JUNE 24 2010 UPDATE
Catherine Osterman has resigned as assistant coach at DePaul. Cat has a full slate of obligations to USSSA Pride as well as the USA National Team, and personal endorsements.
DJ Mathis, former pitcher at Oklahoma, has joined the Kansas staff.
A number of people have reportedly submitted their names as candidates to become head coach at South Carolina, but former Gamecock ace Megan Matthews, who is an assistant coach at Ole Miss, says she is not a candidate.
NATIONAL PRO FASTPITCH
Juarez, Ricketts Pace Racers in 2-1 Victory
Jaurez Fans 10 and Ricketts Goes Yard in Racers’ Win
AKRON, Ohio (June 24, 2010) – Akron Pitcher Jamee Juarez pitched a gem, recording 10 strikeouts to guide the Racers to a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Bandits in the series and home opener in front of 636 fans at Firestone Stadium this evening.
The victory improves the Racers to 6-3 on the year, putting them in a first place tie with the USSSA Pride atop the National Pro Fastpitch standings as Chicago drops to 4-5 to remain in third.
Jaurez (2-2) was dominant in the circle all game long, working out of two serious Chicago threats. The right-hander tossed six complete frames and gave up just one run on two hits to earn today’s win. Jaime Southern registered a strikeout and two groundouts in the seventh to earn her third save of the season while Kristina Thorson (1-1) took the loss in two innings of work.
Despite limited scoring opportunities, the Racers got all the offense they would need in the home half of the second. Sam Ricketts put the home team ahead, launching a two-run home run–her second on the season, to dead center. Trena Peel led off the frame with a single to center and used heads-up baserunning to advance to second on the Christine Knauer error.
Chicago utilized a pair of pitchers in Jessica Sallinger and Nikki Nemitz to limit Akron’s scoring opportunities after the second as each tossed a pair of innings. Nemitz surrendered a hit and picked up a strikeout while Sallinger gave up two hits and struck out a pair of Racers.
The Bandits’ lone run came atop the sixth inning by way of a one-out Stacy May solo home run. Juarez issued a pair of walks to put a pair on for the Bandits following the home run but got two key defensive stops to maintain Akron’s lead.
Jess Valis and Peel each paced the home club with 2-for-3 days at the plate while Lisa Modglin also singled.
The Racers and Bandits resume the series tomorrow (Friday) at 7:05 p.m. for Country Night at Firestone Stadium. Be sure to catch the action online at either MLB.com with a $19.95 season-long subscription or follow live stats at Pointstreak.com.
CA WOMEN’S SOFTBALL LEAGUE
This is a communication from CA Women’s Softball:
There were 5 teams that said they wanted to play. We also had some 20 women who wanted to play but were not affiliated with a team. Without the commitment of the teams, we do not have enough women to fill a 4 team league.
I must cancel the concept of a league starting in June. There simply is not enough interest.
I have been trying for over a year to form a womens fastpitch league without success. It is apparent there is not enough interest for such a league in the Greater Sacramento Area.