8-5-10 August 5 Update

AUGUST 5 2010 UPDATE

MARYLAND HIRES TINCHER AS PITCHING COACH
Aug. 4, 2010

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland softball head coach Laura Watten announced the hiring of former USA Softball Player of the Year Angela Tincher as a new assistant coach Wednesday. Tincher, the 2008 USA Softball Player of the Year and three-time ACC Player of the Year, will work with the Terrapin pitching staff.

“I am very excited to be adding Angela to our coaching staff. Not only has she proven to be one of the best pitchers in softball on all levels of the game, she is also an excellent teacher and instructor,” Watten said.

Most recently, Tincher spent the 2009 season working with Syracuse’s pitching staff. She helped lead the Orange to a Big East title and an appearance in NCAA Regionals.

“I’m really excited to get back to the ACC, which is where I played and the league I am familiar with,” Tincher said. “I am excited to work with Maryland’s pitchers, both returning and incoming, especially after seeing them in NCAA Regionals in May. This is a great staff to work with and it’s exciting to be at such a great school.”

A 2008 graduate of Virginia Tech, Tincher led the Hokies to their first-ever College World Series appearance in 2008 and was the recipient of the Lowe’s Senior Class award. She was twice named a First Team All-American. During her senior season, she recorded a no-hitter against the USA Olympic Softball team, which ended Team USA’s 185-game pre-Olympic win streak.

She was a 2008 finalist for the ESPY award honoring the College Female Athlete of the Year and one of five finalists for the Honda-Broderick Cup, which is awarded to the NCAA’s top female athlete. She won a gold medal at the 2006 World University Games in Taiwan.

In her years as a Hokie, she compiled a 123-35 record and carried an ERA of 0.78. She ranks third in the NCAA record books with 2,149 career strikeouts, including 120 double-digit strikeout appearances. Tincher threw 14 no-hitters – including a pair of perfect games.  Upon graduation, she was drafted in the first round by the National Pro Fastpitch’s Akron Racers. She also plays for Leopalace 21 of the Japan Professional League.  Tincher also pitched for the USA Women’s National Team  Futures.

The Terp release did not mention a new post for Courtney Scott, asst coach last year. who has become assistant coach at Louisville.

COMMITMENTS
Danielle Richard top 2011 recruit from Priceville, Al commits to University of Alabama. Danielle lead the state in homeruns in 2010 with 23.

Central Connecticut State commitments
Kathryn Malcom-CT Eliminators Gold
Alyssa McCoart-RI Thunder Elite
Ashley Black-Newtown Rock Gold
Laura Messina-Newtown Rock Elite

NATIONAL PRO FASTPICH

Racers Host Bandits in Final Homestand of Season
First Place Chicago Bandits Face Akron, August 6-8

AKRON, Ohio (August 5, 2010) – For the second time this season the National Pro Fastpitch’s top two teams will square off at Firestone Stadium as the Akron Racers host the first place Chicago Bandits in the final homestand of the 2010 campaign. The two will do battle for the sixth time this season, August 6-8 before the Racers begin a three-week road swing to end the year, culminating with the 2010 NPF Championship Series in Sulphur, La.

Racer Nation Roundup

The Racers took three out of four games against the Tennessee Diamonds to climb back into second place in the NPF standings. Akron earned a 2-1 victory in the series opener before claiming a 9-8 walk-off win in game two. Game three was no less dramatic as the Racers rallied to defeat the visitors 6-5. In Sunday’s doubleheader, Akron picked up the 3-2 extra-inning win before falling 10-3 in the series finale.

Lisa Norris (12-3) continued to strengthen her case for pitcher of the year last week, with a pair of impressive games, going up against Olympian Monica Abbott and twice coming out victorious. Norris, who leads the league with 12 wins, now ranks second with 105 strikeouts and ranks third with a 1.90 ERA. Jamee Juarez (6-8) now ranks fourth in the league with six wins and 73 strikeouts.

