WEDNESDAY JUNE 16 UPDATE
This Update intended for June 16 was interrupted by another of the infamous Northern Virginia blackouts; power was restored at noon Thursday.
2010 PITCHERS NEEDED
My name is Jody Long, Head softball coach at NEMCC in Booneville, MS. We are looking to sign two 2010 pitchers to join our team in August. I will be at the Colorado Sparkler tournament June 27th -July 3rd or you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please forward this to all of your contacts and please visit our school web site at www.nemcc.edu to find out more on our program.
NATIONAL PRO FASTPITCH
USSSA Florida Pride Tie Exhibition Series with a 10-6 Victory
Orlando, Fla. – After falling to the Canadian National Team in the seventh inning of last night’s game, The USSSA Florida Pride took to the field once again at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports for the second game of the three game series.
Katie Burkhart, in her first start in the circle for the Pride, allowed six runs on eleven hits but secured the win tonight pitching eight strike-outs and allowing only two walks.
Leading off the contest for the Canadian National Team was Melanie Matthews, who, after only two pitches, ripped the first home run of the game past the right field fence. Centerfielder Caitlin Lever followed with a lazy infield pop-fly which bounced into the glove of shortstop Kristin Schnake. A quick throw to Charlotte Morgan at first completed the put-out, which was followed by the first strikeout of the contest on Jennifer Yee. A single from Sheena Lawrick marked the second base hit for the visiting team, but Burkhart’s second strikeout of the inning on Jennifer Salling marked the third out and left Lawrick stranded at the conclusion of the first.
Back to back hits in the bottom of the first for the Pride allowed the team to tie with a single run scored. Leading off at the plate was Melissa Roth, who laced a triple to right field and scored on an RBI single from shortstop Kristin Schnake. A walk from Amber Flores put the Pride on base again, but a pop-out to short from Francesca Enea quickly marked the end of the inning.
Canada saw their second run of the game from Kaleigh Rafter, who led off the top of the second. A single from Corrine Doornberg put Rafter in scoring position on second when the scoring double was made by Matthews. A quick third out led to the top of the third.
The visiting team secured themselves a lead in the top of the fourth with three runs being scored off of two hits and an error from Charlotte Morgan at first, allowing Matthews to reach on a missed throw from Tonya Callahan at third. Matthews advanced to scoring position on second with a stolen base during Lever’s at-bat, and Lever’s subsequent single drove her home. Up next at the plate was Yee, who came into the contest batting .400 for the series. A two RBI home run from the second base player drove in the final two runs of the inning and put Canada ahead by four in the middle of the fourth.
Leading off for the Pride in the bottom of the inning was rookie Amber Flores, who reached on a walk, her second of the night. A 5-4 fielder’s choice allowed Enea to reach, and she was advanced to scoring position on second on a walk from Callahan. Morgan came to the plate next and ripped a two RBI double on the first pitch of her at bat. Two consecutive walks off of pitcher Ashley Lanz, and a third from relief pitcher Tina Andreana left the bases loaded when designated player Stephanie Best stepped to the plate. A single from Best drove in both Roth and Enea, but a diving play from Lever to catch a line drive from Flores retired the inning with the Pride leading by one.
The tying run was scored by Canada in the top of the fifth by Evelyne Pare, pinch running for Rafter, whose single accounted for one of the three hits in the inning.
The Pride quickly stole ahead again however in the bottom of the fifth, scoring four runs on three hits. Two walks from Enea and Callahan led off the inning and a subsequent single from Morgan drove Enea to the plate, marking Morgan’s third RBI of the contest. A single from Williams, followed by a sacrifice fly from Schnake, allowed Callahan to score. Kretschman came to the plate next, driving the ball right on the inside of the third base line, recording a double and driving in two more runs from Morgan and Williams. The Pride concluded the fifth, up again with a four run lead.
