August 16 Update
National ProFastpitch Championship
The Series will be played in Sulphur, Louisiana for the second consecutive year, August 18-21, at McMurry Park. The event will be hosted by the Sulphur Parks and Recreation Department with the support of the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The NPF Championship Series is the League’s hallmark event and is designed to feature the League’s outstanding talent in a playoff/tournament format. All four NPF teams qualify for the Championship Series and seedings are based on regular season standings. The format is a best of 3 series between the #1 and #4 seed, along with a best of 3 series between the #2 and #3 seeds, with the winners of those two series’ facing off in a best of 3 Final Series to crown the champion.
For ticket purchases, the NPF Championship Series will be broken into sessions in 2011. Session passes will allow fans to stay in the stadium rather than vacating and re-entering in between each game. Tickets for Session 3 and Session 6 will be included in the All-Session ticket package, but will not be available for individual session purchase until day of event. The session schedule is as follows:
The Games will be broadcast on ESPN 2 and ESPN 3.
Thursday August 18th- Session 1
Game 1: #2 vs. #3 @ 6:00 p.m. Game 2: #1 vs. #4 @ 8:30 p.m.
Friday August 19th- Session 2
Game 3: #1 vs. #4 @ 6:00 p.m. Game 4: #2 vs. #3 @ 8:30 p.m.
Saturday August 20th- Session 3
Game 5: “If Necessary” #1 vs. #4 @ 11:00 a.m.
Game 6: “If Necessary” #2 vs. #3 @ 1:30 p.m.
(If there is only one “If Necessary” game, it will be played at 11:00 a.m.)
Saturday August 20th- Session 4**
Game 7: Championship Final 7:00 p.m.
Sunday August 21st- Session 5**
Game 8: Championship Final @ 2:00 p.m.
Sunday August 21st- Session 6**
Game 9: “If Necessary” Final @ 4:30 p.m
Note: Games brgin on Thursday but Spy could find standings on NPF’s web site.
JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
PLANT CITY, FLORIDA (USA) — Cape Town, South Africa, will host 66 games over eleven days for the International Softball Federation IX Jr. Women’s World Championship (19-and-under, fast pitch). Opening ceremonies will take place at 5:30pm (local time) on December 7th followed by the host country taking on Botswana at 7:30 to kick off the 16-nation tournament.
Day 2 will have seven games played followed by eight games each of the next six days before the playoffs begin on December 15th. The teams are split into two pools of eight, meaning that each is guaranteed a minimum of seven games. The last edition of the event (2007 in the Netherlands) saw Team USA dethrone defending champion Japan with a 3-1 victory in the gold medal game. The Americans begin their title defense in the last game of Day 2, taking on Canada. The medal games are scheduled for Saturday, December 17th. The full schedule accompanies this release and is also available on the official event website, http://jwwc2011.co.za/.
This year marks the first-ever appearance in the ISF Jr. Women’s World Championship for Zimbabwe, while Botswana (2007), Brazil (1999), Germany (2007), Puerto Rico (2007), and South Africa (2007) will be participating for just the second time.
“That tells me that the competitive level continues to grow worldwide in softball,” ISF President Don Porter said of the six participants mentioned above. “This is another great opportunity for the participating athletes to continue their development, which is especially important since most if not all of them likely have their eyes on making their women’s national team some day. There no doubt will be very exciting games at our world championship in South Africa.”
Two fields will be used during round robin play, with Turfhall Softball Stadium in Belthorn Estate, Athlone, serving as the main venue and hosting Opening Ceremonies, the December 7th South Africa-Botswana game, 34 additional round robin games, and all of the playoff games.
Tickets are available for online purchase through Computicket. Media accreditation applications can be done online through the tournament website noted above.
Note from USA Softball:
The U.S. qualified for the upcoming Junior Women’s World Championship in August 2010 by winning the III Pan American Championships (18-Under) in Bogota, Colombia, with a 9-0 record that included two wins against Canada and another against Puerto Rico. In the Championship Game, Team USA defeated Canada 3-1. The two teams also met in pool play during that event with the U.S. claiming a 3-0 victory. In the semi-final, the Americans defeated Puerto Rico 6-1.
