JULY 19 2010 UPDATE
ANGELS MARTY WIN CHAMPIONS CUP
The Angels defeated AA/RSM 7-3 in the Sunday final.
The bracket is too large to produce legibly on SPY; log on : www.championscup.org
FLOWERS NAMED NORTHRIDGE COACH
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – A new era for Cal State Northridge softball starts now.
Tairia Flowers, who has enjoyed success as an outstanding collegiate player, an Olympic gold medal winner and as a successful collegiate assistant coach, has been named head coach of the softball program at Cal State Northridge. Flowers’ appointment was announced today by CSUN Athletic Director Rick Mazzuto.
“Tairia has all the ingredients to become a highly successful head coach,” said Mazzuto. “She has been a winner as a player on an NCAA championship team and as an Olympic gold medal winner. She has enjoyed success as a coach at UCLA, UC Riverside and Long Beach State. I’m excited to have her join the Matador coaching family.”
Flowers begins her new duties at Cal State Northridge after serving the past four seasons (2007-10) as an assistant softball coach at Big West rival Long Beach State.
“I feel Cal State Northridge offers so many opportunities to its student-athletes,” said Flowers. “There are great academic resources, the University is in a good location and the community is just waiting to get involved. This institution has everything a student-athlete needs to be competitive on the field and successful in the classroom. All of these factors make me excited to be a Matador. I’d like to thank Rick Mazzuto (Athletics Director) and Janet Pinneau (Associate Athletic Director/SWA) for putting their trust in me to add to the great softball tradition.”
As a member of the 49ers coaching staff, Flowers helped the team to two NCAA Tournament appearances and Top-25 rankings on numerous occasions. Flowers helped coach 29 Big West All-Conference selections and six Academic All-Americans. As a team, Long Beach State set numerous and individual school records including batting average, runs batted in, doubles, triples and walks. Flowers’ responsibilities at Long Beach State included coaching, recruiting, scheduling, designing a conditioning program, field maintenance, coordinating academics and being a positive voice for Long Beach State softball in the community.
Flowers was a four-year letter winner (2000-03) at UCLA. During her tenure with the Bruins, Flowers helped UCLA to four appearances at the College World Series including being a member of the 2003 NCAA championship team. Flowers earned All-American honors twice (2001, 2003) and was a three-time member of the All-College World Series team (2000, 2001, 2003). As a player at UCLA, Flowers batted .373 with 61 home runs, 59 doubles, seven triples and 228 rbi’s. Flowers ranks second on UCLA’s all-time list in home runs, games played (252, all of which were starts), RBI’s and total bases (252).
Flowers’ outstanding talents on the softball field at UCLA led to a berth on the United States National Softball team since 2001. In 2004, Flowers helped the United States to a perfect record and the gold medal in Athens, Greece, and to a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Flowers has also won gold medals at the 2002 and 2006 World Championships, the 2003 and 2007 Pan Am Games, and the 2001 U.S. Cup.
In the summer of 2007, Flowers had an outstanding season in international play, leading the team by hitting .543 (19-for-35) with 33 rbi’s and six home runs. Flowers hit a grand slam at the KFC World Cup and was named the Canada Cup MVP as Team USA won both events. The team also won another gold medal at the Pan American Games.
Flowers was a multiple All-Star player in the National Pro Fastpitch League.
Flowers’ coaching career on the collegiate level began in 2004 when she served as an undergraduate softball coach at her alma mater, UCLA. During the 2005 campaign, Flowers helped coach two Bruin All-Americans and five Pac-10 Conference players. After UCLA, Flowers then served as an assistant coach at UC Riverside (2006 season). At the time, UCR won the most games in school history, and she helped produce four all-conference players and one all-region player. Her duties included coaching, recruiting, and coordinating academic and travel.
Flowers graduated from UCLA in 2005 with a degree in History.
Flowers is married with two children, daughter Jasmine and son Jayce.
