7-20-2017 Pride 3, Chargers 0

Viera, FL (June 20, 2017) – Lightning was not the only thing rocking the Space Coast, as the USSSA Pride (25-6) thundered past the Chicago Bandits (16-16) on a rainy Thursday evening at the Space Coast Stadium. A solo shot in the second by Lauren Chamberlain opened up the score for the Pride, who remained ahead for the entire game and ultimately topped the 2016 Cowles Cup Champs, 3-0.

After the game, the Pride and the Bandits united to participate in “So You Think You Can Hit?”, a fundraising idea for pediatric cancer research created and carried on by former Wolverine Jordan Taylor, who is also the founder of the FIGHT- charity program for C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. All the money will be donated to Emma’s Art Cart and Mott Children’s Hospital, for more information fans can visit the website victors.us/Jordan_for_Mott.

Keilani Ricketts (7-3) took the circle for the Pride and collected eight strikeouts against 21 batters faced within 5.1 innings pitched, while allotting no walks and four hits for no runs. The 2013 USA Softball Collegiate pitcher of the year is currently one of the most dominating pitchers in the league, as she sits in first within the 2017 NPF leaderboard for strike percentage, counting a 71.0 average. With her seventh win, Ricketts accumulates an impressive 1.4 ERA garnished by 49 strikeouts and solely 8 walks in 50.0 innings pitched. Entering in the sixth as a reliever, Kelsey Nunley (6-1, 1) closed the game for USSSA and earning a save, recording two strikeouts and only one hit in 1.2 innings pitched.

Going 2-for-3 with two RBI, Chamberlain led the USSSA offense, and enlarged her seasonal home run record by two, recording her sixth and seventh home run in back-to-back appearances. The NCAA All-Time Home Run Record holder has one of the highest slugging percentages within the NPF, as she currently counts a .627 percentage. Moreover, Chamberlain counts 21 RBI, the third best in the Pride leaderboard. With her .277 batting average, the former Sooner has collected 23 hits, eight of which are doubles.

USSSA struck first in the second, where a solo bomb by Chamberlain brought the Pride on the scoreboard, 1-0. As the third came around, Sierra Romero increased the Pride stretch with a triple down the right field line to drive Kelly Kretschman home and put USSSA ahead, 2-0.

In the home offensive half of the fourth, USSSA number 44 went yard, delivering another solo shot behind the left field fence to further enlarge the Pride lead, 3-0. As fifth and sixth went by blank for both lineups, in the top of the seventh Courtney Ceo made an extraordinary diving catch towards the third base dugout and the Pride quickly wrapped up the last Bandits offensive frame to fasten its 25th seasonal, 3-0.

The Pride will now hit the road and travel to Rosemont, Ill. to face the Chicago Bandits on Saturday evening at the Ballpark at Rosemont. Dugouts will line up at 8:35 p.m. CT.
Quick Facts

Attendance: 487

Duration: 2:41

Vaultz® Lock It Up!® Player of the Game: Lauren Chamberlain (USSSA Pride)

7-21-2017 Chargers vs Racers

2017 National Pro Fastpitch

Akron Racers vs Texas Charge

Jul 20, 2017 at Conroe, Texas (Scrap Yard Sports)

Score by Innings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E

Akron Racers 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 6 2

Texas Charge 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 1

Akron Racers starters: 9/cf Andrews, A.; 11/lf Wyckoff, K.; 5/ss

Fagan, S.; 3/dp Robinson, S.; 52/1b Fischer, S.; 25/rf Gilbert, J.;

21/2b Rice, C.; 13/c Joiner, G.; 14/3b Geer, M.; 37/p Fico, R.;

Texas Charge starters: 9/cf Gadbois, T; 7/lf Costa, K; 26/rf Landry,

B; 17/dp Haeger, L; 35/1b Goler, A; 88/3b Taylor, N; 23/c Sandberg,

K; 11/2b Lahners, K; 5/ss Davis, R; 18/p Ries, C;

Akron Racers 1st – Andrews, A. struck out swinging (1-2 KBKS).