Since competing in Bogota, the USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team competed in exhibitions against the 2011 USA Softball Women’s National Team earlier this summer in Tampa, Salem, Va., and Bowie, Md. The juniors will rejoin in Cape Town a week prior to the Junior Women’s Worlds for training.
Sixteen athletes have been named to the 17-member USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team, which currently has representatives from six states and 11 universities. Team members are Ally Carda (Elk Grove, Calif./UCLA freshman), Lauren Chamberlain (Trabuco Canyon, Calif./Oklahoma freshman), Cheyenne Cordes (Fairfield, Calif./California freshman), Cheyenne Coyle (West Hills, Calif./Florida sophomore), Dallas Escobedo (Glendale, Ariz./Arizona State sophomore), Amber Freeman (Lakewood, Calif./Arizona State freshman), Erin Gabriel (Poland, Ohio/Poland Seminary High School senior), Chelsea Goodacre (Temecula, Calif./Arizona freshman), Lauren Haeger (Phoenix, Ariz./Florida freshman), Kylee Lahners (Laguna Hills, Calif./Washington freshman), Destinee Martinez (Corona, Calif./Oklahoma sophomore), Kourtney Salvarola (Arnold, Md./South Florida sophomore), Cheyanne Tarango (Anaheim Hills, Calif./Tennessee freshman), Nyree White (Eugene, Ore./Stanford freshman), Hallie Wilson (North Tustin, Calif./Arizona freshman) and Chelsea Zgrabik (Nokomis, Fla./Florida Gulf Coast freshman).
Coyle was named to the roster in late July by the USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC) after Shelby Pendley (Albuquerque, N.M./Arizona freshman) withdrew from the team due to injury. Madison Shipman (Valencia, Calif./Tennessee sophomore) has also withdrawn from the team due to injury. The WNTSC has not announced a replacement.
(Subject to Change)
POOL A POOL B
United States (1) Japan (2)
Canada (4) Australia (3)
Puerto Rico (5) Chinese Taipei (6)
China (8) Argentina (7)
New Zealand (9) Russia (10)
South Africa (12) Germany (11)
Botswana (13) Brazil (14)
Czech Republic (16 Zimbabwe (15)
WEDNESDAY 5:30PM OPENING CEREMONIES FLD 1
DECEMBER 7 1 7:30PM SOUTH AFRICA VS BOTSWANA FLD 1 A
THURSDAY 2 12:00PM ARGENTINA VS JAPAN FLD 2 B
DECEMBER 8 3 1:00PM CHINA VS NEW ZEALAND FLD 1 A
4 2:30 PM CHINESE TAIPEI VS GERMANY FLD 2 B
5 3:00PM AUSTRALIA VS RUSSIA FLD 1 B
6 5:00PM BRAZIL VS ZIMBABWE FLD 2 B
7 5:30PM PUERTO RICO VS CZECH REPUBLIC FLD 1 A
8 7:30PM CANADA VS UNITED STATES FLD 1 A
FRIDAY 9 10:30AM RUSSIA VS ARGENTINA FLD 1 B
DECEMBER 9 10 12:00PM BOTSWANA VS CANADA FLD 2 A
11 12:30PM BRAZIL VS AUSTRALIA FLD 1 B
12 2:00PM GERMANY VS ZIMBABWE FLD 2 B
13 2:30PM CHINA VS UNITED STATES FLD 1 A
14 4:30PM CZECH REPUBLIC VS NEW ZEALAND FLD 2 A
15 5:30PM JAPAN VS CHINESE TAIPEI FLD 1 B
16 7:30PM SOUTH AFRICA VS PUERTO RICO FLD 1 A
SATURDAY 17 10:30AM ARGENTINA VS GERMANY FLD 1 B
DECEMBER 10 18 12:00PM CHINESE TAIPEI VS BRAZIL FLD 2 B
