9-11-10 September 11 Update



A series of photographs appear on www.spysoftball.org: No One Wins a War


Tia Meza Named Northridge Softball Assistant Coach

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – A former All-American and member of Team USA, Tia Meza has been named an assistant coach on the Cal State Northridge softball program, head coach Tairia Flowers announced. Meza, formerly Tia Bollinger, will work with the Matador pitchers, help with recruiting and serve other administrative responsibilities.

“I am truly excited to add someone of Tia’s character and experience to our program,” Flowers said. “She brings a passion and knowledge of the game that will help the Matadors continue to succeed.”

A four-year member of the University of Washington softball program, Meza was a two-time All-American and three-time All-Pac 10 selection while with the Huskies. She helped lead UW to two NCAA World Series appearances and also ranks among the school’s career leaders in wins, innings pitched, ERA, saves and strikeouts.

She also served as a member of USA National Softball Team in 2001-02, helping the Americans to a victory at the Pan AM Qualifiers in Venezuela.

Most recently, Meza served as the Associate Athletics Director and Director of Softball at JSerra Catholic High School since 2008. At the school, Meza handled compliance issues and fundraising in addition to serving as the head coach of the varsity team.

Meza also spent a season as an assistant coach with LMU during the 2005 season, helping them to their first postseason appearance in school history.

Meza has also worked for Lehman Brothers as a loan administrator and for the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. Originally from Newport Beach, Meza attended Mater Dei High School and was the 2000 Gatorade National Player of the Year.

Meza graduated from Washington in 2004 with a degree in Communications. She is married to Dane Meza and the couple has two children, daughter Riley and son Vince.

Cindy Ball Joins Huskies Staff

Cindy Ball was an All-American pitcher at the University of the Pacific, where she played for Coach Tarr.

Sept. 2, 2010

SEATTLE – Head softball coach Heather Tarr announced the newest addition to her coaching staff as Cindy Ball is a new assistant coach for the Huskies. Tarr and Ball are not strangers, as Tarr coached Ball for four seasons at Pacific.
“It’s an honor for me to have the opportunity to work with someone like Cindy,” said Tarr. “I can’t wait to see her in action with our staff and our team. She has so much to offer. She will add to our offensive production and collaborate with Coach Glasoe to help develop our pitching staff.” Ball is a 1998 graduate of Camarillo High School in Camarillo, Calif. Out of high school, she played collegiate ball at the University of the Pacific (1999-2002) where she was a two-time NFCA All-American and the Two-Time Big West Pitcher of the Year. She finished her career as the leader in innings pitched (883.1), wins (91), saves (10), strikeouts (761) and shutouts (46). She also broke season records in wins (33), saves (6), shutouts (18) and RBI’s (46).

She continued her playing career after her collegiate years were over by playing professionally in Italy in 2002, leading Team Bussolengo to the playoffs. Ball led that team in batting average, home runs and ERA.

In 2004, Ball returned to Stockton, Calif., to play in the National Pro Fastpitch League with the Stockton-Sacramento Sunbirds. From 2008-10 she participated in the Canada Cup where she was an All-Star in 2008 and as a designated player hit .600.

From 2002-06, Ball was an assistant at her Alma Mater. At UOP she was the pitching coach while helping scout, assist with practice plans, monitor students academics and promoting and organizing camps.

After UOP, Ball took a one-year stint as head coach at Modesto Junior College in Modesto, Calif., where she led the team to a 16 game improvement from the previous season and a Regional Championship.


Every day now the ISF is seeing more excitement around the Easton Foundation Youth World Cup. The girls’ (age) 16-and-under fast pitch tournament is now 112 days away. Aside from the large number of domestic teams expected, the ISF has already received entry forms from teams from the Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Guatemala, the Netherlands Antilles, Puerto Rico, and Russia. The event will take place December 30-January 7 at the ISF’s world headquarters complex in Plant City, Florida. (ISF press release)

Paris Imholz (P/OF) of the Bears 18Gold team has committed this past week end to Bowling Green State University. Paris attends Antioch High School in Antioch, CA , class of 2011.

