8-14-10 August 14 Update



Julia Kastner, 2011 Vienna Stars 18U Gold – commits to Temple

2011 Emily Felbaum  Thunder Gold has verbally committed to Boston University

Brittany Boesel–2011–SS/2B  American Pastime Gold Commits to DePaul University 


Errors cost Pride in loss to Bandits

 Written by Blair Stenzel

ROUND ROCK, Texas-Game two in the five game series against the USSSA Pride (22-18) found the Chicago Bandits (27-15) looking for revenge in a disappointing 2-0 loss the night before.

It was a quick first few innings for Bandits pitcher Eileen Canney (2-4) and the Bandits, who came out swinging much harder this game. By the second inning, the Bandits were onto Pride pitcher Sarah Pauly (11-5) putting themselves on the score board with an RBI double off the bat of Bandits’ rookie Christine Knauer.

Later in the inning, costly base running errors by the speedy Knauer and center fielder Caitlin Lever limited the Bandits to just one run that inning as both were caught on a botched squeeze bunt attempt by Amber Patton.

The Bandits struck again in the bottom of the third when two RBI singles from Jennie Finch and Angela Findlay pushed runners across the plate.

A little help from a throwing error on the Pride’s center fielder Kelly Kretschman advanced Finch to third on a single up the middle, as Emily Friedman came around to score. Finch went on to score as well as the next batter, Angela Findlay, dropped a single just over the head of Pride shortstop Natasha Watley to give the Bandits a 3-0 lead.
Facing a zero on the scoreboard, Pride first baseman Tonya Callahan slapped a single to get on base in the top of the fourth. One batter later, Melissa Roth put runners in scoring position with a double, moving Callahan to third on the play. Solid defense by Chicago ended Florida’s scoring threat.

Another fielding error by the Pride in the bottom of the fourth allowed Bandits shortstop Knauer to score, giving the Bandits a 4-0 lead.

In the top of the fifth, the Pride finally reached the scoreboard when center fielder Kelly Kretschman sent a line-drive home run over the centerfield fence to close the gap to 5-1.

Bandits starter Eileen Canney held tight to the run support, getting one more run from her offense to earn the complete game, 5-1 victory. The victory is Canney’s second on the season. She managed three strikeouts and allowed six hits in the victory.

Tomorrow will have the Bandits and Pride facing off in a double header at 6:00 and 8:30 pm.

The second game will be a special Pink Out night for anyone coming to the ballpark in association with the American Cancer Society, so be sure to wear any pink you have to the ballpark. That includes you dads and brothers!

Bandit Tidbits – Tonight’s attendance was recorded at 3,127. Prior to tonight’s ballgame, Bandits pitcher Nikki Nemitz squared off with local radio personalities. Nemitz was victorious, allowing just one hit in four batters. Video of that challenge will be on the Bandits website shortly.


Quiocho caps a home run night in Diamonds 4-3 win over Akron

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 13, 2010) _ Angeline Quiocho hit her first ever walk-off home run as a pro softball player to give the Tennessee Diamonds a 4-3 win over the Akron Racers.

Quiocho pounded the ball over the center field fence with two outs in seventh inning Friday night in front of 328 fans at Draper Diamond on the campus of Lipscomb University. “After I hit it I was hoping it would bounce off the fence so I could be on second base for Jamie Lobpries to hit me in,” Quiocho said. “When I saw it go over I was even more relieved. “To come through for my team and actually contribute feels awesome. Megan Gibson did a great job pitching tonight. I was glad I could help her out.” Quiocho hit the first pitch from Akron pitcher Jamee Juarez for the home run.

Every run in the game was scored on a home run despite no wind and the air heavy with humidity. Juarez opened the scoring in the first inning with a two-run homer to left center. Micaela Minner hit a solo shot over the fence in left center in the fourth inning to give the Racers a 3-0 lead. The Diamonds rallied with a two-run homer from DeDe Justice over the
220-mark in center field in the fourth inning.

Amanda Williams tied the game 3-3 in the sixth inning with a homer that bounced off and over the score board in right center. Gibson threw a complete game for the win, raising her record to 4-8.
She allowed four hits and struck out four. Juarez slipped to 6-10 with the loss. She gave up five hits. She struck out one and walked one.

The Diamonds lead the series 2-0. The two teams play again Saturday night in a doubleheader with games at 4 and 7. Sunday afternoon the series concludes at 2.