Offensively, Lisa Modglin (.274, 32 hits, 17 RBI) leads the team with 32 hits, 25 runs scored and is second on the team with 17 RBI after an impressive series against Tennessee. Two-time Olympic gold medalist Crystl Bustos (.315, 23 hits, nine RBI) owns the team’s best batting average with a .315 clip and has also picked up a team-high 14 walks since returning to play. Bustos has patrolled the outfield in both left and right this season, proving her bat isn’t the only vital piece of her game with some key defensive plays for the Racers. Sam Ricketts (.237, 23 hits, 18 RBI) still leads the team with 18 RBI and has also made a defensive transition now catching in addition to playing first base. Collectively, Akron enters the series with a .244 batting average and .309 on base percentage with 240 hits and 116 runs batted in which rank second and third respectively among the four teams.

A Quick Look at The Chicago Bandits

Arguably the league’s hottest team entering the series, the Bandits are winners of seven out of their last 10 games, four of which game against the USSSA Pride, adorned with several current and former members of the US National team. Chicago took the last four games of the series and narrowly missed sweeping the Pride, who thwarted a late Bandit comeback in game one to hang on for a 4-3 win.

The Bandits stack up nicely on both sides of the ball as the team enters with the highest team batting average (.270) and lowest team ERA (2.69). Three of the league’s top batters don the orange and black as Stacy May, Rachel Folden and Samantha Findlay interchangeably rank in the top three hitters in the league in batting average, hits, home runs and RBI.

May (.345, 41 hits, 24 RBI) leads the league and team with hits (41), home runs (11), batting average (.345) and is tied for the league with 24 RBI. Folden (.327, 32 hits, 23 RBI) is tied for the league lead with 24 RBI and ranks third with eight homers and a .327 batting average. Findlay (.286, 30 hits, 23 RBI) meanwhile is second with 10 home runs and 23 RBI.

In the circle Kristina Thorson (8-3) leads the team with wins which also rank third in the league while Jennie Finch, Jessica Sallinger and Nikki Nemitz each have five wins this season. Finch holds the second-lowest ERA in the league (1.00).

The Racers close out the regular season with road stints at the Tennessee Diamonds (Aug. 12-15) and USSSA Pride (Aug. 19-22) prior to heading to Sulphur, La. for playoffs (Aug. 26-29).

USSSA Florida Pride Take Game One Against Tennessee Diamonds

Kissimmee, Fla. – After two series at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, the USSSA Florida Pride took to the field at the UCF Softball Complex to take on the Tennessee Diamonds in the season’s final series between the two teams before the NPF Championship Finals. In what remained a close contest throughout the evening, the Pride came away victorious in a 2-1 win.

Sarah Pauly started in the circle against Monica Abbott and took the win, allowing only one run on three hits and striking out five. Abbott shouldered the loss for the Diamonds, allowing two runs on three hits, also striking out five over the course of the game.

The Pride struck first in tonight’s contest, when Jessica Mendoza ripped a two-run home run past the center field wall in the bottom of the first, bringing in herself and Kelly Kretschman who had previously reached on a walk. The inning closed on a foul-out from Charlotte Morgan.

Chelsea Spencer responded for the Diamonds when she led-off the fourth inning with a solo home-run on the first pitch issued by Pauly. A double from Megan Gibson put the visiting team in position to score again but two quick outs from Chelsie Mesa and Loryn Johnson retired the side.

Throughout the final three innings, each team only recorded one additional hit; a single from Lauren Lappin in the bottom of the fifth for the Pride and a double from Gibson in the top of the seventh, but the Diamonds were unable to come back from the deficit.

The two teams take to the field again tomorrow night for game two of the five game series at the UCF Softball Complex. The game is slated to begin at 7:05 pm.

