Friday, December 30, 2011

Around The Corner...

I've been out of town for the holidays, and I hope everyone reading this is having a great holiday season with their families.

The players are all back home at the moment, but will soon begin the 2012 season in earnest. First pitch is only six weeks away, if you can believe that. So far we've had a very mild winter; maybe that's a sign of better softball weather than we got a year ago. Soon after the new year, I will begin previewing (from a fan's perspective as usual) the new season. My prediction last year was totally off, as a reader so kindly reminded me soon afterward. But you will recall Coach Rappl talking of Super Regionals, so I was in good company. The Golden Griffins must always set the bar high; they have too proud of a tradition. Failing to qualify for the MAAC tournament last season was not acceptable; that must be their dedicated goal upon returning to campus.

Pictured is former Griff Jess Martin. Jess saw her single season homer record fall to Paige Freiberger in 2010, and now another of her records is in peril. Senior Katie Lancellotti is just four home runs short of tying her career record. And watching Katie play this past fall, I say she has a great chance of becoming the all-time home run queen. There is another player to watch for however. Junior Stephanie Pfentner is only 12 away from the record. So we could be talking about this again next year. Or maybe even this season...

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Holidays!

This time of year means...
Softball season is right around the corner!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Tori Nappo Signs National Letter Of Intent

Courtesy of The Clarence Bee

Victoria Nappo of Clarence, NY recently made her commitment official by signing a National Letter Of Intent, and will join the Golden Griffins next fall.

As you probably know, I have been hoping Tori would sign with the Griffs for the last couple years. The second team High School All-American will be Lizzy Gatto's heir apparent in center field, where I suspect she will be a four year starter. In my eyes, she's the best outfielder produced in Western New York in a long time---she has all the tools. Speed, a great arm, good range, an eye for the ball plus she's very intelligent, not to mention athletic. Tori also plays soccer and basketball at Clarence High, and does so very well. At the plate, Tori is a dynamic hitter. Able to hit for high average, she also will be bringing a lot of power to the Canisius lineup.

Of course you know she will be joining sister Val at Canisius; the two will make a formidable combination for the Griffs.

Congratulations Tori!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

2012 Roster---Corinne Schaus

Corinne Schaus, Freshman
# 2

Barron Collier High School
Naples, FL

2012 Roster---Robin Kennery

Robin Kennery, Freshman
Third Base/Infield
# 6

Williamsville North High School
Williamsville, NY

2012 Roster---Michelle DelPrince

Michelle DelPrince, Freshman
# 15

Lancaster High School
Lancaster, NY

2012 Roster---Sonia Aguilar

Sonia Aguilar, Freshman
# 16

Nuview Bridge Early College High School
Nuevo, CA

Friday, December 9, 2011

2012 Roster---Erica Afanador

Erica Afanador, Freshman
# 4

Archbishop Mitty High School
San Jose, CA

2012 Roster---Marissa Miller

Marissa Miller
Redshirt Freshman

# 17

Did Not Play

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

2012 Roster---Jen Consaul

Jen Consaul, Sophomore
Pitcher/First Base
# 36

8-3; 3.30 ERA
56 Strikeouts

Monday, December 5, 2011

2012 Roster---Valorie Nappo

Valorie Nappo, Sophomore
First Base/Outfield
# 5

.272 Batting Average
10 Doubles; 8 RBIs; 3-4 Stolen Bases
1.000 Fielding Percentage

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Bonnies Sign Five Players

St. Bonaventure softball coach Mike Threehouse has announced the signing of five new players to his softball program.

Emily McDonough is an infielder from Marlboro, NY and a player who has the potential to be a star in the Atlantic 10. Emily plays for Marlboro High School, where she achieved Class "A" All-New York State status with some remarkable statistics, including a .735 batting average and 48 stolen bases in 22 games.

Carly Bilchak of New Paltz, NY is an accomplished pitcher and hitter with Highland High School and the Ulster Fillies travel team. A hard thrower, Carly consistently posts ERAs of under 2.00, and many strikeouts.

Katie Sinclair of Cortland, NY is a first baseman/catcher for Homer High School. A multi-sport athlete, Katie is a powerful hitter, and led her team in hitting (.561) and extra base hits in '11.

Alexis Sloat is a pitcher from Shinglehouse, PA. She attends Bolivar-Richburg High School right across the border in New York. Alexis has a career record of 40-8 with the Wolverines, including a 19-4 record in '11, a season in which she struck out 166 batters while walking only 31 and finishing with an ERA of 1.88.

