JUNE 27 2011 UPDATE
JUCO PITCHER AND CATCHER NEEDED
Message from the coach: I had one pitcher back out on me for this year and one catcher. So I am looking for one to come in this year Fall or SPring and for next year as well. Transfers are possible but they can only have played one season. (They only get 2 years eligibility with us…) HVCC does provide a fair amount of academic aide they insist the athletes go through the same process as regular students when applying for it.
We are a highly competitive JUCO team. We play in Region 3 which is one of the most competitive regions at our level. Region 3 is given two bids to the national tournament every year because we are so competitive. This year we finished fourth in the region, we played in the region tournament and were two wins away from going to nationals. Our goal is to make HVCC a consistently competitive team and build upon last years success.
Let me know if you need something more formal or official.
Thanks for your help!
Meghan Farrelly firstname.lastname@example.org
THE SOFTBALL RUMOR MILL
Spy has a long standing policy of not publishing rumors; I publish coaching changes when I have solid notification. Gratefully, a Pac 10 source whom I asked to check came back with the denounement of one rumor which went viral on social media. So, today, when I received emails about OSU, I posted deep within another story a one-line statement that rumors about a West Coast coach were untrue. I posted the university release on Dana Sorenson, and still had readers tell me it was a cover-up; it was quite factual.
I had the Teresa Wilson story but held it until Arizona issued a confirmation. I’ve gotten emails on two other changes, including two assistant coaches reportedly already on campus, which will not be published without official confirmation. Similarly, I know who is being interviewed for certain vacancies. This is their livelihood! I remember when the Nixon White House wanted me banished from government, and was told, “You didn’t hire him, you can’t fire him.” Let the process work!
It’s not just this era of social media, it’s human nature. I was injured in an incident in the 70s; my brother called the military hospital and was told I was dead. On another occasion, I was flown out of an African war zone and someone in the Embassy in Cairo called my wife and said I was near-death when they put me on the plane; I had a rare form of malaria, and for once the information was correct. Health officials in Kenya, Egypt, Pakistan, Italy and Germany refused to let me off the plane for treatment. But, in the 90s, when I contracted that rare blood disease in Indonesia, the rumors were so rampant while I was being flown back from Asia that I had days to live that an intelligence specialist applied for my job. Thankfully, in 2004, when I had serious cancer surgery, Allison quickly posted a note on Spy that I had survived 13 hours of surgery.
Score: Bandits 5, Racers 4 (Final-10 Innings)(Saturday)
AKRON, Ohio – The Chicago Bandits only needed seven innings Friday night to defeat the Racers after Monica Abbott’s brilliant pitching performance. Tonight, they needed 10, as Chicago (7-3) outlasted the Racers (5-5), 5-4 in 10 innings at Firestone Stadium.
With the win, the Bandits extended their NPF lead over the Racers to two games and remain in first in the NPF, after Monica Abbott (5-1) came on in relief in the bottom of the ninth inning to earn her second win in as many nights. The former Olympian came on in relief of starter Nikki Nemitz to record the final seven outs, five of which came via the strikeout. The starting pitchers, Kristina Thorson and Nemitz were the story in the first seven innings of the game, each allowing one run on four hits, with neither factoring into the final decision. Morgan Childers (1-3) came on in relief in the eighth inning for Thorson, suffering her third loss of the season.
With the Racers facing a 1-0 deficit in the bottom of the seventh, Nicole Trimboli came on to pinch-hit for Courtney Bures and stroked a double to right center field to score Reba Tutt, who came on to pinch-run for Kelley Montalvo after she singled to center with one out.
The Racers faced another hole at 2-1 after the Bandits scored on a Nemitz ground-rule double to right in the top of the eighth. Nicole Pauly led off the inning, smoking a pinch-hit solo home run over the left center field fence to keep the Racers alive for another inning at 2-2.
The Bandits regained the lead at 3-2 in the top of the eighth when Megan Wiggins beat out first baseman’s Nicole Trimboli at home. Two consecutive throwing errors in the top of the tenth gave the Bandits two more runs to take a commanding 5-2 lead. The Racers threatened to tie the game for a third time, but came up short after Monica Abbott got Sharonda McDonald to line out to end the game.
The Racers and Bandits will kick off a doubleheader starting at noon on Sunday and conclude the series with the regularly-scheduled game at 2:05 p.m.
14 and 16U Teams Wanted for July 4 tournament
REMEMBERING (BUYING) ROY ROGERS
By Ron Lombard