracle League Association at Cypress Mounds in Baton Rouge, Mack has challenged the LSU softball community to share the gift of sports with special needs children this season by donating new or gently used sports equipment at home games. All items collected were given directly to the Miracle League and three local schools that Mack visited during the season. At LSU’s game versus Ole Miss on April 22, Mack invited all the children to the game as her special VIP guests for “Geaux Play” day at Tiger Park.

 

 

Oklahoma

1. Oklahoma has advanced to the Women’s College World Series for the second consecutive year, the first time OU has made the event in back-to-back year since making five straight trips from 2000-04.

 

2. The Sooners have won their last eight including five postseason games. In its five postseason games, OU has outscored its opponents 45-5 and have a 72-7 scoring edge in its last eight games.

 

3. The Sooners are now tied for the nation’s lead in home runs with 95. After four in its two Super Regional wins over Arizona, OU jumped Alabama (93) and tied New Mexico with 95. Freshman Lauren Chamberlain broke the OU and Big 12 single season records for home runs and after hitting one against Arizona in the Super Regionals has 27 on the year, currently the 11th best single-season total in NCAA history. Jessica Shults has 19 home runs while Keilani Ricketts has 16 to round out the top three for OU in the category.

 

4. OU boasts the nation’s top pitching staff with an ERA of 1.15. Between Keilani Ricketts (393), Michelle Gascoigne (139) and Kirsten Allen (21), the Oklahoma staff has 553 strikeouts this season.

 

5. Junior pitcher Keilani Ricketts is one of three finalists for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award and leads the team in both hitting and pitching. Ricketts has a team-leading batting average of .407 while holding an ERA of 0.99. Ricketts is 33-7 on the year with 393 strikeouts.

 

6. Junior captain Jessica Shults is back in the postseason and making the most of it. After missing last year’s postseason run with pan ulcerative colitis that included a two-week hospital stay, Shults has rebounded and is second on the Oklahoma team with a .382 average. The catcher has played in every game this season.

 

7. Freshman Georgia Casey has moved into the leadoff role for OU in postseason. In the Regional games, Casey hit at a clip of .400. She’s not the only one affected by the switch. Former leadoff Destinee Martinez, is hitting at .412 in the postseason in the 2nd hole. The shift dropped Jessica Shults from cleanup to the five hole and she has responded with a .643 postseason batting average and a slugging percentage of 1.500. She has three home runs and nine RBIs in OU’s five postseason games.

 

8. Keilani Ricketts has pitched 31 of Oklahoma’s 33 innings in postseason and is on fire. She has 49 strikeouts to just five walks and 15 hits. She is holding her postseason opponents to a batting average of .136. Only one earned run in postseason & that was in the second inning of Tulsa game.

 

9. Brianna Turang continues to be OU’s best postseason hitter. The junior has an average .750 (9-of-12) in postseason play. In 2011 postseason, Turang hit at a team-leading clip of .533 (16-30).

 

10. The Oklahoma bats have come alive even more than usual. The postseason has OU hitting at .371 clip with a slugging percentage of .643 and an on base percentage of .483. The Sooners have 10 home runs and 45 runs scored in that five-game stretch.

 

Oregon

1. Freshman back-up catcher/infielder Liz Brenner is the first three-sport female Duck women’s athlete in 25 years. An All-Pac-12 Freshman Team honoree as an outside hitter in VB last fall, she then unexpectedly joined the basketball team when its top forward went down in December. Ultimately she started eight games on the hardwood and played 21, and averaged 5.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 23.8 minutes a game at forward (with a season scoring high (16 points) against USC in late January. As a prep senior, she was the Oregon 6A state basketball and volleyball player of the year, won state shot put titles in 2010 and ’11 (and was a javelin runner-up), and was a 2009 6A first-team all-state softball choice, not to mention an 11-time racquetball world champion.

 

2. Oregon’s last three-sport female letterwinner – Peg Rees – should be in attendance at the game and is the current softball home game P.A. announcer. She lettered in 1974-75-76 (bb/sb/vb).

