JULY 18 UPDATE
ASA announces full schedule for the World Cup of Softball VI, July 21-25, in Oklahoma City
OKLAHOMA CITY — Nineteen international softball games, including the slow pitch Border Battle III, will take place July 21-25 during the World Cup of Softball VI in Oklahoma City, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today. For the sixth run of the tournament, Oklahoma City welcomes the top women’s fast pitch teams in the world: Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Japan and the United States. Men’s slow pitch teams from Canada and the USA will also play in Oklahoma City.
The action kicks off at 10 a.m. at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium with Czech Republic, 2009 European Softball Federation (ESF) Women’s Championship Bronze Medalists, taking on 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist Australia. After four full days of competition, the championship action starts July 25 with the Fifth Place Game at 1 p.m., the Third Place Game at 4 p.m. and the Championship Game at 8 p.m. A complete game schedule for the World Cup VI and Border Battle III is below.
“We are excited to again welcome the world to Oklahoma City,” ASA Executive Director Ron Radigonda said. “Since the inaugural World Cup of Softball in 2005, the event has continued to establish itself as the premiere tournament in international softball. Every game features the sport’s best athletes and is testament to the high level of competition in international softball today.”
All-session tickets, which are $275 and $325 for the Ultimate Fan Zone seating in the first three rows of the stadium, $75 for other reserved seating and $40 for general admission seating, can be purchased online now at SoftballOutlet.com or by calling 800-654-8337. Single session general admission tickets are expected to go on sale July 5, 2011.
The Ultimate Fan Zone package also includes a private autograph session and meal with the 2011 USA Softball Women’s National Team, tentatively scheduled for Sunday morning and only open to Ultimate Fan Zone ticket holders, as well free parking and a replica USA Softball jersey. For an additional $50 (a total price of $325), Ultimate Fans can upgrade to an authentic Nike jersey.
World Cup of Softball VI and Border Battle III Schedule
All times local (CT) to Oklahoma City
Thursday, July 21
10 a.m. Czech Republic vs. Australia
12:30 p.m. Japan vs. Canada
3 p.m. Australia vs. Great Britain
7 p.m. USA vs. Czech Republic
TBD Men’s Slow Pitch Exhibition Games
Friday, July 22
10 a.m. Great Britain vs. Canada
12:30 p.m. Japan vs. Australia
3 p.m. Canada vs. Czech Republic
7 p.m. USA vs. Australia
TBD Men’s Slow Pitch Exhibition Games
Saturday, July 23
9:30 a.m. Czech Republic vs. Great Britain
Noon USA vs. Canada
3 p.m. Border Battle III (Canada vs. USA men)
8 p.m. USA vs. Japan
Sunday, July 24
10 a.m. Japan vs. Great Britain
12:30 p.m. Czech Republic vs. Japan
4 p.m. USA vs. Great Britain
6:30 p.m. Canada vs. Australia
Monday, July 25
1 p.m. Fifth Place Game (No. 5 vs. No. 6)
4 p.m. Third Place Game (No. 3 vs. No 4)
8 p.m. First Place Game (No. 1 vs. No 2)
The schedule and game times are subject to change.
The World Cup is sanctioned by the International Softball Federation.
Diamonds land pitching help via trade with Pride
|Written by Andrew Phillips, Chicago Bandits
Orlando, Fla. — With an injury riddled pitching staff, the NPF Diamonds have landed some support, getting rookie pitcher Danielle Spaulding from the USSSA Florida Pride in exchange for a 2012 draft pick.
The Diamonds (4-18) have relied mostly on rookie Morgan Melloh for pitching duties this season, as she’s turned in 78 innings of work so far — a full 46.8 innings more than any other Diamonds pitcher (Gibson has 31.2).
Spaulding was drafted by the USSSA Florida Pride from the University of North Carolina. While with the Pride she pitched 18 innings in four games, earning a 1-1 record with 12 strikeouts and a 4.67 ERA.
In her first start with the Diamonds, Spaulding went four innings against the Pride, giving up nine hits and seven runs to earn her second loss on the season.
To see Spaulding in action for the Diamonds, visit www.diamondsnpf.com for a complete schedule of games and broadcast times.
Danielle Zymkowitz three-run homer in 5th inning breaks game open
Donna Bourgeois blanks Racers as Bandits earn series split
RECORDS: Chicago (15-9), Akron (12-12)
Akron, OH- Donna Bourgeois, the recently signed undrafted rookie pitcher, performed at the level of an National Pro Fastpitch veteran Sunday afternoon, shutting out the Akron Racers (12-12) as the Bandits (15-9) earned a series split with a 4-0 victory.
The former University of Houston star pitched a three-hitter in seven innings of work, walking just four batters. University of Illinois rookie Danielle Zymkowitz stole the offensive spotlight for the Bandits, blasting a three-run homer to right on the first pitch to give the Bandits a 4-0 advantage.
Bourgeois watched the first three games from the visitor’s dugout and knew it would be a tough matchup. She took a unique approach in the pitcher’s circle all afternoon.
“Every game we play Akron is always going to be very competitive series. I just took a deep breath between every pitch and didn’t want get ahead of myself- just worry about the pitch at hand,” said Bourgeois.
The game was scoreless into the fifth inning, but the Bandits finally solved Lisa Norris (5-7). The designated player Nikki Nemitz led off with a walk and was replaced by Robin Thompson to pinch run. Two batters later, Caitlin Lever dropped in a bloop single to shallow right center, plating Robin Thompson from third base to make it 1-0 Bandits.
With two down and two runners in scoring position, Bandits rookie Zymkowitz jumped on the first pitch she saw from Norris blasting the ball over the right field fence to break the game open at 4-0.
Zymkowitz, the Bandits leading hitter at .388, was looking to just get the ball out of the infield and get more run support for her starting pitcher.
“I was looking for something up to get it out of the infield and with these bats once you get a hold of it, the ball goes [a long way],” said Zymkowitz.
“Very poor offensive approach by our team today,” Akron Racers manager Jake Schumann said. “We put about 18 balls in their dugout, meaning we’re not putting the barrel on the bat. We’re looking forward to increasing our road wins, and (Round Rock) Texas should be a good chance to expand the league in front of about 10,000 fans.”
The Bandits head to Orlando, Fla. next week to square off with the first place USSSA Florida Pride at the ESPN/Disney Wide World of Sports. Each game will be streamed live online at www.profastpitch.com.
Chicago returns home on August 1 for the 2nd Chicago Bandits Golf Classic. Registration to golf with the Bandits is now open and can be done by calling 877-722-6348. For more information about the Bandits, visit www.chicagobandits.com.
Walla Walla Named 2011 NWAACC National Coaching Staff of the Year
July 18, 2011
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Head coach Mike Stuadenmaier and assistant coaches Jessie Buehler, Katie Buehler and Tressa Robins of Walla Walla have been named as this year’s NFCA NWAACC National Coaching Staff of the Year, the Association announced on Monday.
The 2011 East Region champions went 34-10-1 this season and claimed their first region title since 2002. In the league tournament, the Warriors went 1-2 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the championship bracket.
Walla Walla was led this season by 2011 Louisville Slugger/NFCA NWACC All-Americans outfielder Alexis Bobadilla and utility player Dara Kosanke. Bobadilla became a two-time All-American this year by hitting 11 home runs and driving in 50 runs, while Kosanke hit .533 at the dish and went 20-5 in the circle with 144 strikeouts.
This is the second NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year award for Stuadenmaier and his staff, having previously earned the award in 2000.