7-29-10 July 29 Update



The organizers of the 2010 ESPN Rise National Softball Championship and board members

of Premier Girl’s Fastpitch today announced they have the use of Col Bill Barber and Harvard Parks in Irvine as well as the Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley softball complexes for their 2011National Tournaments in 14U, 16U and 18U, all to be held August 1, through August 6, 2011.

Thus, the continuing saga surrounding Gold Nationals turned another page today.

The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America had announced July 7  that Irvine, Calif., will be the host city for the 2011 ASA Girls’ 18-Under GOLD National Championships July 31- August 6.  ASA officials were boasting of what they considered a coup against the organizer of Premier, ala the press release.

But, SPY sources say the ASA press release was premature, that the fields and dates in question had already been spoken for by Premier organizers, and that the matter of the ASA request was under rquested review at the time the press release was issued.  Notwithstanding, So Cal officials told SPY last week of their plans for fencing four of the fields at Harvard Park.

SPY has confirmed today’s decision by local government with three independent sources.

Presumably, ASA will now find another venue and/or dates for 2011 Gold Nationals.

Yvette Healy chosen as UW softball coach

Healy joins Badgers after six years with Loyola (Chicago)

MADISON, Wis. — Yvette Healy, head softball coach at Loyola (Chicago) since 2004, has been named the head softball coach at Wisconsin, Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez announced Saturday.

“Yvette Healy has proven herself to be a winner both as a player and a coach,” Alvarez said. “That parallels what we are looking to accomplish here at Wisconsin. We’re excited to have her on our staff and we welcome her to the Badgers.”

The 2007 Horizon League Coach of the Year, Healy guided the Ramblers to a top-four conference finish in every season she was at the helm. She has coached four NFCA All-Mideast Region players over the last four seasons, and the team set the single-season school record for batting average (.292) in 2010. Healy’s team also set single-season Loyola records for stolen bases (116) and home runs (37) in 2009.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join the University of Wisconsin family,” Healy said. “The UW athletic department has a world-renowned legacy of winning on a national stage and in the Big Ten. I am thrilled to partner with the inspirational leadership team of Barry Alvarez, Shawn Eichorst and Terry Gawlik to bring Badger softball to national prominence.

“The nationally-ranked academic degrees, athletic facilities, financial support and family-atmosphere make Wisconsin a perfect fit for the nation’s most talented softball student-athletes. My husband Shawn and I feel extremely fortunate to raise our daughter Grace in Madison, one of the safest, friendliest and most beautiful towns in the country.”

As Healy was winning coach of the year honors in the Horizon League in 2007, the team was capturing the conference title with a 14-5 record. Pitcher Amy Solava was also named the league’s pitcher of the year, just the third player in school history to earn the award.

Off the field, Healy was instrumental in the team’s community service participation. She was a part of numerous campaigns to give back, including the Strike Out Cancer Fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, a team canned food drive and the Shamrocks for Kids Campaign. The team was given the 2007 Horizon League Community Outreach Award.

In addition, Healy served as a mentor for the Girls in the Game program as well as at the Misericordia Home for Mentally and Physically Challenged.

Healy’s teams have also excelled in the classroom. The 2010 team was the recipient of the 2010 NCAA Academic Performance Program APR Award, while nine players in her time were named Academic All-District by ESPN the Magazine and 25 were chosen as Scholar Athletes by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

“Yvette Healy is the perfect fit for Wisconsin,” DePaul softball coach Eugene Lenti added. “She has everything you’re looking for in a head coach with her leadership skills as well as her experience. She’s a talented offensive coach, who loves to be aggressive, executing hit and runs, squeezes, etc. She’s also a great recruiter and family-oriented person who understands what it takes to be a successful student athlete, being that she was an All-American herself.”

She took over as head coach at Loyola in July of 2004 after spending three seasons as an assistant at her alma mater, DePaul. While with the Blue Demons, Healy coached five All-Americans as the team won the Conference USA title in 2003 and 2004 to make the NCAA tournament.

A two time All-American and three-time Academic All-American as a player, Healy ranks second on the DePaul single-season chart with a .424 batting average and is the school’s all-time leader with 102 stolen bases. In her senior campaign in 1999, Healy led the Blue Demons to a school-record 54 victories, an NCAA Regional Championship and the College World Series as the team wrapped up the year ranked third in the nation. She earned All-Mideast Region honors on three occasions as well.

Prior to her coaching career, Healy worked for the Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox Academy as Director of Marketing.

Healy earned her bachelor’s degree in communication from DePaul in 1999 and her master’s in secondary education and English from DePaul in 2007.


Anna Nagro has been named the coach of Mount Saint Marys Softball.
The class of 2007 St. Bonaventure graduate comes to the Mount from D’Youville College in Buffalo., D’Youville is a private institution in Buffalo, N.Y., where Nagro has been the coach since early February 2008

Julie Wright, who spent the previous four seasons at Wisconsin including two as the associate head coach and has also served as the head coach at the University of Akron, has been named as the seventh head coach in the history of the Idaho State softball program, announced Director of Athletics Jeff Tingey.


USSSA Florida Pride Take Game One against the Bandits with a 4-3 Victory

Kissimmee, Fla. – It was a heated contest tonight as the USSSA Florida Pride took on the Chicago Bandits for the first time since the two teams went head-to-head in Lubbock, Tex. back in the beginning of June.

Katie Burkhart started in the circle for the Pride and took the win, allowing two runs on five hits in five innings of work. Sarah Pauly came in in relief in the top of the sixth and earned the save for the night, allowing only one run on two hits.

Eileen Canney started for the Diamonds and shouldered the loss, allowing three runs on six hits before being relieved by Kristina Thorson who was in turn relieved by Nikki Nemitz.

