7-15-10 July 15 Update

JULY 15 2010 UPDATE

 

COMMITMENTS

Caldwell College 2011 commitments
Alyssa Calderon, C/1B, Strike Force Gold-Guerra
Megan Fryday, SS/2B, Strike Force Gold-Guerra
Sara Zambelli, 3B, West Milford Xtreme
Briana Gaspich, 1B, NJ Nightmare Gold-Wheeler

 

NATIONAL PRO FASTPITCH

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 15, 2010) – The Chicago Bandits used three home runs and a two-hit  performance from Jennie Finch in a 7-0 shutout of the Tennessee Diamonds.
A crowd of 352 fans watched the National Pro Fastpitch game Thursday night at Draper Diamond on the campus of Lipscomb University.
The Bandits wasted little time getting on the scoreboard. Vicky Galindo, the second batter in the game, slammed a solo home run over the right field fence.  Jennie Finch helped herself out with a single to right center that scored Rachel Folden who slid in with run No. 2.
Folden led off the third inning with a blast over the center field fence to give the Bandits a 3-0 lead.
Amberly Waits, pinch-running for Finch, scored when Angela Findlay grounded to Diamonds’ shortstop Chelsea Spencer.
Samantha Findlay hit a towering three-run homer to left field. Also scoring were Galindo and Folden.
Finch, 2-1, pitched for the Bandits despite spending the early part of the week in Los Angeles for the Major League All-Star Game festivities and the ESPYs. Finch struck out 10 batters and walked one.
Megan Gibson started on the mound for the Diamonds and took the loss, dropping to 1-7. Kristin Erb relieved.
The series, tied at 1-1, continues Friday night and Saturday night at 7 with the finale Sunday afternoon at 2.

Quick Notes:
Galindo’s home run was her first of the season. …Samantha Findlay’s three RBI give her 17 for the season. …Finch struck out six of the last nine batters she faced.  …Folden led all batters with three hits. …Galindo, Finch and Emily Friedman each had two hits as the Bandits finished with 13. …Gibson and Chelsie Mesa each had one hit for the Diamonds.

Vandergeest, Racers Walk Past Pride, 2-0
Racers Snap Four-Game Losing Streak with Walk-Off Victory

 AKRON, Ohio (July 15, 2010) – In the bottom of the seventh inning, catcher Mackenzie Vandergeest’s second home run in as many days provided Akron with all the offense it needed to walk past the USSSA Pride 2-0 in game two at Firestone Stadium.

Akron snaps a four-game losing streak in the process, improving to 13-10 while the Pride falls to 14-10 with tonight’s loss.

Starters Lisa Norris (9-1) and Katie Burkhart (2-5) battled back and forth all day long but the Racers’ patience at the plate paid dividends when it mattered. In the seventh, Jackie Pasquerella drew a one-out walk prior to Vandergeest’s shot to right–her fourth home run on the year to give the Racers a much-needed win this evening.

Norris twirled a gem to earn the win in seven complete innings, surrendering just one hit while striking out seven batters and was clutch atop the seventh to preserve her win. After Caitlin Lowe singled up the middle, a misplayed ball on an Andrea Duran fielder’s choice put runners at the corners for the Pride. Following Duran’s fifth stolen base of the year Norris settled in, getting Jessica Mendoza to strike out before inducing a fly-out and groundout to escape the inning.

Burkhart worked well for the Pride, scattering five hits while striking out six in 6.1 innings of work but gave up two earned runs to take the loss.

Vandergeest paced both clubs with a 2-for-3 day while Crystl Bustos, Pasquerella and Sharonda McDonald each finished with a hit today. The series picks up tomorrow evening with a 7:05 pm start at Firestone Stadium. For more information or tickets, please visit www.akronracers.org. To follow the series from home, you can catch the action live on MLB.com with a $19.95 season-long subscription or view live stats via www.pointstreak.com.

