JULY 28 UPDATE
HS COACHING STAFFS HONORED
The Woodlands Named 2011 NFCA High School National Coaching Staff of the Year
July 28, 2011
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Head coach Richard Jorgensen and assistant coaches Tim Borths and Paula Miller of The Woodlands (Texas), have been named as the 2011 NFCA High School National Coaching Staff of the Year, the association announced on Thursday.
The Highlanders won their first Texas Class 5A state title this year by beating Northside O’Connor 7-5 in the championship game. The Woodlands ended its dream season at 44-1, with the only loss of the year coming to Tomball in a best-of-three regional finals series, which Woodlands won two games to one.
Helping lead the Highlanders on the field this season was pitcher Paige McDuffee. McDuffee, the 2011 Gatorade National Player of the year, went 37-1 in the circle in 2011 and finished the season with a 0.97 ERA, 244 strikeouts and an opponent’s batting average of just .159.
For their accomplishments this season Jorgensen and his staff were also named as the South Central Region Coaching Staff of the Year.
Other regional winners this season were:
East Region – Pittsford-Mendon HS (Pittsford, N.Y.)
Head Coach: Maureen Kempski
Assistant Coach: Eva Lyons
The Vikings turned in a 23-1 performance on the year and won the New York Class A Championship with 1-0 victory over King’s Park in the title game. Pittsford Mendon got a huge boost in the state semi-finals and championship game from pitcher Brittany Gage who struck out 12 and tossed a no-hitter in each game. On their way to the state title, theVikings claimed the Section V Class A1 championship for the second year in a row.
North Region – Carmel HS (Carmel, Ind.)
Head Coach: Emily Good
Assistant Coaches: Connie Fiems, Andi Pruner & Art Grecco
Carmel won the Indiana Class 4A state title in 2011 and capped off their 28-2 record by ending the season on a 10-game win streak. The Greyhounds won the state title via 1-0 eight-inning victory over Avon in the championship game. Carmel received votes in the final USA Today/NFCA High School Top 25 poll of the season and had outfielder Kelsi Jones named to the 2011 Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-America second team.
South Region – Niceville HS (Niceville, Fla.)
Head Coach: Danny Hensley
The Eagles went 28-4 this past season and finished the year ranked fifth in the final USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll. Niceville capped their season by winning the Florida Class 5A state championship with a 2-1 victory over sixth-ranked Bartow. The Eagles proved why they are among the nation’s elite in the state tournament by out-scoring their opponents 33-4 over the five game stretch. Niceville also earned national recognition earlier this summer when had outfielder Stephanie Hartness selected as a 2011 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Second team All-American.
West Region – Piedra Vista HS (Farmington, N.M.)
Head Coach: Kevin Werth
Assistant Coaches: Frank Whalen, Tommy Ward, Robin Price, Bryan Chavez & Julie Lovato
The Panthers ended their 2011 campaign with a record of 26-5 and ranked 20th in the final USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll. Despite starting the season 11-5, the Panthers rode a 15-game win-streak all the way to their sixth straight New Mexico Class 4A state crown that they captured by beating cross-town rival Farmington, 5-0, in the title match-up. Pitcher Karysta Donisthorpe, a 2011 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Second Team All-America selection, helped fuel the title run by tossing two no-hitters in the state tournament and fanning 16 in the championship game.
Cheyenne Coyle named to USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team
OKLAHOMA CITY — Cheyenne Coyle has been named to the 2011 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today. The shortstop from West Hills, Calif., replaces Shelby Pendley (Albuquerque, N.M.), who underwent surgery on her knee after sustaining an injury in a recent USA Softball game.
“Although we hate to lose Shelby, we are so fortunate to be able to have a player of Chey’s caliber to come on and be a part of our 2011 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team,” said Head Coach Karen Johns (Whippany, N.J.). “When faced with Shelby’s injury, I immediately asked the Women’s National Team Selection Committee to approve Chey. She is a tremendous player who will undoubtedly make great contributions to our team. We are thankful that she can be a part if our family.”
Coyle is entering her sophomore season at Florida, runners-up at the 2011 NCAA Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City. As a freshman, she started in all 69 games that the 56-13 Gators played. In her 173 at bats, she had 55 hits including three doubles and 17 home runs, accumulating a .318 batting average. Coyle scored 55 runs and had 60 RBI.
“Representing the USA has always been a dream of mine from a very young age,” Coyle said. “I am extremely grateful to have this opportunity to represent my country on and off the field. I look forward to being able to compete with and against some of the best young softball players from all over the world.”
The Junior Women’s National Team recently completed an exhibition series that brought them to Tampa, Fla., Salem, Va., and Bowie, Md. The team competes next Dec. 6-17 at the International Softball Federation (ISF) IX Junior Women’s World Championship (19-and-under) in Cape Town, South Africa. The United States is the defending champion.
Junior Women’s Worlds will mark Coyle’s first appearance with USA Softball. She attended the 2010-11 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team Selection Camp, held in June 2010, and the 2011 USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Camp.
Six Home Runs Propel Bandits to Doubleheader Sweep of Diamonds
Written by National Pro Fastpitch
LEXINGTON, NC — The Chicago Bandits hit six home runs and outscored the NPF Diamonds 20-2 en route to a doubleheader sweep on Wednesday evening. Alexis Jager collected four RBI on the evening in the Bandits’ 7-1 and 13-1 victories.
Chicago starters Monica Abbott and Nikki Nemitz were virtually unhittable, as the pair combined to allow one run on five hits through 12 innings over the two games.
In game one, the Bandits jumped on the board early with a three-spot in the opening frame. NPF starter Morgan Melloh issued a pair of walks before catcher Shannon Doepking ripped a two-out double to plate both runners. Right fielder Alexis Jager made it a 3-0 lead for the Bandits with an RBI-single.
Both teams settled in for the next three innings, as Melloh and Abbott combined to give up just one hit during the span.
The Diamonds threatened in the bottom of the fourth when third baseman Loryn Johnson reached on an error and advanced to third on first baseman Rhiannon Kliesing’s base-knock, but Abbott quickly quashed the threat with a pair of strikeouts to end the inning.
Kliesing took over in the circle for Melloh in the fifth and the Bandits struck again, tacking on four more runs to make it 7-0. Shortstop Tammy Williams, who walked and scored in the first, singled to lead off the inning and second baseman Danielle Zymkowitz followed with her second home run of the season to give Chicago a five-run cushion. It was the first in a string of long balls for the Bandits, as first baseman Alisa Goler and left fielder Megan Wiggins made it back-to-back-to-back roundtrippers for the Bandits, each with a solo shot.
Johnson drove in the lone run for the Diamonds with an RBI-single in the seventh as Danielle Bourgeois closed out the final two innings for Chicago.
The offensive momentum carried into game two for the Bandits. Wiggins got things rolling with a two-run homer in the first and Jager followed suit two batters later with a two-run blast of her own.
The Bandits built their lead to six runs in the third thanks to a two-RBI single from third baseman Amber Patton, then exploded for five more runs in the fifth. Jager drove in her third run of the game with a two-bagger and later scored on shortstop Christine Knauer’s base-hit. Williams put the game out of reach with a three-run bomb, marking the sixth home run of the evening for the Bandits.
Chicago added two more runs in the sixth before the Diamonds finally got on the board in the bottom half of the frame, but it was the only run NPF would muster as the Bandits claimed the 13-1 victory.
The Bandits and Diamonds finish out the four games series tomorrow at 7:00 at North Davidson High School in Lexington, NC.