Update 3-25-10

UPDATE MARCH 25 2010

This update will be truncated; Northern Virginia is without power; operating on battery and air card.  Thursday college scores will be posted when power is restored.

COMMITMENTS

Tulsa Elite Gold’s Maddely Fraley, Juco Soph NEO (Okla.) verballed to D1 North Texas
2011 – Alex Caudill Cincy Storm (OH)Pitcher – Morehead State University
2011 – Jordyn Amos Extreme Elite (IL) 3B/UT – Morehead State University

Virginia Rowdies Gold
Alex Clark- Galveston College, TX
Alex Jones- Galveston College, TX
Nikki Jones – Norfolk State, VA
Allyssa Zebrowski- UVA- Wise, VA
Megan Thompson- Louisburg College, NC
Lauren Saller- Louisburg College

GAME CAPSULES WE MISSED

Baltimore. Senior third baseman Amanda Fefel (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville) tied UMBC’s single-game record with three home runs, including one during the Retrievers’ seven-run seventh inning as the UMBC softball team (15-7) defeated host Temple (8-15) by a score of 10-7 Wednesday afternoon at Ambler Field. Earlier in the day, the Owls defeated the Retrievers, 2-1, in the first game of the doubleheader.

Starkville. Freshman Jessica Cooley’s grand slam sparked a seven-run third inning as the Mississippi State softball team defeated Mississippi Valley State 9-6 Wednesday afternoon at the MVSU Softball Field in Itta Bena.  Cooley’s first career home run capped a 2-for-4 afternoon. Jessie Bailey added three hits and drove in a pair of runs as State improved to 19-13 on the year. Senior all-American Chelsea Bramlett contributed a pair of hits while stealing her 40th-straight base of the year and 48th going back to the 2009 season.

PORTLAND, Ore. – En route to its sixth and seventh straight wins, the No. 25 University of Oregon softball team (20-5) topped PCSC Conference champion Portland State (10-17) by 3-2 and 2-0 scores in Tuesday’s afternoon doubleheader. In the 2-0 nightcap win, sophomore starting pitcher Samantha Skillingstad (6-3) struck out 10 batters – one off her season and career high – walked three, and allowed four hits in her first shutout of the season.  In the second, junior catcher Kaitlin Vitek started UO’s two-run inning when she hit a 2-2change-up into center field for a single. Junior third baseman Cortney Kivett followed with a double to left field to put runners on second and third, and freshman left fielder Allie Burger singled to left field to score both runners. Overall for the game, freshman Samantha Pappas went 3-for-3 at the plate with a walk for her 11th multi-hit game of the season. Vitek and Burger added 2-for-3 afternoons, and other Ducks that hit safely included freshman second baseman Kaylan Howard (1-for-3), and Cortney Kivett (1-for-2).  In the fifth inning, PSU nearly tied up the game with a pair of shots to deep right field. With one out, leadoff hitter Brandi Campos hit a towering stand-up triple, and Danielle Lynn followed with a similarly-placed moon shot to the warning track that Pappas hauled in for the last out. In the sixth, PSU’s clean-up hitter Brandi Scoggins hit another triple to right field to open the inning, but a strikeout and infield out stranded the runner at third base. The Vikings also appeared poised to score in the first inning when a single and walk with one out, but Skillingstad responded with a pair of strikeouts to end the inning. PSU starter Nichole Latham (1-4) struck out five, walked two, and both of her runs allowed were earned. Three of the first four batters in their lineup accounted for all their hits – Campos (2-for-4), Wiser (1-for-3) and Scoggins (1-for-2).

CORRECTED SCORE

Score by Innings R H E
Northwestern 10 10 2
SIUE 5 9 4


CARACAS

Major news organizations are reporting that Chavez, chafing under criticism of lack of electricity and other domestic problems, has jailed some dissidents.  Not a surprise.