USSSA Pride Spoil Racers’ Series Opener with Seventh Inning Comeback

Pride Take Game One, 3-2

 AKRON, Ohio (July 14, 2010) – The USSSA Pride mounted a two-out comeback atop the seventh inning to spoil Jamee Juarez’ shutout and claim the series opener as Akron fell, 3-2 in front of 1,663 fans at Firestone Stadium this evening.

Juarez (3-6) was an out away from a complete game shutout before the Pride bats got busy. Tonya Callahan drew a walk before advancing to second on a passed ball to jump start the action. A Racers’ error proved costly as a Megan Willis single to left was misplayed, enabling pinch runner Carly Hubbard to score from second. The comeback kid, Charlotte Morgan delivered the final blow with a two-run homer to left, providing enough cushion for the 3-2 Pride victory.

Akron drops to 12-10 with its fourth-straight loss while the Pride improves to 14-9 with tonight’s win. Juarez was saddled with the tough-luck loss in seven complete frames after scattering four hits and striking out six. Sarah Pauly (7-2) earned the win in seven innings, surrendering two runs (one earned) also fanning four batters.

Akron drew first blood and snapped a 23.1 inning scoreless streak in the third inning when Micaela Minner drove in Sharonda McDonald on a fielder’s choice, giving Akron a 1-0 lead.

In the fourth, catcher Mackenzie Vandergeest helped the Racers extend that margin to 2-0 on a solo shot to right, giving Akron the 2-0 advantage.

Unfortunately for the Racers, Pauly gained strength in the circle as the game moved along, as the right hander held the home team scoreless across the final three innings to secure the win.

The Akron Racers organization is currently hosting the USSSA World Series for the 11-under and 13-under age groups which held its opening ceremonies prior to tonight’s first pitch.

 THE ESPY AWARDS

Winners are in bold.

BEST MALE ATHLETE
Drew Brees, NFL
Kobe Bryant, NBA
LeBron James, NBA
Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR
Albert Pujols, MLB

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE
Maya Moore, NCAA Basketball
Diana Taurasi, WNBA
Lindsey Vonn, Skiing
Serena Williams, Tennis

BEST PLAY
Brian Kownacki, Fordham
Brett Favre, Vikings
Rajon Rondo, Celtics
Mark Buehrle, White Sox

ESPY PERSEVERANCE AWARD
George Karl, Nuggets

BEST CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCE
Drew Brees
Anthony Johnson
Michael Phelps
Shaun White

ARTHUR ASHE COURAGE AWARD
Aplington-Parkersburg (Iowa) High School Ed Thomas’ family

BEST BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE
Brittney Griner, Baylor
Chris Johnson, Tennessee
Stephen Strasburg, Nationals
John Wall, Kentucky basketball

BEST COMEBACK
Kim Clijsters, Tennis

BEST RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCE
Usain Bolt
Brett Favre
Roger Federer
Connecticut Women’s Basketball
Isner vs. Mahut at Wimbledon

BEST UPSET
Frankie Edgar over B.J. Penn, MMA
Hawaii softball upsets #1 Alabama
Northern Iowa shocks No. 1 Kansas, Men’s Basketball
Y. E. Yang stuns Tiger Woods, PGA Championship

BEST GAME

Twins beat Tigers in Extra Innings (AL Central One-Game Tiebreak)
Canada edges USA in Olympic hockey championship game in overtime
Duke gets past Butler in Men’s NCAA Championship

BEST MOMENT
Phil Mickelson, 2009 Masters
Joannie Rochette, Winter Olympics
New Orleans Saints, Super Bowl XLIV
Landon Donovan World Cup vs. Algeria

BEST TEAM
Alabama Football
Chicago Blackhawks
Connecticut Women’s Basketball
Los Angeles Lakers
New Orleans Saints
New York Yankees

UNDER PRESSURE AWARD
Sidney Crosby in the Olympic Hockey Gold Medal Game
Brett Favre in his return to Green Bay
Landon Donovan World Cup vs. Algeria
Stephen Strasburg in MLB debut

BEST COLLEGE ATHLETIC PROGRAM
Duke Men’s Athletics and Stanford Women’s Athletics

