JULY 2 2010 UPDATE
UPDATE ON GOLD BERTHS
Team Name How They Got Here Coach City State
1 Team North Florida Region 5 Kevin Fagan Dunnelon FL
2 Texas Glory Adkins Southern Territory Dan Adkins Mckinney TX
3 Texas Blaze Gold Southern Territory JB Slimp Round Rock TX
4 Gold Coast Hurricanes Southern Territory Marty Cooper Plantation FL
5 Aces Express Gold Southern Territory John Munoz Sugarland TX
6 Birmingham Vipers Southern Territory Ken Hays Morris AL
7 Houston Power Gold-Glowacz Southern Territory John Glowacz Bellville TX
8 KC Peppers Northern Territory Dan Eakin Olathe KS
9 Virginis Legends 18 Elite Northern Territory Jeff Standish Virginia Beach VA
10 Miami Stingrays Southern Territory Gator Rebhan Miami FL
11 East Cobb Bullets – Pauly Southern Territory Keith Pauly Kenneskaw GA
12 Sudden Impact Southern Territory Jessie Beltran Spring TX
13 Team FLA Southern Territory John Rogers Clearwater FL
14 Georgia Elite Caldwell Southern Territory Daniel Caldwell Douglasville GA
15 Georgia Impact Watts Southern Territory Mark Watts Douglasville GA
16 Wagner’s Gold Region 3 Reese Kiple Arnold MD
17 Newtown Rock Gold 18U Region 3 Rick Wale Newtown PA
18 Mizuno Pride Region 14
19 So Cal Firecrackers Region 14
20 Fury Softball Region 14
21 Strike Zone – Ford Region 14
22 The Next Level Region 14 Kirt Winter Encinitas CA
23 Power Surge Gold Region 14
24 MN Irish 18 Gold Region 11 Melinda Antonson/Aaron Vail Rosemount MN
25 Polar Crush Gold Region 1 Ron Kink
26 TN Xplosion Gold Northern Territory
27 Beverly Bandits Gold – Douglas Northern Territory
28 Jets Gold Western Territory Craig Pearce
29 All American Sports Academy Western Territory Bryan Merrida
30 CA Breeze Western Territory Laura Coy
31 Case Batbusters Western Territory Bob Werrk
32 Western Territory
33 OC Elite Gold – Greg Western Territory Randi Hartman
34 Texas Impact – Piro Region 7 TX
35 Texas Peppers Gold Region 7 TX
36 Texas Rapid Fire Region 7 TX
37 Oklahoma Force Region 6 OK
38 Oklahoma Exclusive Region 6 OK
39 Georgia Elite Gold – Sampson Eastern Territory Andy McElroy Snellville GA
40 Fury Fastpitch Gold Eastern Territory Pat Moyer Chattanooga TN
FIREWORKS IN AURORA
(A NOTE FROM TRIPLE CROWN SPORTS
Just thought you would like to know, that tonight in Colorado, The Sparkler and The Fireworks Tournaments had a “power pool” Championship play off.
The winner of The Sparkler pools faced the winner of Aurora’s pools in a stadium tonight in front of (reportedly) nearly 10,000 people.
California Worth Firecrackers vs. Florida Gold Coast Hurricanes!
Hurricanes won the contest 13 to 5.
Bailey Castro (committed to University of Florida) hit 3 home runs (with runners on base).
The 3 rd home run hit the warning track on the second fenced field at 302 feet.
Hurricanes pitcher Leslie Jury (committed to Alabama) hit 69 & 70 on the radar gun.
Michelle Smith was narrating the game……….
The game will be on TV in about 5 to 7 days.
SPY NOTE: We have published pool results from BOULDER, but the Colorado Fireworks web site says that 2010 pool results are “not yet available.” Final Boulder pools will be posted later tonight.
