Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Michigan Hires Katie Miranto

Katie Miranto, one of the greatest players in Canisius softball history, was recently hired by the University of Michigan as Athletic Camp Administrator. She will manage the business operations for Michigan's sports camps. She previously had worked for the MAAC as Director of championships and special events.
Katie still holds the all-time Canisius records for hits and runs in a season and career.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Michelle DelPrince Sends Lancaster To Semis

Canisius recruit Michelle DelPrince's dramatic 10th inning RBI triple beat Williamsville North today 4-3, and sent the Redskins to the Class AA semifinals. Kelly Leonard picked up the win, striking out 11. This game also marked the end of future Griff Robin Kennery's high school career.

The Section 6 playoffs continue with the following games:

June 1
Class AA Semifinals
Lancaster @ Clarence (4:45)
Orchard Park @ Niagara-Wheatfield (4:45)

Class A-1 Championship @Niagara Falls
Williamsville East vs. Williamsville South (3:30)

Class A-2 Championship @Niagara Falls
Amherst vs. Depew (4:30)

Class B-1 Championship @Niagara Falls
Dunkirk vs. Roy-Hart (5:30)

Class B-2 Championship @Dunkirk
Cleveland Hill vs. Falconer (5:00)

The Class C and Class D Championships will be played at Dunkirk this Friday.
The Class AA, Class A and Class B Championships will be played at Niagara-Wheatfield on Saturday.

Corrin Genovese Ends High School Career

With Williamsville North's loss to Lancaster today in the Section 6 Class AA Quarterfinals (more on that later), the high school career of Corrin Genovese has come to an end.

One of the greatest high school athletes in Western New York history, Corrin now sets her sights on Missouri softball. She will join the Tigers this fall, and we will of course follow her career . Corrin will join a program that is currently in the Women's College World Series; hopefully we will see her playing on that stage in the near future.

Congratulations Corrin on a fabulous high school career!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

La Nova Softball 2011

La Nova will not be fielding an 18U team this season, but they do have an interesting Open team. Interesting in that all four local Division 1 schools will be represented. You have Jen Sansano and Ashley Snider of St. Bonaventure; Alexis Wayne and Amanda Werth of Niagara, Holly Johnson of UB; and the Griffs will be represented by Stephanie Pfentner, Lauren Falzone and Katie Lancellotti. In addition, former Griffs Michelle Fridey, Lindsay Morris and the Bonetto twins (Brittany and Ashley) will wear the purple. An interesting addition is former Niagara great Tory Healy. Also on the team are Dana (Carter) Catchpole, formerly of UB, and Andrea Sauers of Mercyhurst, by way of Iroquois High. Jim Carter and Tom Gerace will coach.

Aside from playing a two month Niagara Frontier schedule (and BTW, La Nova will play against Jen Consaul's Rochester Lady Lions next Sunday in West Seneca), La Nova will be playing in the following tournaments:

June 10-12 at the Greater Buffalo NSA National Qualifier. This will be held in Hamburg; the champion and runner-up will qualify for the NSA "A" World Series;

July 8-10 at the Aunt Rosie's International Fastpitch Tournament in Amherst;

July 30-31 at the West Seneca Open Tournament.

Niagara Frontier Schedule

Greater Buffalo NSA

West Seneca Girls Softball

Griffs Are Looking For A New Assistant Coach

Just found this out.
It seems that shortly after this season ended, the search for a new assistant began.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Section 6 Playoffs Continue

Undefeated Cherise Gunnell tossed a no-no for Falconer today

Class AA Quarterfinals

Niagara-Wheatfield 6 Lockport 0
Alyssa Sciria, 3 Hitter
Caitlin Attfield, 2 for 3 and 2 Stolen Bases
Laura Crooks, 2 RBIs

Clarence 9 Niagara Falls 4
Tori Nappo, 3 Run Homer

Orchard Park 5
Kenmore West 4
*Played Sunday

Class A-1 Semifinals

Williamsville South 9 W. Seneca East 3
Kyle Plimpton, 13 Strikeouts
Melissa Magiera, 3 Run Homer

