Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Tori Pettine Verbally Commits To Buffalo

Infielder Tori Pettine has verbally committed to play softball at the University at Buffalo. Pettine will join the Bulls for the 2011 season, and is currently playing for the Witches Elite Gold out of New Jersey. She is very fast with a strong arm. She also led her high school team last year with a .437 average.

Riley

Homerun Softball College Showcase



The 2009 Homerun Softball College Showcase is scheduled to be held this weekend, October 3&4, at the Pepsi Center in Amherst. This is a 16U/18U Showcase.

Participating teams:

Amherst Lightning Elite Leonard
WNY Elite
Mustangs
Palmerston Marlins
CNY Wildcats
Rochester Lady Lions
New Era Diamonds Girls Malicki
Amherst Lightning Koshofer
Renegade Gold
Whitby Eagles
WNY Diamond Girls Smith
WNY Sting
Amherst Lightning Gold
New Era Del Prince

Coaches from many colleges will be there, including Canisius, Niagara, and Buffalo. Canisius and Buffalo are scheduled for a controlled scrimmage across the street at Nan Harvey Field on the UB Campus (10am according to Canisius, 11am according to UB) on Saturday---so it will be a full weekend of softball, if the weather cooperates.

See the full schedule by clicking HERE

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

2010 Empire State Games

The 2010 Empire State Games will be held held in Buffalo, which means an extra Softball tournament next summer!

Who will play for the Western team? Chelsea Plimpton and Michelle Fridey were members of the 2008 team (there were no games in 2009). Likely they will be on next year's squad. Katie Lancellotti seems to be a probable choice.

The entire Games will be spread out over many local campuses, including Canisius. I'm guessing the softball will be played at the Pepsi Center. More on this next year.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Buffalo Bulls 2010 Schedule

http://www.ubathletics.buffalo.edu/softball/schedule.shtml

The Buffalo Bulls have released their 2010 Softball schedule. Although there are still a number of tournament dates to be filled in with opponents, you can see they have a very challenging season ahead.

The Bulls will open their season on February 19 playing in the first of five tournaments in Denton, Texas. They also will participate in tournaments in California, including pitcher Terese Diaz's hometown of San Diego. They will be facing some top notch schools including: Fresno St., Arkansas, Long Beach St., and Syracuse. Wonder who the "TBAs" are?

The Bulls first home game is March 27 against arch rival Canisius. They will also host local rivals Niagara and St. Bonaventure. They open MAC play on April 2 in Kalamazoo, Michigan against Western Michigan. They will play host to six MAC schools, with the regular season ending at home against Toledo on May 9.

Buffalo is hopeful of reaching the MAC tournament which will be held in Akron, Ohio beginning May 12.

The Bulls have a lot of young players for 2010, and they will receive their baptism of fire with this difficult schedule. Should be a very interesting season.

I am looking to expand my coverage this coming season, as time permits.

Riley

Sunday, September 27, 2009

No Game At McCarthy Field Today

RAINED OUT!
*UPDATE--The game today was rained out*

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Paige Freiberger Is The New Cameron Norton

A very nice crowd showed up at the cloud blanketed Demske Sports Complex to watch a 9 inning fall ball game between Canisius and Mercyhurst won by the Griffs 9-0.

Once again I have to highlight the play of third baseman Paige Freiberger (I'm running out of her photos!). She is having a fabulous fall season as she makes the transition to third base replacing the graduated Cameron Norton. For the second consecutive game, Paige blasted a three run homer, this time deep over the left field fence. She is hitting with Cameron Norton like power so far in her junior season. She also hit two singles, and walked, and scored another run. She was perfect in the field, including a great catch in foul territory up against the Mercyhurst dugout. I can't say enough about how well she's playing---she looks like she's been at third her whole life. I wrote a couple months ago in the profiles not to be surprised if she made another dramatic jump in her play. So far she looks on target.

The Griffs received shutout pitching from Caroline Main and Amanda Baun. Caroline pitched five innings, and was generally in control. Amanda pitched four innings, and although she had some control trouble again with a number of walks, she also struck out five I believe.

Lauren Falzone continued her solid fall play, and solidified her claim to right field starting status, by making a fantastic catch over the right field fence and robbing Mercyhurst of a homer. Her defensive play this fall has been stellar, she has great range and an eye for the ball.