 

3. Becky Sisley – the first Duck softball coach in history (1974-79, 57-49) led UO to its two AIAW World Series trips, and later became the team’s first women’s a.d. (when the men and women had separate departments). She, too, will be in the stands at the game, and is one of the team’s loudest fans. In her 70s, she is still one of the most active people you will ever meet (she was hiking in Machu Pichu three weeks ago, and hiked in Austria last summer), and is also a multiple masters world champion in various track and field events.

 

4. The identical senior pair of Kelsey Chambers and Lindsey Chambers start on the left side of the infield at short and third base have combined for 46 homers (36 / 10) in their careers, including 10 and one, respectively, in 2012.  Chambers was tabbed an All-Pac-12 Second-Team choice in 2012, and Honorable Mention in 2010. As a junior in 2011, she ranked sixth all-time in homers hit in a season (13) and is currently second career-wise (36). As freshmen in 2009, they saw the most action among newcomers when Kelsey started in right field the first half of ‘09, then started 24 games in the remainder at second base (and had two more at shortstop), while Lindsey’s starts came in the left side of the infield with 18 at third base and 22 at shortstop.

 

5. The team has a host of superstitions and stuffed animals/rubber snakes adorning their dugout (you could interview seniors Christie Nieto and Sam Pappas about the significance of each).

 

6. Kailee Cuico has a sister who is a senior first baseman for UNLV. Last year when the Ducks played UNLV in San Luis Obispo, Kailee hit her first career grand slam, with her dad in attendance who is also the top griller/trailgate food prepare on the trip (and is supposedly driving with his grill from Carson, Calif., to OKC). Junior Kaylan Howard’s younger sister is a freshman outfielder for Kentucky, and Courtney Ceo’s younger sister signed last fall with Texas.

 

7. Mike White’s road to the Duck helm is a unique one. A two-year assistant for the Ducks in 2003 and ’04 (and volunteer in ’05), the hall of fame pitcher was tapped to lead the Ducks in the summer of ’09 for his first collegiate head coaching job. His previous job was as an area club coach and assistant coach for his daughter Nyree’s Marist School Team which ranked top 25 nationally and won multiple state titles (she is now a freshman pitcher at Stanford).

 

8. Freshman pitcher Karissa Hovinga joined Ducks in fall of 2011, then missed the final part of the fall term to help the Canada junior national team finish fifth in the World Junior Championships – one place shy of its all-time best placing. She went 2-1 (17.1 IP, 16 SO, 5 BB) n the 10-day event in South Africa and faced Duck coach Mike White who served as a U.S. junior national team assistant coach (while Mike’s daughter Nyree was on the U.S. team).

 

South Florida

1. Jessica Mouse transferred in after finishing her undergrad at LSU, and immediately took over a leadership role for the Bulls, solidifying 3rd base with consistent jaw-dropping defensive plays. With LSU, Mouse never advanced to the Super Regionals. Now, USF and LSU sit on the same side of the bracket in the college world series. Mouse still knows and stays in touch with most of the team, and spent Sunday sitting at home cheering on LSU as she watched them on ESPNU.

 

2. Laura Fountain had a different kind of ride after the Bulls won the Super Regional Saturday night. The senior catcher’s sister had gone into labor two weeks early, meaning Fountain was piling into her car Saturday night and driving all the way home to Fort Lauderdale, arriving at 2:30 a.m. and just in time to see the birth of her first niece.

 

3. Lindsey Richardson is really looking forward to this trip, for reasons beyond the typical. Lindsey played on this field before, prior to high school, winning a tournament her team had played in. The entire team, including Lindsey, signed their names on the wall, and Lindsey told her teammates when she made it to the college world series, she would seek out that signature one more time. That dream has come to fruition, and the junior pitcher will be hunting for her name as she makes her first return trip to Oklahoma City since that day.

 

4. Kourtney Salvarola has matured at the plate, as well as in the field this season. The sophomore shortstop leads the team in hitting, and has done it with a steady approach. Salvarola has 16 multi-hit games this season, but has yet to record a 3-hit game in her collegiate career. Consistent would be the best word to describe Kourtney, and it could be the reason she was named to play on the junior national team last year.

