Gold Nationals & Other Updates
July 26 2011
USA National Team statistics are on www.usasoftball.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, July 26, 2011
2011 ASA 18-Under GOLD National Championship bracket play to begin Wednesday; Major schedule change on Thursday to assist teams
SANTEE, Calif. — The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America 18-Under GOLD National Championship bracket play begins on Wednesday morning as the field of 64 teams will begin their quest for a National title. With teams represented from 25 states, the field completed two days of pool play games on Monday and Tuesday at both Sportsplex championship locations in Santee and Poway.
A major change to the schedule will occur only on Thursday as play from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. will be postponed in order to accommodate participating team’s requests to attend the funeral services of San Diego Renegade athlete Briana “Bree” Williams and her mother Donna Williams who both passed away on Monday, July 18. Play will resume on Thursday with the originally scheduled 9 a.m. games beginning at 4 p.m. at both facilities.
Please note Wednesday’s game schedule remains the same. Teams will receive a new bracket when they play their first Wednesday game. A new bracket will be posted on gold.asasoftball.com by 9 p.m. PST.
“Given the tragic situation one of our tournament teams is going through we wanted to adjust our schedule to meet the needs of all,” said ASA Tournament Representative Chris Chance. “Our hearts and prayers go out to all in the ASA softball community who have been affected from this tragedy.”
With the assistance of the cities of Santee and Poway, along with Sportsplex USA management, tournament officials were able to realign tournament brackets in order to still crown a champion on Saturday evening.
“The San Diego softball community deeply mourns the tragic loss of one of our own,” said Bill Berghoff, President of Sportsplex USA. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Renegade family.”
Championship play will begin on Wednesday at 9 a.m. with the championship concluding on Saturday with a 4 p.m. championship game and 6 p.m. if necessary game.
For complete tournament coverage including streaming of Santee Fields 1,2,3 and live stats courtesy of Pointstreak, Inc. log on to gold.asasoftball.com.
NEW JERSEY BREAKERS GOLD SALVATORE
2013 Rachel Entwistle Verbal to DePaul University
Caldwell College verbal commitments 2012
Amber Padilla, P, OC Batbusters Gold – Hanning
Caitlin MCready, OF, FL Crossfire – DellaRocca
Jenna Holland – 2012 – UT – Georgia Knockouts Gold
Ashley Rey – 2012 – P – West Pines Diamond Dusters
Stephanie Meeuwsen – 2012 – SS – Oregon Thunder Gold
Rob Piper Retiring
Rob Piper – South Bay Stars Gold (formerly with the San Jose Lady Sharks Gold – Piper) here. I just wanted to take a moment to let you know that both Tim Fullerton and myself are retiring from coaching. We spent the past 11 years together and over 30+ combined. I wanted to thank you for all the support you have given me, my team and the entire fastpitch community. I hope the future stays bright for all and we continue to support female athletics at all levels.
Pride Sweep Bandits
Written by USSSA Florida Pride
Kissimmee, FL- It was a sweltering day at ESPN Wide World of Sports on Sunday, as the Pride beat the Bandits, 6-2.
Natasha Watley started the Pride with a single to start the bottom of the 1st. Caitlin Lowe would sacrifice her over the third. Taryne Mowatt would then walk three straight batters and also walk in the Pride’s first run of the game. A wild pitch also later in the inning would score Jessica Mendoza and put the Pride up 2-0 at the end of the first.
Nikki Nemitz would be brought in to pitch in the second inning after Mowatt started the inning by walking Findlay and then hitting Megan Willis.
Samantha Findlay’s bat would come alive at a much needed time in the third with runners in scoring position, by hitting a line drive double to right field, scoring Mendoza and Callahan. Megan Willis then came up and hit a line drive to center, which scored Findlay from second, making the score 5-0.
The Bandits would put up their first run of the game in the fourth inning when Megan Wiggins hit a towering solo home run to right field, making it 5-1 in favor of the Pride.
In the top of the fifth the Bandits would have runners of second and third, after a single by Shannon Doepking and then a ground ball that if fielded cleanly would have been the second out by the Pride, but a Pride error left Tammy Williams reaching second and sending Doepking to third. Danielle Zymkowitz then singled to center scoring Doepking, Caitlin Lowe fielded the ball and threw home in time to get the charging Williams out in a collision with Pride catcher Megan Willis for the third out of the inning, leaving the score at 6-2.
A costly error would allow Caitlin Lowe to reach base, and eventually come around to score on a fielders choice by Jessica Mendoza. In the bottom of the sixth the Pride, with Watley in scoring position, and one out, Mendoza would hit what would have been a sacrifice fly to left scoring Watley. But after a conference by the umpires Watley was called out because of leaving the base early, ending the inning.
The Bandits hopes would come to an end after Shannon Doepking would strike out swinging to end the ball
game, giving the Pride the 6-2 victory. Taryne Mowatt would get the loss for the Bandits, giving her her second loss of the season. Nikki Nemitz pitched five solid innings of work, giving up eight hits and four runs
, while striking out four.
Cat Osterman continued her success from her six strike out relief appearance in a extra inning victory last night in a 1-0 win against the Bandits, as she continued to mow down the Bandits batters. Cat would finish the game earning her her 10th victory of the season. SHe finished the game having struck out ten batters, scattering four hits and giving up two earned runs.
The USSSA Pride will face off in their final home games in Florida against the Akron Racers at ESPN Wide World of Sports on Thursday, July 28th at 7:05PM. Come out and support your favorite NPF Team. For more information visit usssapride.com.