The contest remained scoreless through the top of the fourth with both pitchers working the circle well, allowing only three hits combined to that point in the contest.

The Pride made their way on the board in the bottom of the fourth, with three base hits to lead off the inning. Charlotte Morgan struck first with a single, followed by consecutive doubles from Kelly Kretschman and Andrea Duran, the second of which advancing Morgan to the plate. A sacrifice fly from Tonya Callahan drove in a run from Kretschman. Amber Flores came to the plate next and reached first on a line to left, advancing Duran to scoring position on third with only one out on the inning. Melissa Roth stepped up next and a pass ball on her at-bat allowed Duran to score and Flores to threaten on second. Relief pitcher Kristina Thorson hit Roth, allowing her to reach and followed by hitting Natasha Watley, loading the bases for the Pride. Alissa Haber reached next on a fielder’s choice, preventing Flores from scoring, and was followed by Jessica Mendoza who retired the inning on a strikeout, leaving three stranded.

The Bandits struck back in the top of the fifth. Angela Findlay led things off with a single. After a fly-out to left from Emily Friedman, Caitlin Lever laced her second base hit of the contest into the right-field gap and was followed by Christine Knauer with a double, driving in the run from Findlay. A single from Amber Patton allowed Lever to score and put runners on the corners for the Bandits with two outs on the inning. A fly out to center from Rachel Folden retired the side but closed the deficit to one.

A double from Callahan in the bottom of the fifth scored the fourth run for the Pride as she drove in Krestchman, who had previously reached on a single. A ground-out to third from Flores ended the inning.

The top of the seventh saw the Bandits close the Pride lead to one with a lead-off solo home run from Friedman, but three fly-out retired the game and left the Pride with a 4-3 victory.

The two teams compete again tomorrow for the second of five games in the weekend series at 7:05 pm. On Saturday, the USSSA Florida Pride will host a retirement ceremony to honor the illustrious career of Jennie Finch in between the team’s two games of the day’s double-header. The first of the two games is slated to begin at 5:05 pm.

Norris, Racers Defeat Diamonds, 2-1
Norris Fans 10 to Earn 11th Victory

AKRON, Ohio (July 29, 2010) – Akron starter Lisa Norris won the battle featuring two of the National Pro Fastpitch’s top hurlers, striking out 10 batters en route to her 11th win of the season as the Racers defeated the visiting Tennessee Diamonds, 2-1 at Firestone Stadium tonight.

Akron (18-14) took an early 2-0 lead and neutralized the Diamond rally atop the sixth to drop Tennessee to 8-24 on the year.

Norris (11-3) was lights-out in seven complete, allowing just one run on two hits in addition to striking out 10. At one point, the Racers’ hurler retired nine consecutive batter, the final four going doing on strikeouts. Monica Abbott (5-5) took the loss in six innings pitched, giving up two runs (one earned) on just three hits while striking out six.

Akron touched Abbott for a pair of runs in the bottom of the third on a RBI single from Sam Ricketts which scored Lisa Modglin who was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Jess Valis, who singled on a well-executed bunt also scored on the play thanks to a Jenna Rhodes’ error in right to take the 2-0 lead.

In the sixth, Chelsea Spencer trimmed the margin to one after depositing her fifth homer of the year over the fence in right center. The Diamonds seemed poise to strike again when Megan Gibson walked and then advanced to third on a Racer error as Loryn Johnson reached first on a fielder’s choice with just one out. After pinch runner Shanel Scott’s stolen base, Norris got Chelsie Mesa to lineout to second and Jami Lobpries to pop up to short to end the threat with Akron’s lead intact.

Norris bounced back from a shaky sixth inning to retire the Diamonds in order atop the seventh. Pinch hitters DeDe Justice and Shanna Diller went down on a fly out and strikeout respectively before Norris got Rhodes to ground out to preserve her 11th victory.

Game two of the five-game series is slated for tomorrow night (Friday, July 30) at 7:05 p.m. EST. Fans can follow along from home by watching live on MLB.com with a $19.95 season-long subscription or live stats via www.pointstreak.com.


Miliani Prep 18 finished 33rd, not 65th


The All American at Oklahoma State died this week in Stillwater.  When we were small, the Aggies were the football power in Oklahoma and we followed the heroics of #55 throughout the season and  into the Sugar Bowl.  A three-time All American, Fenimore was both a running and passing threat, and set records in both categories.

A few years ago, in a moment of sheer madness, my flight to Denver from Oklahoma City  was cancelled, so I decided to drive to Boulder for Independence Day softball.  Out near Weatherford, OK, where the Fenimores lived, I was stopped for speeding by a state trooper – whose shield proclaimed him to be Robert Fenimore.  So, I asked if he were related to THE Bob Fenimore – who as it happens was the trooper’s great uncle.  We spent a few pleasant minutes rehashing old Aggie games, after which the trooper said he would not give me a ticket.


CA Hawks
Carissa Price 2011 SS/OF
Redlands East Valley HS Redlands, CA
3.18 GPA Honors/AP program
SAT 1620 ACT 22
Major: Biology/aquatic-marine-ecology
Cell 909-794-0785 Home

 Katie Sutherland 2011 OF
Los Alamitos HS
GPA 3.2 Honors Program
Major: Teacher education/elementary
cell 562-596-0833 Home

Melinda Robertson Pitcher/SS
San Fernando HS, San Fernando, CA
GPA 3.3 SAT 1475
Major: undecided
cell  818-686-6590 home

Jazzmin Jones Catcher/OF
Mohave High School Bullhead City, AZ
: Medical
928-219-1949 cell  928-542-2348 Home

Liz Slaughter 2011 OF/SS
Yucca Valley HS
GPA 3.67  SAT 1720 ACT 25
Major: Teacher education/history
cell  760-365-2770 home


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