Monday, June 28, 2010

WNY Sting Win Aunt Rosie's 16U Tournament

The WNY Sting (Cohen) won the 16U portion of the Aunt Rosie's International Fastpitch Tournament when they beat Team New Era (Muni) in the championship game Sunday by a score of 7-2.

Congratulations Sting!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

2010 All-New York State Softball Team

I'll just list local players:

Jen Sansano (Clarence-->St. Bonaventure)
Valorie Nappo (Clarence-->Canisius)
Jen Consaul (Churchville-Chili-->Canisius)
Corrin Genovese (Williamsville North-->Missouri)
Caitlin Attfield (Niagara-Wheatfield)
Ashley Snider (Lancaster-->St. Bonaventure)
Shaina Bunker (North Tonawanda)

Brittany Koshofer (Maryvale)
Erin Dixon (Amherst)
Megan Cuda (Lewiston-Porter)

Jessica D'Angelo (Falconer)
Sarah Shembeda (Olean-->St. Bonaventure)
Cherise Gunnell (Falconer)
Amanda Werth (Royalton-Hartland-->Niagara)
Kate Luksh (Cleveland Hill)
Nicole Gulisano (Depew)

Stephanie Simmeth (St. Mary's, Lancaster)
Lauren Wesolowski (St. Mary's, Lancaster)
Sarah Horvath (Immaculata)
Megan Smith (Immaculata-->Mercyhurst)
Lauren Lubecki (St. Mary's, Lancaster)
Meghan Hennessy (Immaculata)
Ashley Covel (Oakfield-Alabama)
Samantha Grissmore (Westfield)
*Coach Of The Year--Dave Helak (St. Mary's)

Kerrin Murphy (Forestville)
Taylor Lord (Panama)
Christie Goodheart (North Collins)
Nikole Lindquist (Pine Valley)
Lauren Nickerson (Maple Grove)
Taylor Kent (Hinsdale)

Congratulations to all!!

Marissa Miller Named All-Region Defensive Player Of The Year

Incoming Canisius freshman Marissa Miller (pictured right) has been named All-Region (Southern Tier) Defensive Softball Player Of The Year. Marissa has just graduated from Tioga; you can see her play next weekend at the Aunt Rosie's 18U tournament with her STPS Ponies. Congratulations Marissa!

"Tioga's Marissa Miller is the defensive player of the year.

The Tigers catcher is headed to Canisius to play Division I softball next year and throughout her career she has been a threat to throw out runners attempting to steal, while also calling a strong game for pitcher Sarah Wayson..."

Text from aunt rosies. Diamond Girls win another one. Caitlin Attfield for New Era produces 3 runs with her blazing speed with a 2 out bunt single.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Aunt Rosie's Tournament Begins Friday

Summer is officially here and so is the great Aunt Rosie's International Fastpitch Tournament! Four consecutive weekends of high quality softball begins Friday with the 16U portion of the tournament with teams from all over the northeast and Canada participating.

Here is this weekend's schedule:

View team rosters here:

All games will be played at the Audubon Complex in Amherst (formerly the Pepsi Center). The Diamond Girls will be there as well as the WNY Sting, Amherst Lightning and others. The 16Us are always extremely competitive. Caitlin Attfield will be there playing for Team New Era.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


I thought I was suffering from vertigo or something when the chair I was sitting in suddenly felt like it was riding a big wave for 30 seconds or so! It took me about an hour to find my cat who had retreated for cover deep within a closet!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Caitlin Attfield Makes Empire State Games Western Softball Team

Niagara-Wheatfield's Caitlin Attfield tried out for and made the 2010 Empire State Games Western Softball team. This is an open team, meaning any age. This is quite remarkable for a 10th grader. To put it in perspective, she will be playing with Michelle Fridey who is an East Coast Division 1 College All-Star.

I'm beginning to wonder if Caitlin perhaps may be the best player this area has ever produced. She is an all around great ball player who you can see next weekend at the Aunt Rosie's International Fastpitch tournament along with her 16U Team New Era teammates.