Lauren Hope had a great day at the plate hitting for a bunt single, a double, and a triple. She also stole two bases.

Katie Medina smashed a double today. Katie Lancellotti made a great catch at shortstop that stopped a couple runs from scoring. Michelle Fridey had a hit and a couple stolen bases. Lauryn Chris stole a base as well. Amanda Cannizzo got an infield hit and scored a run. Lizzy Gatto, Brittany Wood, and Kerry Ulmer did not play today. Apparently there is a bug going around Canisius.

At the end of the game, the rains came and it did feel like a spring game to the spectators! Tomorrow's game at McCarthy Field is up in the air right now, we'll have to see what the weather does. Game time is set for noon.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Griffs Play Two This Weekend

Saturday at the Demske Sports Complex, the Canisius Golden Griffins play host to Mercyhurst College. The Division 2 Lakers are from Erie, PA . Griffs' assistant coach Kim Griffin played at Mercyhurst, and led the team in hitting in 2006. She did some pitching as well. Game begins at 2pm.

On Sunday Canisius will host Monroe County Community College, but this time at McCarthy Field in Buffalo, which is located off of Amherst St. between Main and Bailey. It's about 2 miles from the Demske. Last fall I told you that MCCC were 3-time NJCAA Division 3 National Champions. They didn't win it all last season, but they were in the National Finals once more. They finished the 2009 season 38-11 and ranked third in the nation. Game begins at noon.

There's a chance of rain both days, mostly Saturday.


McCarthy Field

Val Nappo Of Clarence

With whom will Clarence's Val Nappo, NFCA East Region 2nd Teamer and 2010 graduate, sign to play college softball. She is a very talented first baseman, and a very strong hitter. Anyone with inside info may write me!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Transition Completed

It's looks like the transition to the new URL is complete. Hopefully there will be no more glitches!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

oops

I think we were offline for a few minutes. As I wrote a few days ago, we are transitioning to the new URL, so there may have been a glitch.
FYI, the old URL will always redirect to the new one after the transition is complete.

http://www.goldengriffinssoftball.com/

Griffs To Play St. Francis (PA) In 2010

Another piece of the Canisius Softball 2010 schedule finds the Griffs traveling to Loretto, PA on April 14 for a doubleheader against the Red Flash. St. Francis competes in the Northeast Conference, and finished the 2009 season with a 21-30 record. The Griffs are 17-2 all time vs. the Red Flash. The last time the teams met was in 2008 at Canisius with the Griffs sweeping.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

New Address

Please be advised that this blog will be at a new address. Actually, the address is available now, but the transition will not be completed for a few days. However, the old address will always redirect to the new one. With the new address will come new features, which I will work on in the off season.

The new address is:

http://www.goldengriffinssoftball.com/

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Griffs Get A Good Workout

The Canisius College Golden Griffins and Buffalo Bulls conducted a controlled scrimmage today at UB's sun drenched Nan Harvey Field.

Sunday in Amherst brought a perfect day, a dusty field, and a 2 1/2 hour softball workout for the two local division 1 teams. The day started with a three inning game, in which all the Canisius pitchers threw. The Griffs stole three bases in the first inning, which resulted in a run driven in by a sacrifice fly by Lizzy Gatto. Then with two runners on base, Paige Freiberger blasted a three run homer deep over the centerfield fence. The Griffs won the mini game 4-1.

Next up was a long series of set plays, with both teams taking two at bats. All sorts of hitting and base running scenarios took place, with runners always on base. A lot of practiced hit and runs, double steals and so forth . The players must be tired tonight---they were all covered with dust from running around and sliding. All three Canisius pitchers threw a lot in the scrimmage, and they performed well. Brittany Wood made a nice play throwing out a runner at home. Paige Freiberger was sharp again at third base. Lizzy Gatto made a very nice throw home from centerfield. Lauren Hope laid down an excellent bunt and beat the throw; she's such a great runner. She also caught the Buffalo catcher napping on one play by scurrying home behind the lead runner and sliding under the tag.

Buffalo kept their two top pitchers (Terese Diaz and Sharon Barr) off the field today for some reason. The Bulls look to have some fine freshmen in their lineup, particularly Taylor Franich, who is unbelievably fast. She beat a Katie Lancellotti throw to first; I think Katie was surprised by her speed. Their first baseman Jessica Griffin also looks like a top notch player.

