JUNE 5 2011 UPDATE
CLASS ACTS AND GRACE NOTES
A very wise man once advised – leave tough situations on a grace note.
I’ve known Patrick Murphy and Patty Gasso at Alabama and Oklahoma for most of their long tenures at their schools. Seldom have defeats over those years been as shattering – they were thoroughly beaten by the opponents which ousted the Sooners and Crimson Tide from the Women’s College World Series. Yet, in their separate meetings with the press following each defeat, both were resolutely objective, praising their players, noting the plays which didn’t go their way while lauding the skill of their opponents, and determinedly looking forward to the future. Two class acts – who will be back.
NCAA Women’s College World Series Championship Begins Tonight
The NCAA Women’s College World Series Presented by Capital One has come down to the final two teams – No. 1 Arizona State vs. No. 4 Florida – who will face off in a best-of-three series starting Monday, June 6, at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 HD from Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla. The teams will also meet Tuesday, June 7, and if needed on Wednesday, June 8, both at 8 p.m.
ESPN3.com will simulcast all of the championship series games and ESPN Mobile TV will show Game 2.
A special WCWS ESPNU Pre- and Post-Game Show will air tonight at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., respectively. Tomorrow’s game will include a pre-game show at 7:30 p.m., as well as the post-game at 10:30 p.m.
The Gators are trying to become the first SEC team to win a softball national title, while the Pac-10 has won 22 of the 28 Women’s College World Series titles.
|Mon, June 6||7:30 p.m.||WCWS ESPNU Pre-Game Show||ESPNU HD|
|8 p.m.||Championship – Game 1:No. 1 Arizona State vs. No. 4 FloridaBeth Mowins, Jessica Mendoza,
Michele Smith & Holly Rowe
|ESPN2 HD / ESPN3.com|
|10:30 p.m.||WCWS ESPNU Post-Game Show||ESPNU HD|
|Tue, June 7||7:30 p.m.||WCWS ESPNU Pre-Game Show||ESPNU HD|
|8 p.m.||Championship – Game 2:No. 4 Florida vs. No. 1 Arizona State Mowins, Mendoza, Smith & Rowe||ESPN2 HD / ESPN3.com /ESPN Mobile TV|
|10:30 p.m.||WCWS ESPNU Post-Game Show||ESPNU HD|
|Wed, June 8*||7:30 p.m.||WCWS ESPNU Pre-Game Show||ESPNU HD|
|8 p.m.||Championship – Game 3:No. 1 Arizona State vs. No. 4 FloridaMowins, Mendoza, Smith & Rowe||ESPN2 HD / ESPN3.com|
|10:30 p.m.||WCWS ESPNU Post-Game Show||ESPNU HD|
* – if necessary – best-of-three series
INDIANAPOLIS – For the third consecutive year, the NCAA is teaming with the American Cancer Society and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) to support the “StrikeOut Cancer” initiative. The StrikeOut Cancer Night will take place on Monday, June 6, during Game 1 of the Championship Series of the 2011 NCAA Women’s College World Series at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla.
As part of the initiative, the NCAA will donate one dollar for every ticket sold that evening, with the proceeds directed to the Oklahoma Region of the American Cancer Society. The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Abby Burns, a softball student-athlete from the Texas Woman’s University who is currently undergoing treatment for leukemia. Laura Berg, a Los Angeles Police Officer and four-time softball All-American and national champion on the 1998 Fresno State team, as well as softball’s only four-time Olympian, will catch the first pitch.
Additional activities include a cancer survivors celebration walk in the outfield during the third-inning, led by softball Olympians and NCAA Divisions I, II and III NFCA Hall of Fame Coaches; an on-field presentation by the NCAA and former softball Olympian Dr. Dot Richardson to the Oklahoma Region of the American Cancer Society during the fourth-inning; and Howie Jackson, a cancer survivor and local Hero of Hope for Western Oklahoma, leading the singing of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the fifth-inning of the game.
“Lending support to the Oklahoma Region of the American Cancer Society has become an integral part of the NCAA Women’s College World Series, and we are proud to continue this relationship,” said Sharon Cessna, NCAA director of championships.