Maggie Betz, 2011 3B,C,1B
Ashburn Shooting Stars Gold has verballed to The University of Hartford Hawks

Mosquito Squad Fastpitch Club
coach: Mark Lewis 206-818-4130 mlewis7@u.washington.edu

Hannah Brennan
3B, 2B, OF GPA 4.0 SAT 1990

Mikayla Dwyer
3B, 2B, 1B GPA 3.6 SAT 1350

Samantha McDonell
P, 1B GPA 3.5 SAT 1132

Brittany Parkhurst
OF GPA 3.3

Cassie Herrera formerly with Valley Breeze Gold is now with the Firecracker Organization. Cassie is a utlity player that can pitch and hit. At premier going into bracket play was hitting.500. Her SAT is 1410 and retaking in October. Her GPA 3.67
casssie16@yahoo.com 661-600-8257


SPY has published a list of the participating colleges, with dates.

In response to readers questions: Do not expect every NPF star to make each stop. For example, Jennie Finch is committed to just one event: the game against her alma mater, the University of Arizona. The players are given a per diem and stipend to play, the players are mostly from the Pride and have this in their contracts as part of their “employment” — the players from other teams will get the per diem and stipend based on a per game and day basis.

Readers are urged to attend these games. SPY and others have long contended that NPF needs exposure outside its four home cities, and these games against top college teams could be a real boon to the sport.


BaseballSoftballUK Seeks Board Directors

BaseballSoftballUK is seeking Independent Directors for its Board, a voluntary position with a remit to help form and influence the strategic direction of the organisation in the 2009-2013 funding cycle and beyond.

BaseballSoftballUK (BSUK) is a joint venture between the British Baseball Federation (BBF) and the British Softball Federation (BSF) established to promote the development of softball and baseball in the UK. The Board is composed of three nominees from each national governing body and six jointly-appointed Independent Directors (including the Chair).

It could be said that 2007 was the year in which BaseballSoftballUK “found its mission”. The incorporation of BSUK, extra funding from Sport England and the new-found clarity of role separation between BSUK and the two national governing bodies have allowed BSUK to focus on its central development role. BSUK’s vision is for baseball and softball “to become the nation’s summer sport for all, run locally and played across the UK”.

As a growing sports development business with a need to generate increased commercial income to supplement grant funding, BaseballSoftballUK is seeking Directors with experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Income generation and fundraising.
  • Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.
  • Equality and diversity.
  • Commercial relationship management.
  • Legal.
  • Marketing.

The key duties and tasks will be to:

  • Carry out duties in the best interests of the Board.
  • Attend Board meetings, including sub-committee or working group meetings where relevant.
  • Act as an advocate of BaseballSoftballUK to both the voluntary and professional elements of the sport.
  • Ensure sound governance by personal and collective actions.

The key competencies are:

  • A high level of objectivity and independent judgment.
  • A high level of integrity and probity.
  • Ability to think and act strategically.
  • An understanding of finance management.
  • An ability to work in partnership.
  • A commitment to equity and equal opportunities.
  • Experience as a director of a company.
  • Ability to communicate concisely and effectively.
  • An enthusiasm for the sports of baseball and softball.

Any person possessing the necessary and appropriate experience in the key competencies associated with being a director of the BSUK Board is eligible to be nominated or apply for the position, provided they:

  • Meet the requirements of a directorship under the Companies Act 1985.
  • Are not excluded for any reason from holding a directorship.
  • Do not possess a criminal record inappropriate for the position within the sports.
  • Have not previously been removed from the position of director within sport, or been dismissed from any other NGB or related body.


Download the application from and submit to Jason Greenberg by email (jobs@bsukmail.com), or post to:

Jason Greenberg

5th Floor
74A Charlotte Street


The film clips and stills brought back a lot of memories. SPY has an ode to the Westerns in the works for the inaugural edition of the revived SpySoftballMagazine.

You’ll love this! It takes a little time to load but is absolutely one of the best. Enjoy!
In case it doesn’t load when you click on the bottom line here, go to: http://oldfortyfives.com:80/thoseoldwesterns.htm

One look at this film clip and you’ll be young and old all over again.


Ever wonder just who all those minor characters were who populated western after western with few lines and a familiar face. Well, the clip has pictures and names — so after 50 or so years — say “Howdy” to some of those general store, saloon keeper, blacksmith mini-heroes from your youth.

Just click on Those Old Westerns and enjoy

Those Old Westerns

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