7-31-10 July 31 2010 Update

JULY 31 2010 UPDATE

PHOTO GALLERY FROM KFC WORLD CUP
128 photos taken rather inexpertly by Rayburn Hesse have been posted.

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ASA GOLD NATIONALS
Pool play and the championship bracket have been posted on the ASA web site.

NATIONAL PRO FASTPITCH

Finch, Bandits Defeat Pride, Lawrie

 

In her first appearance with the Chicago Bandits (21-13) since the announcement of her retirement plans, Jennie Finch stepped into the circle to face off against newly signed pitcher Danielle Lawrie (0-1) and the USSSA Florida Pride (18-14).

The Bandits offense put up some much needed run support for their ace, fueling Finch (4-1) to an 8-3 victory over the Pride.

Natasha Watley blooped an infield single past Finch and Bandits’ shortstop Christine Knauer to reach first base safely. The next three batters were not so lucky as Finch quickly ended the inning, allowing Watley to only reach second base on a fielder’s choice.

With the bases loaded and one out, the Bandits put the pressure on Lawrie in the top of the second. Bandits veteran Stacy May stepped up to face the rookie. May, in the hunt for the MVP race, dribbled a grounder to Watley at short stop, and the speedy Knauer was able to beat the throw at second base to put the Bandits up 1-0.

Amber Patton kept the runs flowing for the Bandits with a single to centerfield, scoring two more runs to give Finch and the Bandits a 3-0 lead. The rough start for Lawrie didn’t stop there as Bandits catcher Rachel Folden blasted a two RBI double off the centerfield wall to bring in May and Patton for a 5-0 lead. Lawrie was able to regroup, striking out Samantha Findlay for the final out.

With two on and two down in the bottom of the second, the Pride threatened, but Finch was able to buckle down, earning a strikeout for the final out of the inning.

With pinch runner Amberly Waits on third (running for Finch), Bandits second baseman Vicky Galindo slapped a single to shortstop. Waits slid hard into home, sneaking past the bobbled ball by Pride catcher Megan Willis to put the Bandits up 6-0. Galindo reached third base safely on the play. She would stay at third as Knauer’s pop up was snagged by Watley for the final out.

Florida rookie Charlotte Morgan broke through to give the Pride a run in the bottom of the third with two on and one out. Her single to left field landed in front of Chicago’s Emily Friedman, allowing Watley to score. The Pride quickly added two more runs, as a single by Tonya Callahan brought home two runs, closing the scoring gap to 6-3. The second run scored when the throw home was bobble by Ashley Holcombe at the plate and then Jennie Finch as back up on the throw.

Bandits left fielder Emily Friedman added two more runs for the Bandits in the top of the fifth when her dribbler of a single snuck past Lawrie and the bunt-ready infield, allowing two runners to score for an 8-3 lead.

Finch held tight through the remaining three innings, closing out the game for her fourth win on the season while allowing six hits, three runs, three walks and seven strikeouts in the victory.

Montalvo’s Walk-Off Edges Diamonds, 9-8
Racers’ Rookie Singles To Gives Akron Second-Straight Win

AKRON, Ohio (July 30, 2010) – The Tennessee Diamonds refused to go quietly tonight, scoring three runs atop the seventh to tie the contest but Racers’ rookie Kelley Montalvo delivered the all-important RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to give Akron the 9-8 victory at Firestone Stadium.

Pinch hitter Trena Peel led off the seventh by roping a single into left field then advanced to second on a Diamond error. With one out, Kelley Montalvo drove the first pitch she saw to right field to plate Peel and give Akron it’s second straight win over the Diamonds.

 Akron (19-14) pounded out 13 hits and capitalized on three Diamond errors to climb back into second place above the USSSA Pride in the National Pro Fastpitch standings while the Diamonds drop to 8-25 with tonight’s loss.  

Starter Jamee Juarez (6-7) started and earned the win in 5.1 innings, giving up four runs—only two of them earned on four hits while striking out three tonight. The hurler also helped her cause at the plate, finishing 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. Kristin Erb (0-7) suffered the Diamond loss in just 3.2 innings of relief work, surrendering four runs (two earned) on seven hits, fanning two batters.

The Diamonds scored first and made it known early that they would not go down without a fight. Loryn Johnson gave the Diamonds the initial 1-0 lead atop the second on her fourth homer of the season on a two-out line drive shot to center.

In the home half of the second, Akron pounded out four hits and took advantage of one Diamond error to establish a comfortable 5-1 advantage. Micaela Minner reached on a one-out error before Juarez doubled to right and Kelley Montalvo walked to load the bases. Mackenzie Vandergeest delivered, driving a two-RBI double to left center before starter Megan Gibson recorded a strikeout. Lisa Modglin then drove in two more on a sharp single through the right side. Akron’s final run came next as Jess Valis plated Modglin on a single to left.

After a scoreless frame, Diamonds’ second baseman Chelsie Mesa went yard with her first of two homers in the game on a convincing shot to right field, making it a 5-2 ballgame.