The two teams will have another scrimmage on October 3. Next weekend the Griffs play two: Saturday at the Demske against Mercyhurst, and Sunday against Monroe Community at McCarthy Park.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Griffs Play Bulls Sunday

The Canisius Golden Griffins Softball team travels to Nan Harvey Field on the Buffalo campus tomorrow to play the Bulls in a controlled scrimmage at 4pm. The forecast calls for sunny skies and a high of 72.

This will be Buffalo's first time out on the field this fall, as they have pulled out of their first 2 scheduled tournaments.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Amanda Baun Impresses Early

Just a few months ago Canisius Freshman Amanda Baun was pitching for King High School in Riverside, California. 3000 miles later, Amanda has begun her college career in a strong way.

In 17 innings pitched, Amanda has allowed only 1 run. Her most impressive outing was Sunday against Niagara, who she shutout allowing only 1 hit. Certainly this is only fall ball, but Amanda seems very confident and composed in the circle. Twice she has opened a game by striking out the side, and she looks as strong at the end of the game as when it began. The real bullets don't fly until February, but Amanda is off to a good start.

Hope she likes snow!

Monday, September 14, 2009

New Template


I'm installing a new and (hopefully) improved template today so the blog may look incomplete while I'm doing this.

BTW, we had a record number of visitors yesterday, 124. Thanks for reading!

Update: Everything is pretty much done.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Third Baseman Paige Freiberger

I forgot to mention that new Third Baseman Paige Freiberger was outstanding this weekend. She was perfect in the field, and made some difficult plays. Replacing the graduated Cameron Norton is not an easy task. Paige also seems to be assuming a greater leadership role.

Griffs Win 2009 Canisius/Nan Harvey Tournament

FINAL STANDINGS
  1. Canisius 3-1
  2. St. Bonaventure 2-2
  3. Niagara 1-3
A Sunday split was good enough to give Canisius the 2009 Nan Harvey title as the tournament closed today.

The Griffs opened play Sunday with a 4-0 win over MAAC rival Niagara. Amanda Baun threw a one-hitter against the Purple Eagles today. She had gone into the 6th inning allowing no hits until Teresa Healy hit a clean single into right field, but that was about all Niagara could muster off of her. Amanda opened the game by striking out the side, and was in complete control until a Niagara threat in the 6th inning which she eventually smothered.

Lauren Falzone smashed a bases loaded triple that brought in 3 runs and gave the Griffs all the offense they would need. Lauren scored when Lauren Hope hit a double to the fence. Defensively, the Griffs were perfect, highlighted by a fabulous Emily Helbig catch in foul territory.

Game 2 of the day was a different story, with St. Bonaventure earning revenge for the 13-2 drubbing they suffered at the hands of the Griffs the previous day. Caroline Main started this game, and unfortunately could not repeat her stellar performance of Saturday. She was replaced after 3 innings by Brittany Wood, who pitched very well in the 4th and 5th innings with 2 strikeouts, but did give up a few runs in the 6th. The rest of the team simply did not play well in the Griffs' final game of the tourney. Amanda Cannizzo did drive a double to the fence, but was sent to third and thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple. The Griffs scored a run in the 6th to make the final score, I think it was 9-1 (scoreboard wasn't working, and I didn't feel like keeping track! I guess I'm a loyalist). The Bonnies played very well in this game, particularly pitcher Erin Nargi.

The last game of the tournament , the result of which gave Canisius the outright title, was a thriller between Niagara and St. Bona. Niagara won 3-2 in 9 innings in a very hard fought game.

It was too bad Buffalo could not participate this year, but the softball action and the great weather made the 2009 Nan Harvey Tournament a success!

Next up for the Griffs is a game at Nan Harvey Field against Buffalo next Sunday.

2009 Nan Harvey Tournament Standings

  1. Canisius 2-0
  2. St. Bonaventure 1-1
  3. Niagara 0-2

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Griffs Take Two At The Pepsi Center



Emily Helbig hit a stand up triple today! That's the first thing I wanted to mention. And then Coach Rappl sent a pinch runner in for her! She looks like she gained a step or two over the summer.
The Griffs hit 4 triples, or was it 5? At any rate, they were flying all over the base paths as the Nan Harvey Tournament opened today in Amherst.

