Monday, August 31, 2009

Coach Rappl Profile Posted

See his and the players profiles on the right hand side of this page.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Strike Out Cancer Tournament

Summer comes to an end with the 7th Annual Strike Out Cancer Softball Tournament to be held at the Amherst Pepsi Center this weekend, August 28-30.

The Amherst Girls Softball League is again hosting the event, which will be comprised of teams in the 14U and 16U classifications.

All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.
There is no schedule up as of yet at the Tournament site, which you will find here:

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

2009 Fall Schedule Released

September 6
Brampton (12pm) Demske Sports Complex
September 12
Nan Harvey Classic, Pepsi Center, Amherst
St. Bonaventure (10am)
Niagara (12pm)
September 13
Nan Harvey Classic, Pepsi Center, Amherst
Buffalo (10am)
Championship/Consolation (12pm)
September 20
Buffalo (4pm) Nan Harvey Field, UB Campus
September 26
Mercyhurst (2pm) Demske Sports Complex
September 27
Monroe County Community College (12pm) McCarthy Park, Buffalo
October 3
Buffalo (11am) Nan Harvey Field, UB Campus

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Chloe's Godmother

Did you know that three-time Olympic Softball Gold Medalist Leah O'Brien-Amico is the Godmother of....Canisius Freshman Chloe Contreras?

"Chloe works so hard and is so excited about everything she does it's easy to help her out," O'Brien-Amico said. "I like working with the young children because they have their whole careers ahead of them and are still open to what you can teach them about mechanics."

"I know God is going
to do big things through Chloe! He already has. Chloe
was given a 3% chance to live when she was born and her
mother was told to say goodbye to her. God had different
plans and Chloe's life is a miracle. "

Friday, August 21, 2009

WNYers In College Softball---Chelsea Plimpton

Although it seems that Canisius College recruits all the top softball players in Western New York, it isn't true. I will from time to time profile players from the area who are making a splash in College Softball.

Chelsea Plimpton
Williamsville South, Fordham

Some say that Chelsea Plimpton is the greatest pitcher ever to play New York State High School Softball, and she certainly has the statistics to back that claim up. Chelsea's name appears frequently in the NYSPHSAA record book. Chelsea is third all time in victories with 109. She is 7th in career ERA (0.34). Her best ERA in a season was 0.10! She threw the 5th most career no hitters (16), 5 of them coming in 2005. But get this one---Chelsea is the New York State record holder for career perfect games...10 of them! 210 batters up; 210 batters down! She's the New York State record holder for career shutouts (78). First and second for most strikeouts in a season (411, 407). The numbers speak for themselves.

Chelsea was a dominating force for Williamsville South High, where she played with current Griff Michelle Fridey. After her senior season, she was honored as a First Team All-American, the only Western New York Softball player ever to attain that lofty honor (according to her coach Gerry Gentner). When she played at South, the Billies won league and Section VI titles every year, along with a few State Championships. Chelsea Plimpton was possibly the greatest softball player ever in the area.

Chelsea was recruited by St. John's University, where she signed and played her freshman year. However, for some reason the St. John's coach decided not to use her much. Chelsea only saw 33 innings of action on a team that did not have good pitching. Why this was is a mystery. Chelsea decided to go elsewhere, and transferred to Fordham University for the 2009 season. She has fit in quite well with the Rams---she led the team in ERA (1.88) and finished her sophomore year with a 12-4 record. The team finished 37-22, but are in a tough conference (Atlantic 10) with UMass.

Chelsea was in town this summer and led Team Dong It to the Aunt Rosie's Open tournament championship. She also pitched for the WNY Xtreme in the Women's Major Nationals. She previously did play with LaNova as well. My impressions of watching her pitch over the years is that she is very intense and takes every pitch seriously. She has great control. She says herself that she doesn't use the fastball very often because she doesn't want to give the batter anything to hit. You can follow Chelsea at the Fordham website, where they stream a lot of games for free.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Canisius & Buffalo Play Home & Home In 2010

Another piece of the 2010 Canisius softball schedule is in place.

Next spring the Griffs and UB Bulls will play a home and home series on consecutive days. Buffalo will visit the Demske Sports Complex on the Canisius campus on Friday March 26 for a 3pm game. The Griffs will return the favor the next day, Saturday the 27th, with a 2pm game at Nan Harvey Field on the Buffalo campus.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Jen Sansano Commits To St. Bonaventure

Clarence's Jennifer Sansano, 2008 WNY Pitcher Of The Year and multiple All-New York State honoree, has verbally committed to play Softball at St. Bonaventure University beginning in 2011. The 5'11" pitcher, who has a career earned run average of under 1.00, will return for her senior season with Clarence before joining the Bonnies.

This can only be described as a fantastic addition for St. Bonaventure, who also have a young pitcher, Erin Nargi, who was Rochester Player Of The Year in 2007. Erin will begin her sophomore season in a few weeks. Western New York softball fans will be pleased by the opportunity to watch Jen pitch in the area, as the four local teams play one another every year, up here and in the southern tier. St. Bonaventure struggled last season, but Coach Mike Threehouse is stocking his program with talented young players. Congratulations Jen Sansano!

Thanks to my anonymous tipster for the information!

Photo from La Nova website.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Olympics Reject Softball

This just breaking...

Sad news to report.
The International Olympic Committee Executive Board, meeting in Berlin, just now have rejected Softball's bid to be reinstated onto the Olympic program.

Read the article by clicking HERE

The IOC chose to recommend Golf and Rugby. The soonest Softball could possibly return would be 2020.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Two Softball Benefits To Close Out Summer

Two more Softball tournaments are scheduled in Western New York this summer, and both are charitable events.

First up is the second annual Crusade Against Impaired Driving (CAID) tournament, which will take place August 15 in West Seneca at Sunshine Park on East & West Rd. CAID is a non profit advocacy and awareness organization founded in the memory of Karen Kwiatkowski, whose life was tragically cut short in a drunk driving accident and who was a softball player who frequently played at Sunshine Park. 17 teams are registered to play in the one day event, organized by Karen's sister Deanna Russo who hopes to raise $10,000 this year. The games begin at 8am, and should end about 5pm. For more information, visit:

The 7th annual Strike Out Cancer Tournament will take place August 28-30 at the Pepsi Center in Amherst. It will be a 14U and 16U tournament. All proceeds will go to cancer research.
Visit the tournament page here:

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Nan Harvey Tournament Schedule

September 12
Canisius vs. St. Bonaventure 10am
Canisius vs. Niagara 12pm

September 13
Canisius vs. Buffalo 10am
Championship/Consolation 12pm

All games played at the Pepsi Center in Amherst.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

3 Griffs Playing For Women's Major Championship

Katie Lancellotti and Kerry Ulmer will be playing for the Western NY Xtreme at the Women's Major Softball National Championship in Stratford, CT. beginning August 6. Also playing for the Xtreme will be Chelsea Plimpton, who pitches at Fordham and was an All-American while at Williamsville South, and Buffalo State's All-American Niki Sabuda. The Xtreme finished 2nd last year.

The famous Brakettes are hosting the tournament (it was in Buffalo last year), so it's possible the games will be streamed at their site.

For more information, CLICK HERE

Make it 3 Griffs, as I see Michelle Fridey is also playing with the Xtreme.