 The back-and-forth affair continued in the bottom of the inning as Jackie Pasquerella and Modglin led off with back-to-back infield singles. Valis capitalized on another Diamond throwing error, moving up to second as Pasquerella trotted home and Modglin moved up to third. Leftfielder Shanel Scott showed off some glove work in right with a big league play on a diving catch in the left center gap to limit Sam Ricketts to a sac-fly RBI, doubling up Valis at second as the Racers extended the lead, 7-2.

The Diamonds made things interesting in the fifth when they plated a pair of runs on a hit and an error. Jenna Rhodes notched an infield single before Juarez issued Scott a walk before Chelsea Spencer reached second on an error, enabling Rhodes to scamper home. DeDe Justice drove in Scott on a deep sac-fly to center but Juarez would retire the side getting Gibson to foul out, trimming Akron’s lead to 7-4.

The Racers would recover a run back in the home half when Vandergeest drove in battery mate Juarez on a single up the middle to put the Racers ahead 8-4.

With Taryne Mowatt relieving Juarez atop the sixth, Mesa welcomed her to the game with a first pitch solo home run to right—her second of the contest, cutting Akron’s lead to three (8-5). Mowatt recovered nicely though, getting the next batter to fly out before setting the next two down on strikeouts to limit the damage to just a run.

Much to Akron’s dismay in the seventh, the Diamonds completed the comeback. Rhodes drove a lead off single to center and Spencer earned a one-out walk to set the stage for Justice’s three-run bomb to right center, tying it up at 8-all.

The two teams battle in game three of five tomorrow on Saturday, July 31 at 7:35 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.

 

 

COMMITMENTS

Morgan Lashley – 2011 Shamrocks Gold Pitcher to West Point

UNCOMMITTED SENIORS

2011-RHP – Maci Brooke Lambert
Travel Team: Tulsa Elite Gold
Travel Coach: Jeff Filali  918.951.7142  tulsaelitegold@yahoo.com
Height
: 5’11’’ Velocity: 61-63
Bats: R                        Throws: R
ACT: 22          GPA: 4.00
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Phone: 580  504-7733
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Parents
: Charlie & Mindy Lambert
Details: 2009 Undefeated (18-0) State Champ; never played Travelball until this
summer; very strong build at 5’11’’ with potential to throw 65+.

Cassie Herrera Utility Pitcher 3rd base
Saugus High School  2011
GPA 3.67  SAT 1500
Major: Doctorate PT
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cell 661-505-5900  661-600-8257

A MOTHER’S THOUGHTS ABOUT JENNIE FINCH

Thank YOU Jennie Finch!

So much has been said and written about the recent retirement of Jennie Finch that I feel hard pressed to add anything of value to this story. However, something struck me last night when they interviewed her at her last game with USA Softball.  She was asked over and over what her best memories and best moments of softball were. As accomplished as Jennie is, one would think that she would name her Olympic Gold Medal, her College World Series wins, etc. Her answer was a lesson for all of us involved in softball, players, coaches, and parents.

Jennie talked about the love and friendship she had with her teammates. She talked about those times on the bus going from game to game, tournament to tournament. She spoke of the little things they shared; the times they had to entertain themselves in hotels where there was nothing else to do. Her eyes filled with tears as she explained how she would miss those times. Not once did she mention a personal accomplishment or even a team win. 

On the flip side, her teammates  and former coaches discussed Jennie and her influence on them. Again, it wasn’t about how well she pitched or played, but how she helped them through tough times, encouraged them, and showed true friendship. Her former coach, Mike Candrea, relayed a story about her work ethic and quiet leadership at the University of Arizona.

My point is this. We, as parents, coaches; the adults in this sport, are so focused on the PRODUCT of the sport. We worry about hits, strikeouts, wins, college scholarships, etc. We do this SO much that we forget the true POINT of it all. ( Now, before you get upset and say that not caring about winning is what is wrong with today’s players, let me point out that I didn’t say winning and playing well wasn’t important. I said  we focus so much on it that we forget those things that the athletes count as important. Jennie Finch didn’t say she didn’t care about winning. It’s just that, after it was all said and done, it wasn’t the wins that made the biggest difference to her. )

Let me get to the lesson. As adults, we need to allow our daughters to experience the parts of this sport that are so important. We need to take our focus off the product and put it on the process. Celebrate the wins, but also celebrate the hard work, sportsmanship, and improvement of your daughter. Enjoy the great hits, strikeouts, and defensive plays, but enjoy the friendship and comradarie  of the team. Cheer not only for your daughter, but for the entire team and even those on the other team for who they are and what they do. Don’t let the drive for victory or the desire for a scholarship turn softball into a job for your daughter. Let her love the game and everything about it.  Jan Greenhawk

WHY YOU SHOULD NOT TEXT AND DRIVE

The driver of this car was texting a friend when he hit a semi, head one.  He was cut in half.

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