6-20-10 June 20 Update/NPF/Gold

UPDATE JUNE 20 2010

 

GOLD QUALIFIERS

Six berths were awarded at the Southern Territory qualifier:

            Miami Stingrays

            East Cobb Bullets Pauly

            Sudden Impact

            Georgia Impact Watts

            Georgia Elite

            Team Florida

SPY checked ASA regional websites and could not determine which teams won the 2 berths in Maryland, nor which teams won berths in Region 14.

 

Racers win Series Opener vs Chicago

06/20/2010 7:22 PM

First place in the National Pro Fastpitch standings was on the line as the Chicago Bandits (3-3) played their home debut at Judson University in Elgin, Ill. against the Akron Racers (4-2) on Sunday, June 20.

An error filled fifth inning by the Bandits put the Racers ahead for good. Racers’ center fielder, Lisa Modglin started the two run scoring spree, making it to first base after Bandits first baseman, Samantha Findlay bobbled the ball on a throw from Bandits’ shortstop, Christine Knauer. No one was on first base when Bandits’ pitcher, Eileen Canney, attempted to throw out Racers designated player Jackie Pasquerella at first base. With nobody covering first, Modglin advanced to third and Pasquerella moved to second. The next batter up, Micaela Minner, drove in Modglin from third on a grounder to Bandit’s second baseman, Emily Friedman. The last error of the inning, a wild pitch by Canney, brought Pasquerella home for the Racers second run of the inning.

The Racers, who are coming off a 3-2 series win against the Tennessee Diamonds, tried to score first in the third inning after loading the bases with one out, but Canney held steady, striking out the next two batters to get the Bandit’s out of a jam. Canney pitched a solid game in what became a pitcher’s duel, striking out five batters in seven innings on the day.

Akron pitcher, Lisa Norris, put on an equally impressive display, striking out 11and walking only two of the Bandits’ batters in seven innings.

A two-run home run by Modglin in the seventh inning sealed the game for the Racers, who had six hits on the day to the Bandits one.

The Bandits were unable to find their hitting, or their footing, against the Racers, falling by a final score of 4-0.

The first game, however, doesn’t always determine the outcome of the series, as the Bandits know. Despite losing 16-3 against the USSSA Pride in the season opener, the Bandits fought back to win the series 3-2.

The Bandit’s will look to turn things around tomorrow in game two of a three game series at home before the traveling to Akron, Ohio to take on the Racers in another three game series next weekend. Game two begins tomorrow at 7:00 pm at Judson University.

 

 

PRIDE BEATS DIAMONDS 2-0, SWEEPS SERIES

NASHVILLE, Tenn (June 20, 2010) – The final game of the series against the USSSA Pride was held today at Draper Diamond.  The Diamonds were eager to get a win. The first three games were close, but the Diamonds were unable to put together enough hits to rally pass the Pride.

Defense was the key for both teams today. In the bottom of first, left-fielder, Jessica Mendoza made a leaping catch to prevent Chelsea Spencer from earning a base hit. The Pride tried to start a rally in the third inning by getting their first two batters aboard by a hit by pitch and a base hit from Alissa Haber. The Diamonds were able to bear down on defense.  Natasha Watley hit a hard shot down third, but Diamonds’ third basemen, Loryn Johnson was able to get a glove on it causing a force at third base. Monica Abbott continued to battle her way out of innings, as the Pride threatened again in the fourth, but could not produce any runs.

In the fifth inning, the bottom half of the Diamonds line-up went to work. Catcher, Shannon Doepking led off the inning with a double to left-field. Second basemen, Chelsie Mesa was able to lay down the perfect sacrifice bunt to push pinch-runner, Aubree  Brattin to third base. The Diamonds failed to score as the next three batters grounded out.  In the sixth inning, the Diamonds had another scoring opportunity. Chelsea Spencer gapped a double down right field line. Megan Gibson was able to reach first on a fielding error by Natasha Watley. Pride’s pitcher, Desiree Serrano was able to retire the side and hold the Diamonds scoreless.  

The game was still scoreless after seven innings. In the ninth, a couple of errors against the Diamonds allowed the Pride to get into scoring position. Runners were at first and third when Lauren Lappin laid down the squeeze bunt. Pinch-runner, Jessica Williams hustled towards home and was called safe on a very controversial call at the plate. The Pride was able to push one more run across on a sacrifice fly from Charlotte Morgan. The Diamonds had a chance in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game, but the Pride defense held their ground and left the Diamonds scoreless.

Monica Abbott gets the loss for the Diamonds giving up two runs, five hits, one walk, and striking out nine. Desiree Serrano gets the win for the Pride giving up zero runs, five hits, two walks, and striking out four.

The Diamonds next home game is a double header July 6 against Team Venezuela at 6 pm and 8 pm. For tickets and more information on the Tennessee Diamonds, please visit www.tn-diamonds.com.      

 

 

VIOLENCE IN BOGOTA

News media this past weekend reported the escalating violence in Bogota, the site of the Pan American games for girls 18U (August 6-18).  Once again, the questions emerge: what threat level is sufficient for ISF to change a venue?  Is there a point at which USA Softball would withhold a team?  The answer to both question is probably not.  If the USA does not play in the III Pan American Championship, which serves as a qualifier, then the USA could lose eligibility for the Junior World Championship, also sponsored by ISF, in Capetown in 2011.  SPY will once again miss a tournament;  my last departure from Bogota was rather hastily arranged.

SCHINDLER’S LIST

During World War Two, German industrialist Oskar Schindler saved some 1,200 of his Jewish workers from extermination. His enamelware and munitions factories were considered vital for the German war effort and he claimed his workers all had special skills vital for the operation of his factories, whether they had or not. Many of his “skilled mechanics” were in fact children or handicapped people.

Schindler became the subject of the book Schindler’s Ark and later the movie Schindler’s List. Now part of his factory in Krakow has become a museum to the city’s war years.

The exhibitions cover the outbreak of the war, the German invasion of Poland, Polish resistance movements, and Schindler’s struggle to save his workers. The museum is a branch of the Krakow City Historical Museum. The front page of their website has a short video about Schindler that’s quite powerful, even if you don’t understand Polish. During World War Two, German industrialist Oskar Schindler saved some 1,200 of his Jewish workers from extermination. His enamelware and munitions factories were considered vital for the German war effort and he claimed his workers all had special skills vital for the operation of his factories, whether they had or not. Many of his “skilled mechanics” were in fact children or handicapped people.

Schindler became the subject of the book Schindler’s Ark and later the movie Schindler’s List. Now part of his factory in Krakow has become a museum to the city’s war years.

The exhibitions cover the outbreak of the war, the German invasion of Poland, Polish resistance movements, and Schindler’s struggle to save his workers. The museum is a branch of the Krakow City Historical Museum. The front page of their website has a short video about Schindler that’s quite powerful, even if you don’t understand Polish.

SPY Note: welcome recognition by Krakow.  During a visit to Krakow and Oswiecim (Aushwitz), one had difficulty in finding any residents who would admit they knew of the killing camps during the war.  Most people I questioned claimed to have been away during the war.  Away?  Where was there to go?

 

 

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