MAY 31 2011 UPDATE
WCWS GAME SCHEDULE
The official NCAA game schedule has been published on www.spysoftball.org.
NCAA published using Adobe, which SPY converted to Front Page format.
NCAA Women’s College World Series action includes 17 USA Softball hopefuls
OKLAHOMA CITY — When the NCAA Women’s College World Series opens Thursday at the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, 17 invitees to the 2011 USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Camp will be among the student athletes and coaching staffs. Seven of the eight participating teams, excluding Oklahoma State, have at least one student-athlete trying out for the Women’s National Team June 12-17 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.
“When you look at the list of athletes who are both competing in Oklahoma City at the NCAA Women’ College World Series and trying out for the 2011 USA Softball Women’s National Team, it is truly a list of the best of the best. The present and future of our sport is bright because of these talented young women,” ASA/USA softball executive director Ron Radigonda said. “I am excited to watch them vie for a National Championship and then bring their talents to the USA Softball program. With any of these young women in a USA Softball uniform this year, there is no doubt in my mind that they will continue the tradition of excellence USA Softball has established. I am excited for this new generation of USA Softball stars and I think our fans should be really excited too.”
While No. 1 seeded Arizona State and No. 4 seed Florida lead the way with four active student-athletes each participating in the Women’s National Team Selection Camp, the Sun Devils have a slight edge with alum Kaitlin Cochran (Yorba Linda, Calif.) also trying out for her third Women’s National Team, making it five representatives for the Devils in Chula Vista. Arizona State ace Dallas Escobedo (Glendale, Ariz.) is a member of the 2010-11 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team but has been invited to try out for her first Women’s National Team this summer.
No. 5 seed Missouri, No. 7 Cal and No. 9 Oklahoma have two student-athletes trying out for the team while No. 2 seed Alabama has one student-athlete and graduate assistant coach Ashley Holcombe-Bell (Fayetteville, Ga.), a member of the 2009 and 2010 Women’s National Teams, vying for the Red, White and Blue. Baylor’s Whitney Canion (Aledo, Texas) is the lone representative from the No. 11 seed Bears.
Of the eight teams competing in Oklahoma City, five team’s starting pitchers including Canion and Escobedo will be in Chula Vista. Cal’s Jolene Henderson (Elk Grove, Calif.), Missouri’s Chelsea Thomas (Pleasantville, Iowa) and Oklahoma’s Keilani Ricketts (San Jose, Calif.) are the other aces who will follow their trip to Oklahoma City with a Women’s National Team tryout.
Thomas is one of two Top Three Finalists for the 2011 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award who has led her team to Oklahoma City, a feat also accomplished by Arizona State infielder Katelyn Boyd (Phoenix, Ariz.). Both look to make their first Women’s National Team this year. Stanford’s Ashley Hansen (Chandler, Ariz.) is the third finalist for the award. The Player of the Year will be announced tonight (May 31) at the athlete banquet.
The approximately 17 athletes named to the 2011 USA Softball Women’s National Team will be announced on June 17. From June through October, the team will compete at six events in three countries including the Canadian Open FastPitch International Championship, July 9-17, in Surrey, B.C., Canada, and the Pan American Games, October 17-23, in Guadalajara, Mexico. Fans in the United States will get four opportunities to see the team in action with exhibition stops scheduled in Plant City, Fla., Salem, Va., and Bowie, Md., as well as the World Cup of Softball VI, July 21-25, in Oklahoma City. For ticket information to the U.S. events, visit www.usasoftball.com.