BTW, I can't say it's official but by my calculations Caitlin finished number one in all of New York State with a .671 batting average this past High School season.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Mallory Aldred Joins Durham College Staff

Former Canisius pitcher Mallory Aldred has been hired by Durham College as an assistant coach. The school is located in Oshawa, Ontario near Mallory's hometown. Durham is one of the top softball (fastball) programs in Canada. Head Coach Jim Nemish has a record of 339-80 and has won 23 Ontario Colleges Athletic Association regular season titles. He once won 56 consecutive conference games. The Lords will be playing a weekend tournament in Rochester this September. Congratulations Mallory!

Media release:

Durham Lords Media Release
Wednesday, June 16, 2010

NCAA standout joins Durham College coaching staff

OSHAWA, Ont. - Durham College women's fastball head coach Jim Nemish is pleased to announce that former Canisius College women's fastball pitcher Mallory Aldred is joining the program as a member of the coaching staff.

"We are very excited to welcome Mallory to Durham College," said Nemish. "She will be a great asset to our staff focusing on pitching along side coach Swift. Her experience, knowledge of the game and new ideas will be a welcome addition to our team."

Aldred, a Whitby native, attended Canisius College in Buffalo, NY, on an athletic scholarship where she played four seasons for the Griffins from 2006 to 2009. Aldred had a decorated career in the NCAA, achieving several school and Division I records under head coach Mike Rappl.

"Coach Rappl, who is considered one of the best Coaches in the NCAA with over 25 years at Canisius, had nothing but high praise for Mallory," said Nemish.

The Griffins have been the top softball team in the MAAC, winning three consecutive championships from 2007 to 2009. Aldred was a key contributor to all of the championship winning teams as a member of the pitching staff.

In 2008, she set the NCAA Division I record for saves in a season with 15. She finished the year with an 8-4 record and with a 1.41 ERA, ranking her first in the MAAC in ERA. She set a program record with 41 appearances in the circle, which also was a conference high. At the conclusion of the season, she was named to the MAAC All-Academic Team.

In May, 2008, Aldred was featured in Sports Illustrated's 'Faces in the Crowd' section for her accomplishments.

The following year, she was named the Griffins team captain. In 35 appearances during her senior season, she had a 19-9 record and posted nine shutouts, including a no-hitter. She also led the conference in strikeouts with 180.

She is the Canisius all-time leader in career saves with 21, and is only one of three players in NCAA Division I history to have 20-plus career saves. She is ranked sixth at Canisius in career appearances (105) and seventh in career shutouts (10).

Playing club fastball with the Scarborough Spirit, Aldred won three Canadian National fastball championships titles.

It will be a big season for the Durham College women's fastball program as the Lords are set to host the 2010 OCAA championship which is scheduled to take place from October 15-16.

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Still Working On The Player Profiles

I'm adding more photos this year. In fact, if anyone cares to send me any, my email is in my profile :)
I did find a nice one of Jen Consaul.

In the meantime, enjoy this video that Jesse at Buffalo Recruit made of Caitlin Attfield at the recent Walden Pond Tournament (click bottom right corner for full screen):

I know a college coach was scouting her recently.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Valorie Nappo Ends High School Career

The Clarence Red Devils lost a heartbreaker in the New York State semi-final Saturday, but Val Nappo went down fighting getting two hits, one RBI, and one run against an all-state pitcher who has thrown three perfect games. Val has written her name in the Clarence record book (most career hits) and will spend her summer playing travel ball with LaNova before reporting to Canisius in August. BTW, her sister Tori had a great game as well. She graduates in 2012.

Clarence vs. Bay Shore Live Blog

New York State Class AA Semi Final at Waterloo, NY

Bay Shore 3
Clarence 2

Game ends with a sacrifice fly after a couple of walks.
Incoming Canisius freshman Val Nappo ends her great high school career with a pair of hits and one RBI. She is in the Clarence record book as all-time hits leader. Jen Sansano, who will be at St. Bonaventure this fall, also ends her great high school career.

Still 2-2 heading to the bottom of the 7th with Bay Shore coming up.

Bay Shore scores twice to tie the game. 2-2 after 6 innings.
Wild pitch and a couple of 4 pitch walks got Clarence in trouble.

Val Nappo has 2 hits. Val just scored to make it 2-0 Clarence! Kelly Goller with the RBI. Heading to the bottom of the 6th.
Olean has won 5-0 and will play in the Class B Final game.

