6-25-2016 ASA 18U Hall of Fame Qualifier

ASA Hall of Fame Qualifier

ASA Hall of Fame Complex welcomes 16 teams for 18-Under Hall of Fame Qualifier

OKLAHOMA CITY – The ASA Hall of Fame Complex – OGE Energy Field – INTEGRIS Field will play host to the ASA/USA Softball Girls’ 18-Under (18U) Hall of Fame Qualifier June 25-27, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball announced today. A total of 16 teams will compete in a triple-elimination bracket over the span of three days.

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The 18U tournament will kick off on Saturday, June 25 at 9 a.m. CT and continue through Monday with the Championship Game on OGE Energy Field at 1:00 p.m. CT with the “if-necessary” game to follow scheduled for 3:00 p.m. CT.

Participating teams this weekend include Windy City Ice Blue, Gametime Stars Prieto/Millus, Aloha Breeze-Combs, Tucson Scramblers, Centex Buzz Waller, Oklahoma Exclusive-Schmidt, Oklahoma Diamond Girls, Tulsa Elite, Texas Blaze Kirk, Team Power 97, Stealth Fastpitch – Snyder, Oregon City Nightmare, 98 Black Widows, Michigan Lookouts, Easton Softball and Oklahoma Ultimate.

Daily admission for the 18U Hall of Fame Stadium National Qualifier tournament is $7 for adults and $5 for youth and senior citizens. Fans will also have the option to purchase a three-day tournament pass for $19 on the first day of the tournament. The Hall of Fame Museum and gift shop will be open for fans attending the tournament. Hours of operation Monday through Friday are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT, while Saturday’s hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CT.

Fans that cannot make the trip to Oklahoma City can watch their favorite team play as ASA/USA Softball will be offering free live streaming and stats at ASAUSASoftball.com.

6-25-2016 NPF Roundup

June 25 NPF Roundup

Hawkins and Offense Lead the Charge to Victory
San Antonio, TX (June 24, 2016) – The Dallas Charge scored nine runs in their first at bat and rookie Cheridan Hawkins got her first NPF win, tossing a two-hit shutout in route to a 10-0 victory over the Chicago Bandits Friday night at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX. The win stops the Charge’s 10-game league losing skid.

Hawkins was extremely efficient for the Charge, throwing just 73 pitches in seven innings of work, 51 for strikes. The Oregon alum faced only two hitters over the minimum. She walked one and struck out five. It was the 2016 PAC-12 Pitcher of the Year’s first NPF win in the circle.

Charge shortstop Renada Davis and catcher Kaylyn Castillo each homered in the effort. Dallas racked up 10 hits in total. Six of the 10 runs were scored off Bandit’s starter Lacey Waldrop, who lasted just one-third of an inning. Tatum Edwards relieved Waldrop with one out in the bottom of the first. Edwards would go the rest of the way for the Bandits.

Eight different Charge batters reached via a hit. Both Davis and Castillo tallied two hits a piece. Castillo drove in three. Davis and Lauren Haeger both knocked in two.

The Charge sent 13 hitters to the plate in the bottom of the first, giving themselves an insurmountable 9-0 lead. Dallas added one more in the second on a walk and two singles to push the lead to 10 and end the scoring.

The Charge improved to 5-11. Chicago dropped to 9-9. The two teams will face off again Saturday night at St. Mary’s to conclude the two-game set.
LOCATION: The Ballfields at Craig Ranch, McKinney, TX 75070
FINAL SCORE: Charge 10, Bandits 0
RECORDS: Charge (5-11), Bandits (9-9)

USSSA Pride Outlast Rebellion in Extra Innings

Allentown, PA (June 24, 2016) – Over 3,700 fans packed Coca-Cola Park Friday to watch the Pennsylvania Rebellion and the USSSA Pride play the second game in as many nights from Allentown, PA. It took extras, but the Pride outlasted the Rebellion, 4-3, in 8 innings to sweep the two-game series.

The Pride wasted no time jumping out in front when Shortstop Shelby Pendley hammered her 4th homer of the season in the top of the 1st. The solo shot gave the Pride a 1-0 lead.

The Rebellion responded immediately in the bottom of the 1st inning on a two-out RBI single from Rookie Right Fielder Lexie Elkins, and the game was tied at 1-1.

The Pride came right back in the top of the 2nd with another solo shot, this time off the bat of the Designated Player Lauren Chamberlain. Her first home run of the season regained the lead for the USSSA, 2-1.

The Pride would add to the advantage in the top of the 3rd. Rookie Second Baseman Sierra Romero singled home Right Fielder Kelly Kretschman, who stole 2nd to get into scoring position, and the score was 3-1 Pride.