 

5. The words that epitomize this season are easy to come by: Record Breaking. USF hammered out a school-record 19 straight wins on its way to breaking a school record for the best start to a season, both overall and in Big East play. USF also reached the 50-win plateau for just the sixth time in school history (all under Ken Eriksen), and hosted a Super Regional for the first time. USF set one more mark, becoming the first team to reach the college world series, and just the second USF division I program to reach the round of eight in its sport. (Men’s soccer made the Elite 8 in 2011).

 

6. Sophomore pitcher Sara Nevins evolved into an elite pitcher this season, combining a strong arm and good movement with a stronger knowledge of the game and a confidence in all of her pitches. This vaulted her into a position as one of the best in the country, and she was recognized for it, becoming a top ten finalist for USA Softball’s National Collegiate Player of the Year award. Nevins tossed three no-hitters – one of them a perfect game – and has a stingy 1.03 ERA to go with 323 strikeouts. That strikeout total eclipses Leigh Ann Ellis’ school-record for strikeouts in a season (320, set in 2003), Nevins getting it done in 70 less innings.

 

7. With 15 Florida natives on the roster this season, the Bulls have found success with home-grown talent, partially due to a cohesiveness that can be found from this team knowing each other so well growing up. Eight players are from Tampa or an area extremely close to Tampa.

 

8. The homegrown talent also helped USF with record-breaking attendance figures this season. The Bulls set a single-game record with 1,561 fans at the Tampa Super Regional, and set a record for season attendance with 15,514 people entering the new USF Softball Stadium to catch a game this season.

 

9. After a first-round exit in the Big East Tournament last season, center fielder Janine Richardson spearheaded an effort to keep nine members of last year’s team on campus over the summer to work out on their own, and the results were apparent when the team stepped on campus for fall workouts this year.

 

10. Senior second baseman Alexis Nowell has been a star in the classroom as well as on the field. This year, Nowell – a business major – was named as one of USF’s top 25 under 25, as a predictor of her future success in the professional world.

 

11. Kenshyra Jackson joined the team this season after playing two years at a junior college. Her dream was to attend school at USF, but due to injuries in high school, she was not looked at by many schools right away. Since joining the Bulls this season, she has been a mainstay in the USF lineup, becoming a strong producer with her bat.

 

Tennessee

1. Katie Henschel – this special young lady got involved with our program after an e-mail from her mom back in March of this season touched Karen and Ralph’s heart.  A former All-District high school softball player in Michigan, she grew to love the Lady Vols while watching Monica Abbott pitch at UT.  With dreams of playing herself on the collegiate level, that all came to a halt in the summer of 2011 as she suffered a terrible car accident that left her in a coma for 18 days.  She nearly lost her left leg from trauma and had to go through numerous brain surgeries before spending approximately 80 days in rehab.  Needless to say her playing career on the softball field was over.  Her mom Lisa sent the e-mail to the Weeklys and stated that they were coming down for the Kentucky series weekend (March 30-April 1) and was wondering if it would be possible to have Katie meet a few of our players, maybe get an autograph or two.  It proved better than she could have imagined with the help of the Weeklys and the rest of the game management staff as she spent time getting to know and spend time with the players during warm-ups, got to participate in the pre-game/post-game talks, etc.  And the day she came to her first game at UT (April 1), she must have provided extra inspiration as Shelby Burchell hit a two-run, walk-off HR to beat Kentucky, 4-2.  She wants to come to Tennessee as a student next year and the Weeklys have already told her if she gets in, they’d love to have her work for the program in some capacity.  She made the road trip to Knoxville again this past weekend for Super Regionals and UT topped Georgia to go to the WCWS…Katie’s a true lucky charm!  The team even recently hung a “Katie #1” sign in the dugout at the SEC Tournament so she could see it on nat’l TV, so check and see if it makes the trip to OKC.  ( I HAVE SOME PICS I CAN SEND of Katie with the team)  For a video story we did on the situation visit here…  http://www.utladyvols.com/sports/w-softbl/spec-rel/052412aae.html