USA Softball has been told, in the wake of an inspection tour organized by ISF, that Venezuela has not yet started construction of a field or stadium for the XII World Championship.  Given the calendar, a surprise.

SPY is told that some on the West Coast think SPY has been too critical of Chavez and the decision to hold the games in Caracas.  I didn’t see the comments, but, I have been to Caracas, and I know a bit about dictatorial regimes.  Appreciate Venezuela selling heating oil to the US, via Joe Kennedy, and, realize there are a great many governments with less than stellar records on human rights, etc., but, in the instance of the XII games, there was a better choice.  Porter’s decision scrambled the summer schedules for all of the intended participants, forced cancellation of the Canada Cup, etc.  On top of the failed campaign to keep softball in the Olympics, Porter’s decision on Caracas is vulnerable to criticism.

DIANE BAKER

We received this note:
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Hall of Fame Coach Dianne Baker who suffered a minor stroke on her birthday, March 22nd around 11:30am. Coach Baker, otherwise known as “Bake” is doing okay and recovering nicely.

SPY talked to a friend who has been in contact with Bake and says she is recovering.  Wish her well; Bake is one of the good people.

AUBREY BROYLES
Audrey Broyles Undergoes Shoulder Surgery

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina sophomore pitcher Audrey Broyles underwent surgery on Wednesday on her ailing right shoulder and will miss the remainder of the 2010 season.The surgery was performed at the American Sport Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Ala., by world-renown surgeon Dr. James Andrews. The doctors expect Broyles to return by next spring.

“From what we understand, Audrey’s surgery went well,” said Gamecock head coach Joyce Compton. “Unfortunately, she’s lost for the year, but our hopes are that she’ll be back full strength next year. We hope she can pick up where she left off.”

Note: I sometimes wonder if the average fan realizes how much pain and injury these young women suffer for the sake of their sport.

UMBC SPRING CLASSIC ALL TOURAMENT TEAM

UMBC Spring Classic All-Tournament Team

MVP: Michelle Grap, Delaware
Monica Aguilar, Saint Joseph’s
Liz Christiansen, Mount St. Mary’s
Demitria Cipriano, Georgetown
Alex Cueva, Lehigh
Beth Everist, Mount St. Mary’s
Amanda Fefel, UMBC
Julie Frenandez, Lehigh
Erin Gallagher, Saint Joseph’s
Teresa Healy, Niagara
Kristin Kill, Niagara
Taylor Korpita, Saint Joseph’s
Shikara Lowe, Georgetown
Kaela Mason, UMBC
Jenny Richards, Delaware
Amanda Stacevicz, Delaware
Shanette White, Delaware
Angela Yannone, UMBC

POTPOURRI

If your dinner date orders crispy duck egg, octopus, pork cheeks, and bass, she is probably a nouveau actress who has other quaint ideas, and you should not invite her to your Mother’s for Thanksgiving.

If stopped by police, you would be well advised to follow the guidance in a new video, “Ten Rules for Dealing with Police.”

  1. Always be calm and cool
  2. You have the right to remain silent
  3. You have the right to refuse searches
  4. Don’t get tricked into waiving your rights
  5. Determine if you’re free to go
  6. Don’t do anything illegal
  7. Don’t run
  8. Never touch a cop
  9. Report misconduct; be a good citizen
  10. You don’t have to let them in.

While the video was prepared with urban youth in mind; the guidance is universal – especially the advice to remain calm and cool.  There was an incident yesterday on the Capitol Beltway where a guy in a Porsche and a dump truck were engaged in road rage.  After a fender tag, and both drivers pulled over, the guy in the Porsche fired 13 shots at the dump truck – and his kid was in his car.

Lindsey Vonn’s season did not end at the Olympics; she and other USA stars hied off to Europe to finish the competition for World Cup – and Lindsay won her third World Cup as overall best Alpine skier. Competed of course against her good friend Maria Reisch of Germany who won slalom.  Some of those ski resorts like Garmische are first-class rendevous – even if you don’t ski.

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