“Joining the Cal State Northridge Athletics Department is truly a fantastic opportunity,” said Flowers. “I couldn’t have asked for a more supportive administration and am ready to work to keep this program at the top of the Big West Conference and into the NCAA Tournament. Cal State Northridge has a tradition that not many in the conference or the country can match. Knowing where the program has been and what it is capable of accomplishing is truly exciting.”
PARTICIPANT REPORT ON DEMARINI INVITE
Kudos to the guys who put on the Demarini Invite this past weekend, they hit a grandslam with this event. This Showcase will quickly become a must do for top teams. We will definitely plan to bring one of our teams again next year. This tournament held in the suburbs of Chicago, IL was a huge success. There were 32 strong teams and the tournament was held at 1 complex. The college coach turnout must have topped 100 and there was a good mix of Top 25, SEC, Big 12, Big 10 and also many mid-majors. Alabama, Michigan, Mississippi State, North Carolina, NC State, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Depaul, Texas, Texas A&M, Kentucky, Missouri, Florida State, Iowa, Iowa State, Michigan State, and many others were in attendance and talked positively about the tournament.
Bracket Play Order of Finish
1. IL Chill Gold
2. KS Wichita Mustangs Gold
3. IL Southern Force Gold
TX Eclipse Gold
5. FL Team Florida Gold
IL Beverly Bandits Gold – Conroy
IL New Lenox Lightning Gold
MI Finesse Gold
9. GA Southern Force 16U
IL Midland Magic Gold
IN Indy Dreams 16U
IN Shockwaves 16U – Werner
OK Tulsa Eagles Gold
TX Glory Gold – Shelton
TX Storm Gold
17. CO Stars 16U
CO Styxx 18U
GA East Cobb Bullets 16U
IL Homer Hawks Gold – Betcher
IN Magic 16U
KY Louisville Lady Sluggers 18U
MI Athletics 18U
MO St. Louis Chaos 16U
NJ Intensity Gold – DeTuro
NJ Pride Gold
OH Lady Lasers
OK Tulsa Eagles 16U
OK Tulsa Elite Outlaws
TX Magic Gold
TX Sudden Impact Gold
AMERICAN FREEDOM GOLD:
Geena Garcia (2011, OF, San Antonio, Tx.) verballed to Univeristy of Texas – San Antonio
Alicia Zack (2010, SS, Frisco, Tx.) signed with Arkansas Tech University
FINCH TO PLAY IN BATTLE OF SEXES GAME
ELGIN, Ill. – Chicago Bandits’ pitcher, Jennie Finch, will be making an appearance and playing for the Chicago Bandits in their second Battle of the Sexes game on Monday, August 9 at 7:00 p.m.
Finch, previously absent during past Battle of the Sexes games, has been on a hot streak against National Pro Fastpitch competition this season, with a 3-1 record, three complete games and a perfect game on her resume.
“We’re looking forward to having the best pitcher in softball compete against the men,” said Bandits’ GM Aaron Moore. “People always debate if men can hit her pitches, so now everyone in attendance will have the opportunity to see if they can touch it against any of our pitchers.”
Finch is no stranger to Silver Cross Field. Last time she made an appearance there the veteran pitcher threw a perfect game against the Akron Racers as the Bandits defeated the Racers 2-0. She held the Racers to zero hits, zero walks and no runs while striking out 11 on her way to the victory. The game was only her second perfect game with the Bandits, her first coming in the 2009 season against the Philadelphia Force.
The Bandits dominated the last time they faced off in a gender battle back in June as they took on the Northern league Rockford Riverhawks. The Bandits shutout their male counterparts on the way to a 5-0 victory.
“So far we’re 2-0 in [Battle of Sexes] games,” said Bandits’ owner Bill Sokolis. “We took down the Flyers and Riverhawks, now it’s time to beat the Jackhammers. I might have to stop arranging these games if no one can beat us. We almost no-hit the Riverhawks in June. If we steamroll the Jackhammers it might be time to stop the boys vs girls games.”