JUNIOR WORLD QUALIFIER
The 17-member USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team begins competing August 6 for the III Pan American Softball Championship (18-Under) in Bogota, Colombia, where they will attempt to qualify for the 2011 International Softball Federation (ISF) IX Junior Women’s World Championship (19-Under), December 6-17, 2011, in Cape Town, South Africa. The qualifier, August 6-15, marks the first international competition for all 17 members of Team USA.

The athletes selected hail from seven states: Arizona, California, Florida, Ohio, Oregon, Maryland and New Mexico. Among the schools members of the Junior Women’s National Team plan to attend are Arizona, Arizona State, California, Florida, Oklahoma, South Florida, Tennessee, UCLA and Washington.

2010-11 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team Roster
Ally Carda (Elk Grove, Calif./California Lady Magic)
Lauren Chamberlain (Trabuco Canyon, Calif./California Worth Firecrackers 18-Under Gold)
Cheyenne Cordes (Fairfield, Calif./California Lady Magic)
Dallas Escobedo (Glendale, Ariz./Arizona Hotshots Gold)
Amber Freeman (Lakewood, Calif./Corona Angels 18-Under Gold-Tyson)
Erin Gabriel (Poland, Ohio/Valley Extreme Blue)
Chelsea Goodacre (Temecula, Calif./California Fury)
Lauren Haeger (Peoria, Ariz./ Arizona Hotshots Gold)
Kylee Lahners (Laguna Hills, Calif./ California Worth Firecrackers 18-Under Gold)
Destinee Martinez (Corona, Calif./ Corona Angels 18-Under Gold-Tyson)
Shelby Pendley (Albuquerque, N.M./New Mexico Sundancers)
Kourtney Salvarola (Arnold, Md./Wagners)
Madison Shipman (Valencia, Calif./So Cal Choppers)
Cheyanne Tarango (Anaheim Hills, Calif./ California Worth Firecrackers 18-Under Gold)
Nyree White (Eugene, Ore./ California Worth Firecrackers 18-Under Gold)
Hallie Wilson (North Tustin, Calif./ California Worth Firecrackers 18-Under Gold)
Chelsea Zgrabik (Nokomis, Fla./Florida Tropic Wave-Morgan)

The athletes were selected for the team by the five-member USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC) based on performances at the 2010-11 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team Selection Camp, June 10-12, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.

Karen Johns (Starkville, Miss.) is the team’s head coach. Suzy Brazney (Huntington Beach, Calif./head coach Golden West College), Stacy Iveson (Prescott, Ariz./head coach Yavapai College) and Pat Murphy (Northport, Ala./head coach Alabama) will join Johns in Colombia as assistant coaches. Joe Salvatore (Monroe Township, N.J./coach New Jersey Breakers) is the volunteer assistant coach for the Junior Women’s National Team.

THREE QUALIFY FOR ISF CHAMPIONSHIP
This past Saturday in Vienna, Austria, the XI European Junior Girls Championship concluded. Played over seven days, the event consisted of 15 national teams. The top three finishers (in order) were Italy, Germany, and Russia, giving that trio the three European berths in next year’s ISF IX Jr. Women’s World Championship. The (age) 19-and-under fast pitch tournament will take place from December 6-17, 2011, in Cape Town, South Africa. The other participants (in order of finish) in last week’s European event were: Czech Republic, Netherlands, Slovakia, Spain, France, Great Britain, Belgium, Romania, Croatia, Israel, Serbia, and Austria. The tournament website remains online at http://www.softball2010.at/index.php?id=45. The qualifier for the Americas gets underway Friday in Colombia.

VENEZUELAN WOMEN WIN GOLD
Like their men’s team, Venezuela’s national women’s softball team members are 2010 Central American & Caribbean Games gold medalists. A 2-0 victory in the title game last Friday over the Dominican Republic gave them a perfect 8-0 won-lost record at the multisport event in Puerto Rico. The Dominicans had defeated Guatemala earlier that afternoon, 4-1, to move on to the gold medal game. The host team, Puerto Rico, finished fourth, followed by Mexico, the Netherlands Antilles, and El Salvador.

