Monday, July 28, 2014

END OF AN ERA


Mike Rappl today has announced his retirement from coaching. 

His career 831 wins makes him the MAAC's most successful coach in any sport. He led the Griffs to MAAC dominance, winning the conference title 12 times.

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Lindsey Silfer Ends High School Career On Top

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Canisius College recruit Lindsey Silfer just ended her high school career by winning the New York State "AA" Championship when her Cicero-N. Syracuse North Stars beat East Meadow 5-0 in Queensbury, NY.

But it was in today's semi-final game vs. Brockport that Lindsey propelled her team to the championship game. In the 4-0 win, she drove home all of CNS's runs, with a home run and bases clearing double. She added an RBI to her total in the Championship game.

In the top of the fourth, Silfer caught up with one of DiMartino’s fastballs and cleared the center-field fence by at least 10 feet, putting the Northstars ahead 1-0.
In the field, O’Hara and Silfer continued to carry Cicero-North Syracuse. O’Hara kept mowing down the Brockport hitters, and Silfer gunned down DiMartino trying to steal second base.
In the top half of the fifth inning, O’Hara drew a walk to load the bases for Silfer. The catcher fouled off nine pitches, and on the 11th pitch of the at-bat from DiMartino, Silfer drilled a fastball off the center-field fence for a three-run double with two outs.

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Lindsey will join the Golden Griffins this fall.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Jessica Berzins Signs With Canisius


Jessica Berzins of Placentia, CA has signed a national letter of intent to play softball at Canisius College beginning in the 2013 season.

Jessica is a speedy outfielder who was an All-Orange County selection at Valencia High School. She's a slap hitter, and accomplished bunter who uses her speed well on the base paths. She will have a chance to start immediately in the Griffs' outfield, which struggled defensively this past season.

Jessica is a very late signing for Canisus. The reason for this is that she originally signed with Cal State Northridge for the 2013 season. That did not work out for whatever reason, and apparently Northridge did not release her to sign with another school, meaning she had to wait until their season was ended, which was last weekend. She will be at Canisius in September.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Decker Catches The Spotlight On Varsity

Taylor is hitting .449 with 20 RBIs and 14 doubles her senior season
Decker’s freshman year is when she decided to dedicate herself to softball. She had been playing volleyball and softball on both club and school teams simultaneously. The moment she decided to stick with softball was when she made Kara Brun’s Storm team. “The level of play opened my eyes to a whole other aspect of softball. I found myself loving the challenge of upping my game,” Decker said. The Cactus Shadows softball team is a small and close group of girls. “Taylor is always willing to go the extra mile for her teammates and the betterment of the team itself,” Monica Milinovich, the pitching coach, said. Decker’s team mentality is her strongest character trait that she will carry on to Canisius College. “I would love for her to have a great softball and school experience so she can come back during the holidays and tell us all about it,” Gianni said.

Read the article HERE

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Freshman Caitlin Attfield has been "entire total package" for UAB softball

Niagara Falls' Caitlin Attfield was named C-USA's Freshman Of The Year
"When you recruit people, I think I'm getting a Caitlin every single time," Townsend said. "When she got here, it's just unbelievable because she's everything we thought she was. She's got all the intangibles. She's got the drive. She's obviously got the speed. She's got the arm, she's got the bat and she's got the work ethic.
"When you're recruiting people, you think you're getting the entire total package and when she arrived, that's exactly what we got."

Read the article HERE

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Sam Sharkey Ends High School Career With State Championship

Sam Sharkey celebrates a state championship
Incoming Golden Griffin Samantha Sharkey ended her high school career on a high note, helping St. Thomas Aquinas High School win the Florida State 7A Championship.
Sam was responsible for her team getting to the final game, driving home the winning run with a 9th inning double in the Raiders' 1-0 win over Harmony. You can see her winning hit HERE

Sam Sharkey Walkoff

The Raiders won the Championship with another 1-0 win, this time over Freedom High. Sam had a hit in that game, which you can read about HERE

Samantha will be joining Canisius this September.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Some Articles On Sarah Andrews

Sarah has tossed a perfect game and no hitter in 2013
This past season has shown that the Golden Griffins are in desperate need of pitching if they wish to return to contender status in the MAAC.

Coming this fall is Sarah Andrews, who plays for one of the top high schools in Arizona, and a very good travel program, the Arizona Storm Gold. Hopefully, the Griffs will be smart enough to get her into action immediately.

I've compiled a few articles that show the progress of Sarah this year.

Bobcats' complete pitcher

Cienega senior pitcher Sarah Andrews has bounced back from an injury to lead her team to the No. 1 ranking in Division I.
Andrews threw a perfect game last Thursday in a 10-0 victory at Douglas. The senior struck out six over six innings to improve to 8-1.
It was the first perfect game Cienega coach Eric Tatham could recall in his seven years at the helm.
"I was just going out there and pitching," Andrews said. "It was really a normal game. I was actually shocked I pitched a perfect game at all. I didn't know until the end of the game."
The Canisius College commit has tossed seven complete games and owns a 0.49 ERA. Through 57 2/3 innings, she has held hitters to a .180 batting average and has issued only five walks.
Andrews, who leads the Bobcats in home runs with four, is one of three seniors and the lone connection to Cienega's state championship team in 2010. Tatham ranks Andrews right behind former Cienega star Alexa Cash, who holds the school record for strikeouts with 827 in three seasons.