Exciting suite packages are available for the Battle of the Sexes match-up, offering the best and most comfortable party view of the action on the field. Suites start at just $99 and include 22 tickets. To book a suite or to learn about Silver Cross Field food options, contact Jim Rice at 815-774-2860 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Silver Cross Field is located in downtown Joliet at 1 Mayor Art Schultz Dr. in Joliet, Ill. To order tickets for the August 9 Battle of the Sexes, contact the Jackhammers’ ticket office at 815-726-2255.
First pitch for the latest edition of the Battle of Sexes games between the Bandits and team’s from the Northern League will be thrown at 7 on Monday, August 9.
07/18/2010 4:48 PM
|NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 18, 2010) _ The only thing hotter than the 90-plus degree heat was the duel on the mound between Monica Abbott, from the Tennessee Diamonds, and Jennie Finch, from the Chicago Bandits, in National Pro Fastpitch action.
“It was very entertaining,” Diamonds coach Ernie Reynolds said despite coming out on the wrong end of a 2-1 decision Sunday afternoon. “I don’t know where else you could go in the country and see two athletes like this in their prime compete head-to-head.”
Abbott, who struck out six batters in a row with two in the first, three in the second and one in the third, finished the game with 13 strikeouts. Abbott’s record fell to 5-4, but her earned run average is 0.64. Abbott gave up five hits and walked one batter.
“Monica has a .64 ERA in our league with four losses,” Reynolds said. “She understands she is doing her job and our hitters are working very hard to do their jobs. We are going to give her more run support in the future. It has just been plain old misfortune for Monica.”
Finch, 3-1, struck out 11 on the way to the win, her second in the series. She allowed three hits and walked four.
Stacy May’s two-run homer to left field in the third inning was all the scoring the Bandits would need. Christine Knauer, who had reached base on a throwing error by Diamonds third baseman Shanna Diller, scored on May’s blast.
There were 331 fans at the game, the largest crowd for a daytime game for the Diamonds this season at Draper Diamond on the campus of Lipscomb University.
DeDe Justice, pinch-hitting in the seventh inning with one out, slammed a pitch from Finch over the center field fence for the Diamonds. Saturday night the Diamonds had come from behind to turn an 8-0 deficit into a 9-8 win with six runs in the sixth and three in the seventh.
“We had our opportunities,” Reynolds said. “We have a gritty team. We found our way on the base but we weren’t able to get the right hit at the right time.
“Part of the process is learning how to win. The other part is learning to be perfect every game.”
The Bandits won the series 3-2.
DIAMOND GEMS: It was the first time Abbott had recorded double figures in strikeouts in her last three outings. …Two of the Diamonds three hits were for extra bases with Megan Gibson hitting a double in the fourth inning to go with the home run from Justice, her second of the season. …May’s home run was her seventh of the season to go with 19 runs batted in.
EASTON RETURNS AS YOUTH CUP SPONSOR
International Softball Federation President Don Porter has announced that the Easton Foundation will return as a major sponsor of the Youth World Cup. The Easton Foundation came onboard for last year’s event, held in Prague in August. They will again be a part of this year’s (age) 16-and-under fast pitch event, which is scheduled for December 30-January 7.
The tournament will be held at the ISF’s world headquarters complex in Plant City, Florida (USA). For more details, go to www.ISFsoftball.org/index.asp and click on the event name above the countdown to the tournament’s first pitch.
SOFTBALL CONFIRMED FOR WORLD GAMES
Recently the Executive Committee of the International World Games Association met in Lausanne, Switzerland. During their session they decided unanimously to readmit the ISF to the IWGA. As was the case last year in Taiwan, softball will be on the programme at the World Games in Colombia in 2013. Softball had been among the founding members of the IWGA in 1981 but left when it became an Olympic sport for the Games in Atlanta in 1996. Find out more about the event three years from now on the official event website, www.theworldgames2013.com.