NATIONAL PRO FASTPITCH
Racers Defeat Pride, 5-4 in 10 Innings
Racers Pick Up First Extra-Inning Win Of 2010 Campaign
AKRON, Ohio (July 1, 2010) – The Akron Racers lifted the extra-inning curse, downing the USSSA Pride, 5-4 in 10 innings at Firestone Stadium this evening.
Prior to tonight, the Racers (9-4) had suffered three extra-inning defeats but avoided the fourth thanks to a Katie Burkhart (2-1) bases-loaded wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th to earn the first win in extra frames of the campaign. Akron now moves into a tie atop the NPF Standings with the USSSA Pride (9-4) who saw a seven-game win streak come to an end.
Lisa Norris (6-0) worked 10 frames, surrendering four runs (three earned) on six hits while striking out 13 to earn the win. Burkhart gave up five runs—all earned, on seven hits, issuing nine walks to take the loss in nine innings.
All but one run in today’s contest came courtesy of the long ball. The bat of Racers’ first baseman Samantha Ricketts continued to pay dividends for the home club as she single-handled put the Racers ahead in the bottom of the first on her third home run of the season, a three-run blast to right field. Crystl Bustos walked and Jamee Juarez singled up the middle prior to the shot from Ricketts to give Akron the early edge.
After five innings of shutout softball, Pride catcher Megan Willis played the role of spoiler when she knotted the game up atop the seventh on a two-out three run homer.
The teams traded runs in the ninth after a costly error on second baseman Courtney Bures enabled Charlotte Morgan to reach second who scored on Kristin Schnake’s sacrifice fly to put the Pride ahead, 4-3. With two away in the bottom of the ninth and Lisa Modglin on second, Crystl Bustos drove a two-out double to the gap in right center to tie the game up at 4-all.
In the 10th, with the international tiebreaker rule in effect, back-to-back fielder’s choices and a runner leaving early kept the Pride off the scoreboard. Meanwhile, Juarez stole third base and saw Ricketts and Clare Burnum pick up walks to load the bases before Burkhart’s wild pitch let Juarez score.
Bustos finished a perfect 3-for-3 with a pair of walks to lead the Racers while Callahan finished 3-for-4 with a run scored for the Pride.
The five-game series resumes tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. EST. 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 or stream live stats via www.pointstreak.com.
DIVISION II COACHING AWARDS
Hawaii Pacific Named Division II National Coaching Staff of the Year
July 1, 2010
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Head coach Bryan Nakasone and assistant coaches Howard Okita, Roger Javillo, Jon Correles and Richard Nomura of the 2010 NCAA Division II National Champions Hawaii Pacific have been named as the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II National Coaching Staff of the Year, the Association announced on Thursday.
The Sea Warriors went 50-6 on the year and won their fourth consecutive Pacific West championship to earn their second straight berth into the NCAA tournament. After finishing the season as the top-ranked team in the West Region, Hawaii Pacific hosted both the regional and super regionals. In each round, the Sea Warriors persevered after a losing a game to advance to thier first ever NCAA Championship. HPU scorched through the championships with a perfect 4-0 record, including a thrilling come-from-behind win against Valdosta State in the title game, to claim the school’s first ever NCAA title in any sport.The Sear Warriors were led on the year by first-team Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American pitcher Sherise Musquiz and third-team selection Maile Kim. Musquiz, the MVP of the National Championship, was just one of three pitchers named to the first team and finished the season with fifth lowest ERA in all of Division II at 1.03. In two seasons at the Helm of Hawaii Pacific, Naksone has led his team to back-to-back Pac West titles and NCAA appearances and has a record of 92-18. For their work this season, Nakasone and staff also earned the West Region Coaching Staff of the Year award.
