Saturday, October 31, 2009

Ashley Snider Verbally Commits To St. Bonaventure

Lancaster High School (NY) star shortstop Ashley Snider has verbally committed to play softball at St. Bonaventure beginning with the 2011 season.

Ashley, who was named All-ECIC in 2009 (which BTW was a very talented group), enters her senior season at Lancaster this coming spring having been honored as an All-ECIC player since she was in 8th grade. She hits for high averages with plenty of doubles and triples. She has played for the WNY Sting, and is currently on the LaNova roster.

Once again, Bonnies Coach Mike Threehouse is building a talented squad down there in the southern tier.
Congratulations Ashley!

Canisius Softball's Secret Weapon

Canisius College’s softball program currently has seven players on its roster who had their skills honed as members of the Amherst Lightning Travel Softball Summer program, under the guidance of travel coordinator John Tripi.
Amherst Bee

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Griffs To Play At Norfolk State In 2010

Another sneak peek at the 2010 Canisius Softball schedule shows the Golden Griffins traveling to Norfolk, Virginia the second weekend of the season for a doubleheader against the Spartans on February 20.

The Griffs swept Norfolk State down there last season 6-1; 18-0.

Stars Of Spring

Now that sophomore Lauryn Chris is poised to move into the starting role at second base for the Griffs, let's take a look back at her sophomore season at Gilroy High School when she became the Mustangs' lead off hitter and led the team with a .425 batting average. She hadn't played much her freshman season, but her hard work forced her coach's hand:

Very effective as a lead-off hitter...speed and quickness made Chris a threat in the basepaths...Batting average of .425 led the team...Played outfield last season but her range in the infield allowed Chris to make a seamless transition to second this year..."All year she was able to start us off and able to advance to second and third...She's very consistent as a batter as well," said Gilroy softball head coach Catherine Hallada. "From her attitude and hard work within the first week (of the season) or so, I knew she'd be great. Every day after practice, she stays after and does her own running...Even though she's young, it doesn't mean anything. Her talent and motivation are very accelerated."

I remember in the 2008 fall season, Coach Rappl used her in the lead off position in the batting order. Will she be the Griffs' lead off hitter in 2010? I don't know, but I expect her to play a more prominent role on the team in the coming season (and beyond). I noticed this fall that her swing seemed to be stronger; and she was as fast as ever. As a regular player, Lauryn generally led her teams in runs scored. We had a taste of her ability last season; it will be very interesting to watch her evolve into a regular player.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Girls In Sports Clinic

Michelle Fridey, 21, senior catcher on the Canisius College softball team said, “It’s nice to be a role model for these girls and show them how they can get out and play more, make lots of friends and use sports as an alternative to help them stay out of trouble.” Fridey went to high school locally at Williamsville South and in addition to her stellar softball career, she played soccer and basketball in high school and is majoring in health and physical education at Canisius.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Tags Completed

All the posts have now been labeled.
A tag cloud is on the left hand side of this page for your convenience.

Sammi Gallardo Verbals With Buffalo

San Diego Renegade infielder Sammi Gallardo will be joining the Bulls for the 2011 season.

Gallardo is a former teammate of current Buffalo pitcher Terese Diaz and plays softball for Otay Ranch High School, where she also plays basketball and volleyball.

Gallardo is versatile and capable at all infield positions. She has good speed and hits with power.


Saturday, October 24, 2009

GoGriffs Twitter Added

Check out the official Canisius College athletics tweets. I 've added the feed to the blog list found on the right hand side of this page.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Kyle Plimpton

Does softball talent run in the family? Apparently in the Plimpton family it does! Chelsea's younger sister Kyle is a pitcher at Williamsville South ('11) and Team New Era. Kyle has twice been named South pitcher of the year, has been a first and second team ECIC honoree, and has the same style in the circle as her sister. She will be in demand next year.

Thanks to former Griffs star Jesse Rosenhahn for another great look at a local player.

Visit Jesse's site at:

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Ashley Fillmore

Ashley is an outfielder and catcher for Section 6 Champion Williamsville North where she earned a spot on the All-ECIC First Team. She graduates in 2011. She also plays for Team New Era Gold.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Robert Morris To Visit Canisius In 2010

Robert Morris University will be paying a visit to the Demske Sports Complex on April 5 to play a doubleheader against the Griffs. The two teams will be familiar to each other by then as they are also playing in the Miami Tournament on March 21.

The Colonials were scheduled to visit Canisius in 2009, but had to cancel due to a conference makeup.

The complete 2010 Canisius softball schedule should be released within a month.

Saturday, October 10, 2009


Clarence, NY native Val Nappo is the newest Golden Griffin.

The NFCA All East Region 2nd Teamer has verbally committed to play softball for Canisius College beginning with the 2011 season. Val is a first baseman who currently plays for LaNova and Clarence High School where she was a teammate of current Griffs Katie Lancellotti and Stephanie Pfentner. Val is a strong hitter and great fielder, and will fill a need for the Griffs who will lose two first basemen to graduation after the 2011 season.