“We are proud to partner with the NCAA on the StrikeOut Cancer Night,” said Lesa Foster, regional vice president for the American Cancer Society. “Through this initiative, supporters in our community are able to help the Society create a world with less cancer and more birthdays by helping people stay well, get well, finding cures and fighting back.”
Spectators attending the game are encouraged to wear pink in support of “StrikeOut Cancer.” The game will be televised live on ESPN2 HD at 8 p.m. Eastern.
For more information on the NCAA Women’s College World Series, log on to www.ncaa.com/wcws.
NCAA Women’s College World Series honors Military on Tuesday with Military Appreciation Night
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — The NCAA along with Women’s College World Series hosts Oklahoma City All Sports Association, University of Oklahoma and ASA Hall of Fame Stadium are proud to announce the second game of the Championship Series on June 7 will be recognized as Military appreciation night. With several activities slated to honor all branches of the Military, fans are encouraged to wear red, white and blue and attend this special evening to thank all military personnel for their service.
Tickets are still available for Tuesday for $17 each by calling (800) 745-3000 or by visiting the ticket booth just outside the ASA Hall of Fame stadium. The ticket booth opens at 1 p.m. on both Monday, June 6 and Tuesday, June 7. Tickets can also be purchased at Homeland Grocery Stores (the Ticketmaster local retail outlet in Oklahoma).
For members of the military (active and retired) tickets are discounted with $5 off by showing a military ID.
Listed below are a few of the special events planned for the evening.
- · Free Fan Giveaway while supplies last – NCAA WCWS Buff.
- · The ceremonial first pitch for Game 2 of the Championship Series will be thrown by Oklahoma Secretary of Veterans and Military Affairs, Rita Aragon.
- · God Bless America performed by Master Sergeant Wavelon Jackson from Tinker Air Force Base.
- · National anthem performed by 77th Army Band from Ft. Sill, Oklahoma.
- · American Flag presented by service men and women from Oklahoma’s own Altus Air and Tinker Air Force Bases.
- · Colors presented by Altus Air Force Base Blue Knights Honor Guard and Tinker Air Force Base Honor Guard.
- · United States Special Operations Command Parachute Team, “The Para-Commandos”- The Para-Commandos are all active duty military or Department of Defense civilians assigned to the Special Operations Command. Most are combat veterans and have a Special Operations background. Many served with the U.S. Army Special Forces, commonly known as the elite Green Berets. Others served with U.S. Army Rangers, the world’s premier light infantry fighting force. The U.S. Air Force is well represented with specialized combat controllers, para-rescue men and combat air crewmen. The U.S. Navy is represented with U.S. Navy SEALs and Special Warfare Combat Crewmen, and the U.S. Marine Corps is represented by Special Operations Marines.
- · The bottom of the 3rd inning will feature an on-field presentation by the NCAA to Maj. Ed Pulido, a Wounded Warrior from Oklahoma and Vice President with the Folds of Freedom organization.
- · The bottom of the 5th inning will feature an on-field presentation by the NCAA to two of the highest ranking female leaders serving our country at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, Colonel Marcia Walker, Senior Individual Mobilization Augmetntee to the Director, Aerospace Sustainment Directorate, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center, Tinker Air Force Base and Senior Female enlisted member at Tinker Air force Base, Chief Master Sergeant Tina Long, Command Chief Master Sergeant, 507th Air Refueling Wing.
For more information please visit www.ncaa.com/wcws.
SPY note: hopefully, they will manage to slip a bit of softball into this schedule.
FULL TIME ASSISTANT COACH NEEDED
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>Main responsibility= Hitting Coach
Contact Head Coach Paul Wetmore @ firstname.lastname@example.org
HONDA SPORTS AWARD FOR SOFTBALL
The final four are Chelsea Thomas (Missouri), Ashley Hansen (Stanford), Jolene Henderson (California) and Kelsey Bruder (Florida). The winner after nationwide balloting will become a candidate for The Honda-Broderick Cup awarded annually to The Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year. In addition to the honor of this selection, American Honda will donate $1,000 to the women’s athletic fund of each nominee’s university. This will be sent to the senior women administrator by the close of the school year. The winner’s program will receive $5,000.