19 12:30PM UNITED STATES VS NEW ZEALAND FLD 1 A
20 2:00PM BOTSWANA VS CHINA FLD 2 A
21 2:30PM JAPAN VS AUSTRALIA FLD 1 B
22 4:30PM RUSSIA VS ZIMBABWE FLD 2 B
23 5:30PM PUERTO RICO VS CANADA FLD 1 A
24 7:30PM SOUTH AFRICA VS CZECH REPUBLIC FLD 1 A
SUNDAY 25 10:30AM AUSTRALIA VS GERMANY FLD 1 B
DECEMBER 11 26 12:00PM BOTSWANA VS CZECH REPUBLIC FLD 2 A
27 12:30PM CANADA VS NEW ZEALAND FLD 1 A
28 2:00PM PUERTO RICO VS CHINA FLD 2 A
29 2:30PM ARGENTINA VS BRAZIL FLD 1 B
30 4:30PM UNITED STATES VS SOUTH AFRICA FLD 2 A
31 5:30PM JAPAN VS ZIMBABWE FLD 1 B
32 7:30PM CHINESE TAIPEI VS RUSSIA FLD 1 B
MONDAY 33 10:30AM PUERTO RICO VS NEW ZEALAND FLD 1 A
DECEMBER 12 34 12:00PM GERMANY VS BRAZIL FLD 2 B
35 12:30PM UNITED STATES VS BOTSWANA FLD 1 A
36 2:00PM CHINESE TAIPEI VS ARGENTINA FLD 2 B
37 2:30PM CHINA VS CZECH REPUBLIC FLD 1 A
38 4:30PM AUSTRALIA VS ZIMBABWE FLD 2 B
39 5:30PM RUSSIA VS JAPAN FLD 1 B
40 7:30PM SOUTH AFRICA VS CANADA FLD 1 A
TUESDAY 41 10:30AM ARGENTINA VS ZIMBABWE FLD 1 B
DECEMBER 13 42 12:00PM CANADA VS CHINA FLD 2 A
43 12:30PM AUSTRALIA VS CHINESE TAIPEI FLD 1 B
44 2:00PM PUERTO RICO VS BOTSWANA FLD 2 A
45 2:30PM JAPAN VS GERMANY FLD 1 B
46 4:30PM RUSSIA VS BRAZIL FLD 2 B
47 5:30PM UNITED STATES VS CZECH REPUBLIC FLD 1 A
48 7:30PM NEW ZEALAND VS SOUTH AFRICA FLD 1 A
WEDNESDAY 49 10:30AM NEW ZEALAND VS BOTSWANA FLD 1 A
DECEMBER 14 50 12:00PM CHINESE TAIPEI VS ZIMBABWE FLD 2 B
51 12:30PM CANADA VS CZECH REPUBLIC FLD 1 A
52 2:00PM PUERTO RICO VS UNITED STATES FLD 2 A
53 2:30PM AUSTRALIA VS ARGENTINA FLD 1 B
54 4:30PM RUSSIA VS GERMANY FLD 2 B
55 5:30PM BRAZIL VS JAPAN FLD 1 B
56 7:30PM CHINA VS SOUTH AFRICA FLD 1 A
~ PLAYOFFS ~
THURSDAY C1 12:00PM A3 VS B4 FLD 1
DECEMBER 15 C2 2:30PM B3 VS A4 FLD 1
C3 5:30PM A1 VS B2 FLD 1
C4 7:30PM B1 VS A2 FLD 1
FRIDAY C5 12:00PM WINNER C1 VS LOSER C3 FLD 1
DECEMBER 16 C6 2:30PM WINNER C2 VS LOSER C4 FLD 1
C7 5:30PM WINNER C3 VS WINNER C4 FLD 1
C8 7:30PM WINNER C5 VS WINNER C6 FLD 1
SATURDAY BRONZE MEDAL GAME:
DECEMBER 17 C9 12:00PM WINNER C8 VS LOSER C7 FLD 1
GOLD MEDAL GAME:
C10 3:00PM WINNER C9 VS WINNER C7 FLD 1
TEAM FLORIDA NAMES NEW MANAGER
Manager of the 18U Gold Team:
Alyssa Allbritten was part of the original Team FLA and played with Countryside High School. In high school she was the starting catcher all four seasons, making All County, All State, Senior Year- Final Four and NFCA All Academic. On Team FLA she played catcher and outfield postions. Allbritten played with Team FLA for several years. She has a vast amount of experience with ASA Qualifiers, College Exposures and ASA Natonals which she attended 5 straight years. In her Junior year Alyssa committed to North Carolina State University. During her winter and summer breaks from college Alyssa would attend several Team FLA tournaments and instruct at many college camps.