It was a beautiful and busy day at the Pepsi Center. The day got progressively warmer, and there was a very loud college football game going on across the street and not very many parking spaces. Canisius, Niagara, and St. Bonaventure got together for a long day of softball.

Canisius and Niagara opened the day with a rematch of the MAAC Championship. This weekend Coach Rappl is giving his pitchers full games; it was Caroline Main's turn against the Purple Eagles, and she was impressive shutting them out 2-0. Caroline has begun fall ball with 11 consecutive shutout innings. She was in control against the powerful Niagara bats. As I wrote last week, she seems to have more movement in her pitches this season, and Niagara only had one serious threat. The Canisius bats weren't particularly hot in this game, but they got some help by way of some illegal pitches thrown by Ali Grab. For Niagara, Kristin Sito was outstanding, making a fabulous catch against St. Bonaventure. Teresa Healy as well made some nice plays.

Game 2 for the Griffs was a 13-2 shellacking of St. Bonaventure. This is where all the triples came. Michelle Fridey hit 2 I believe, Emily as I mentioned, Lizzy Gatto hit one too. The Griffs scored 5 runs in the first inning and never looked back.

It's only fall ball, so I don't concentrate on the statistics but how players are looking. Amanda Baun pitched the second game, and she looked strong, with the exception of losing some batters with walks. The 2 pitching coaches were working with her closely during the game. Division 1 softball is all new to her; she has a lot of learning to do. Brittany Wood does too, she only pitched to a few batters at the end of the day. Look for her to pitch a full game tomorrow.

Stephanie Pfentner played a lot today, got another RBI, and scored a run that had the Canisius bench laughing! She was coming around third on a Lauren Hope triple (I knew I missed one!), and as Lauren reached third (wow, she's fast) Stephanie was halfway home and fell (oops) she should have been out by a mile, but the throw home was wild and she scored, to the great delight of her teammates! But Stephanie already looks comfortable behind the plate, and up at bat. She's going to be an All-MAAC player, trust me. I would look for Taylor Klun to see extensive action Sunday.

Lauren Hope was running wild all day. Lauryn Chris made an outstanding catch behind second base, and just missed a difficult double play. Once again, Katie Lancellotti made an outstanding play that didn't result in an out. She makes these stops that very few shortstops can make, and it was too late to throw out the runner, but the ball should have been in the outfield anyway. Michelle Fridey was smacking the ball hard again. Lauren Falzone made a fabulous catch in right field. Again Paige Freiberger played all day at third base, and made some nice plays. Chloe Contreras got into the second game and made a catch in right field. Lizzy Gatto had hits and RBIs and was as competitive as ever, challenging a bad call even though her team was up 12-1 in a fall ball game! Future captain.

BTW, saw Jen Sansano hanging out behind the St. Bonaventure bench watching her future team.

Another long day of softball tomorrow at the Pepsi Center begins at 10am.

Friday, September 11, 2009

New Nan Harvey Tournament Schedule

Buffalo has dropped out of the tournament, so the new game schedule is as follows:

Saturday
Canisius vs. Niagara 10am
Niagara vs. St. Bonaventure 12pm
Canisius vs. St. Bonaventure 2pm

Sunday
Canisius vs. Niagara 10am
Canisius vs. St. Bonaventure 12pm
Niagara vs. St. Bonaventure 2pm

Thanks Jesse for the info!
So now you have a tripleheader of games, and it looks like the weather will cooperate.
Be advised that there is a football game being played at UB Saturday, so there may be some traffic.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Canisius/Nan Harvey Tournament 2009

The annual Nan Harvey Tournament, which is hosted by Canisius, is being held this weekend at the Pepsi Center in Amherst. Games Saturday and Sunday begin at 10am. Canisius, Buffalo, Niagara, and St. Bonaventure continue their local rivalries in this fall ball tourney.
*Just found out Buffalo has dropped out of the tournament. More on this later.

Nan Harvey is a legend at the University at Buffalo, from where she graduated in 1978 after playing for the Volleyball and Basketball teams. UB did not have a Softball program then, which was too bad because Nan is a member of the Western New York Softball Hall Of Fame. She played for the Buffalo Sunbirds, and led them to 4 National Championship appearances. She was also a Softball umpire of national renown, she was inducted into the National Indicator Fraternity of the Amateur Softball Hall of Fame.