DIAMOND GEMS: The home run by Juarez was her first of the season….Chelsea Spencer had the only stolen base in the game, her sixth of the season. …Justice and Minner both hit their fifth home runs of the season. Quiocho and Williams both hit their third.

Johnson’s two-run blast sparks Diamonds win over Akron

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 12, 2010) _ Loryn Johnson didn’t see where her two-run home run landed and she wasn’t alone. Her second inning blast off of Akron right-hander Lisa Norris cleared both the left field fence and the bleachers so fast that few people got a very good glimpse at it.

The two-run homer, her seventh of the season, gave the Tennessee Diamonds a 2-0 lead over the Akron Racers.  The Diamonds, sparked by back-to-back RBI doubles from Dede Justice and Shannon Doepking in a three-run fifth inning, held on for a 5-0 win over Akron Thursday
night at muggy Draper Diamond on the campus of Lipscomb University.

Left-hander Monica Abbott raised her record to 6-7. She struck out nine and walked one on the way to a four-hitter. All four hits were singles with Akron lead-off hitter Lisa Modglin credited with two of them. Johnson was glad that the Diamonds were able to give Abbott strong run
support, something they have not always done this season.

Norris, 13-4, scattered five hits and gave up only two earned runs.
She struck out five and walked one.


STARKVILLE, Miss.Chelsea Bramlett sped her way to another award on Friday as the National Fastpitch Coaches Association named her the Division I winner of the adidas Golden Shoe Award, given to the nation’s top base stealer, for the second-straight year. Bramlett led the nation in stolen bases for the second time in as many seasons, swiping a school-record 61 in her senior campaign. The Cordova, Tenn., native successfully swiped an MSU-best 63-straight bases from April 22, 2009-April 18, 2010, including 55 in a row to begin 2010. “This is another great honor for Chelsea,” Mississippi State head coach Jay Miller said. “She had a tremendous year offensively last year, leading the nation in stolen bases once again. It was a great way to end such a wonderful career.” The SEC’s second four-time, first team all-American finished her illustrious career second in SEC and NCAA Division I history with 207 career steals.

NFCA Announces 2010 adidas Golden Shoe Award Winners
August 12, 2010

STARKVILLE, Miss. – The National Fastpitch Coaches Association and adidas have announced the ten student-athletes who are the recipients of the 2010 adidas Golden Shoe award.

The adidas Golden Shoe award is presented annually to the top base stealer from an NFCA member institution in each of the following divisions: NCAA (Divisions I, II and III), NAIA, NJCAA (Divisions I, II and III), Cal JC, NWAACC and high school.  A committee comprised of head coaches in each of the 10 divisions determines the winner of their respective award.  All winners of the 2010 adidas Golden Shoe award are listed below.

 NCAA Division I

Chelsea Bramlett, Mississippi State University
This season marks the second straight year that Bramlett has won the Golden Shoe, after leading Division I in stolen bases with 61 and finishing the season with a 1.11 per game average nearly, 0.30 bases per game higher than her nearest competitor.  The senior catcher and U.S. National Team member ender her career as a Bulldog by being selected as a four-time Louisville Slugger/NFCA First-Team All-American and finishing second in the nation in batting average with 0.536.

NCAA Division II

Bailie Hicken, Dixie State University
Hicken led Division II in total stolen bases this season with 52 and averaged just under one stolen base per game on the year with 0.98.  The sophomore outfielder was a 2010 Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Central Region second team selection and helped lead the 2010 Division II team batting average champion Red Storm by hitting .459. Hicken also finished second among all Division II players in runs scored per game with 1.38, just 0.05 out from this season’s national leader, Tomeakin Wilson of Benedict.

 NCAA Division III

Katie Stalker, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Stalker, a 2010 Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Great Lakes region first-team honoree, stole 33 bases in 36 attempts last season and averaged 0.79 stolen bases per game.  The senior infielder led the Blugolds offensively in 2010 by hitting .434 on the year with 63 hits, 39 runs and 13 walks. 


Britney Webb, Belhaven University
Webb helped steer the Blazers to a program-best 54 wins last season by leading the NAIA in both total stolen bases and stolen bases per game with 80 and 1.25, respectively. Webb also had a great season at the plate where the senior infielder batted .431 with 73 runs, 54 RBIs and 32 extra base hits.  For her efforts this season, Webb was named as a NAIA and Louisville Slugger/NFCA First-Team All-American.