Emily Belfield of Lockport, NY is a center fielder for the Lady Lions and an All-Western New York Honorable Mention selection. A productive hitter, Emily broke the Lockport RBI record last season.

Congratulations to all!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

2012 Roster---Stephanie Pfentner

Stephanie Pfentner, Junior
# 18

.250 Batting Average; .482 Slugging Percentage
7 Home Runs; 1 Triple; 3 Doubles; 23 RBIs
.985 Fielding Percentage; 13 Throw Outs

.118 Batting Average
2 Doubles; 5 RBIs
.902 Fielding Percentage; 9 Throw Outs

2012 Roster---Chloe Contreras

Chloe Contreras, Junior
Outfielder, Pinch Runner
# 00

.300 Batting Average
7 Runs

.286 Batting Average
4 Runs

2012 Roster---Amanda Baun

Amanda Baun, Junior
# 20

8-8; 4.75 ERA
82 Strikeouts

18-12; 1.98 ERA
187 Strikeouts

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

2012 Roster---Katie Medina

Katie Medina, Redshirt Junior
Second Base
# 13

.253 Batting Average
1 Home Run; 2 Doubles; 11 RBIs
.991 Fielding Percentage

.298 Batting Average; 34 Runs
1 Home Run; 5 Doubles; 7 RBIs
13-14 Stolen Bases; .950 Fielding Percentage

Did Not Play

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

For me, Thanksgiving marks the time when I find it difficult to think of things to write about on this blog until January! But I'll do my best.
In the meantime, enjoy the day with your family and friends.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

2012 Roster---Lauryn Chris

Lauryn "Lo" Chris, Senior
Second Base

.313 Batting Average
3-3 Stolen Bases; .913 Fielding Percentage

.080 Batting Average
3-3 Stolen Bases; .971 Fielding Percentage

.235 Batting Average
17 Runs; 3-4 Stolen Bases; .918 Fielding Average

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Inspiring Signing

From the Daily Breeze (Los Angeles):

Banning softball player Brenda Santana overcame some major academic hurdles and garnered a hard-earned scholarship to Canisius. Santana has major hitting potential, but had been ineligible last season. Santana is eligible now and earned a Division I scholarship after hitting the books in a big way.

"She worked her (butt) off," Banning co-coach Rudy Aguirre said. "She took night classes to make up for her work, and her mom was a big part of that, staying on her and making sure she took care of business."

In other recruiting news, the rumor mill speaks of a California (by way of Washington) pitcher possibly headed to Canisius...

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Efficient Lizzy Gatto

I want to share with you something that I stumbled across that I believe no one is aware of. I certainly wasn't.

Lizzy Gatto enters her senior season with a stolen base percentage of .957. She has been successful on 45 of 47 stolen base attempts, twice having perfect seasons including 2011 when she was one of only three players in the nation to be perfect in over 20 attempts.

Here's where it gets interesting. To qualify for the NCAA career record for stolen base percentage, a player must attempt at least 50 steals; Lizzy is three attempts away, and will certainly qualify. The national record will never be broken, held by Northern Iowa's Jen Dean who was 64-64 in her career. However, if Lizzy Gatto is successful in her first three stolen base attempts, she will move into second place all-time in the nation. Another perfect season would keep her in 2nd place; a few failed attempts would give her a solid shot at the top five.

Playing alongside all-time Canisius and MAAC base stealer Lauren Hope has apparently caused Lizzy's great base path skills to be somewhat overshadowed. But the fact is plain that she has been an outstanding base stealer during her college career. We will follow this story during the upcoming season.

Saturday, November 12, 2011


And then there were four...

Brenda Santana of Los Angeles, CA has signed a National Letter Of Intent to play softball at Canisius College beginning with the 2013 season.

A very interesting signing for the Golden Griffins, as Coach Rappl brings in a heavy hitter from the west coast. Brenda Santana is a first baseman/third baseman for Banning High School in Los Angeles. She has been a "cleanup" hitter for the Pilots, a team that made it through to the CIF City Section Final in 2009. Brenda has been a first team All-City Section selection. Her numbers from last season are quite impressive---a .455 batting average to go along with a huge .909 slugging percentage. Her on base percentage was great too (.558) and she averaged over one RBI per game. She's outstanding in the field also, only committing one error in '11.
Brenda plays travel ball with the Mizuno Pride Gold.