At NC State University:
- Starting catcher for all 4 years at NC State
- 2008 ACC Rookie of the Year
- 2008 NFCA 2nd Team All Regional Player
- All ACC Tournament Team
- Holds season records at State for batting average, doubles, slugging percentage and defense
- Finished in the top 5 of 10 other all time offensive records at NC State
LSU NAMES NEW ASSISTANT
Softball Tabs Lindsay Leftwich as Assistant Coach
BATON ROUGE – Lindsay Leftwich has been selected to join the LSU softball staff as an assistant coach Friday as announced by head coach Beth Torina. The former Northwestern State standout spent the previous four seasons in the same position under Torina at Florida International.
Leftwich was with Torina every step of the way as the Golden Panthers collected 14 All-Sun Belt selections sparked by a sweep of the league’s 2010 postseason awards where Kasey Barrett picked up the SBC’s Pitcher of the Year, Ashley McClain notched SBC Player of the Year and Brie Rojas secured SBC Freshman of the Year status. McClain also has come away with National Fastpitch Coaches Association [NFCA] All-South Region First-Team honors in each of the last two seasons.
FIU posted a 38-21 record and claimed the program’s second-ever NCAA Tournament bid and first-ever NCAA Tournament victory in 2010. The Golden Panthers improved their win total during three of her four seasons and she aided Torina to a pair of SBC Coach of the Year awards.
“I’m really excited to add Lindsay to the staff,” Torina said. “She has been an asset to me in building a successful program at FIU, and I know she will continue to have a huge impact at LSU. She is extremely positive, enthusiastic and brings a great deal of knowledge to the table in all facets of the game. I’m excited about completing the staff and moving forward with continuing LSU softball’s winning tradition.”
Prior to FIU, Leftwich served as a graduate assistant at New Mexico. She was in charge of softball operations and assisted with daily coaching duties during the 2007 season. In 2006, Leftwich worked as the pitching coach at Wichita State where she helped the Shockers compile a 35-23 record.
Leftwich, a native of Houston, Texas, opened her coaching career as a student assistant at Northwestern State. She aided in coaching the offense and catchers in addition to playing an instrumental role in recruiting, fundraising, alumni relations and camps. Leftwich enjoyed a three-year playing career with the Demons highlighted by NFCA All-Southeast Region, All-Southland Conference and All-Louisiana Second-Team selections in 2002. NSU racked up a program-record 45 victories en route to a NCAA Tournament berth during the 2002 campaign. Leftwich drove home 44 RBIs which are currently tied for third-most in program history for a single season, while her 123 assists on the infield paced the Southland Conference. During her career, Leftwich added five Southland Conference along with a pair of Louisiana Sports Writers Association [LSWA] Hitter of the Week awards. She finished her career ranked fifth in both home runs and RBIs at NSU after a back injury held her out of her senior season. An excellent student-athlete, Leftwich garnered numerous academic accolades, including Verizon Academic All-District Team recognition in 2002 and 2004 and NFCA Scholar Athlete recognition from 2001-04. In 2005, she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in art and substance abuse prevention.