Burkhart was able to hold the Canadian National Team at six runs throughout the sixth and seventh innings, facing only seven batters across the two, and securing the Pride’s 10-6 victory.
With the win tonight, The USSSA Florida Pride has tied the series. The two teams will take to the field tomorrow night at 7:05 pm EST for the third and deciding contest of the exhibition slate.
ELGIN, Ill. – The Chicago Bandits will host the first “Jersey Jam” of the year at Judson University on Monday, June 21 at 7:05 p.m. Any boy or girl wearing a baseball uniform or softball top will get in for free with a paying adult to see the Bandits clash bats with the Akron Racers.
Although the main event will be the Bandit’s second game of a three game home opener series with the Racers, the night highlights bringing youth together and promoting participation in baseball and softball leagues around Chicago.
“It allows us to reach out to youth players around the area and helps us show our community support, and it allows more fans to come to the game” said Aaron Moore, the General Manager of the Chicago Bandits.
According to Moore, the Bandits specifically picked Monday to host the “Jersey Jam” because they wanted to take into consideration the softball league and baseball leagues’ hectic schedules on the weekends.
“[The game] is a good opportunity on a Monday night to try and maximize our crowd and get a bunch of softball people out there who are playing on the weekends,” said Moore.
Adult tickets start at $8.75. For more information about the Chicago Bandits “Jersey Jam” and to purchase tickets call 877-7BANDITS or visit www.chicagobandits.com
LOOPER STEPS DOWN AT TEXAS
Texas Softball assistant coach Marla Looper to step down
Looper moving on to pursue other opportunities after spending 11 years on head coach Connie Clark’s staff at Texas.
Statement from Texas Softball head coach Connie Clark
“In her 11 years with us, Marla has helped us build the strong foundation of Texas Softball. We have had a great ride together here at Texas and we wish her nothing but the best as she moves on to pursue other opportunities.”
Statement from Texas Women’s Athletics Director Chris Plonsky
“Marla has been a terrific representative of our university, women’s softball program and UT Athletics. We thank her for the positive influence she has had on our student-athletes.”
Sara Zambelli, 2011, West Milford HS, West Milford Xtreme, verbal to Caldwell
College, Caldwell, NJ
SOFTBALL MOVES CLOSER TO COMMONWEALTH GAMES PROGRAMME
PLANT CITY, FLORIDA (USA) – The Commonwealth Games Federation’s Sport Committee and Executive Board have approved softball as a ‘category 2 sport,’ following a presentation last week. The promotion in classification means that Commonwealth Games host cities can now consider softball as an optional sport to add to the event programme, beginning with the yet-to-be-awarded 2018 Games.
There are ten core programme sports in the Commonwealth Games but a host city can add up to seven sports from those that the CGF has classified as ‘category 2.’
International Softball Federation Secretary General Ms. Low Beng Choo made the presentation last Monday (June 7) in London.
“This is another great step in our mission to establish softball as the most inclusive team sport on the planet,” said ISF President Don Porter. “Our sport has shown its universality by not only being in 128 ISF member countries, but through its appearance on the programme of so many multi-sport Games. We have long sought for the Commonwealth Games to be one of those though and today we are that much closer to accomplishing that goal.
“I thank the CGF Sport Committee and Executive Board for their trust and confidence in our sport and the resultant upgrade of softball to category 2. I would also like to recognize our secretary general for her focus and commitment not only to softball but to last week’s presentation.”
CGF Chief Executive Officer Michael Hooper told Mr. Porter that the Committee and the Board “were pleased to note the progress being made within your development programmes across the Commonwealth and the ISF’s continued commitment in this area.” The ISF organized the 1st Men’s Commonwealth Softball Championship in 2006 in Australia.
The ISF is the world governing body of the sport as recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and SportAccord (formerly the General Association of International Sports Federations). Softball (women’s fast pitch) made its Olympic debut at the 1996 Games in Atlanta. There are 128 affiliated countries in the ISF and millions of participants in the sport worldwide.