Congratulations Brenda!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Bethany DeMarco Signs National Letter Of Intent

Courtesy of The Victor Post

Bethany DeMarco (far right, first row) has signed a National Letter Of Intent and made her commitment to Canisius official.

Why Canisius she was asked.

“It was kind of funny,” she replied. “They were actually the first school that sent me a letter saying that they were interested in me my freshman year. And then it was one of the first schools that I ever visited. We (Victor) had a tournament and coach (Mike) Rappl called the next day and said they were interested and wanted me to come down. I met with coach Rappl and everybody and they were really nice. It was just that when I first got there I sort of knew it was what I wanted. The atmosphere, it has like a small school atmosphere, is what I really wanted.”


Monday, November 7, 2011

National Letter Of Intent Week

Tori Nappo joins her sister Val next fall at Canisius College

This Wednesday November 9 marks the beginning of the early National Letter Of Intent signing period for division 1 softball. Schools will be permitted to sign players through November 16. Presumably Tori Nappo, Meghan Cuda and Bethany DeMarco will be signing on the dotted line later this week as they finalize their commitments to Canisius, but the Griffs have at least two more players to go. Who are they? There is one I am aware of who is considering joining the Griffs, but I don't know as of now if she is committed. The 5th? It's a mystery to me at the moment. Maybe we'll find out in a couple days, maybe in a couple months.

Photo courtesy of The Clarence Bee

Sunday, November 6, 2011

2012 Roster---Lauren Falzone

Lauren Falzone, Senior
Right Field

.351 Batting Average
2 Triples; 2 Doubles; 18 Runs
5-5 Stolen Bases; 1.000 Fielding Percentage

.233 Batting Average
1 Triple; 5 Doubles; 15 Runs
4-4 Stolen Bases

.246 Batting Average
2 Doubles; 14 Runs
8-10 Stolen Bases

Monday, October 31, 2011

55 Game Schedule In 2012

Griffs will play under a roof in 2012!

Canisius College released their official 2012 softball schedule today, which includes a doubleheader at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.

Looks like Coach Rappl is determined not to have a repeat of the 2011 season, which saw his team play a truncated 41 game schedule due to many cancellations. He has scheduled 55 games for 2012, which may be the most ever for a Canisius regular season. It's an interesting and challenging slate.

After opening at the Pirate Classic with a couple of games against host East Carolina and one against Virginia, Canisius will be in Virginia for a pair of doubleheaders at Hampton and Norfolk State. The first weekend of March will find them again in Baltimore for the UMBC Invitational, where they will play James Madison, Coppin State, Princeton and the host school. Two appearances at the South Florida series of tournaments come next, with weekday doubleheaders at Florida Gulf Coast and at South Florida against the Bulls and the Dutch National Team in between. The Dutch have been training in the USA the last four springs, so that will be an interesting exhibition. At the USF tournaments, they will play Maryland, Long Island and Cleveland State among others.

The Griffs will return north with an interesting doubleheader on Saturday March 24 when they take part in the Duel At The Dome at Syracuse's Carrier Dome. Playing against the Orange and Colgate, I believe this may be the first time Canisius will play an indoor game. At least we know for certain it won't be rained out! March 28 will be their first local appearance, with a single game at Buffalo. The Griffs will open their home schedule on April 3 when they host Detroit Mercy for a doubleheader. Mount St. Mary's will be in town two days later on the 5th.

Canisius will open MAAC play on Saturday April 7 with a doubleheader against Siena at the Demske. Road trips to Robert Morris and St. Bonaventure will highlight April. The regular season closes with a MAAC clash at home against Rider. The Griffs will have 7 home dates in 2012, and will play at local rival Niagara on May 2.

The new season begins in a little over three months; the Griffs will have a busy spring!

Friday, October 28, 2011

2012 Roster---Katie Lancellotti

Katie Lancellotti, Senior
# 14

.225 Batting Average; .325 Slugging Percentage
3 Home Runs; 3 Doubles; 23 RBIs
.993 Fielding Percentage

.264 Batting Average; .451 Slugging Percentage
6 Home Runs; 1 Triple; 7 Doubles, 42 RBIs
.973 Fielding Percentage

.248 Batting Average; .428 Slugging Percentage
6 Home Runs; 1 Triple; 6 Doubles; 28 RBIs
.937 Fielding Percentage