The Rebellion battled back once again in the bottom of the 3rd. After Second Baseman Kayla Winkfield and Third Baseman Stacey Porter reached consecutively from errors by Sierra Romero at 2nd to start the inning, the Rebellion were in business. A fielder’s choice from First Baseman Alisa Goler scored the first run of the inning. It was followed by an RBI groundout by Catcher Kristyn Sandberg a few batters later, and the game was knotted at 3-3.

The Pride threatened in the 5th and were able to load the bases with only one out. Rebellion Pitcher Emily Weiman danced out of trouble, though, by getting Missy Taukeiaho to ground one right back to the circle, which started an inning-ending 1-2-3 double play.

A few minor scoring threats the rest of the way were not enough to decide anything and the game went to extra innings.

In the top of the 8th, Left Fielder Kirsti Merritt was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. She advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, and came across to score the go-ahead run when First Baseman Hallie Wilson singled to center field. For the game-winning RBI, Hallie Wilson was named the Powerhandz Player of the game.

Pride Pitcher Jordan Taylor entered in the 8th and set down the Rebellion in order to pick up the save, and finished off the victory for USSSA.

The PA Rebellion (7-13) will have a few days off before hitting the road on Tuesday for a pair of games in Ohio with the Akron Racers. For the USSSA Pride (10-3), they are back in action tomorrow evening in Akron against the Racers. As always you can catch all the action on NPFTV at profastpitch.com.

SY Dawgs Take Game Three Against Chicago Bandits
The Woodlands, TX (June 23, 2016) – The Dawgs took on the Chicago Bandits for the final game of the series.

Monica Abbott and Sara Moulton battled it out in the circle for three innings, with both teams remaining scoreless until the Dawgs scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Emily Crane led it off with a walk and Britt Vonk beat the throw to first to put two Dawgs on base. Emilee Koerner followed with a sac bunt to move the runners into scoring position. Moulton intentionally walked Nerissa Myers to load the bases and bring up Christian Stokes. A passed ball went by Bandits catcher Kellsi Kloss, to score the first run for the Dawgs (0-1). Stokes laid down the second sac bunt of the inning and scored Vonk and then Taylore Fuller had the third sac bunt of the inning to score Myers (0-3).

The rally continued in the fifth inning with Breja’e Washington beating out the throw from second base and Amanda Fama reaching base on a fielder’s choice. Crane followed with a triple to left center to bring in Washington and Fama to put two more runs on the board for the Dawgs (0-5). Morgan Foley entered the circle for the Bandits and a throwing error by Kloss to third base, allowed Crane to score (0-6). The Dawgs bats were on fire and Christian Stokes continued the rally with a triple to right field to bring in two runs (0-8).

The Dawgs defense held the Bandits and Abbott had five strikeouts. Sara Driesenga entered in relief for Abbott and finished the game.

The Dawgs took game three against the Bandits. The Scrap Yard Dawgs will face the Dallas Charge in Colorado for a three game series June 28th through June 30th.

Player of the Game: Emily Crane

Rebellion Falls to Pride 6-3

Allentown, PA (June 23, 2016) – After three games in Washington, PA, the Pennsylvania Rebellion and the USSSA Pride headed east for a two game series in Allentown, PA at Coca-Cola Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies AAA affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. The Pride rallied late to surpass the Rebellion and take the victory tonight, 6-3.

The Rebellion were the first team to hit the scoresheet. After three scoreless innings, Center Fielder Lindsey Stephens got things started with her RBI single that scored Catcher Kristyn Sandberg. A few batters later, Mandy Ogle came to the plate as a pinch hitter and promptly rocketed a two-run single to left and the Rebellion were out to a 3-0 lead.

The Pride started on the comeback trail in the 5th with a single run coming across to score on a double off the bat of Shortstop Shelby Pendley, and it was 3-1 PA.

The Pride rally would come to full fruition in the top of the 6th. A pair of runs scored on a single from Third Baseman Missy Taukeiaho to tie the game at 3-3. That was followed by the go-ahead base knock by the veteran Right Fielder Kelly Kretschman to make it 4-3. When Kretschman stole second, that allowed Center Fielder Megan Wiggins to sneak home from third and push another run across. A fifth run in the inning scored when Shelby Pendley hit her second RBI single of the game and made it 6-3 Pride.

Kelly Kretschman finished 2-for-3 with two singles, the game-winning RBI, and a stolen base. For that performance, Kretschman was awarded the honor of Powerhandz Player of the Game.

A bright spot for the Rebellion came with the strong effort from starting pitcher Miranda Kramer. Kramer tossed four scoreless frames and allowed just 3 hits.

Haylie Wagner came in the game in relief of Kramer and picked up the loss pitching 1.2 innings and giving up the lead in the 6th. Dallas Escobedo entered in the 6th and recorded the final four outs for the Rebellion.