2011 USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Camp invitees
Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif./California)*
Ashley Holcombe-Bell (Fayetteville, Ga./Alabama)+
Katelyn Boyd (Phoenix, Ariz./Arizona State)*
Megan Bush (Anaheim Hills, Calif./Florida)*
Ashley Brignac (River Ridge, La./ULL)
Whitney Canion (Aledo, Texas/Baylor)*
Kaylyn Castillo (Norco, Calif./Arizona State)*
Raven Chavanne (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Tennessee)
Kaitlin Cochran (Yorba Linda, Calif./Arizona State)
Cheyenne Coyle (West Hills, Calif./Florida)*
Brigette Del Ponte (Peoria, Ariz./Arizona)
Dallas Escobedo (Glendale, Ariz./Arizona State)*
Andrea Harrison (Garden Grove, Calif./UCLA)
Jolene Henderson (Elk Grove, Calif./California)*
Taylor Hoagland (Flower Mound, Texas/Texas)
Kelly Grieve (Asheville, N.C./Tennessee)
Molly Johnson (Tucson, Ariz./Kentucky)
Stacy Johnson (Reno, Nev./Iowa)
Ashley Lane (Escondido, Calif./Michigan)
Megan Langenfeld (Bakersfield, Calif./UCLA)
Whitney Larsen (Vestavia Hills, Ala./Alabama)*
Jenae Leles (Sacramento, Calif./Arizona)
Annie Lockwood (Phoenix, Ariz./Arizona State)*
Blaire Luna (Austin, Texas/Texas)
Meagan May (Spring, Texas/Texas A&M)
Jen Mineau (Schaghticoke, N.Y./Fordham)
Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla./Florida)*
Christine Orgeron (New Orleans, La./ULL)
Jenna Rich (El Segundo, Calif./Stanford)
Keilani Ricketts (San Jose, Calif./Oklahoma)*
Brittany Schutte (Fountain Valley, Calif./Florida)*
Jessica Shults (Valencia, Calif./Oklahoma)*
Jordan Taylor (Valencia, Calif./Michigan)
Rhea Taylor (Buford, Ga./Missouri)*
Chelsea Thomas (Pleasantville, Iowa/Missouri)*
Niki Williams (Mission Viejo, Calif./Washington)
Shawna Wright (Lancaster, Calif./Washington)
*Student athlete at one of the eight schools competing at the 2011 NCAA Women’s College World Series
+Graduate assistant coach at one of the eight schools competing at the 2011 NCAA Women’s College World Series
EMILY FRIEDMAN RETIRES; OTHER BANDITS NEWS
Friedman (right) joking with catcher Rachel Folden at 2010 playoffs (photo by Dina Kwit)
ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Chicago Bandits have announced that outfielder Emily Friedman is retiring from National Pro Fastpitch competition. Friedman batted .304 in 138 at-bats last season with 22 runs, 42 hits, six doubles, six home runs and 19 RBIs. Her average was good for fourth in the NPF. Her on-base percentage (.359) and slugging percentage (.478) ranked sixth. Friedman played five seasons in the NPF, four with the Philadelphia Force and one with the Chicago Bandits where she had her best season in her professional career.
For more information about the Chicago Bandits, visit www.chicagobandits.com or call 877-722-6348.
ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Chicago Bandits signed four players to their roster following team tryouts Saturday, May 28 at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, Ill. New roster additions Alexis Jager (Western Michigan/Kalmazoo, Mich.), Robin Thompson (Northwestern, Detroit, Mich.), Amanda Williams (Marshall/Powder Spring, Ga.) and Danielle Zymkowitz (Illinois/West Hills, Calif.) will join the Bandits in the National Pro Fastpitch league in 2011.
So Cal Athletics Invitational
Los Alamitos High School Pacifica High School
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Garden Grove 92845
Pool A Pool B Pool C
1) So Cal Athletics 1) Worth Firecrackers 1) OC Batbusters
2) Tx Impact 2) Corona Angels 2) Tx Glory
3) Cal Cruisers 3) Lady Magic 3) Sorcerer
4) So Cal Choppers 4) Az Hotshots 4) Explosion
Sat Field 1 Field 2 Pacifica HS
8:00 A1-A3 A2-A4 9:00 C1-C2
9:45 A1-A2 A4-A3 10:45 C1-C4
11:30 B1-B3 B2-B4 12:30 C2-C4
1:15 A1-A4 A2-A3 2:15 C1-C3
3:00 B1-B2 B3-B4 4:00 C2-C3
4:45 B2-B3 B1-B4 5:45 C3-C4
Time Limit – 1:30 No New Sat. can end in tie, Sun. must have a winner.
Tie Breaker :
1) Head to Head
2) Least runs allowed
3) Runs scored
Run rule – 10 after 4, 8 after 5
Snack Bar provided by the So Cal Athletics
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