Read article HERE

Cienega Softball poised for the top step

One of the major keys for Eric Tatham squad this year has been the return of Sarah Andrews in the circle. The senior missed a large chunk of last season due to injury but has bounced back to post a 12-2 record this season with just six walks in 89 innings.

Read article HERE

Cienega remains perfect with win over Douglas

PITCHING Senior pitcher Sarah Andrews (11-2) and sophomore Kayla Green(8-1) have combined for 110 strikeouts and have handled some of the best hitters in Southern Arizona.

...she can hit too...

Sarah Andrews and AJ Hervey sign letters of intent

Andrews is a right handed pitcher and power hitter and will attend Canisius College located in Buffalo, New York. Andrews batted .406 with 24 RBIs, 3 triples and 2 homeruns last year with Cienega.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Chloe Steals A Win!


When Chloe Contreras stole home in the sixth inning of game two of the Griffs' MAAC doubleheader with Niagara at the Demske Sports Complex Thursday, it was the first stolen base of her career. And it couldn't have been any bigger, as it was the game winning run and averted what could have been a disastrous sweep.

The Golden Griffins' 1-0 game one loss against a team in disarray was extremely puzzling. Canisius came into the game leading the MAAC in offense, against a team whose pitching has been generally pummeled all season long, and yet Canisius could manage only two singles. What made the game even more painful was that they made a waste of Amanda Baun's three hit pitching performance, in which she allowed no earned runs. It's a loss that may come back to haunt Canisius, especially if they don't sweep their final four home games (this weekend). The Griffs got very good pitching in game two also, this time from Jen Consaul who won her 13th game of the season. Yet they very nearly lost that game too, ultimately winning it 2-1, thanks to Chloe.

So, Canisius is 3-3 at present. They wrap up their MAAC home schedule this weekend, then play their final six conference games away from home, including the bi-annual Fairfield-Iona trip which has not been kind to them, even in their championship years. Canisius really needs a sweep of their final homes games; if they don't get it, qualifying for the MAAC tournament is going to be most difficult.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Griffs Split MAAC Home Opener

The Golden Griffins opened their home MAAC schedule with a split against the Marist Red Foxes on a cold day at the Demske Sports Complex.

Game one started out great for Amanda Baun. She struck out the first seven Marist batters she faced; all of them went down swinging. But a pair of walks got her into trouble in the third inning. After two of them and an infield single, Nicole Cheek finally put a ball out of the infield for Marist, and they had a 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the same inning, Meghan Cuda hit yet another triple, and scored on Val Nappo's ground out. It was Meghan's seventh triple of the season, leaving her two short of Jody Tassone's school record, set back in 1995. A fifth inning bases loaded triple by the same Nicole Cheek gave Marist an insurmountable lead, as the Griffs were held at bay by Emily Osterhaus, who has been MAAC Pitcher Of The Week two weeks running. Val Nappo added a solo home run, but the final score was 10-2 in favor of Marist. Amanda Baun did strike out 12 in the game, but after the exciting start, surrendered nine earned runs.

Canisius fell behind 1-0 early in game two, and like last week, finally hit the panic button and put six runs on the board in the third inning for a lead they would never lose. A double by Robin Kennery produced two runs; another double, from the bat of Tori Nappo, produced one more. This brought a new pitcher into the game for Marist, and Marissa Miller greeted her with a three run bomb over the left field fence. Marist rallied for three more runs in the game, but the Griffs' lead held out and they won 6-4. Jen Consaul got the win for Canisius.

Getting game two was crucial for the Griffs, as Manhattan comes to town next week. The Lady Jaspers are currently 6-0, and playing very well. The Griffs are 2-2 in the MAAC, good for fifth place at the moment.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Jenn Solis Earns First College Win

Freshman pitcher Jenn Solis finally was given her fist career start Tuesday at the Demske Sports Complex, and achieved her first college win with a 4-2 win over St. Bonaventure. Jenn pitched five innings, allowing just one earned run while striking out three Bonnies. Amanda Baun pitched the final two innings, and was awarded with the save. Meghan Cuda got the Griffs on the board in the first inning, after leading off with a single and eventually scoring due to a St. Bonaventure error. Meghan was 3 for 4 in this game, and hit her sixth triple of the season, which kept her in the top five nationally in that category. St. Bona tied the game in the second inning, but the Griffs would score three times in the fourth to go ahead for good. Canisius had four hits in that inning, and scored on RBIs by Tori Nappo and Meghan Cuda. Stephanie Pfentner made it home on another St. Bonaventure error.

The Griffs also won game one of the local doubleheader. After falling behind 4-0, they strung together six consecutive singles in the fifth inning to tie the game. Robin Kennery drove home two runs, and Stephanie Pfentner and Katie Medina drove home single runs for a 4-4 game. Canisius scored three more runs in the sixth inning to win 7-4. RBIs by Michelle DelPrince and Robin Kennery, her third of the game, sealed the game for the Griffs.