The PA Rebellion (7-12) and the USSSA Pride (9-3) will conclude the series from the Lehigh Valley tomorrow evening. Game 2 from Coca-Cola Park starts at 7:05pm. You can catch all the action on NPFTV at profastpitch.com.

6-25-2016 USA Softball Roundup

June 25 USA Softball Update

Valerie Arioto lifts USA Softball Women’s National Team to 5-1 victory in series finale against Japan
Izumi-ku, Sendai, Japan — Behind the hot bat of USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) veteran Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.), Team USA claimed a 5-1 win over Japan the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball announced today. Arioto went 2-for-3, driving in three runs while sending out a two-run home run in top of the fifth inning to help the U.S. clinch the series finale in the USA vs Japan All-Star Series.
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“What great crowds that Tokyo and Sendai had for this three-game series,” said Assistant Coach Howard Dobson (Orange, Texas). “Today we got the big inning and we fought all the way to the end. It’s always a back-and-forth game between us and Japan. Their pitchers did a great job today and our team was able to get the big hits and the big innings.”
The U.S. quickly loaded the bases in the top of the first inning as Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.) led off with a double before Haylie McCleney (Morris, Ala.) followed with a walk. A sac bunt by Ali Aguilar (Orangevale, Calif.) advanced the runners a bag, and a walk to Arioto put runners on each base. Japan’s Sayuri Yamane was able to get out of the jam, however, as her defense recorded a fly out and a ground out to end the U.S. threat. Team USA’s Jaclyn Traina (Naples, Fla.) came out throwing heat in the circle, issuing a pair of strikeouts and a fly out to Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) in left field to retire the side in order in the bottom half of the first inning.
With the game scoreless through two innings of play, the U.S. took the lead in the top of the third inning. Stewart and McCleney got the offense going again, putting the leadoff batters on base for the Red, White and Blue. With runners at first and second, Aguilar was able to beat out a bunt for a single to load the bases. During the bunt, Stewart utilized her speed to swipe home for the first run of the inning, with McCleney and Aguilar each advancing one bag on the throw to put both runners in scoring position. Arioto then picked up her first RBI of the game with a single to left field to plate McCleney. Bianka Bell (Tampa, Fla.) pushed across the third run of the inning with an RBI single to right field.
Japan responded in the bottom half of the frame, pushing across one run after Natsuko Sugama led with a single. A bunt and a fly out quickly retired the next two batters, but a defensive miscue on a fly ball to the outfield allowed Sugama to cross the plate to close in on the U.S. lead.
The U.S. padded its lead in the top of the fifth inning when Arioto blasted a ball over the center field fence with a runner on. With the U.S. up 5-1, Traina kept the Japan offense at bay through the fifth inning before Kelly Barnhill (Marietta, Ga.) entered in relief in the bottom of the sixth. Barnhill continued Traina’s strong performance in the circle, keeping Japan to just two hits through the final two innings of play.
Traina earned the win for the U.S., issuing six strikeouts over five innings of work while allowing just two hits. For Japan, Yamane suffered the loss, issuing three hits to the U.S. while allowing three runs.
Up next for the U.S. is the World Cup of Softball XI, which returns to the ASA Hall of Fame Complex – OGE Energy Field – INTEGRIS Field for the first time since 2013. Tickets are available for purchase, and can be found at ASAUSASoftball.com.
• USA Women’s National Team’s bats go quiet in 2-0 loss to Japan
• Ally Carda allowed just zero runs on Friday at Shellcom Sendai, but USA Women’s National Team couldn’t get the offense going in a 2-0 defeat to Japan.
• Carda kept Japan off the board during her six innings of work. Carda struck out four and allowed no walks and three hits.
• Yamato Fujita got the win in relief for Japan. Fujita pitched two innings and allowed no runs.
• Delanie Gourley took the loss for USA Women’s National Team. She lasted just two innings, walked one, struck out one, and allowed one run.
• The game’s last lead went to Japan thanks to a eighth inning rally that saw two runs cross the plate on an RBI double by Nozomi Nagasaki and a sacrifice fly by Yuu Yamamoto.
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6-23-2016 NPF Roundup

Dawgs Fall to Bandits 8-4
The Woodlands, TX (June 22, 2016) – The Scrap Yard Dawgs faced the Bandits for the second game of the series.

The Bandits jumped on the board first with a single from Brittany Cervantes, followed by a double from Taylor Edwards to move Cervantes to third. Natalie Hernandez cleared the bases with a double to left center to score two runs for the Bandits (2-0).

The Dawgs answered back in the first inning, with Britt Vonk’s triple to left center field and Emilee Koerner’s sac fly to left to bring in Vonk (2-1). Meagan May Whitley led the second inning off with a walk and Amanda Fama dropped a bunt that resulted in an error from the Bandits defense, and both Dawgs advanced on the bases. Kiki Stokes hit a shot that tipped off the glove of Michelle Gascoigne to tie the game (2-2).

