8-22-10 August 22 Update

AUGUST 21 2010 UPDATE

FACES IN THE CROWD

SI August 23:  Jordan Harbacek, Plainfield NJ.

“Jordan, an eighth-grader at Aux Sable Middle School, went 7-0 on the mound with a 0.30 ERA to lead the Stone City Sharks to the North American Fastpitch Association 12-and-under A division title.  She threw 47 strikeouts in 44 innings, and led the team with nine rbis.  For the season, she was 44-13 with 0.73 ERA and a team-high 82 rbi.”

NATIONAL PRO FASTPITCH

The NPF championship begins August 26 in Sulphur, LA.

Bandits Sweep Diamonds

Strong pitching performances and solid hitting from the Bandits (30-19) was the formula to slow down the recently hot Tennessee Diamonds (15-33) Saturday as the Bandits swept the Tennessee ballclub in a double-header at Judson University in Elgin, Ill.In Game 1 of Saturday’s double-header, a pitching duel between Team USA pitchers Eileen Canney (3-5) of the Chicago Bandits and Monica Abbott (6-9) of the Tennessee Diamonds ended in a 3-0 win for the Bandits. The win ended a four game losing skid for the Bandits, stopping the hot Tennessee Diamonds who have picked up six of their 15 total wins this season in the last 10 games.The Bandits got to Abbott early, scoring all three of their runs in the bottom half of the second inning. After leadoff singles from the Bandits’ Jennie Finch and Angela Findlay, a throwing error by Abbott on a Nicole Pauly bunt put the two Bandits runners across homeplate. The next batter for the Bandits was left-fielder Emily Friedman, who singled to bring Pauly in for the Bandits’ third and final run of the inning and the game, as Abbott settled in retiring 12 of the final 13 Bandits batters she faced in a complete game, six hit performance including 5 strikeouts. The loss for Abbott brings her 2010 record to 6-9, despite a 0.82 ERA and 141 strikeouts in 111.1 innings of work.Bandits pitcher, Eileen Canney, threw 5.1 innings of four-hit, shutout ball from the pitcher’s circle before being replaced in the circle by Nikki Nemitz (7-2), who completed the seven-out save, her fifth of the season.

In Game 2, the Bandits’ bats and pitching started where they left off in Game 1, ending in a 5-1 win over the Diamonds. The Bandits honored third basemen Stacy May and pitcher Jennie Finch in a pregame ceremony. May and Finch are set to retire from professional softball at the conclusion of the 2010 campaign and both of their numbers were retired as a part of the pregame celebration.

May excited the sold out crowd at Judson University after the pregame ceremonies with a lead-off bomb to give the Bandits an early lead over the Diamonds. From there, it was a solid pitching duel between the Bandits’ Kristina Thorson (10-5) and the Diamonds’ Megan Gibson (4-9), until the bottom of the fourth inning when a lead-off single by the Bandits’ Amber Patton was followed by a Rachel Folden error-inducing groundball that brought Patton around the bags to score. Three batters later, Bandit right fielder Emily Friedman hit a towering two-run homerun to give the Bandits a 4-0 lead.

The Diamonds threatened in the fifth inning with an RBI double from Shanna Diller with no outs. After a pitching substitution to bring in Bandits rookie Nikki Nemitz, the Bandits, behind Nemitz were able to stifle the Diamonds’ offense for the remainder of the contest, including six strikeouts in 11 batters faced for Nemitz who recorded her second save on the day and sixth of the year.

The Bandits will finish off their 2010 regular season schedule tomorrow, Sunday, August 22 at Judson University in Elgin, Ill. to a sold out crowd. Standing Room Only tickets are available, however. The contest will mark Stacy May and Jennie Finch’s final home games in a Bandits uniform before their retirement from professional softball.

 

 

USSSA Florida Pride Take First Loss This Weekend against Akron Racers

Orlando, Fla. – The USSSA Florida Pride and the Akron Racers were not only battling each other this weekend, they were battling the weather as well. Coming into the series with a game to be resumed, the two teams were already behind on the elements. They caught up on the series after Friday night’s contest, but were again put behind when threatening thunderstorms caused Saturday’s double header to be postponed, cancelling the first game and pushing the second one back to this morning at 9:30 am.

Desiree Serrano began in the circle for the Pride, pitching five scoreless innings before giving way to relief pitcher Cat Osterman, who, across two innings struck out five and gave up no hits. Lisa Norris shouldered the loss for the Racers, allowing two runs on four hits.

The Pride struck first in the bottom of the third when a single from Kelly Kretschman allowed Natasha Watley, who had led-off the inning with a double to the left-field gap, to score. Watley scored again in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single from Jessica Mendoza.

The Pride took the 2-0 victory, giving them a secure lead on the series going into the day’s regularly scheduled contest.

With Serrano in the circle for the second start of the day and Jamee Juarez starting opposite her, the two teams went head to head for the final game of the regular season.

The Racers started off with a bang when lead-off hitter Lisa Modglin laced a solo home-run past the left field fence, giving the Racers their first early lead of the series. After two errors on the Pride and an intentional walk, the Racers marked two more runs, scored by Jess Valis and Crystl Bustos.

The Pride answered back in the bottom of the inning with two runs scored. A sacrifice fly from Megan Willis drove across Andrea Duran and an error on Francesca Enea’s at-bat allowed Amber Flores to cross the plate before the inning closed.

The Racers marked another run in the top of the third when an RBI single from Samantha Ricketts pushed Jackie Pasquerella, who had reached on a single, across the plate. A ground-out to short from Crystl Bustos retired the side.

Charlotte Morgan scored the third run for the home team in the bottom of the fourth when she led-off the inning with a solo home-run ripped past the center field wall. Three quick outs ended the inning.