Jen Sansano just threw out a runner at home, and strikes out Bay Shore's big hitter Liz Weber to get out of another jam. Clarence up 1-0 after 5 innings.

Clarence is leading Bay Shore 1-o in the 5th inning. Clarence just got out of a bases loaded jam with a double play in the 4th. Tori Nappo has scored the Red Devils' only run, driven home by her sister Val.
Olean up on Dobbs Ferry 5-0.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Clarence And Olean Head To State Championships

Far West Regionals

Clarence 4 Fairport 0
15 strikeouts by Jen Sansano
2 RBIs by Tori Nappo
RBI by Ally Gay

Pittsford-Mendon 6 Amherst 1

Olean 4 Mynderse 0
Home run by Sharon Shemeda

Gananda 9 Westfield 0

Bolivar-Richburg 7 Panama 1

Semi-Finals & Finals June 12
Waterloo, NY

Clarence vs. Bay Shore

Olean vs. Dobbs Ferry

Monday, June 7, 2010

2010 Tournament Schedule

The local softball tournament season is getting underway. It's going to be a good one this summer with the added bonus of the Empire State Games. Here's the schedule:

14th Annual Coca-Cola Classic
June 11-13
Walden Pond Park, Lancaster
18U & 16U
Some of the teams participating:
Amherst Lightning, Diamond Girls, Rochester Lady Lions, West Seneca Magic, and more.

ASA State Championship
June 18-20
Sunshine Park, West Seneca
18U & 16U
Some of the teams participating:
Diamond Girls, Amherst Lightning, LaNova, WNY Sting, San Diego Legacy and more.

Aunt Rosie's International Fastpitch Tournament
June 25-27
Audubon Complex, Amherst
Some of the teams participating:
Diamond Girls, Quarterstix, Amherst Lightning, Ohio Blast, and more.

Aunt Rosie's International Fastpitch Tournament
July 2-5
Audubon Complex, Amherst
Some of the teams participating:
STPS Ponies (Marissa Miller), Rochester Lady Lions (Jen Consaul), LaNova (Val Nappo), and more.

Aunt Rosie's International Fastpitch Tournament
July 9-11
Women's Open
Audubon Complex, Amherst
Last year Chelsea Plimpton played in this tournament. I think we may be seeing her and Michelle Fridey and perhaps others using this tournament to warm up for the Empire State Games.

Aunt Rosie's International Fastpitch Tournament
July 16-18
14 U
Audubon Complex, Amherst

Empire State Games
July 22-24
Women's Open
Audubon Complex, Amherst
Tryouts were held this past Sunday. Possible players on the Western team: Michelle Fridey, Katie Lancellotti, Chelsea Plimpton, Stephanie Pfentner---we'll find out soon who made the team.

ASA Eastern Regional Qualifier
July 23-25
14U & 10U
Sunshine Park, West Seneca

There are more tournaments and showcases in August about which I will write about at a later date.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

2010 Season Review

*A fan's perspective of the past season*

Injuries to five key players ended the 2010 Canisius Softball season in disappointing fashion, but truth be told the Golden Griffins probably exceeded expectations.

After seeing the departure of five seniors, the biggest question concerning the Griffs in September of 2009 was how would the very young pitching staff perform? The question became even bigger when one of those young pitchers left school. The Griffs would live or die on the inexperienced arms of sophomore Caroline Main and freshman Amanda Baun.

The Golden Griffins began what Head Coach Mike Rappl described as his team's second most difficult schedule on the earliest date the program ever played. The Griffs came out of the snow and lost all five games they played in Clearwater, Florida; three of those games were played against teams that would make the 2010 NCAA Tournament. The team was obviously rusty, fading in the late innings of four of those games, but the benefits would be apparent later in the season.
After getting their feet wet the Griffs then went on a tear, winning six straight and scoring 44 runs in the process. The streak began a trend-- the Griffs scored 10 or more runs nine times in 2010. Also during that streak, Caroline Main and Amanda Baun tossed three shutouts between them, allowing a scanty 8 runs all told.

Another trend that began in March was the team's penchant for the dramatic comeback---on March 6 Lauren Hope hit a two run double in the bottom of the 7th inning to beat Binghamton. On March 20 Paige Freiberger hit a two out, two run 6th inning home run to beat Miami. At Youngstown St. on the 30th, Paige did it again with a two run homer in the 7th. The 1-2 punch of co-captainns Paige and Michelle Fridey (Michelle was on base for both of Paige's homers) became a vital weapon for the Canisius offense.