Nan Harvey returned to UB in 1983 to become Head Coach of the Softball program, which competed in Division 3 at the time. She was SUNYAC Coach Of The Year in 1985, leading the Bulls to the NJCAA Tournament and a #12 National rank.

Nan went on to become Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator at Buffalo. Before she passed away after a dignified battle with ovarian cancer on September 2, 2003 (at age 46), Nan Harvey bequeathed $200,000 to the UB Athletic Fund with the stipulation that it be used to advance women's sports. Buffalo's beautiful Softball park is named in her honor.


Nan Harvey 1956-2003

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Nice Article On Mallory Aldred

I stumbled upon this Canadian article about Mallory Aldred.
BTW, Mallory was at the game today.

http://newsdurhamregion.com/sports/article/133293

Griffs Win Fall Ball Opener

Brittany Wood earned her first win in a Canisius uniform and all the freshmen saw considerable playing time as the Griffs defeated the Brampton Blazers 5-2 in a 10 inning game at the Demske Sports Complex today.

What a great day to begin the 2009-10 softball season at Canisius College. Beautiful sunny weather attracted a nice crowd as the fall season began; in fact it was so nice today that the Griffs decided to play in shorts for a change. Canisius won the game 5-2, but more important was the debut of the newest Griffs. I was very impressed with all of them; I'm sure they had some jitters but they all performed well.

Today was the first time I saw Amanda Baun pitch, and guess what? She struck out the side in her very first inning! Last year Coach Rappl mentioned that Amanda has the potential to be a power pitcher, and I can see why he said that. She seems to have a lot of lower body strength that puts an extra zip into her pitch. She pitched 3 innings.

Brittany Wood picked up the win as I wrote. She has a different style compared to Amanda---more deceptive. She had a couple strikeouts as well, and kept the batters guessing. She completely fooled a couple of batters with her pitches. And BTW, they are both good fielders. Caroline Main started the game, and she breezed through 3 innings of work (as well as the 10th inning). It seemed to me that she has more movement on her pitches this year.

Chloe Contreras got into the game in right field, where she made a catch, and was 2 for 3 in the game hitting 2 nice singles. She also scored a run. Chloe is a very petite girl, but she gets very close to the plate. And she is very fast on the bases.

Stephanie Pfentner had 2 hits and she just missed hitting a towering homer to left field. It went foul, and just like in her Clarence days, the outfielders moved back to the fence after that! She's going to be hitting some out, be sure of that. She was solid behind the plate, saving a run by stopping a wild pitch with the bases loaded.

Katie Medina played some at 2nd base and at shortstop. While at short, she made a terrific catch while ranging quite far into the outfield. She didn't get a hit today, but she is very athletic.

Taylor Klun didn't see much action today, I'm sure she will next week. She hit a long foul ball in her only at bat, she's big and strong at the plate with a nice swing. The Griffs have 3 outstanding catchers on the roster this year.

So that's what happened with the freshmen. As I have been guessing (*pat on the back*) Paige Freiberger played the entire game at 3rd base. So it does indeed look as if she will be replacing Cameron Norton. She played well too, she has a strong arm, which is needed at 3rd. I know she played catcher and 2nd base in high school, so this is new for her.

Michelle Fridey hit a long double that just missed going over the fence. She played a lot behind the plate, and looked in command. Look for her to have a great senior year.

Lizzy Gatto played much of the game at shortstop (Katie Lancellotti was designated player and hit a long double). And you know what? She looked great there! I'm not exactly sure why she was playing there, but I think she could excel at any position.

Emily Helbig made a great catch that the umpire said hit the wire fence---Emily said "no way"! I agreed. Lauryn Chris made some nice plays at 2nd base, Kerry Ulmer started at 1st base. Amanda Cannizzo played a lot in centerfield, Lauren Falzone in right, Lauren Hope in left. Lauren hasn't lost a step, beating out a grounder for a single.

Let's hope the weather stays nice. Next weekend is the Nan Harvey Tournament with 4 games scheduled.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Griffs @ St. Bonaventure Next Spring



Another piece of the Canisius Softball 2010 schedule has the Golden Griffins traveling down to St. Bonaventure University to play the Bonnies in a doubleheader on April 21. Expect some improvements at their scenic park.

Fall season begins tomorrow!