In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Dawgs took the lead with an RBI single from Nerissa Myers to score Vonk from second (2-3). Shelby Turnier entered the circle for Gascoigne, but Christian Stokes was not fazed and hit a shot to center field to bring in another run for the Dawgs (2-4).

Ellen Renfroe Reed had two strikeouts and held the Bandits for five innings. Sister Ivy Renfroe entered in relief, but the Bandits tied the game in the top of the sixth with a single from Zymkowitz and a hit by pitch to Megan Blank to score Carosone from third (4-4). A wild pitch scored one more run and Sammy Marshall brought in two more runs for the Bandits (7-4). The Dawgs then entered Sara Driesenga to finish the inning.

The Dawgs struggled to make the comeback and fell to the Bandits (8-4). The Dawgs will face the Bandits tomorrow for the final game of the series at 7:30pm at the Scrap Yard Sports Complex.


6-23-2016 USA National Team Loses to Japan

Team USA falls 5-1 to Japan in game one of the USA vs Japan All-Star Series; over 31,000 fans attend opening match at Tokyo Dome

Bunkyō, Tokyo, Japan  — A total of 31,448 fans packed the Tokyo Dome this evening to catch game one of the USA vs Japan All-Star Series, in which the USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) fell 5-1 to Japan the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball announced today.  The first-ever softball event to be held at the historic Tokyo Dome, the U.S. and Japan will continue the series tomorrow and Saturday in Sendai, Japan.


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“Anytime we play Japan it’s going to be a tough game,” said Assistant Coach Howard Dobson (Orange, Texas).  “It comes down to who makes that one big play or that one big hit, and they got the right swing at the right time.  We had the bases loaded a couple times, the timely hitting just didn’t come through for us.  It’s a three game series, so we’ll come back tomorrow and learn from what we did today.  We just need to take it one inning at a time.”


Japan got on the board early in the bottom of the first inning, plating a run after a one out infield single was followed by back-to-back singles.  Japan continued to add pressure with two runners in scoring position with only one out, but Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.) came up with a big play to throw a runner out at home on a ground ball to second base before a fly ball to Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) ended Japan’s at-bat.


The U.S. offense was retired in order through the fourth inning, when the Red, White and Blue would load the bases for the first time in the game.  Starting off the U.S. at-bat was Kasey Cooper (Dothan, Ala.) who got things going after reaching on a walk.  A single from Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich.) put two runners on for the Eagles and a single from Haylie McCleney (Morris, Ala.) loaded the bases for Team USA.  With runners on each bag, Japan was able to grab a hard hit fly ball from Delaney Spaulding (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) for the third out of the inning.


Team USA’s Jessica Moore (Sutter, Calif.) continued her strong showing in the circle for the U.S. through the bottom of the fourth inning.  After issuing a leadoff single, Moore came back with a strikeout, fly out and a popup to Spaulding at shortstop to bring the U.S. back to the plate.


The ballgame would become tied in the top of the fifth inning when the U.S. plated a run to make it a 1-1 game.  After a leadoff walk to Bianka Bell (Tampa, Fla.), Janie Takeda (Placentia, Calif.) beat out a bunt to put two runners on.  Entering the game as a pinch runner for Bell, Jazmyn Jackson (San Jose, Calif.) advanced to third and Takeda moved to second on a sac bunt by Moultrie.  With two runners in scoring position, Stewart hit a deep fly ball to center field, with the speedy Jackson tagging up and scoring off the sac fly.


With one out in the bottom of the fifth, Japan put a pair in scoring position with singles.  An RBI single plated the first two runs of the inning for Japan and a two-run home tagged on two more.  Jaclyn Traina (Naples, Fla.) then entered the circle for the U.S.  With two outs and a runner on second base, Traina retired the final out of the inning with a ground out to Stewart at second, with Team USA now trailing 5-1.


The U.S. would load the bases again in the top of the sixth inning after a leadoff single by Chidester and a hit by pitch to Arioto.  A one out walk to Spaulding loaded the bases, but the U.S. would be retired with a popup and fly out to left field to keep them from bringing in additional runs.


Japan went down in order in the bottom of the sixth on a pair of strikeouts from Traina and a popup to Stewart.  Down to their final at-bat, the U.S. would get one runner on base after a walk to Stewart but a pair of fly outs ended the game with Japan getting the 5-1 win.


Moore suffered the loss, issuing three strikeouts and five runs through four and two-third innings in the circle.  Traina pitched the remaining one and a third innings, issuing two strikeouts.  Yamato Fujita earned the win for Japan, giving up one run and two walks while issuing two strikeouts.


The U.S. and Japan return tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. JST (4:30 a.m. CT) for a rematch at Shellcom Sendai.  Live stats can be found online at ASAUSASoftball.com.