8-18-10 AUGUST 18 UPDATE

AUGUST 18 2010 UPDATEHS COACHING STAFFS OF THE YEAR 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

NFCA Announces National & Regional High School Coaching Staffs of the Year
August 18, 2010 

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Head Coach Kevin Fagan and assistant coach Susan Williams of Florida Class 4A State Champion Dunnellon High School (Fla.) have been named as the 2010 National Fastpitch Coaches Association High School National Coaching Staff of the Year, the Association announced on Wednesday. The Tigers ended their 2010 campaign with a 31-1 record and have now gone 63-2 over the past two years. Along with leading Dunnellon to a state championship in each of the last two seasons, Fagan and Williams have also helped the Tigers achieve two top five final rankings in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll, finishing the 2009 season at fifth and the 2010 season in second. In the state championship game, the Tigers defeated rival Naples, 3-2, in a nine-inning classic. Dunnellon also had the assistance of two 2010 Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Americans this season in the persons of first-team selection Kasey Fagan and third-team honoree Sami Fagan. For their work this season, Coaches Fagan and Williams also earned the South Regional Coaching Staff of the Year award. 

Other regional winners this season were: 

East Region – Pearl River High School (N.Y.)
Head Coach: Mike Carlacci
Assistant Coach: Jeanne Donnelly
Junior Varsity Coach: Billy Donnelly
Modified Coach: Lauren Daley 

 Pearl River went 24-3 this past season in New York Class A and brought home the first softball state championship in the history of Rockland County. The Pirates were able to take home the hardware after beating defending champion Floral Park, 2-0, in the state semi-finals, then turning around just three hours later and defeating Pittsford-Mendon, 7-0, to claim the championship. The state title this season is the crowning achievement in an impressive list of accomplishments that Carlacci and staff have put together over his 14 years at the helm of the Pirates. Over the past 14 years at Pearl River, Carlacci has amassed a record of 326-51 and has won at least twenty games in every season, seven sectional titles and four regional titles. Helping Pearl River achieve unparalleled success this season was Louisville Slugger/NFCA Third Team All-American Katie O’Flynn. 

North Region – Riverton Parke High School (Ind.)
Head Coach: Joe Cox
Assistant Coaches: Penny Cox, Randy Wilburn, Dave Chambers & Brandon Grindle
Joe Cox and staff helped lead the Lady Panthers to the Indiana Class A State title this season by virtue of a 31-2 record. After setting the motto of “Building A Dream One Game At A Time” at the beginning of the season, Riverton Parke used it to help win the Banks of the Wabash Tournament, the Riverton Parke Invitational, the conference championship, the regional championship, the semi-state championship and eventually, the state championship. 

South Central Region – Pearland High School (Texas)
Head Coach: Laneigh Clark
Assistant Coaches: Michelle Hayden & Angela Flores 

After finishing as Texas Class 5A runner-up in 2009, Laneigh Clark and staff helped lead Pearland back to the state title game this year where they topped defending champs Austin Bowie, 4-0, to win the championshipThe Lady Oilers went 37-6-1 on the year and proved dangerous down the stretch by winning 23 of their final 24 games. Despite losing 2009 NFCA Diamond Catcher of the Year Brittany Marcet to an ACL tear early in the season, Pearland was able to persevere and capture its first state title under Clark. Stepping up to help lead the Lady Oilers this season were Louisville Slugger/NFCA second team All-American Jessica Bowden and third team All-American Megan Coronado. 

West Region – Juneau-Douglas High School (Alaska)
Head Coach: David Massey 

 Massey helped lead the Crimson Bears to the Alaska Large School title by defeating defending champion East Anchorage, 11-0, in the if necessary title game after losing to the Thunderbirds, 11-8, earlier in the day.  Despite the loss, Juneau-Douglass still had a very impressive run through the state tournament as they outscored opponents 46-18 over five games. The Crimson Bears also topped all tournament qualifiers in All-Tournament selections play placing Taylor Larson, Jennifer Nelson, and Brittany Fenumiai on the team. 

COMMITMENTS 

Hannah Bell -2011- Pitcher- Texas Cobras Gold- Commits to Texas Tech 

 Rhode Island Thunder Gold2011 Emily Felbaum has verbally committed to Boston University 

AMERICAN FREEDOM GOLD: 

Kelci Cheney (2011, RHP) as verballed to the University of Northern Colorado 

UNSIGNED SENIORS 

2011 Catcher Aspen Echelmeier Total GPA 3.9 All American Sports Academy 18 gold #21-18 gold national, 2010 ACT 20 SAT 1340 NFCA pop time 1.83 aspen.e@hotmail.com Home # 530-889-9580 Cell # 530-613-3346 Del Oro HS- 3 yr starting Catcher-capt Jr year. All league HM 2009, 2010. leauge champions 2009, 2010 

VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT COACH NEEDED 

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is searching for a Volunteer Assistant Softball Coach for the upcoming 2010-2011 season. Responsibilities would be working as primary outfield coach and assisting with the offensive game. Other responsibilities as assigned by the head coach. Position is voluntary and is designed for an entry level position and/or for an individual wanting to get experience in the college game at a very competitive DI level and successful program. Opportunities to do camps and clinics to supplement any other personal income will be available. For more information and to apply email letter of application, resume and references to Head Coach Frank Reed at Frank-Reed@utc.edu  