HOUSTON 16U QUALIFIER FOR PREMIER
Here are the 16U teams that Qualified for Premier in Houston this weekend:
Texas Aces Express
Jager blasts off, gets engaged on opening night at Rosemont Stadium
ROSEMONT, Ill. — Rosemont Stadium opened Saturday night with a 10-0 Chicago Bandits victory over the Bloomington Lady Hearts in an exhibition contest.
The Bandits, wearing uniforms honoring the Chicago Colleens of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning. That was all the Bandits
needed as starting pitcher Nikki Nemitz shut down the Lady Hearts, throwing three no-hit innings, allowing no runs while striking out five.
“It felt good to start out my season that way,” Nemitz said. “I knew my teammates had me. They played some good defense behind me.”
After Nemitz struck out the side in the top of the second, Chicago increased its lead, piling on six runs on four hits. Jamee Juarez led off the inning with a double. She later scored on a walk to Danielle Zymkowitz.
Alisa Goler broke the game open a batter later with a three-RBI single, scoring Kristen Shifflett, Robin Thompson and Zymkowitz, to go up 6-0. After a pair of walks to load the bases, Mariesha Marker grounded out to third, scoring Goler. One batter later Vicky Galindo would single and plate Amanda Williams to give the Bandits an 8-0 lead.
“Obviously I liked our pitching, it looked strong,” said Chicago head coach Darrick Brown. “Had a couple good offensive innings. A little drought as far as scoring goes there but we hit a lot of balls hard at people.”
Nemitz kept the momentum going in the top of the third, taking down the side in order. Taryne Mowatt relieved Nemitz in the fourth, giving up Bloomington’s first hit of the game, a single by infielder Courtney Martin.
Both teams traded zeros after second inning until rookie Alexi Jager hit the first home run in Rosemont Stadium history in the bottom of the sixth. Jager’s shot easily cleared the wall in right center, giving the Bandits a 9-0 lead.
“I’ve been working all week on going opposite way with pitches,” Jager said. “Finally the practice paid off.”
Jager was one of four players on May 28 to make the Chicago squad after tryouts. A senior at Western Michigan during the college season, Jager also shares some ties with her coach, making the home run special to him as well.
“I’m extremely proud of her,” Brown said. “She from my hometown, same high school, and for her to hit the first home run at the stadium is awesome. Everybody back home is going to be real proud of her and real excited when they hear about it.”
After a single and an error by Bloomington, Chicago threatened again with runners on the corners. Shannon Doepking hit a soft line drive that went just off the glove of Bloomington’s second baseman, scoring Marker to go up 10-0.
Juarez pitched the final two innings of the contest, allowing no runs, no hits, one walk to go along with six strikeouts.
Leading the Bandits at the plate Saturday was Jager, going 1-for-1 with a home run, a walk and a stolen base. Goler went 1-for-2 with three RBIs, while Rachel Folden walked and doubled.
Tammy Williams was 1-for-2 on the night with a single and stolen base before leaving with a sprained ankle. Brown doesn’t expect the shortstop to miss a great deal of time.
“She’s going to be alright, I think its just a sprain,” he said. “We’re going to go day-to-day and see how it feels.”
After the game the night became even more memorable for Jager. Her boyfriend of eight years, Joe Huizer, retrieved the home run ball and proposed to the left fielder at home plate. Huizer wrote “Will you marry me?” on the ball and placed the ring on top it. Jager said yes.
SPOTS AVAILABLR FOR SUMMER TOURNAMENT IN HAWAII
Kaikamahine Invitational Tournament
Thursday, July 21st to Sunday, July 24th, 2011
Four games guaranteed – Three pool play games, then single elimination bracket format.
All games to be held at the Waipio Sports Complex – CORP
Cost is $500.00
Maximum 20 teams
For additional information on this tournament, who’s coming, plus registrations forms, and contact information for the organization running it, go to http://kaikamahinetournament.com/
2011 Teams Attending
Arizona Panic – Sierra Vista, Arizona
Guava Jam Black – Mililani, Hawaii
Kaikamahine – Honolulu, Hawaii
Illinois Elite – Normal, Illinois
Salinas Wildcats - Salinas, California
So Cal Pumas - California
Warrington Blue Thunder – Warrington, Pennsylvania
Artesian Punishers – Lakewood, California
Illinois Elite – Normal, Illinois
Northern Cal Lady Hawks – California