Friday, September 4, 2009

New Talent At Buffalo

Hello everyone, long time no blog. I promised back in May that I would profile the incoming freshmen of the Buffalo Softball Bulls, and it is a talented group. This is Coach Teague's first recruiting class, and it looks as if she has done much to shore up the team.

Ashley Bertot (League City, TX) is a 2nd baseman and outfielder who played at Clear Creek High School and the Texas Storm Gold. She was All County 1st Team and led her school to the Region III Finals, hitting .336 for the Lady Wildcats. She's a slap hitter with a lot of speed.



Taylor Franich (Enumclaw, WA) is an outfielder who played at Enumclaw High School (All-Washington State 1st Team), the Washington Lady Hawks Gold, and the Washington Sidewinders. Franich is also fast, she led her high school league in stolen bases in 2009. She was captain of Enumclaw, team Defensive MVP, and a scholar athlete award winner. She is a lefty slap hitter.



Alyssa Ward (Cameron Park, CA) is an infielder and catcher who played at Ponderosa High School and Runnin' Rebels Gold out in California. She had a terrific 2009 season with the Bruins of Ponderosa hitting .402 with 3 HR's , 4 doubles, and 8 triples. She also knocked in 32 runs in 27 games. Ward has size and power, something the Bulls sorely lacked in 2008. She may spell Kristin Waldron behind the plate occasionally, but will probably play in the infield or as a DP.



Andi Saucier (Peoria, AZ) is an infielder who played at Centennial High School and the Arizona Outlaws, where she was a teammate of current Bull Alexandra Bejarano. I don't have much information on Saucier, but you can watch a number of her skill videos here:
http://video.berecruited.com/videos/athletes/216350

#10


Jessica Griffin (Placentia, CA) is a 1st Baseman who played at Valencia High School. She is a power hitter who had a .339 average in 2009, and a player of whom Coach Teague says will "bring (the) program to the next level".



Coach Jennifer Teague has holes to fill in the infield, and needs to get her pitchers out of the batters box. Look for these freshmen to see considerable playing time in 2010.

Riley

Miami University Tournament



Another piece of the Canisius College Softball 2010 schedule:
The Golden Griffins will play in the Miami University Tournament March 19-21, in Oxford, Ohio.

The Griffs will play host Miami, Robert Morris, Toledo, and Michigan State.

Pictured is Miami's beautiful new softball park.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Five Freshmen

Five freshmen begin their Softball careers with Canisius this weekend as the Griffs begin practicing and the 2009 Fall Season begins.

Last season I published an article entitled "Seven Freshmen", however one of them never played. Katie Medina is listed as a frosh this season, with four years of eligibility I presume, and will see her first action on the field. She is an infielder. Emily Helbig (first base) and Katie Lancellotti (shortstop) are locked into the lineup. With Kerry Ulmer also a first baseman, that leaves three players for two infield positions. Paige Freiberger figures to be a starter, but at which base? She was the Griffs regular at second last season, but she did play an inning or two at third. Will she take over Cameron Norton's position? I think so. Sophomore Lauryn Chris probably will be the second baseman this year; perhaps Katie Medina will spend time at both bases.

Two new catchers join the Golden Griffins this season. All ECIC stars Stephanie Pfentner and Taylor Klun. When the 2010 season gets to tournament time, I'm sure senior Michelle Fridey will be doing all the catching, but Stephanie and Taylor should see a lot of action behind the plate, and as designated players maybe. I've seen both of them play---they can both hit the ball hard, and both are outstanding defensively. They should be a great tandem for the next four years.

The speedy Chloe Contreras will probably begin her Canisius career as the fifth outfielder, but should see plenty of pinch running duty as well. And she will also provide continuation of the uniform number "00". Oh Oh!

The freshman who may have a bit more pressure on her shoulders than the others is the new pitcher Amanda Baun . Coach Rappl has enlisted WNY Softball Hall Of Famer Mary Ann Hopkins as a volunteer coach to help with the pitchers; she previously coached with the Griffs in the early 1990's. Not a surprising move because as of this writing, it can't be said of the Griffs that they have a #1 pitcher---it would seem to be an open competition for circle time come 2010. Will sophomore Caroline Main progress into the primary pitcher? That's an unanswered question right now. I've never seen Amanda pitch, she certainly had outstanding statistics. She was captain of her team as well.

Good luck to the class of 2013 this season!



Taylor Klun, Williamsville East 2009