Friday, July 31, 2009

Canisius vs. Buffalo Fall Scrimmages

The Canisius Golden Griffins and Buffalo Bulls will meet for two controlled scrimmages this fall at Nan Harvey Field on the Buffalo campus. The dates are: September 20 @4pm, and October 3 @ 11am. Thanks to UB Coach Teague for the information.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

2010 Player Profiles Completed

...for now anyway. I've tried to add more information this year, more observations (just my opinions) and more photos, and a few videos as well. If anyone feels I've missed any pertinent facts, or made any mistakes, please email me (addy in my profile).

The links to the player profiles are on the right hand side of this blog.

Monday, July 27, 2009

5 Local Teams In PONY Natioanls

5 local softball teams are competing in the PONY Nationals in Akron, Ohio this week (July 27-August 2). In the 16U Tournament are: Amherst Lightning Blue, West Seneca Magic, New Era Diamond Girls, and Hamburg Breakers. Competing in the 18U Tournament are: Amherst Lightning Gold. The event is being sponsored by the Akron Racers (Angela Tincher's team).
You can follow the teams' progress by CLICKING HERE

Good luck girls!

You may recall the 2006 Amherst Lightning 16U won the PONY title with a team that included current Griffs Kerry Ulmer, Katie Lancellotti, and Amanda Cannizzo.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Canisius Softball---Best College Team In WNY

I'm not big on other sports, but I have done a little research. Of all the Division 1 colleges and universities in the Western New York area, I can not find one athletic program that has been as successful as the Canisius College Softball program. In fact, I can't find one that comes close. Write me if you can.

The Canisius Synchronized Swimming team is good right now, with Natalia Tarasova winning a gold medal in the solo swim at the National Championships this past spring. As a matter of fact, you can watch that here:

I can not find another team be it basketball, football, hockey, baseball, volleyball, or any other ball that can compare to the Canisius Softball Griffs. All the victories, all the conference titles, all the NCAA Tournament appearances, all the star players, all the records (the Griffs once held the national record for consecutive wins, I think it was 35), and of course a coach who founded the program some 30 years ago.

I even think they're better than the Buffalo Bills! They deserve more coverage than they get in the local press. And I wish more people would come to the games, they don't play many at home. It's a good college atmosphere, and...they don't charge you to get in! Parking is even free! Next spring Canisius will be hosting the MAAC Softball Championship, as the team tries for yet another title. Let's hope the local press gives this big time coverage.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Val Nappo Named To All-East Region Team

Clarence High School senior to be Val Nappo was recently honored by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association as an East Region second teamer. Val has been a teammate of Griffs Katie Lancellotti and Stephanie Pfentner, obviously Clarence has become a hotbed of softball talent. Val's sister Tori plays on the team as well, and threw a no hitter in her first varsity start.
Congratulations Val!

Val Nappo pictured left. Stephanie Pfentner right.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

2009 Aunt Rosie's Champions

The 2009 Aunt Rosie's International Fastpitch Tournament has concluded. Here are the champions:

  • 12U: New Era Diamond Girls (Hennessy)
  • 14U: New Era Diamond Girls (Muni)
  • 16U: La Nova
  • 18U: Team Ontario
  • Open: Team Dong It

Another great job by the organizers. Congratulations to the winners and all the teams.

Jen Sansano at Aunt Rosie's 2009

Katie Miranto Named To MAAC Post

Former Canisius softball great Katie Miranto was recently appointed by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference as director of championships and special events. The 2008 MAAC female student-athlete of the year will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of 22 of the 25 postseason events that the MAAC hosts.

Coach Rappl Press Conference

This press conference with Canisius softball coach Mike Rappl is from May as the Griffs were preparing for the NCAA Tournament, but is very interesting in what he had to say about the 2009 team and the Canisius softball program in general. Captains Mallory Aldred and Cameron Norton are interviewed as well.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Canisus/Nan Harvey Fall Classic 2009

The University at Buffalo have announced the dates for the annual Canisius/Nan Harvey Classic. It will be held September 12-13 at the Pepsi Center in Amherst. The tournament involves the local "Big 4"---Canisius, Buffalo, Niagara, and St. Bonaventure. There will be simultaneous games and a championship/consolation on the 13th. Last year's second day was rained out, hopefully the weather will cooperate this year.

UB have also announced that they will play a controlled scrimmage against the Griffs on October 3, although they have not indicated on which campus this will be held.