After a couple weather postponements, the Griffs began MAAC play on a gorgeous early April day at Niagara. This was the day when the big question concerning pitching would be finally answered. The Griffs split with the big hitting Purple Eagles, but their pitching was outstanding. Amanda Baun lost game one, but only 1-0. Being swept would have put Canisius in the hole. Niagara smelled blood, but Caroline Main dug down deep and gained the biggest victory of her young career. As a matter of fact, it was the first of a perfect 8 for 8 in MAAC regular season play for Caroline as she would pitch her way onto the conference's first team.
The win at Niagara began another streak, this time 7 in a row and 14 of 15. During this 15 game streak, the Griffs scored 106 runs while surrendering only 27 runs. Their only loss in this streak was at Manhattan on the 17th to a red hot Erika Sullivan before she was injured. On the 21st, Lizzy Gatto hit a dramatic three run 7th inning homer at St. Bonaventure for another comeback.
The streak ended with a 4-3 loss at Buffalo, which was an omen of how the season would end when Paige Freiberger was hit in the thumb with a pitch and had to leave the game. Michelle Fridey tied the all-time Canisus single season record for RBIs in this game.

The month of May began with a pair of crucial MAAC doubleheaders played at the Demske Sports Complex in Buffalo. Fairfield was in town first, and came with 2009 MAAC Pitcher Of The Year Sarah Minice in game one of their doubleheader with the Griffs. Sarah broke Lizzy Gatto's finger with a fastball and held Canisius scoreless through six innings. Down 2-0 in the bottom of the 7th inning, the Griffs mounted yet another comeback. Michelle Fridey drove home Lauren Hope who had tripled (and set the all-time record for RBIs in a season), then Paige Freiberger drove home the tying run. Emily Helbig singled home the winning run and the Griffs went on to easily win the second game.
The next day Iona was at the Demske for a first place showdown. The Gaels' ace pitcher Sarah Jackson held Canisius scoreless through five innings, but Caroline Main was just as good, holding Iona to two hits. In the bottom of the 6th inning, the co-captains took control again---Michelle Fridey singled and was sent home by a Paige Freiberger triple that won the game 1-0 and gave the Griffs first place. Unfortunately the Griffs suffered another broken finger, this time it was Lauren Hope.
On the 4th, Canisius history was made as Paige Freiberger blasted a three run home run against Big East Champion Syracuse at the Demske Sports Complex, setting the all-time single season record. The Griffs lost that game to Big East Tournament Most Outstanding Player Jenna Caira, 4-3, but came back to win the second game against the Orange 3-2 with Amanda Baun pitching a great game.
With the two broken fingers, and second baseman Katie Medina nursing an arm injury, the last thing the Griffs needed entering the MAAC Championship was an injury to Paige Freiberger. Not only did they get that, but it was a traumatic injury that happened the day before the tournament began when she was inadvertently spiked during practice. Even though the team gave it their all, it was a happenstance they could not overcome. Caroline Main pitched injured against eventual champion Iona, a game the Griffs lost because of errors. Amanda Baun did pitch perhaps the best game of her young career when she came within a strike of no hitting Niagara, but the Griffs had to settle for second place this time. As you know, they don't like settling.

With their 34-19 record, I have to say that the Griffs gave everything they had and surpassed reasonable expectations for a team that had such an inexperienced pitching staff. Not to mention the fact that they were one injury away (which did happen at the very end) from a real problem. Last winter, I mentioned that the Griffs would have to give their young pitchers plenty of offensive support. They sure did! Look at these improvements from 2009:

Lauren Hope raised her average 69 points and stole 12 more bases;

Paige Freiberger never hit a homer before hitting 11 in 2010. She raised her average 40 points and drove home 35 more runs;

Michelle Fridey raised her average a whopping 119 points, and set the all-time single season RBI record in the process;

Emily Helbig raised her average an incredible 120 points, and continued her dominance of MAAC pitchers;

Lizzy Gatto raised her average 75 points, it could have been better. She was hitting at .400 when she broke her finger. Her hitting was obviously affected as her average dropped 50 points in a couple weeks. Watch out for Lizzy her final two seasons;

Katie Lancellotti drove home 14 more runs;

Katie Medina was red shirted in 2009 and came back to hit .298. She hit .357 in MAAC play;

As a team, the Griffs hit 40 points better.