DANIELLE HENDERSON JOINS BUCKEYE STAFF

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Danielle Henderson, Olympic gold medalist and a three-time collegiate All-American, has been named assistant coach, Ohio State softball head coach Linda Kalafatis announced Thursday.  Henderson, the 1999 Honda Award winner, given to the nation’s top softball player, from the University of Massachusetts (1996-99) completes the staff of Kalafatis and former Nebraska All-American Ali Viola.

Henderson, who has instructed individual and group pitching lessons the past six years after four years as an assistant coach at her alma mater (2000-03), brings the experience of facing the best talent from around the world and knowledge of the art of pitching to Ohio State.

“I’m excited to return to college coaching and join a strong Ohio State program that has been very successful,” Henderson said. “There is a ton of support for the athletics department and university and I’m looking forward to joining the Buckeye family. Ohio State and the city of Columbus are very supportive of their sports and I’m thrilled to be back in NCAA softball as a Buckeye.”

A member of the gold medal-winning 2000 U.S. Olympic softball team in Sydney and 2001 Women’s Pro Softball League Gold team, Henderson brings valuable pitching expertise few coaches have in the country.

Henderson is considered one of the most decorated athletes UMass has ever produced, rewriting the softball record book in her four seasons on the mound. A four-time All-Atlantic 10 selection and a four-time A-10 Tournament Most Outstanding player, Henderson finished her career second all-time on the NCAA’s strikeout list with 1,343 in her four-year career. She was also the nation’s leader in strikeouts per seven innings in both 1998 and 1999.

Henderson, a native of Commack, N.Y., currently ranks first in the UMass record books in 14 career and individual statistics. In her career, Henderson is first in ERA (0.70), shutouts (72), strikeouts (1,343; 13th in NCAA history), no-hitters (14) and tied for perfect games with three. In a season, Henderson is first in ERA (0.39), shutouts (23), strikeouts (465), strikeouts in seven-inning game (18; three times), consecutive strikeouts (12), consecutive wins (26), consecutive shutouts (11), consecutive scoreless innings (105; NCAA record) and is tied for first in appearances (49).

After earning her bachelor’s degree in sport management in the spring of 1999, Henderson competed as part of the U.S. National Team that captured the gold medal at the Pan American Games and the Canada Cup.

As a player, coach and instructor, Henderson has accumulated several other impressive accomplishments and experiences:

  • Was the first player at UMass to have jersey retired (2001)
  • Inducted into the New England Women’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2002
  • Inducted into the UMass Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009
  • Was a member of the National Pro Fastpitch with Arizona Heat (2004) and New England Riptide (2005-07), winning a national championship and representing all-star team
  • Pitching consultant for local collegiate programs, including Adelphi University (2007-08)

“While she’s been out of college softball for a few years as a private instructor, Danielle has followed it closely. She told me she realized she missed the excitement of the game and the intense competition it brings,” Kalafatis said. “I believe her time as a private instructor has only strengthened her ability to work and teach the art of pitching and we’re excited to call her a Buckeye now. With Ali Viola and Danielle Henderson, I am proud to have two of the best to have ever played softball on staff here at Ohio State.”

Henderson has been a personal softball instructor in New York since 2004. She organized and marketed camps and clinics for all age groups and skill levels. As an assistant at UMass, Henderson created daily training programs for pitchers and team conditioning, recruited potential student-athletes, performed daily office tasks and supervised academic performance of student-athletes.

The 2011 pitching staff will be headlined by 2010 Big Ten Freshman of the Year Melanie Nichols, while rising senior Karisa Medrano and red-shirt freshman Kasie Kelly  also return for Ohio State. The Buckeyes report to fall practice Sept. 14 before hosting the 10th-annual Ohio Collegiate Charity Classic Oct. 2-3 for the Stephanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research. 

 

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