I have also discovered a piece of the Griffs' 2010 schedule. They will be playing in the Coastal Carolina tournament February 26-28. Teams included besides the host school: Eastern Kentucky, Jacksonville, and Big East power DePaul, who have Cat Osterman as an assistant coach. Coastal Carolina is located in Conway, South Carolina minutes from Myrtle Beach. Not a surprising schedule because freshman Brittany Wood is from South Carolina and the Griffs seem to always go to the home areas of their recruits.

Griffs Sweep Dominican Republic National Team

Paige Freiberger hit a grand slam homer and Mallory Aldred and Caroline Main both pitched complete games as the Griffs win 2 in Santo Domingo over the Dominican National team by scores of 6-1 and 2-1.
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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Griffs Sweep Dominican Republic Jr. National Team

Mallory Aldred pitches a 1 hitter and Caroline Main throws a shutout in 8-0 and 9-0 wins. More important however was the Griffs' visit to a Dominican orphanage.
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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Golden Griffins Travel To Dominican Republic

The Canisius softball team is on their way to the Dominican Republic today where they will be playing a number of games against Dominican teams and holding clinics.
"This is the first time we're attempting anything like this," coach Mike Rappl said.

NCAA regulations allow for teams to take one trip abroad prior to or following regular-season competition every four years. In past years, the team has traveled to Italy to sightsee and compete. This year, a weak dollar forced Rappl to look elsewhere.

So he approached the trip with a new perspective.

Through Score International, an organization that arranges mission trips and athletic outreach opportunities, the team will participate in service-oriented projects along with competing against numerous national teams in the Dominican Republic.

"People have asked me, "Why are you going?'" Rappl said. "We want to give a chance for our players to play a little more. To thank the seniors. To maybe open the team's eyes to understand how much we have here and appreciate it."

The team and coaching staff will arrive Saturday evening and practice Sunday. For the next five days, the team will divide its time between softball and service.

On Wednesday, the team will open competition against the Dominican Republic national team in Pan American Stadium. Canisius has not formally competed since ending its season with a loss to Kentucky in the first elimination game of the NCAA Tournament's Columbus Regional.


From what I understand, this is the 2009 team going, which means last year's Seniors get a last chance to play for Canisius. So in a way, the 2009 season is continuing!

The team has landed in the DR, and you can read about their exploits here:

Monday, July 6, 2009

Team Ontario Win Aunt Rosie's 18U Title

The 18U portion of the Aunt Rosie's International Fastpitch Tournament concluded this Sunday with a truly international feel as Team Ontario breezed through with a perfect record to win the championship.

They should be named the Ontario Giants---I don't think I've ever seen a taller team, most of the players looked to be over 6 feet! They are a terrific team, and finished pool play without a run being scored on them.

It was a great weekend in Amherst with mostly good weather. It was fun chatting with parents from all over the Northeast (and Canada, which sent some very good teams).

Next up is the Open portion of the tourney this coming weekend, where I think we'll be seeing current Canisius players taking part.


Saturday, July 4, 2009

Taylor Klun Joins Canisius

Catcher Taylor Klun, a recent graduate of Williamsville East and current member of the WNY Sting Extreme, will play for the Golden Griffins beginning this fall.

Taylor is an ECIC 2 All Star, an All WNY Scholar Athlete, and the Williamsville East record holder for homers.

You can watch Taylor play Sunday in the Championship round at the Aunt Rosie's 18U Tournament. The Sting have won 4 of their first 5 games at Aunt Rosie's.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Aunt Rosie's 18U Tourney Underway

Weather canceled the 4:45 games, but the tourney is set to kick off at 6:30 tonight and continue through the holiday weekend.


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Katie Lancellotti's Dad

As you may know, Griffs' shortstop Katie Lancellotti is the daughter of former baseball player Rick Lancellotti. Her father is in the Buffalo Baseball Hall Of Fame, and set the all time record for minor league homers. I'm told by a young softball player that he gives batting lessons.

Anyway, I found this nice New York Times article from 1992 on the life and times of Katie's dad that you may find interesting.

"I had offers from Mexico City and other teams in Italy, but Parma had been calling me for two years," he said. "It's hard because my daughter's 2 and my son is 6. You get on the phone with him, and he wants you to fly home for a day. You wonder a lot of times, is it all worth it? Then I wonder: Could I get this kind of a job back home? The answer is no. Things are tight back there."