Monday, November 30, 2009

November Was A Record Month!

With one day left in November, this little blog just set a record for monthly unique visitors with over 1100! Wow, thanks! To tell the truth, when I started I thought there would be 3 visitors---me, Riley, and one other person! I appreciate everyone who visits. It's nice to know I'm not writing to thin air.

We're heading into December now, which is the slowest softball month of all. But stay tuned anyway please!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Megan Smith Signs With Mercyhurst

Megan Smith holds virtually every pitching record at Immaculata Academy before even hurling that first softball of her senior season.
There is no doubt that the Hamburg resident will leave a legacy at the school, but before soaking in any of that glory, the three-year starter hopes first and foremost that her record-breaking career will be inspiration for future players at the school.
“It’s been an awesome experience to be the starter at Immaculata since being a freshman,” said Smith, who also carries a 91.03 overall grade point average. “I just hope what I’ve done pushes the younger girls to do better themselves.”
Smith will now also become an inspiration for those who hope to one day themselves play at the next level. She sparked the interest of prospective colleges with her school-record setting 52 wins and 525 strikeouts, to go along with four no-hitters. Smith has also shown plenty of ability to hit, racking up over the past three seasons a .491 average, 61 runs scored and 71 RBIs.
After making an official visit to Mercyhurst College this fall, Smith decided that the school in Erie, Pa. and its Division II softball program would be the best fit for her.


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

St. Bonaventure Sign Six

Six players have signed National Letters Of Intent this November to play for the Bonnies of St. Bonaventure beginning with the 2011 season.

I have already informed you of Jen Sansano and Ashley Snider. The other four signees are:

Kelli Gleiser of Maryvale High and the WNY Elite;
Lindsay Stowell (Rochester, NY) who plays for the Rochester Lady Lions;
Christine Watson (Marlton, NJ) who plays for the New Jersey Mystics Gold;
Kaci Strong (Victor, NY).

Congratulations to all of them!

Kelli Gleiser:

Lindsay Stowell:

Corrin Genovese Chooses Missouri

Williamsville North's super infielder Corrin Genovese has decided to play her college softball at the University of Missouri, beginning in 2012. Corrin was heavily recruited by Arizona, but decided against going there after her visit left her with the feeling that it "wasn't what (she) expected". She was also recruited by Oklahoma, Notre Dame, UCLA, Louisville and of course Canisius.

You'll remember we saw Corrin and North upset highly touted Clarence High in the Section VI Championship game this last spring.

Congratulations to Corrin, we'll be following her career closely!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

*NEW* Buffalo Softball Bulls Fan Site

We've decided that this site is getting a bit crowded so we have a brand new site dedicated to the Buffalo Bulls softball program.

We'll have articles, news. game coverage and more.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Coming Soon...

We're working on player profile pages for Buffalo and Niagara. When they are finished, the links will appear on the right hand side of this page.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Newest Niagara Recruits

Finally some news from Monteagle Ridge! Not one, but two players from the Toledo Buckeye Heat will be on the Niagara roster beginning in the 2011 season. On the left is Brittany Richberg, a shortstop out of Holland, OH. On the right is Kim Bryson, a pitcher out of Perrysburg, OH.

Brittany also plays at Springfield High School, where she has been a .400 hitter; and Kim pitches for Perrysburg High where she has shown to be a strikeout queen.

Brittany and Kim are highly touted both having been invited to the prestigious Queen Of Diamonds Showcase. What is interesting is that they play in the same High School Division that current Purple Eagle Kristin Sito played in.

Congratulations girls!

Monday, November 16, 2009

State Champions 2006

On this cold November night I present a warm memory---the 2006 New York State Champion Williamsville South softball team. The first photo shows New York State Class "A" Coach Of The Year Gerry Gentner flanked by his two stars. On his right is current Griff and 2006 Class "A" All-State First Teamer Michelle Fridey. On his left is 2006 New York State Class "A" Player Of The Year Chelsea Plimpton (Fordham). BTW, in the Championship game Chelsea pitched a one-hit shutout with 14 strikeouts AND hit a single, a double, and a triple!

The second photo captures the whole South team including the girl in the back row first from the left, current Griff Lauren Falzone.

The third photo shows Lauren Falzone, who played second base in high school, throwing out a runner at first.

Michelle has gone onto to win two MAAC Championships and Lauren one. Hopefully Chelsea will earn an Atlantic 10 title in her next two years with Fordham.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Holly Luciano Joins The Buffalo Bulls

Holly Luciano of Toms River East High School in Toms River, New Jersey will be signing a National Letter Of Intent to play with the Buffalo Softball Bulls.

The senior shortstop is blazing fast, in keeping with Coach Teague's recent recruitment priority. Luciano is so fast that she led the Shore Conference in triples and stolen bases. She was also third in runs scored. She will join the Bulls in time for the 2011 season. Luciano says she chose Buffalo over Virginia Tech and Maryland.


Friday, November 13, 2009

How Not To Park At A Softball Game!

Nicole Hudson of Warriors '93 (CO) admires the work of one of her homers before, I presume, running away! Never park with your windshield facing a softball field!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

2010 Canisius Softball Schedule

Highlights of the 2010 schedule include a game against national power Florida. The Griffs will also be tested against Georgia Tech and DePaul. Syracuse pays a visit to the Demske in May. And of course, the 2010 MAAC Softball Championship will be held on the Canisius campus.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

National Letter Of Intent Week

The early signing period for the class of 2010 begins in about a half hour and will end November 18.
We already know Valorie Nappo will be signing with Canisius this week, but will there be any others? I really don't know. The Griffs have only one senior this season (Michelle Fridey) so they may not be signing anyone else. Stay tuned.

