JUNE 17 2010 UPDATE
GAYLE BLEVINS RETIRING
University of Iowa Softball Coach Gayle Blevins has announced her retirement.
June 17, 2010
IOWA CITY, IA – University of Iowa Softball Coach Gayle Blevins has announced
her retirement from coaching after an illustrious 31-year career. The
announcement was made Thursday by UI Director of Athletics Gary Barta.
Blevins, who coached at Indiana University (1980-1987) and Iowa (1988-2010),
retires with a 1,245-588-5 record, including a 945-440-3 record in 23 seasons at Iowa. Her 1,245 wins are the second-most in NCAA Division I softball history.
While at Iowa, Blevins led the Hawkeyes to the Women’s College World Series four times, won five Big Ten regular season championships, two Big Ten Tournament titles and 16 NCAA Tournament appearances. Iowa was also selected to host eight NCAA Regionals during Blevins’ tenure at Iowa.
“I am thankful for my time at Iowa,” Blevins said. “There are so many people who have been instrumental in the incredible experiences I have had over the last 23 years. I wish to thank Dr. Christine Grant for bringing me to Iowa. Christine was the reason I came. She was my first boss here and to this day she remains the most powerful mentor I have had in my professional life. She continues to be a special friend and I thank her for believing in me. Because of Christine I was afforded the opportunity to coach at this great University.
“When Christine retired and the men’s and women’s department were merged, Bob
Bowlsby was instrumental in continuing our progress. I thank Bob for his
confidence, trust, and belief in me as his softball coach. With Bob’s departure, I was fortunate to work under another fine athletic director, Gary Barta. Gary, too, demonstrated his confidence and faith in me as his coach. Coaches know how unsettling it is to go through administrative change. I am thankful for what Gary has done for our program and for me personally.”
PROFESSIONAL WEEKEND FESTIVAL
Sparks, MD – The U.S. Professional All-Stars and Dynasty 6, a pair of traveling professional women’s fastpitch teams created by Maryland-based firm API Sports Management & Marketing and Atlanta-based Dynasty Media and Entertainment, LLC, will hold their second event of the year in conjunction with Virtual Tournament Director (VTD) July 16-17 at the Bixby High School Stadium Field in Bixby, OK.
The weekend will consist of a Friday night game featuring the U.S. Professional All-Stars against a team of local collegiate all-stars. That contest will get underway at 7 p.m. Those two teams will meet again Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m., followed by a Dynasty 6 charity game at 5 p.m. In addition there will be an opportunity for local youth players to have a “Workout with the Pros” on Friday afternoon, mini-clinics with the pros on Saturday morning and a pro vs. college home run derby. Players will be available throughout the weekend for autographs and to answer questions.
Tickets, which cost $10 for Friday night and $15 for the Saturday session for adults, can be purchased by calling 410-472-3500 or at www.USAllStarTeam.com. Youth players wearing a team jersey will be admitted to either the single-game Friday or Saturday’s two-game session for $5. Clinic and “Workout with the Pros” information also can be found by calling or checking the website.
The U.S. Professional All-Stars is a team comprised of current and former U.S. National Team players, U.S. Futures Team players, former college All-Americans and national champions. That team will compete during the festival weekends against top women’s teams from around the country, international teams, teams of college all-stars and possibly in fall tournaments against college teams. Some players who have committed to play for the All-Stars include 2008 College Player of the Year Angela Tincher, U.S. National Team members Katie Cochran and Ashley Charters and U.S. Futures Team member Jenae’ Leles.
Dynasty 6 is a six-person team of select women from the U.S. Professional All-Stars, including those named above, who will compete against any full team of male challengers in charity events during the festival weekends and throughout the year. This group, created in honor of the hugely successful King and His Court and Queen and Her Court/Maids teams that toured the country for years, will take on local firefighters, police, military personnel, celebrities, professional athletes from other sports, etc. Dynasty 6 will take on the Bixby Fire Department, with a portion of the proceeds from the game being donated to a local charity of the department’s choice.
For more information about the U.S. Professional All-Stars or Dynasty 6, or to inquire about how to bring them to your city or town, please call 410-472-3500 or send an email to Scott@API-MGMT.com.
USSSA PRIDE DEFEATS CANADA AGAIN
USSSA Florida Pride Takes the Exhibition Series against the Canadian National Team with a 6-2 Win
Orlando, Fla. – It’s been a batter’s series as the USSSA Florida Pride took on the Canadian National Team this week in a three game exhibition slate. Twenty-two runs were scored Tuesday night between the teams and a cumulative 16 were scored on Wednesday.
Tonight’s game was a different story as the Pride’s Desiree Serrano took to the circle, coming into the game with two wins on the exhibition season with a 0.00 ERA. For the contest, Serrano allowed only two runs on two hits, walking none and striking out five.
The Pride began their run for the lead early, stealing away in the bottom of the first. Three walks issued by Canada’s starting pitcher Jenna Caira left the bases loaded when Charlotte Morgan stepped to the plate. Morgan, who hit a two RBI triple in last night’s contest, ripped a grand slam to left field, clearing the bases for Francesca Enea’s at-bat. A double from the Pride rookie, followed by a pass ball to advance her to third, gave the Pride another scoring opportunity. Ground-outs from Tonya Callahan and Megan Willis however, left Enea stranded at the close of the first.
The Pride continued their lead in the bottom of the second with three consecutive singles to open the inning. Williams and Roth led off to put the Pride in scoring position with runners on the corners. Kristin Schnake followed and a double steal on her at-bat allowed Williams to score. Schnake’s single put runners on the corners for the second time in the inning, and a steal to second on Kelly Kretschman’s at-bat had the Pride threatening once again. The two runners were left stranded at the end of the inning.
Canada put themselves on the board in the top of the third. A single from Corrine Doornberg opened the inning and she was followed by catcher Erin Cumpstone who made it aboard on a fielder’s choice, with Doornberg advancing safely to second. Victoria Hayward followed at the plate and reached on an error from Serrano which also allowed Cumpstone to advance to third and Doornberg to score. Three quick outs followed to retire the top of the inning.
Roth, with a lead-off double, put the Pride in scoring position early on in the bottom of the fourth. A pass ball during Kretschman’s at-bat allowed Roth to advance to third, and Kretschman’s subsequent single drove Roth home, scoring the sixth run of the contest for the Pride.
Though the visiting team threatened to score in the top of the seventh, with runners on the corners after two base hits and a fielder’s choice, Serrano was able to hold Canada at two.
Relief pitcher Ashley Lanz, stepping in for Caira in the bottom of the fifth, was also able to hold the Pride to their sixth runs through the end of the contest, but it was the Pride who ultimately took the victory and the series with a 6-2 win.
The USSSA Florida Pride travels to Nashville, Tenn. tomorrow to open the four game series against the Tennessee Diamonds.