 

2. Ivy and Ellen Renfroe’s sister Anna (who will be a freshman at Tennessee next season) recently helped take Trinity Christian Academy to the TSSAA Class A “Spring Fling” State Tournament as a pitcher/infielder.  She was part of the 2009 and 2010 Tennessee State Champions alongside her sisters at Trinity.  She attended the 2010 WCWS to root for UT, while sitting next to Ellen when they were both still in high school and will likely be in attendance again this week with her parents Marty and Emily.  That means we’ll have three Renfroes on the roster in 2013…Anna will likely play on the infield at UT (not expected to pitch).

 

3. “Spotlight” – started long ago by former Lady Vols, especially Tiffany Huff, who got the idea from her time with the U.S. Junior Olympic Team in 2007…All that needs to be said is that this Karaoke-style game has been played on the team bus after dinner or postgame wins now going back years.  It begins with the team calling out someone.  Once called out, they must get their or someone’s IPOD, put in their earphones, turn up the volume loud enough to not be able to hear their own singing and stand up in front of the team in complete darkness and sing their heart out.  No one is immune to the team’s wandering eye as me, the lowly SID, has performed Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love a Bad Name” numerous times during my years with the team…Some players never find the guts to get up and take their turn.  Senior Holly Baker isn’t one of those that’s scared, at least to sing on the bus, as I’d bet she’s done “Spotlight” 25 times in her career…easily the record.

 

4. Junior infielder Melissa Brown’s TWIN brother Trevor currently plays baseball as an infielder at UCLA (.326 avg., 12 doubles, three HR’s, 46 RBIs)…meaning both will likely be in NCAA Tournament action at the same time as the Bruins are the Pac-12 Co-Champions and will open NCAA Regional play potentially on Fri., June 1.

 

5. Freshman Kat Dotson’s dad Gene Dotson played baseball for numerous years in the St. Louis Cardinals organization as well as in Japan and her mom Marie Dotson coached Kat in softball from a very young age and is considered by Kat to be her greatest influence.

 

6. Senior utility player Shelby Burchell has recently gotten engaged to her high school sweetheart Jason King with plans to marry sometime after graduating college.  Check out her left hand to get a view of “the rock!”  Ha Ha…

 

7. Hannah Akamine has two sisters that played collegiate softball on the Division I level before her.  Sarah Akamine was a pitcher at Arizona from 2007-2010) and was a member of those Wildcat teams that eliminated Tennessee from the WCWS in 2007 and 2010.  Her other sister Lisa Akamine just wrapped up her playing career as a senior pitcher at Penn State in 2012.

 

8. Sophomore center fielder Tory Lewis’s stepfather is former Tennessee linebacker standout Eric Westmoreland.  He was a part of UT’s national champion football team back in 1998.  He went on to play in the National Football League from 2001-03 with the Jacksonville Jaguars and in 2004 with the Cleveland Browns.  She has said she often looks to him for athletic advice on how to deal with being a college athlete, pressures, etc.  Her mother is a true character as well and is ALWAYS at Tory’s games if she’s not escorting around Tory’s other super athletic siblings.  Tory won a ridiculous seven state titles in high school in softball (four), volleyball (two) and track (one) at Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga, Tenn.

 

9. Jimmy Chitwood team awards—the coaches give out “JC” stickers to offensive and defensive stars in each game as well as a “Kamikaze” award to the best pinch hitter/pinch runner/standout sub in each game.  For the honors, the coaches grant stickers sort of the in style of the “Buckeyes” for Ohio State’s football team.  The award is named after the clutch shooter in the movie “Hoosiers” who made the game-winning shot under extreme pressure.

 

10. We have a bus driver named Don Bustle who have driven the team for years, but retired as our full time driver at the start of the 2010 season.  He’s a much beloved figure among the players, coaches and staff alike.  Don has again made the long drive out here via bus to Oklahoma City, Okla., just to bring along our equipment and be around the team.

 

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