8-31-10 August 31 Update

August 31 2010 UPDATE


BLACKSBURG, Va. — Corey Moore, the most honored football player in Virginia Tech history, is one of five new members selected for induction to the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame.

Joining Moore as 2010 inductees are:

  • Gene Bunn, a ball-hawking defensive back of the 1970s who set a Tech career pass interception record that still stands today.
  • Michelle Meadows, a record-setting softball player who excelled on the diamond and in the classroom during a stellar four-year career.
  • Laurie Shiflet Hackbirth, the first female tennis player in Tech history to finish a season with regional and national rankings in singles.
  • The late Duke Thorpe, a jumping-jack basketball forward of the mid-70s whose relentless play helped him etch his name into the Tech record book.

The five new honorees will be inducted at a Hall of Fame dinner on the Tech campus on Friday, Oct. 22, the evening before Tech’s home football game against Duke University. Each of the living inductees and families of all of the inductees will be introduced to fans at halftime of the football game.


Fran D’Amato, NJ Pride 18A.  SS,3rd,2nd.  Athletic, good hitter.  horohonich@aol.com.

2011 OF Slapper with 2.7-2.8 speed & very Strong Arm
PLAYERS NAME: Darrian Williams
Positions: Center field, Left field, Right field
GPA: 4.17  ACT:19
Throws (R/L):Right  Bats (R/L/Switch): Left
Gold Team: Tulsa Elite Gold (Just made the team at recent tryouts; very strong OF)
Gold Contact: Jeff Filali  Phone: 918-951-7142  Email:  tulsaelitegold@yahoo.com
Team: 6A Sand Springs Lady Sandites (OKLA)
Player’s Cell #: 918-948-4547

San Diego Legacy – Ken Weimer (kweimer@legacysoftball.com 805-338-4634)
Morgan Allaband – P – mallaband@legacysoftball.com
Anderson – 1B – sanderson@legacysoftball.com
Clemente – OF – aclemente@legacysoftball.com
Johnson – 3B – jjohnson@legacysoftball.com
Jones – P/OF – mjones@legacysoftball.com
Madruga – 2B/OF – dmadruga@legacysoftball.com
Miranda – OF – lmiranda@legacysoftball.com
Tjaden – P – jtjaden@legacysoftball.com
Wartner – C/1B – kwartner@legacysoftball.com

October 16 – 17, 2010
Over 300 college coaches have been invited, representing NCAA Division I,
II, & III, NAIA, and Junior College programs.
Entry fee $565.00 Must be received by September 15, 2010
register @ www.galaxystarsevents.com

Virginia Beach, Virginia
Format: Five pool games over Saturday and Sunday!”
5 GAME GUARANTEE!!! (weather permitting)


The logo for the ISF Youth World Cup has been revealed (below). The mark will be used in conjunction with the (age) 16-and-under girls’ fast pitch tournament that will take place at the ISF’s world headquarters complex in Plant City, Florida (USA) from December 30-January 7. More information on the event is available on the ISF website.








Katie Raile – 3B/UT – Team FLA Gold – Morehead State University
Tamara Vermeulen Gold Coast Hurricanes Verbal LSU


Lindsi Glenn (2011, LHP), verballed to Midwestern State University, Div. II Lonestar Conference

Fresno Force Gold

Darcy Schueler, 2011, C, to Eastern Kentucky University

Kelsey Dodd, 2011, C/1st, to New Mexico State University


STARKVILLE, Miss. – The National Fastpitch Coaches Association and Diamond Sports have announced the ten student-athletes who are the recipients of the 2010 Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year award.

The Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year award is presented annually to the top catcher 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. The winners of the 2010 Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year award are as follows:

NCAA Division I
Chelsea Bramlett, Mississippi State University
With her selection this season, Bramlett has now won the last three Diamond Catcher of the Year awards. She ended her record-breaking career as Bulldog by batting .536 on the year, the second-highest average in all of Division I. In addition to throwing out a career-high 21 base stealers in 2010, the four-time Louisville Slugger NFCA First Team All-American also stole a NCAA-leading 61 bases. For her work on the base paths this season she earned the 2010 adidas Golden Shoe, marking the second straight year she has won both the adidas Golden Shoe and Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year awards

NCAA Division II
Alyssa Shirey, Valdosta State University
Shirey helped guide the Blazers all the way to the National Championship game this season by hitting .432 and finished the year with one of the best slugging percentages in all of Division II at 0.814. Behind the plate, she threw out nine of 26 base runners, while in front of the plate she hit 20 home runs, the fourth most in Division II.

NCAA Division III
Tiffany Kruse, Luther College
Kruse started all 49 games for the Norse in 2010 and helped guide them to 42-7 record and a National Championship appearance. Kruse was an offensive force for Luther this season, leading the team in RBIs, home runs and stolen bases with 58, 18 and 14, respectively. Her 18 home runs was not only a school single-season record, but it was also the third most in all of Division III. Behind the plate, Kruse was equally as dangerous, throwing out nine of 23 would-be base stealers.

Brittney Fisher, Bethel College (Ind.)
Fisher helped lead the Pilots to the school’s first-ever NAIA quarterfinal appearance this season by batting .404 on the year. By blasting 11 home runs, Fisher finished the season ranked 39th amongst all NAIA players. As a catcher, she played a key part in the Pilots’ deep run into the national tournament by throwing out 11 of 20 runners in 2010.

NJCAA Division I
Cyd Allen, Salt Lake Community College
Allen helped lead the Bruins to a top six finish at the national tournament by going 90-for-173 on the year for an astounding batting average of .520, the fourth best in NJCAA Division I. She also drove in a division leading 91 runs, while hitting for extra bases 33 times. On the field, Allen committed just four errors in 428 chances for Salt Lake, in addition to throwing out 12 of 27 base stealers.

NJCAA Division II
Ashley Heiberger, Iowa Lakes Community College
Heiberger was a major factor in the Lakers’ third place national finish in 2010, due in large part to her 39 extra base hits, 53 stolen bases and NJCAA Division II leading 101 RBIs. Behind the plate this season, Heiberger committed only four errors on 472 chances for a fielding percentage of .992, ranking her in the top 20 nationally.

NJCAA Division III
Val Karas, Joliet Junior College
Karas hit .396 the season for the Lady Wolves with 57 RBIs, 42 runs, 13 home runs and 13 doubles. She also played a key role as catcher and helped lead Joliet to third place at the Region IV tournament.

Cal JC
Adriana Perez, Antelope Valley College
Perez was the top hitter in Cal JC this season with a batting average of .575 to go along with 15 home runs and 58 RBIs. As catcher, Perez helped lead the Marauders to the state tournament and a sixth-straight Foothills Conference crown by committing just three errors in 209 chances and throwing out 16 of 29 base runners from behind the dish.

Shaila Rivers, Walla Walla Community College
Rivers helped lead the Warriors to a league tournament berth this season by coming up big at the plate with a .417 batting average to go along with 15 doubles and 33 RBIs.

High School
Sarah Mooney, North Mecklenburg High School (N.C.)
Mooney was an integral component of the Viking’s state tournament run this year, hitting an astounding .605 for the season while driving in 40 runs and scoring 42 of her own. The James Madison commitment also showed power from the plate in 2010 by hitting 27 extra-base hits, including 10 home runs, for a slugging percentage of 1.222. From behind the plate, Mooney was nearly flawless, throwing out 15 of 30 base runners and ending the year with no errors in 209 chances.


A reader requested a definition; Wikipedia provided the following:

can of corn
An easily-caught fly ball. Supposedly comes from a general store clerk reaching up and dropping a can from a high shelf. Frequently used by Chicago White Sox broadcaster Ken “The Hawk” Harrelson. Also, a phrase used in the expression of mild excitement, general agreement or indication from one person to another that completion of said task is in order.


This August has 5 Sundays, 5 Mondays, 5 Tuesdays, all in one month. It happens once in 823 years.
I’ll probably miss it next time!



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