Congratulations Val!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Buffalo Schedule Update

The "TBA's" are filling in on the UB 2010 softball schedule.
The Bulls season is becoming even more formidable than previously reported.

Notre Dame
Cal Poly

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Griffs To Open 2010 Season In Clearwater, Florida

The Canisius College Golden Griffins will open the 2010 Softball season on February 12 in Clearwater, Florida playing in the University of South Florida DeMarini Tournament.

A challenging tournament it will be for the defending MAAC Champions. Other teams in the tournament include the nation's #2 team in 2009, the Florida Gators. Also competing that weekend will be Georgia Tech, with former Niagara standout Jen Yee; Long Island University; Florida Gulf Coast, which finished 47-9 in 2009; East Carolina; and Illinois State.

The Griffs will open play on the 12th against Florida Gulf Coast and host South Florida. On the 13th they will play East Carolina and Georgia Tech. They will close play on the 14th against Florida.

This tournament is the kind that Coach Rappl likes to play in, keeping to his philosophy of "playing the best to be the best".

Monday, October 5, 2009

Andrea Bunten Article From 2004

I found this article on All-Time Canisius strikeout Queen Andrea Bunten published by the Gilroy Dispatch on May 13, 2004. Andrea was from the same hometown as current Griff Lauryn Chris.

The article is about Andrea setting the Canisius record for strikeouts in a game, 17 vs. Rider on May 2, 2004. I believe the record still stands. She pitched three no hitters that season. Andrea struck out 663 during her career at Canisius.

To read the article CLICK HERE

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Griffs Close Fall Season With A Win

*Paige Freiberger was not with the team today because she returned home due to the passing of her father.
My sincere condolences to Paige and her family; my prayers are with you.*

The Canisius College Golden Griffins closed their 2009 Fall Softball schedule with a 3-1 win in a five inning game/scrimmage against Buffalo at Nan Harvey Field on the UB campus.

Even though it rained right up to early this morning, Nan Harvey Field was in good enough shape for the Griffs and Bulls to get another workout in live action before the winter sets in. BTW, southern California native Chloe Contreras looked a little cold out there today---I hate to tell you this Chloe, but it's going to get a lot colder :(

Once the field was raked into shape, the game began. I mentioned after the previous scrimmage that Buffalo's top two pitchers did not play, I found out today why. Terese Diaz had a gall bladder operation, she didn't play again today, but she looks fine. Sharon Barr had pulled a muscle that day, she was back in action today and pitched well. Caroline Main started the game for the Griffs, and pitched a couple shutout innings. The Canisius bats were quiet until Katie Medina smashed a double, however she ended up stranded at second base.

Amanda Baun came in to pitch an inning, and when facing Buffalo's Taylor Franich the same thing happened as last game. The super fast Taylor hit a grounder to Katie Lancellotti and beat the throw to first. Katie didn't do anything wrong---Taylor can fly. She proved it by immediately stealing second, and then third. She scored on a sacrifice fly, which was actually a very difficult catch made by Chloe Contreras in right field. Because of the wet field, Chloe slipped when she caught the ball and her throw home was late. But I have to say that Chloe has a very strong arm.

Brittany Wood then came in to pitch the final two innings, and was very impressive allowing only one hit and holding the Bulls scoreless. She struck out two, both times freezing the batter at the plate.

The Griffs finally scored when Lauren Hope hit a triple to left field and made it home on a wild pitch. Later Michelle Fridey doubled, and Katie Lancellotti moved her to third. Then Katie made an unbelievable play that had the Canisius bench in stitches. Katie was heading to second base, and she was out by a mile. she got there, the second baseman swooped her glove down to make the tag, however there was only air there because Katie simply faked the slide and headed back to first base! It was a very good improvisation because Michelle scored and Katie ended up on third! And then she scored the Griffs' third run with a very hard slide at the plate.

After the five inning game the teams had a controlled scrimmage, such as did they did last time. A lot of running and sliding again. Once more Lizzy Gatto showed what a strong arm she has, throwing out a runner at the plate.

So ends the fall portion of the 2009-10 season. The Griffs did finish 6-1 (counting the short games), but more importantly the freshmen got their feet wet and the team got in a lot of good work. Now the concentration is on the upcoming season in February. I will take a detailed look at the 2010 team later next week (through my amateur eyes) and I also will make sure the blog stays active throughout the dreadful winter months. Winter...ugh. It's been a great 2009 softball year!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Griffs Close Fall Ball Saturday

Canisius travels to the Buffalo campus for another controlled scrimmage this Saturday; the start time is 10am. It looks as if the weather will cooperate. There is a football game right next door being played later in the day, so parking might be a problem. But you can always park at the Pepsi Center, and then go watch the Showcase there!

This will be it for the Griffs until February when they begin defense of their MAAC title.