Wyckoff, K. grounded out to p (0-0). Fagan, S. grounded out to p

(0-2 KK). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Texas Charge 1st – Gadbois, T struck out swinging (2-2 BBKSS). Costa,

K struck out swinging (2-2 KBFBS). Landry, B singled to pitcher,

bunt (0-0). Landry, B stole second. Haeger, L grounded out to p

(1-2 KFFB). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Akron Racers 2nd – Robinson, S. flied out to rf (0-1 K). Fischer, S.

struck out swinging (2-2 BBFFS). Gilbert, J. flied out to lf (0-2

KFF). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Texas Charge 2nd – Goler, A popped up to p (3-2 KBKBB). Taylor, N

flied out to lf (1-0 B). Sandberg, K singled to right center (2-1

BFB). Lahners, K struck out swinging (3-2 BSBBSS). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0

errors, 1 LOB.

Akron Racers 3rd – Rice, C. singled to center field (1-2 KBF).

Joiner, G. flied out to rf (1-0 B). Geer, M. struck out swinging

(2-2 FFBBFFS). Andrews, A. singled to pitcher (1-1 KB); Rice, C.

advanced to second. Wyckoff, K. lined out to p (0-0). 0 runs, 2

hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Texas Charge 3rd – Davis, R struck out swinging (1-2 SKBS). Gadbois,

T singled to third base, bunt (3-0 BBB). Costa, K struck out

swinging (0-2 FSS). Gadbois, T stole second, advanced to third on a

throwing error by c. Landry, B struck out swinging (2-2 BKFBFFS). 0

runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Akron Racers 4th – Fagan, S. grounded out to ss (1-0 B). Robinson, S.

flied out to lf (0-0). Fischer, S. flied out to rf (1-2 KFBFF). 0

runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Texas Charge 4th – Haeger, L struck out looking (2-2 BFKFBK). Goler,

A struck out swinging (0-2 KKS). Taylor, N lined out to 1b (1-2

FBS). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Akron Racers 5th – Gilbert, J. singled down the rf line (1-2 FBK).

Rice, C. fouled out to 1b, bunt (0-1 F). Joiner, G. struck out

swinging (2-2 KKFBFFFFBS). Geer, M. struck out looking (1-2 KBFFK).

0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Texas Charge 5th – Sandberg, K flied out to cf (1-0 B). Lahners, K

grounded out to 3b (2-2 KBFFBF). Davis, R grounded out to 1b

unassisted (3-2 KBSBFBF). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Akron Racers 6th – Andrews, A. out at first 1b to 2b, bunt (1-0 B).

Wyckoff, K. reached on a fielding error by 3b, bunt (0-0). Fagan,

S. doubled down the lf line (1-2 FFBF); Wyckoff, K. advanced to

third. Haeger, L to p. Davis, R to dp. Rivera, R to ss for Ries, C.

Robinson, S. struck out swinging (1-2 KKFBS). Fischer, S. struck

out looking (0-2 KSK). 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 2 LOB.

Texas Charge 6th – Gadbois, T singled to third base (2-2 KFBBFF).

Costa, K out at first 1b to 2b, SAC, bunt (0-0); Gadbois, T

advanced to second, advanced to third on the throw. Landry, B

singled to shortstop (2-1 KBB); Gadbois, T no advance. Haeger, L

flied out to cf, SF, RBI (0-0); Gadbois, T scored. Landry, B out at

second c to ss, caught stealing. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Akron Racers 7th – Gilbert, J. flied out to lf (2-2 BKSBF). Rice, C.

walked (3-2 BKSFBBB). Thomas, A. pinch ran for Rice, C.. Joiner, G.

doubled to right center, RBI (1-1 SB); Thomas, A. scored. Montalvo,

K. pinch ran for Joiner, G.. Geer, M. struck out swinging (0-2

KSS). Andrews, A. tripled down the rf line, RBI (1-1 SB); Montalvo,

K. scored. Wyckoff, K. grounded out to ss (0-2 KKFF). 2 runs, 2

hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Texas Charge 7th – Rice, C. to 2b for Thomas, A.. Joiner, G. to c for

Montalvo, K.. Goler, A flied out to lf (0-0). Taylor, N flied out

to rf (1-0 B). Sandberg, K reached on a fielding error by ss (2-2

BBKK). Gomez, B pinch ran for Sandberg, K. Washington,B pinch hit

for Lahners, K. Washington,B struck out looking (1-2 BKSK). 0 runs,

0 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB


7-22-2017 NY Times Column Worth Reading

This is surprising!