BEST SPORTS MOVIE
Big Fan
Invictus
The Blind Side
The Damned United
The Karate Kid

BEST COACH/MANAGER
Geno Auriemma, Connecticut Women’s Basketball
Joe Girardi, NY Yankees
Phil Jackson, Los Angeles Lakers
Mike Krzyzewski, Duke Men’s Basketball
Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints
Nick Saban, Alabama football

BEST NFL PLAYER
Drew Brees, New Orleans
Brett Favre, Minnesota
Chris Johnson, Tennessee
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis
Darrelle Revis, New York Jets
Charles Woodson, Green Bay

BEST MLB PLAYER
Zach Greinke, Kansas City
Derek Jeter, New York Yankees
Tim Lincecum, San Francisco
Joe Mauer, Minnesota
Albert Pujols, St. Louis

BEST NHL PLAYER
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh
Ryan Miller, Buffalo
Alexander Ovechkin, Washington
Henrik Seden, Vancouver
Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay

BEST DRIVER
Kyle Busch
Dario Franchitti
Ron Hornaday
Jimmie Johnson
Tony Schumacher

BEST NBA PLAYER
Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City
Dwight Howard, Orlando
LeBron James, Cleveland
Dwyane Wade, Miami

BEST WNBA PLAYER
Tamika Catchings, Indiana
Becky Hammon, San Antonio
Lauren Jackson, Seattle
Candace Parker, Los Angeles
Diana Taurasi, Phoenix

BEST FIGHTER
Floyd Mayweather
Manny Pacquiao
Georges St. Pierre

BEST MALE GOLFER
Ernie Els
Phil Mickelson
Tiger Woods

BEST FEMALE GOLFER
Cristie Kerr
Lorena Ochoa
Jiyai Shin

BEST MALE TENNIS PLAYER
Roger Federer
Juan Martin del Potro
Rafael Nadal

BEST FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER
Kim Clijsters
Serena Williams
Venus Williams

BEST MALE COLLEGE ATHLETE
Blake Geoffrion, Wisconsin Hockey
Mark Ingram, Alabama Football
Evan Turner, Ohio State Basketball
John Wall, Kentucky Basketball
Garrett Wittels, Florida International Baseball

BEST FEMALE COLLEGE ATHLETE
Tina Charles, Connecticut Women’s Basketball
Megan Hodge, Penn State Volleyball
Megan Lagenfeld, UCLA Softball
Maya Moore, Connecticut Women’s Basketball

BEST MALE ACTION SPORT ATHLETE
Bobby Brown, Freestyle Skiing
Ryan Dungey, Motocross
Mick Fanning, Surfer
Garrett Reynolds, BMX
Shaun White, Snowboard

BEST FEMALE ACTION SPORT ATHLETE
Torah Bright, Snowboarding
Ashley Fiolek, Motocross
Jen Hudak, Freestyle Skiing
Stephanie Gilmore, Surfing
Ashleigh McIvor, Freestyle Skiing

BEST JOCKEY
Calvin Borel
Julien Leparoux
Mike Smith

BEST MALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY
Steve Cash
Rudy Garcia-Tolson
Andy Soule

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY
Linnea Dohring
Alana Nichols
Amy Palmiero-Winters
Stephani Victor

BEST BOWLER
Kelly Kulick
Bill O’Neill
Walter Ray Williams Jr.

BEST MALE US OLYMPIC ATHLETE
Apolo Anton Ohno, Speedskating
Shani Davis, Speedskating
Evan Lysacek, Figure Skating
Bode Miller, Skiing
Shaun White, Snowboarding

BEST FEMALE US OLYMPIC ATHLETE
Hannah Kearney, Skiing
Julia Mancuso, Skiing
Lindsey Vonn, Skiing

BEST MLS PLAYER
Connor Casey, Colorado
Jeff Cunningham, Dallas
Landon Donovan, Los Angeles
Shalrie Joseph, New England
Kasey Keller, Seattle

BEST TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETE
Usain Bolt
Allyson Felix
Sanya Richards

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