Canisius is now 16-13, and will next host MAAC rival Marist in a crucial conference doubleheader Saturday.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Griffs Pound Out 21 Hits In Game 2 Win

Katie Medina led the comeback
When Katie Medina returned from injury last season, the Golden Griffins began a surge that led them to the MAAC tournament. It was no coincidence; the same thing seems to be happening again this season. The senior had missed about half the team's games this year; she came back to the lineup and has been on fire. She's hitting .400 at present, and in today's second game at Rider, was a perfect 4 for 4 with three RBIs. All four were key hits, the last being a two RBI double that brought home the winning run. Katie is the only player remaining from the last Canisius championship team. She didn't play that year (2009), but she was on the bench with the team when they won it all; she's seen it done. Keep your fingers crossed that she stays healthy.

Canisius played very poorly in the game one loss at Rider, being shutout by a team that has struggled with pitching all season. They only had three hits. Once they fell behind early in game two, they seemed to play scared, and went on a barrage of endless hitting. They had an incredible 21 hits in the game. Besides Katie's 4 for 4, Meghan Cuda, Alexis Roman, Michelle DelPrince and Robin Kennery each had three hits. Canisius will have to play with this attitude for the rest of the season to be effective.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Griffs Split At Mount St. Mary's

The Golden Griffins began their last extended road trip in preparation for MAAC season Saturday with a doubleheader split at Mount St. Mary's in Emmitsburg, Md.

I wasn't able to watch these games as they were blacked out by both schools, so here's a summary from the box scores.
Canisius won game one 6-0 behind the complete game of Jen Consaul, who struck out seven and scattered four hits. Two bases loaded walks gave the Griffs a 2-0 lead in the second inning. In the third, Bethany DeMarco hit a double that scored Stephanie Pfentner. And in the fourth, Robin Kennery and Tori Nappo singled home runs.

Game two went 10 innings, with the Griffs losing 4-3. Amanda Baun returned to action, and pitched the first nine innings, allowing just two earned runs, and striking out six. Jen Consaul entered the circle in the 10th inning, and the game ended with three consecutive bunts and a two out single. Robin Kennery hit a home run in this game, and drove home all three Canisius runs. She was 4 for 8 on the day with four RBIs.

The Griffs continue their road trip with a doubleheader at the College of Charleston on Tuesday.


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Griffs Drop Doubleheader; Head Into Final Tuneup

Bethany DeMarco hit her first career home run Saturday
Ohio 4
Canisius 0

Ohio 7
Canisius 6


The Golden Griffins were swept in Athens, OH in their doubleheader against Ohio Saturday. Canisius never got their offense rolling until late in the second game. But when they did, it was once again in quick strike fashion, as they scored four runs after two outs were made in the sixth inning. Actually, there were three outs, but the Griffs got a break with a dropped third strike after which allowed Val Nappo to reach base. Bethany DeMarco then got the rally started with her first career homer. A single by Alexis Roman, and doubles by Meghan Cuda and Michelle DelPrince cut the Ohio lead to 7-5. In the seventh inning, Tori Nappo drove home Marissa Miller, who had doubled, to pull the Griffs to within a run. But they would get no closer. Corinne Schaus started the second game for Canisius, and struggled while surrendering three home runs.  The first game of the doubleheader saw Canisius lose 4-0; they were never really in this game. Jen Consaul had a rough first inning in the circle, falling behind 2-0; but pitched well the remainder of the game.

Canisius will now have a stretch of seven games in a final preparation for the MAAC season. They are scheduled to play at Buffalo Wednesday, but weather may play a factor as spring is late in coming this year. After that, they will head south for a trio of doubleheaders.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Griffs Complete Friday Sweep

Val Nappo drove home winning run in the 7th
Canisius 6
George Mason 3


The Golden Griffins defeated host George Mason to sweep the first day of the Cherry Blossom Classic Friday in Fairfax, VA.

It really was a great day for Canisius, as they rebounded from a poor showing last weekend and returned to the top of the MAAC with a 10-4 record. After falling behind to the Patriots 1-0 after an inning, the Griffs took the lead in the top of the second inning when Michelle DelPrince, who had  a great day, singled home two runs. George Mason would again take a lead, 3-2, into the fourth inning; but again the Griffs bounced back, this time to tie the game. After Bethany DeMarco led off the inning with a single, she was sent home by Meghan Cuda. The game remained tied at 3-3 until the top of the seventh inning when the Griffs scored three runs to seal the win. It was the Nappo sisters batting in tandem that provided the offense. First Val singled home two runs; then Tori drove home another run thanks to an error. Jen Consaul pitched a complete game for the win, allowing only one earned run. The Griffs committed four errors in this one, but Jen showed good control throughout, walking no one. Michelle DelPrince and Alexis Roman both had a pair of hits.

Canisius faces a most difficult challenge on Saturday. They will play powerful Ohio State, then a rematch with revenge minded Pittsburgh, who the Griffs crushed earlier today.