What happened at the end of the 2010 season was tough. But that's in the past now. It really was a great and exciting season. My personal favorite moment was on April 21 down in Olean when Lizzy Gatto hit that 2 out blast in the 7th inning to beat St. Bonaventure. The Bona fans were already celebrating a victory when Lizzy clobbered that ball! I knew better.

I believe that with the experience the two young pitchers got in big pressure situations and against some really good teams the Golden Griffins, who will have 10 upperclassmen, may have a memorable season in 2011. And a bit of a chip on their shoulders.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Section 6 Finals Scores

Olean 4 Depew 0

Westfield 4 Randolph 3
Rachel Quagliana drives home winning run

Panama 7 Pine Valley 3
11 strikeouts by Taylor Lord

Far West Regionals Tuesday June 8
Section 6 vs. Section 5

Class AA at Niagara Falls
Clarence vs. Fairport

Class A at Niagara Falls
Amherst vs. Pittsford-Mendon

Class B at Niagara Falls
Olean vs. Mynderse

Class C at Scio
Westfield vs. Gananda

Class D at Scio
Panama vs. Bolivar-Richburg

Friday, June 4, 2010

Clarence Wins Class AA Championship

Clarence 2 Williamsville North 0
One hitter by Jen Sansano. The only hit she allowed was a triple to Corrin Genovese who was thrown out at home trying to stretch it into a homer.

Amherst 3 Williamsville South 1
7 strikeouts by Erin Dixson

Both teams will play in the Far West Regional at Niagara Falls on Tuesday.
Classes B, C and D still to be decided Saturday at Dunkirk.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Tori Nappo's Home Run

Thanks to Jesse at
for providing coverage of Tori Nappo's 3 run homer in Clarence's Class AA semi-final win over Niagara-Wheatfield Wednesday.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

2011 Player Profiles

I'm slowly working on updating the player profiles (link to which is on the left hand side of this page), but it's going to take a while as I am spending a lot more time outdoors lately! So the profiles site will look incomplete for a while.

BTW, make sure to catch the incoming Canisius freshmen at the Aunt Rosie's Tournament the first week of July---they will all be participating with their travel teams. Marissa Miller and Jen Consaul have completed their high school careers. Val Nappo hopes to extend hers a little longer when her Clarence Red Devils go head to head in a rematch with Corrin Genovese's Williamsville North Friday for the Class AA Championship. You may have noticed that Val's younger sister Tori isn't that bad of a player herself, having hit a 3 run homer that helped Clarence get into the final.

Section 6 Semi Finals Scores

Class AA
Clarence 8 Niagara-Wheatfield 3
13 strikeouts by Jen Sansano
3 run homer by Tori Nappo

Williamsville North 4 Lancaster 1
Homer, 3 hits, 3 stolen bases by Corrin Genovese
3 hits by Robin Kennery

Clarence and Williamsville North meet once again for the Championship at Niagara Falls on Friday.

Class A
Williamsville South 3 W. Seneca East 1
11 strikeouts by Kyle Plimpton

Amherst 6 Williamsville East 3
2 RBIs by Kara Stein

Class B
Olean 9 East Aurora 0
3 RBIs by Shelby Rice

Depew 2 Falconer 0
8 strikeouts by Sam Seelig

Class C
Randolph 4 Cassadaga Valley 0
2 RBIs by Mandy Finch

Westfield 3 Frewsburg 2

Class D
Panama 2 Hinsdale 1
2 hits and 1 RBI for Kayla Johnson

Pine Valley 2 N. Collins 1
2 RBIs for Sierra Butcher
11 strikeouts by Kyleen Hamilton

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Section 6 Playoffs Continue Wednesday

Lancaster at Williamsville North
Niagara-Wheatfield at Clarence

W.Seneca East at Williamsville South
Amherst at Williamsville East

East Aurora vs. Olean
Depew at Falconer

Randolph at Cass. Valley
Frewsburg at Westfield

Hinsdale at Panama
Pine Valley at North Collins