Lauryn Chris signing her letter of intent November 2007

Monday, November 9, 2009

Mike Rappl To Be Inducted Into Canisius Sports Hall Of Fame

Congratulations to Coach Rappl for a much deserved honor!

The most veteran member of the school's athletic department, Rappl is the first active head coach in Canisius College history to be inducted into the College's Sports Hall of Fame...

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Tori Speckman Chooses Buffalo

The Buffalo Softball Bulls have come to a verbal agreement with Alvin, Texas native Tori Speckman to join the team beginning next season.

The 5'6" pitcher currently plays for the Houston Power Gold and the Yellowjackets of Alvin High. With Sharon Barr graduating after this season, Speckman should see considerable action her freshman year.

Coach Teague seems to have established a pipeline into Texas.


Saturday, November 7, 2009

Jen Silata Joins Iona Coaching Staff

Former Canisius Softball star Jen Silata will be joining the Iona Gaels this season as an assistant to Head Coach Jaime Wohlbach. Jen had been the Head Coach at Troy High School (PA) since 2001, winning championships in 2003, '04, '07 and '08 as well as Coach Of The Year in 2004.

When Jen was hitting homers at Canisius (1995-98), she was a 4 time All-MAAC selection, 2 time All-MAAC Tournament selction, MAAC Player of the Year, ECAC Division 1 Player Of The Year, and Mid-Atlantic All American. She was pretty good!!

Congratulations to Jen who we will see at the Demske Sports Complex this season when her Gaels pay a visit.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Griffs To Play In 2010 Colonial Classic

Another piece of the Canisius 2010 softball schedule shows the Griffs traveling to Washington, D.C. on March 6&7 to take part in the Colonial Classic hosted by George Washington University.

Also participating will be Binghamton and Army.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Caroline Main 2009

Caroline Main will play an important role this season. The sophomore will be the oldest pitcher on the team. How well she pitches may determine how successful the Griffs will be in the MAAC.

So here's a look at her from last season at Syracuse. She gets into a little trouble in the beginning of the inning, then pitches her way out of it.

(Click box on player for full screen.)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

1999 Canisius Softball Preview

It's November, so here's one from the archives. It's a preview of the 1999 Golden Griffins. This article was originally published January 29, 1999 at the old Canisius website.
It's getting to be that time of the year

For the first time in six years, the Canisius College softball team last season failed to win the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship. The Griffs "struggled" to a 22-18 record and played the most grueling schedule in school history. This year's club is out to recapture the league title despite facing another slate full of nationally competitive programs.

Ten letterwinners return to Mike Rappl's (410-172-2 in 19 years) roster plus an array of freshmen that has the Griffs veteran coach optimistic about his club's chances come conference tournament time. In addition he can count on a veteran pitching staff that has experience against top-level talent.

"We should be stronger this year, because we have more depth in the pitching department," said the Griffs mentor, a 1977 Canisius College graduate. "Erin (Crowley) is back for her senior year, and Sarah (Skorupa) has gained a lot of confidence and pitched very well in the fall. We also have two freshmen, Gen Garcia and Veronica Maher (Gatorade New York State High School Player of the Year), who can help us immediately."

Crowley went 13-4 last year with a 1.26 ERA and only 13 walks in 105 innings of work. She went undefeated in conference play with three of her losses coming against South Carolina, Arizona and Florida. Included were a pair of two hit shutouts over Marist and Siena.

Rappl also has plenty of firepower among his eight regulars in spite of losing Sue Raiport, who hit .366, and one of the school's all-time great sluggers in Jen Silata. Joy Judski, a .388 hitter as a junior who missed the MAAC tourney due to a broken leg, leads the way at first base with catcher Jesse Rosenhahn (.364 with six homers) and third baseman Tracy Horvath (.328) also expected to contribute.

"Joy and Jesse (both seniors) are strong leaders," added Rappl, "plus I think we have increased our depth across the board."

New to the roster will be the Dodd twins (Amy and Charlene) out of Conklin, NY, the aformentioned Garcia and Maher on the mound and outfielder Jill Iacona. Freshman Diana Calandra, who was expected to bat lead-off, withdrew from school in January. Amy Dodd, a high school all-American at shortstop, will be part of Rappl's revamped outfield, which also includes Iacona and Jackie Fusco (.264). That unit will back up an experienced and defensive-minded infield.

Judski, the slugger, will be at first, with junior Raquel Alvarez at second and sophomores Lynn Stoczynski (SS) and Horvath (3B) on the left side of the infield. The Canisius fan base, which has grown proportionate to the team's level of play, will see another year of
exciting ball on the Demske turf.

"The game has changed so much in the past few years," noted the 45 year-old Rappl. "No team has any weak spots in the batting order any more, and the pitching has improved so that teams have more depth and faster pitchers. Fans who come to watch us for the first time are impressed with the quality of play, skill level of the game and find it enjoyable to watch."

The Griffs failure to win the MAAC last season did not signify a drop-off in the Canisius program, but rather signaled an improvement of play around the conference. The days of undefeated and one-loss seasons are over and now that the MAAC has an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament the quest for the title will become even more competitive.

"The MAAC has been getting stronger each year gaining in RPI ratings," added Rappl. "More quality players are coming into the league and at any time any team can beat another MAAC team."

Canisius begins its season with a month of road games. The Griffs open the campaign February 26 at East Carolina's Pirate Classic. During the first month of the season, Canisius will play against the likes of Kentucky, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Northwestern and UNC-Charlotte before coming back to Buffalo for the home opener, March 31 versus St. Francis, Pa.