Other regional winners this season were:
Atlantic Region – Bloomsburg University
Head Coaches: Jan Hutchinson
Assistant Coach: Susan Kocher
Bloomsburg wrapped up NFCA Hall of Famer Jan Hutchinson’s final year at the helm with a 50-8 record and the PSAC Championship. The Huskies made their 11th National Championship appearance this season and finished the event with a 1-2 record. In 29 years as head coach, Hutchinson has become the winningest coach in Division II softball with 1215 wins and just 288 losses. Leading the way for the Huskies this season were Louisville Slugger/NFCA second-team All-Americans Shavaun Fisher and Danielle Lazorka, as well as third-team selection Lacy Mauro.
Central Region – Metropolitan State College of Denver
Head Coach: Jen Fisher
Assistant Coaches: Wes Madrill, Vanessa Becerra & Bra Padgett
Metro State won both the RMAC regular season and tournament championships for the second year in a row in 2010. The Roadrunners advanced to the National Semi-Finals in just their first appearance at the National Tournament. The team also set a new NCAA record on the year by hitting 112 home runs. Louisville Slugger/NFCA Second Team All-Central region selection Tara Mickelson played a big role in getting her team to the record by leading the nation in long balls with 25.
East Region – Molloy College
Head Coach: Susan Cassidy-Lyke
Assistant Coaches: Ray Cassidy & Michelle Martini-Tripi
Molloy went 43-21 on the year and advanced to the ECC championship game. The Lions received the program’s first at-large bid to the NCAA tournament where they beat then No. 20 Dowling to claim the regional crown. Molloy then advanced to its first-ever National Championship by knocking off then No. 10 New Haven. Leading the Lions this season were Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-East Region first team selections Jeana Frey and Megan Butterworth and second team honorees Kelley Jansen and Carla Campagna.
Midwest Region – Wayne State University
Head Coach: Gary Bryce
Associate Head Coach: Pat Kent
Student Assistant Coach: Sarah Berry
Wayne State (MI) went 52-13 on the year and claimed the GLIAC regular season championship. The Warriors went 5-1 in the post-season to advance to the second NCAA Championship in program history. Playing key roles in their team’s success this season were Louisville Slugger/NFCA First Team All-American Casey Hanes and third-team selection Alison Allen. Hanes led all of Division II with the lowest ERA in the land at just 0.58.
South Region – Valdosta State University
Head Coach: Thomas Macera
Assistant Coaches: Ashley Mayhue
Graduate Assistant Coach: Kristina Ely
Valdosta State was 51-9 in 2010 and spent the majority of the season ranked in the top five of the NFCA poll. The Blazers won the Gulf South tournament championship and went on to win their regional and super regional. Valdosta went 3-0 in its first National Championship appearance before falling to Hawaii Pacific in an epic title game. Catcher Alyssa Shirey, a 2010 Louisville Slugger NFCA First Team All-American, played a big part in her team’s campaign by leading the Blazers in five different statistical categories.
Southeast Region – North Georgia College & State University
Head Coach: Mike Davenport
Assistant Coaches: Brad Davis & Kaelin Farrington
Volunteer Assistant Coach: Jessie DePippo
After spending the entire regular season as the top team in the country, North Georgia ended its 2010 season at 51-2. The Saints won 51 straight games on the year en route to the Peach Belt regular season and tournament championships, a regional title and a super regional crown. North Georgia made its second National Championship in just three years of post-season eligibility. Helping lead the charge for the Saints were Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Americans Sarah Phillips, Lauren Dykes and Katherine Martin. Philips was just one of three first team pitchers and led the nation in wins with 44.
South Central Region – Midwestern State University
Head Coach: Brady Tigert
Graduate Assistant Coach: Kasi Carroll
Volunteer Assistant Coach: Kim Stiles
Midwestern State was 54-10 this year and won the north division of the Lone Star Conference. The Mustangs advanced to the semi-finals of the conference tournament and received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Midwestern won their regional, before falling to National Semi-Finalist Angelo State in the super regionals. Helping lead the Mustangs this season was Louisville Slugger/NFCA Second Team All-American Katie Peterson who went 25-5 on the year with a 1.25 ERA.