Maureen Dowd’s NYT Column Really worth reading

From the depths of the Democrat’s sinkhole, a surprise from one of their own,


Maureen looks like a defector.  First NYT article with good balance and realism I have read.  Let’s pray that reuniting has begun and the country benefits.  This is a thought-provoker!  Having been a reader of The New York Times, I’m amazed that Maureen Dowd wrote this.  However, I find the wisdom behind the words very rewarding and encouraging.   It’s to be hoped that every wild-eyed liberal devotee of the New York Times reads liberal columnist Maureen Dowd’s column several times, reproduces it in large print, frames it, and mounts it on their bedroom ceiling so it’s the first thing they read every day: The most amazing part of this well-written piece is the fact Maureen Dowd, a very liberal columnist from the New York Times wrote it! Maureen Dowd Election Therapy From My Basket of Deplorables The election was a complete repudiation of Barack Obama: his fantasy world of political correctness, the politicization of the Justice Department and the I.R.S., an out-of-control E.P.A., his neutering of the military, his nonsupport of the police and his fixation on things like transgender bathrooms.  Since he became president, his party has lost 63 House seats, 10 Senate seats, and 14 governorships. The country had signaled strongly in the last two midterms that they were not happy.  The Dems’ answer was to give them more of the same from a person they did not like or trust. Preaching — and pandering — with a message of inclusion, the Democrats have instead become a party where incivility and bad manners are taken for granted, rudeness is routine, religion is mocked and there is absolutely no respect for a differing opinion.  This did not go down well in the Midwest, where Trump flipped three blue states and 44 electoral votes. The rudeness reached its peak when Vice President-elect Mike Pence was booed by attendees of “Hamilton” and then pompously lectured by the cast.  This may play well with the New York theater crowd but is considered boorish and unacceptable by those of us taught to respect the office of the president and vice president, if not the occupants. Here is a short primer for the young protesters.  If your preferred candidate loses, there is no need for mass hysteria, canceled midterms, safe spaces, crying rooms or group primal screams. You might understand this better if you had not received participation trophies, undeserved grades to protect your feelings or even if you had a proper understanding of civics.  The Democrats are now crying that Hillary had more popular votes.  That can be her participation trophy. If any of my sons had told me they were too distraught over a national election to take an exam, I would have brought them home the next day, fearful of the instruction they were receiving.  Not one of the top 50 colleges mandate one semester of Western Civilization.  Maybe they should rethink that. Mr. Trump received over 62 million votes, not all of them cast by homophobes, Islamaphobes, racists, sexists, misogynists or any other “ists.”  I would caution Trump deniers that all of the crying and whining is not good preparation for the coming storm.  The liberal media, both print and electronic, has lost all credibility.  I am reasonably sure that none of the mainstream print media had stories prepared for a Trump victory.  I watched the networks and cable stations in their midnight   meltdown — embodied by Rachel Maddow explaining to viewers that they were not having a “terrible, terrible dream” and that they had not died and “gone to hell.” The media’s criticism of Trump’s high-level picks as “not diverse enough” or “too white and male” — a day before he named two women and offered a cabinet position to an African-American — magnified this fact. Here is a final word to my Democratic friends.  The election is over. There will not be a do-over.  So let me bid farewell to Al Sharpton, Ben Rhodes and the Clintons.  Note to Cher, Barbra, Amy Schumer and Lena Dunham: Your plane is waiting.  And to Jon Stewart, who talked about moving to another planet: Your spaceship is waiting.  To Bruce Springsteen, Jay Z, Beyoncé and Katy Perry, thanks for the free concerts.  And finally, to all the foreign countries that contributed to the Clinton Foundation, there will not be a payoff or a rebate. As Eddie Murphy so eloquently stated in the movie “48 Hrs.”: “There’s a new sheriff in town.”  And he is going to be here for 1,461 days.