The score held through the completion of the contest, giving the Pride its first loss of the weekend with a 4-3 final score.

The USSSA Florida Pride will take to Sulphur, La. next weekend for the 2010 NPF Championship series as they fight for the 2010 NPF title.

Pride Takes Two Games Against Akron Racers

Orlando, Fla. – For the second game in a row between the USSSA Florida Pride and the Akron Racers last night, it was the rain that came in to end the evening early. After resuming a suspended game from July 18, the two teams took to the field for their regularly scheduled contest, but after making it only to the bottom of the second, the game had to be suspended due to severe thunderstorms.

The two teams started where they left off, in the bottom of the second with Danielle Lawrie in the circle for the Pride and Taryne Mowatt stepping in for the Racers in the top of the third, but it was in the top of the fifth that the bats lit up. Two consecutive singles form Akron’s Clare Burnum and Jamee Juarez, gave the Racers their first two runs of the evening, putting them ahead 3-2. Three quick outs retired the side, but the visiting team had taken the lead on the contest.

After an extended rain delay in the bottom of the fifth, the game resumed. A single from Natasha Watley drove Kristin Schnake, who had reached on walk, across the plate, tying the game. The bottom of the sixth turned the tables back in the favor of the home team when Tonya Callahan laced a double to the right center gap, scoring Jessica Mendoza who has led-off the inning with a single. After two strikeouts issued by Taryne Mowatt, a walk from Willis put two runners on. Charlotte Morgan stepped to the plate next and with a two RBI single, drove in Karli Hubbard, in to run for Tonya Callahan, and Willis. A subsequent single Watley drove in the seventh run of the game for the Pride, ultimately giving the Pride the 7-3 victory in the contest.

Immediately following the close of last night’s game, the two teams got set for the second game of the evening, with Cat Osterman taking to the circle for the Pride after being out with a shoulder injury for a significant portion of the season. Osterman pitched only one inning, but struck out two before giving way to Sarah Pauly.

The Pride made it on the board first in the bottom of the first when Melissa Roth came across the plate on a walk from Morgan, giving the home team an early lead which they continued through the bottom of the second. Three consecutive doubles from Alissa Haber, Watley, and Roth scored two more runs for the Pride, marking the score at 3-0 at the close of the second. The Pride struck again in the bottom of the fourth when a single from Watley drove in Willis, who led off the inning with a double to just inside the left field fence.

The Racers finally made a presence on the board in the top of the sixth when Lisa Modglin ripped a solo home-run over the center-field wall to give the visiting team their first run of the night. Two consecutive doubles from Jackie Pasquerella and Samantha Ricketts scored the Racers a second run when Pasquerella came across the plate.

Megan Willis responded for the Pride in the bottom of the sixth when she laced a two-run home run past the left field wall, driving in herself and Jessica Williams, pinch running for Morgan who had reached on a single.

The contest ended in a 6-2 victory for the Pride, giving them and early lead on the series going into game three. The two teams will face off in a double header tomorrow night with game one slated for 5:05 pm.

COMMITMENTS

Sydney "TC" Turchin -Gold Coast Hurricanes committed to University of Pennsylvania

Lauren McClary 2011 pitcher for Texas Storm Gold has committed to Ohio U

Andrea Klarman, (2011,1B/3B) Longwood High School verbally committed to Dominican College, NY

FIVE QUALIFY FOR JUNIOR WORLD

ISF press release

This past weekend in Bogota, Colombia, the III Pan American Softball Championship for Girls concluded. The ten-day event had national teams competing from 13 different countries: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, the Netherlands Antilles, Peru, Puerto Rico, USA, and Venezuela. In the gold medal game, the Americans edged Canada, 3-1. The bronze medals went to Puerto Rico following a 2-1 defeat to the Canadians, who, as a result, advanced to meet Team USA. The event served as the Americas qualifier for the ISF IX Jr. Women’s World Championship (19-and-under) which will take place next year in Cape Town, South Africa (December 6-17, 2011). Joining USA, Canada, and Puerto Rico at that tournament will be Brazil and Argentina. Previously the Asian and European teams had been determined through qualifiers.

YOUTH WORLD CUP

The ISF is continuing efforts toward the Youth World Cup, to be held December 30-January 7 at its world headquarters in Plant City, Florida.

Teams are still being accepted (contact lgouthro@ISFsoftball.org) for the girls (age) 16-and-under fast pitch tournament. Last year the event was held in the Czech Republic. The ISF has approximately 40 slots filled already in a tournament that is hoped to be twice that size.

For details on the event, go to the ISF homepage (www.ISFsoftball.org) and click on the tournament name, which is accompanied by a countdown to the first pitch.

KAREN JOHNS

Has launched a new website for Arbonne products.  Her link:

http://kjsanchelli.myarbonne.com

Karen Sanchelli Johns

662-323-5966

GRADUATE ASSISTANT OR VOLUNTEER NEEDED

Currently looking to fill 2nd asst coach position. Graduate assistant or volunteer position.

Kevin BlaskowskiHead Softball Coach West Texas A&M University806-290-8230 kblaskowski@wtamu.edu

REDNECKS

Stayed up until 2am last night watching BillyRay Cyrus’ documentary, “Hillbillies” on the History channel.  Learned a lot about the people of Appalachia – the moonshiners who founded NASCAR, and built TVA’s Fontana Dam, their music, the old time religion which worshipped rattlesnakes, and about the men and boys who went down in the coal mines.  There was an epic battle of Blair Mountain between union miners and anti-union forces.  The northern union miners walked the 80 miles south to Mingo County West Virginia wearing red neckerchiefs, and thus became known as “red necks.” Knew you would want to know.  RFH

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