  

NATIONAL PRO FASTPITCH 

Racers Close Out Season In FloridaAkron Will Face USSSA Pride, August 19-22 

AKRON, Ohio (August 18, 2010) – 

Akron (23-21) struggled offensively last week, dropping three out of four games against the Tennessee Diamonds in Nashville as Akron’s hitters are currently batting .241 with 285 hits and 133 runs batted in. Crystl Bustos (.315, 23 hits, nine RBI) leads the team with 14 walks while outfielder Trena Peel (.310, 18 hits, nine RBI) and infielder Jackie Pasquerella (.281, 27 hits, 10 RBI) trail close behind. Lisa Modglin’s 17 stolen bases pace both the team and league, her 39 hits are a team best which rank her fourth among NPF batters in addition to tying Samantha Ricketts for the team RBI lead with 19. 

The Pride (24-19) jumped into second place after winning three out of five games against the Chicago Bandits last week. Led by a band of Olympians, the three leading batters on the Pride roster include US National Team members Caitlin Lowe (.368, 14 hits, five RBI), Natasha Watley (.353, 36 hits, 0 RBI) and Jessica Mendoza (.310, 31 hits, 21 RBI) while former Olympic standout Kelly Kretschman (.287, 35 hits, 22 RBI) leads the team with 22 runs batted in. The team itself is batting .251 on the season with 288 hits and 153 RBI.  

In the circle, the Pride have relied heavily on the arms of Sarah Pauly (12-5) and Desiree Serrano (2-7) in the wake of Cat Osterman and Katie Burkhart’s absence from the diamond. However, the USSSA Pride also added another National standout in Canadian pitcher Danielle Lawrie (3-1) who appears to be acclimating to the professional game quite well, earning a pair of complete game shutout victories against the Bandits.  

Next week all teams converge in Sulphur, La. August 24-29 for the NPF Championship Series. For more information on the event, visit www.profastpitch.com or to purchase tickets, go to www.profastpitch.ticketleap.com. Johnson, Spencer power Diamonds to 4-2 winDIAMONDS DEFEAT RACERS 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 15, 2010) _ The Tennessee Diamonds ended their final home stand of the season in a positive way with a 4-2 win over the Akron Racers In National Pro Fastpitch play. A crowd of 304 braved a temperature index of 100-plus degrees Sunday afternoon at Draper Diamond on the campus of Lipscomb University. The Diamonds won the series 4-1. 

The Diamonds close out the regular season on the road in Elgin, Ill., against the Chicago Bandits Aug. 19-22. The Diamonds close out the season at the NPF Championship Series Aug. 26-29 in Sulphur, La. 

Right-hander Becca Heteniak (1-5) won her first game of the season, holding the Racers to seven hits and two runs. She walked one batter and struck out four in 5.1 innings. Megan Gibson gave up no hits or runs and struck out one to close out the game for the Diamonds. “We were so happy to get a consistent performance out of Becca,” Reynolds said. “She was very effective. Gibson also did a great job.” 

Reynolds also had a great deal of praise for Aubree Brattin who caught two of the last three games of the series. 

“Defensively, Aubree is calling all of her own games and appears to be in harmony with our staff,” Reynolds said. “Akron is a base running and base stealing team and they showed her a lot of respect. She had two great ballgames for us.” 

Heteniak found herself pitching from behind quickly. Jackie Pasquerella doubled in the first and then scored on an infield single by Jamee Juarez. 

Heteniak downplayed the heat. She expected to throw a complete game. “It was pretty overcast until the fifth inning when it got pretty hot,” Heteniak said. “It was great to get the lead. The defense is always up more and as a pitcher you are up more. “We always say that Sunday is survival day. When you are ahead you are in good spirits because you are surviving.” 

The Diamonds scored three runs in the third inning, sparked by a two-run homer off of the scoreboard in right center field by Loryn Johnson. Gibson slammed a double to right field that drove in Chelsea Spencer with the Diamonds first run of the game. Spencer, who had reached base on a single to left in the third, hit a solo home run that bounced off the left field foul pole. “The middle of our order has been a catalyst for our run production and have been important parts of our recent string of victories,” Reynolds said. “I am just so happy that our RBI hitters are all showing up for work.” 

Juarez hit a home run to dead center field over the 220-foot mark with one out in the sixth, but that would be the last of the scoring for the Racers. 

Juarez started the game for the Racers. She slipped to 6-11 with the loss, giving up eight hits and four runs, all earned. She walked one and struck out one in 5.1 innings.  Brittany Weil entered the game and gave up one hit and walked one batter in two thirds of an inning. Taryne Mowatt closed out the game for the Racers. She struck out two and did not give up a hit or a run in the sixth inning. 

DIAMOND GEMS: Gibson earned her first save of the season for the Diamonds. …Juarez had two home runs in the series, her only home runs of the season. …Micaela Minner had to wear Crystl Bustos jersey because she could not locate hers.  

The Akron Racers look to wrap up the 2010 regular National Pro Fastpitch season on a high note, heading to Florida where they will take on the second place USSSA Pride, August 19-22 in a four-game series. Additionally, the teams will finish July 18th’s rainout which had the Pride leading 2-0 in the fifth.Kelci Cheney (2011, RHP) as verballed to the University of Northern Colorado 

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