7-20-2017 Lisle Joins Gamecock Staff

Contact: Koby Padgett (803-386-8345 or kpadgett@sc.edu)
Matt Lisle Joins South Carolina as Gamecock Softball Assistant Coach
Last a head coach at Menlo College, Lisle has built a large following online COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina Head Softball Coach Beverly Smith has hired Matt Lisle as an assistant coach, bringing in a coach who has a history of improving offenses in short order. “I am thrilled to announce the addition of Matt Lisle to our staff,” remarked Smith. “I was immediately impressed by his work ethic, drive and professionalism. He has a passion for hitting that is evident. I believe the Gamecock hitters will benefit from his extensive knowledge and ability to teach. I am looking forward to welcoming Matt and his family to Columbia.”
Most recently, Lisle served as head coach at Menlo College, leading the 2016 Oaks to their first winning season in 14 years, going 30-20, with Lisle helping four of his hitters achieve All-Golden State Athletic Conference honors. Lisle’s resume also includes stops as an assistant at Cal State-East Bay in 2014 and Santa Clara in 2015. At East Bay, his teams went from seven home runs to 48 in one season, ranking second in the California Collegiate Athletic Association in slugging and RBI, while helping the team rank in the top 50 in NCAA Division II in home runs per game. The Broncos posted the second-best batting average in program history, jumping over 30 points, while also helping SCU to its highest RPI finish in program history.
Lisle started his collegiate softball coaching career as a volunteer with Oregon in 2012, helping the Ducks to their first Pac-12 championship. He came from baseball, working up the high school ranks. He got his break as the associate head coach at Patten University for two years before becoming the head baseball coach at NCAA Division III Gallaudet in 2007-08. In addition to his high school and collegiate coaching positions, Lisle has built a strong following online among NPF and MLB players as a hitting consultant through his online videos and e-books. He also is a national clinician, serving as a featured speaker at the National Fastpitch Coaches Association conference in 2014. Lisle earned his bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Patten University in 2006. Lisle has five children: Alicia, Chappie, Chase, Presley and Crosby, and he is married to Jessica.
Lisle replaces Calvin Beamon on the South Carolina staff. -GamecocksOnline.com-

7-18-2017 Barnhill Wins ESPY Award

MORE: Florida ace Kelly Barnhill wins 2017 ESPY

Florida’s Barnhill wins ESPY

Florida pitcher Kelly Barnhill won the 2017 ESPY for Best Female Collegiate Athlete during an awards celebration in Los Angeles.

Brad McClenny/Staff Photographer/file

Published: Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 7:08 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 7:08 a.m.

LOS ANGELES – Florida sophomore Kelly Barnhill added another postseason award late Wednesday as she took home the 2017 ESPY for Best Female Collegiate Athlete during an awards celebration at the Microsoft Theater.

The Marietta, Ga., native became the first player in UF program history to receive an ESPY award.

Also on the ballot for the award was Stanford’s Inky Ajanaku (volleyball), West Virginia’s Kadeisha Buchanan (soccer), Washington’s Kelsey Plum (basketball) and Maryland’s Zoe Stukenberg (lacrosse).

This past season Barnhill helped lead the Gators back to the Women’s College World Series with national leading marks in earned run average (0.51) and strikeouts per seven innings (13.0).

Those two staggering statistics also went down as the best in a single season by a Florida pitcher but she also set records in lowest opponent batting average (.121), most combined shutouts (10), most strikeouts looking (100) and lowest stolen base percentage (.333).

The 25th annual show honoring the past year’s top athletes and sports moments is a production by ESPN.

Barnhill’s Season Awards

2017 ESPY – Best Female Collegiate Athlete

2017 Honda Sports Award

2017 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year

2017 espnW Player of the Year

2017 CoSIDA Academic All-American

NFCA All-American First Team

SEC Pitcher of the Year

All-SEC First Team

SEC Pitcher of the Week – 5x (2/20, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2)

USA Softball Co-Player of the Week – (4/18)

Louisville Slugger/NFCA Pitcher of the Week – (4/18)

ESPNW Player of the Week – (4/18)