NJCAA Division I

Erica Wolver, Navarro College
Wolver stole 84 bases this past season to lead her division with an astounding 1.64 stolen bases per game.  Not only was Wolver a problem for opponents on the base paths, but she also gave them trouble both at the plate and in the circle.  Wolver finished her freshman campaign by batting .411 with 37 RBIs and going 4-2 in the circle with a 1.63 ERA and 25 strikeouts.  Wolver is now the second consecutive Bulldog to win the Golden Shoe after Jessica Whitley took home the award in 2009

NJCAA Division II

Ashley Pickel, Muskegon Community College
Pickel played an integral part in Muskegon’s national championship season by stealing 67 of 72 bases on the year for a nation leading average of 1.08 stolen bases per game.  The sophomore outfielder also helped the Jayhawks out at the dish by hitting .365 and scoring 62 runs or exactly one run per game.

NJCAA Division III

Colleen Bannon, Tompkins Cortland Community College
Bannon went 40-for-40 on stolen base attempts this season and helped lead the Panthers to a fourth place finish at the national tournament.  In addition to finishing the season with a perfect stolen base percentage, the sophomore outfielder also ended the year averaging more than one stolen base per game at 1.05.  The 2010 Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American also led Tompkins Cortland in eight major statistical categories including batting average, slugging percentage and on-base percentage at .557, .951 and .611, respectively.

Cal JC

Stacy Razo, Los Angeles Valley Community College
Razo led Cal JC this season with 44 stolen bases, stealing 13 mores bases than her two nearest opponents.   The freshman outfielder averaged 1.22 bases per game in 2010 while helping lead the Monarchs to a 21-18-1 record. Razo finished the year by hitting .521 with 61 hits, 59 runs, 10 doubles, three triples, three home runs, 14 RBIs and 10 walks.


Bre Thomas, Mt. Hood Community College
Thomas stole 26 bases this season and will end her two-year career as a Saint with a 49-for-50 base stealing record.  The sophomore outfielder helped guide Mt. Hood to their second consecutive NWAACC title.  For her efforts this season, Thomas was named as a first team All-Southern Region and an All-NWAACC Tournament selection.

High School

Emily Albus, Brenham High School (Texas)
Albus earned her second straight Golden Shoe this season by stealing 70 of 75 bases for an average of 1.70 per game and helped guide Brenham to the Class 4A regional quarterfinals.  The senior shortstop gave a big boost to the Cubettes’ offense by hitting .661 on the year with a 0.895 slugging percentage and a 0.796 on-base percentage.  Her performance in 2010 earned Albus her fourth consecutive All-State and Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American selections and allowed her be recruited by such Division I powers Arizona, Florida and Texas A&M, her eventual choice.

USA Softball Junior Men’s FP Developmental Camp a Success

Courtesy of Doug Lindaman

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Thirty-nine young male fast pitch players participated in the ASA/USA Softball Junior Men’s  development camp in Rolla, Missouri on Wednesday, August 4. The camp was held at the Ber Juan Sportsplex one day prior to the ASA 16-Under, 18-Under and 23-Under national tourneys. The39 players represented 12 states and all are age-eligible (born in 1993 or later) for the next ISF junior men’s world championship in Argentina in 2012. After the camp, all 39 boys participated in the 16-U nationals on Thursday and Friday, August 5-6.

Catchers received individual instruction for 45 minutes, beginning the day at 8:30 am. Pitchers, many of whom are already receiving monthly video feedback from the USA coaching staff, began a 45 minute session at 9:15. The remaining camp participants began at 10 am and rotated between workout stations for hitting, bunting and fielding. After a two hour lunch break, necessitated by the 100 degree heat and high humidity, players were divided into three teams and a two hour controlled scrimmage was conducted.

Over 90 boys from 25 states have now expressed a desire to be considered for the next USA Softball Junior Men’s  Team. Although there are only a small number of boys club teams in a handful of states, many age-eligible boys are gaining experience by playing in men’s fast pitch leagues and have found out about the potential for playing on the USA Softball National Team through various internet web sites and social media outlets, as well as a very active recruiting effort by the USA Junior Men’s coaching staff.

USA Softball junior men’s head coach Tim Lyon was assisted by coaching staff members Scott Standerfer and Gary Mullican, along with selection committee member Doug Lindaman, in directing the camp activities. “We were very pleased with the turnout, the enthusiasm and the skill level of these athletes” said Lyon. “It is exciting to see as we look forward to the next ISF world championship only two years down the road.”


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