JUNE 10 2012 UPDATE
The long-time manager/coach of the Tulsa Eagles, and a friend to college and travel ball coaches in all parts of the country, passed away last Wednesday, following stomach surgery. Dave always gave candid opinions of his players, making sure college coaches knew their real potential.
THE CHOBANI CHAMPION TIGERS & JENNIE FINCH
The Sports Studio commercial promotes Greek yogurt – championed by Jennie Finch, the two-time Olympic gold medalist and still the most recognizable face in softball, and featuring her son Ace – in a warm, delightful video series. There is no team called the Tigers, and Ace isn’t scoring a run in a real game, but, thanks to the magic of video tape, the illusion created seems very real. The smile on Jennie’s face is very real. When we talked at the World Series, Jennie is euphoric when talking about her sons, Ace and Diesel. No doubt, given his genes, there’s a day in the future when Ace will cross a real plate. His dad is former major league pitcher Casey Daigle.
USA Women’s Softball National Team selection camp kicks off today
OKLAHOMA CITY – Thirty-two of the country’s best softball players arrived in Ashland, Ohio on Saturday for the USA Softball Women’s National Team selection camp the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today. In January, 12 athletes were named to the National Team. Twenty additional attendees will vie this week for the remaining spots on the 2012 USA Softball Women’s National Team roster which will be announced on Wednesday, June 13.
The 17 athletes selected to the USA Softball roster will compete in six different events in the United States and Canada. The remaining athletes who are not selected to the Women’s National Team will make up the 2012 USA Softball Women’s Elite National Team and will face the National Team in exhibition play. Fans in the United States will get four opportunities to see the team in action with two exhibition stops scheduled as well as the Title IX 40th Anniversary Celebration Game against Canada on June 23 and the World Cup of Softball VII presented by Lumber Liquidators, June 27- July 2, in Oklahoma City. For ticket information on the Title IX Game and World Cup VII as well as the tour stops in Summersville, W. Va. and Ashland, Ohio, click here.
Following the World Cup, the Women’s National Team is slated to compete July 4-9 at the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship in Surrey, B.C., Canada, and July 13-22 at the International Softball Federation (ISF) Women’s World Championship in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.
The 12 athletes who were named to the 2012 USA Softball Women’s National Team in January are Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif./Cal senior), Kaitlin Cochran (Yorba Linda, Calif./Arizona State 2009), Lauren Gibson (Pasadena, Md./Tennessee junior), Ashley Holcombe (Fayetteville, Ga./Alabama 2009), Molly Johnson (Tucson, Ariz./Kentucky 2010), Stacy May-Johnson (Reno, Nev./Iowa 2006), Jenae Leles (Sacramento, Calif./Arizona 2009), Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla./Florida senior), Keilani Ricketts (San Jose, Calif./Oklahoma junior), Jordan Taylor (Valencia, Calif./Michigan 2011), Rhea Taylor (Buford, Ga./Missouri 2011) and Chelsea Thomas (Pleasantville, Iowa/Missouri junior)
The 20 athletes who have accepted an invitation to try-out for the remaining spots on the Women’s National Team and the 2012 USA Softball Women’s Elite National Team are:
Lexy Bennett (Kingwood, Texas/Texas senior)
Katelyn Boyd (Phoenix, Ariz./Arizona State senior)
Elizabeth Caporuscio (Lake Arrowhead, Calif./Arizona State freshman)
Lauren Chamberlain (Trabuco Canyon, Calif./Oklahoma freshman)
Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich./Michigan senior)
Dallas Escobedo (Glendale, Ariz./Arizona State sophomore)
Sam Fischer (Simi Valley, Calif./Loyola Marymount senior)
Rebecca Gamby (Mount Victory, Ohio/Marshall senior)
Jolene Henderson (Elk Grove, Calif./California junior)
Taylor Hoagland (Flower Mound, Texas/Texas junior)
Destinee Martinez (Corona, Calif./Oklahoma sophomore)
Meagan May (Spring, Texas/Texas A&M junior)
Sara Nevins (Pinellas Park, Fla./South Florida sophomore)
Christi Orgeron (New Orleans, La./Louisiana Lafayette senior)
Ellen Renfroe (Jackson, Tenn./Tennessee sophomore)
Janine Richardson (Auburndale, Fla./South Florida senior)
Madison Shipman (Valencia, Calif./Tennessee sophomore)
Jessica Shults (Valencia, Calif./Oklahoma junior)
Jackie Traina (Naples, Fla./Alabama sophomore)
Lindsey Ziegenhirt (Elk Grove, Calif./California junior)
ESPN WILL AIR SPECIAL GAME
Team USA will take on Canada in a celebration game that is part of a weekend schedule of events centered around the 40th anniversary of the signing of Title IX (legislation aimed at increasing gender-equity in higher education). Being played in Oklahoma City, the game will be televised by ESPN, who that weekend will present events and studio shows featuring women in sports. ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, and ESPN Classic will all be a part of the June 22-24 programming. Two nights ago ESPN wrapped up extensive coverage of the Women’s College (softball) World Series. They have also regularly shown games from the World Cup of Softball, an ISF-sanctioned, invitational event.
WORLD SOFTBALL DAY NEXT WEEK
Next Wednesday will mark the eighth straight year that “World Softball Day” is celebrated globally on June 13th. The occasion coincides with the date in 1991 when the International Olympic Committee announced that (women’s fast pitch) softball would be added to the programme of the Summer Olympics, beginning with the 1996 Games in Atlanta.
Each year, ISF member federations are encouraged to stage a special event in conjunction with World Softball Day, to both celebrate the occasion as well as raise the profile of the sport in their country. The media are asked to devote coverage to softball on June 13 th as well. The ISF is engaging the worldwide softball community via Facebook and Twitter in relation to World Softball Day as well. At www.facebook.com/ISFsoftball, wall posts are encouraged for purposes of reporting how World Softball Day is being celebrated (and where). Twitter users are encouraged to tag their WSD-related tweets with the hashtag #WorldSoftballDay. The ISF will later publish a recap, including photos, of World Softball Day activities from around the world.
WEBSTREAMING FOR ALL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
Pinnacle Women’s Fast Pitch Event Five Weeks Away
PLANT CITY, FLORIDA (USA) – All 66 games from the International Softball Federation XIII Women’s World Championship that starts five weeks from today will be webstreamed. The 16-nation event will take place in Whitehorse, Yukon (Canada).
“We are extremely pleased that fans around the world will be able to see the action from Whitehorse,” ISF President Don Porter said. “We know that the worldwide softball community will be looking to interact with the tournament regardless of their location, so having all of the games online is a perfect meeting place to accomplish that.”
Mr. Porter added, “My thanks go out to the local organizing committee in Whitehorse for securing this opportunity.”
The games will be streamed live. There is no fee involved for viewers. Games will be recorded and archived for on-demand viewing as well. Starting July 13, the games can be viewed on www.sportscanada.tv and viewers will be able to interact through a Twitter feed embedded next to the video player.
The ten-day tournament will include: Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, South Africa, USA, and Venezuela. The Americans are the defending champions, having won the twelfth edition of the event, which took place in 2010 in Caracas, Venezuela. This (2012) is the first year that the ISF world championships are starting an every-two-years rotation after having been one a year every four years. (The IX Jr. Men’s World Championship is set for this November in Paraná, Argentina.)
The official event website for the world championship in Whitehorse is www.worldfastpitch2012.com/.