Williamsville East 8 Hamburg 4
Jenna Allers, 4 RBIs

Class A-2 Semifinals

Amherst 3 Cheektowaga 2
Krista Ponticelli, RBI

Depew 2 Olean 1

Class B-1 Semifinals

Dunkirk 7 Eden 6

Roy-Hart6 Alden 0
Amanda Werth, 2 Hitter

Class B-2 Quarterfinals

City Honors 1 Gowanda 0
Annie Doyle, 9 Strikeouts

Class B-2 Semifinals

Cleveland Hill 5 City Honors 4 (9)
Kelsey Newton, Game Winning RBI

Falconer 9 Cassadaga Valley 0

Because of the recent weather problems, Orchard Park and Kenmore West will play their Class AA Quarterfinal on Sunday, and the big match up between Williamsville North and Lancaster will be played on Memorial Day.
Is Cherise Gunnell the best pitcher in WNY? And where will the All-State senior continue her career?

Photo courtesy of the Jamestown Post-Journal

Jen Consaul By The Numbers

One of the positive notes of the disappointing 2011 season was the performance by freshman pitcher Jen Consaul. Her final statistics are interesting, considering she was not supposed to pitch as much as she did.

MAAC Rank Overall
ERA: 10th
Wins: 9th
Winning Percentage: 1st
Opponents Batting Average: 8th
Walks/Inning: 1st

Her ranks in MAAC games are even more interesting.

MAAC Rank Conference Games
ERA: 4th
Wins: 3rd
Winning Percentage: 2nd
Opponents Batting Average: 6th
Walks/Inning: 1st

The Griffs finished 2011 with a team ERA of 4.05, which cost them a chance at the championship. They led the conference in hitting, but as the final day of the MAAC Tournament proved (ie: the total collapse of Pitcher Of The Year Sarah Minice), pitching wins the day. Coach Rappl gave the ball more frequently to Jen as the season got into April, and she really came through. Next season the Griffs will (presumably) have four pitchers on the roster. Five if you want to count Robin Kennery. So there should be a lot of competition for circle time. Getting the pitching back in good shape will be the Griffs' number one priority beginning in 100 days.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Erica Afanador Closing Out High School Career

...but she's not quite done.
Future Griff Erica Afanador is in the midst of the CIF playoffs out in Northern California. Her Archbishop Mitty team will be playing in the Central Coast Section Division 2 Championship on Saturday. The Monarchs are currently 27-3; Erica is hitting .359 this season, and was 2 for 2 in a playoff game against Live Oak.
Erica joins the Griffs this fall.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Section 6 Playoff Scores

Class AA Pre-Quarterfinals

Lockport 13 N. Tonawanda 1

Orchard Park 2 Frontier 0
Carly Loffredo, 2 hitter

Lancaster 17 W. Seneca W. 0
Future Griff Michelle DelPrince, HR and 2 RBIs
Kelly Leonard, 10 Strikeouts

Class A-1 Pre-Quarterfinals

Grand Island 11 Lake Shore 0
Laura Amantia, 9 Strikeouts

Iroquois 1 Starpoint 0
Sarah Tauriello, 1 hitter and 9 Strikeouts

Kenmore East 5 Sweet Home 2

Class A-1 Quarterfinals

Hamburg 2 Iroquois 0
Rain shortened

W. Seneca E. 4 Hutch Tech 0
Krista Jacobs, 1 hitter, 8 Strikeouts
Jean Stahl, 3 RBIs

Class A-2 Pre-Quarterfinals

Springville 8 E. Aurora 4
Alissa Emerson, 4-4 and 6 Stolen Bases

Pioneer 7 Lewiston-Porter 3

Class A-2 Quarterfinals

Amherst 16 Pioneer 0

Cheektowaga 2 Maryvale 1

Depew 6 Springville3
Sarah Gorski 3 RBIs

Olean 5 Albion 0
Chelsea Calabro, 13 Strikeouts

Class B-1 Quarterfinals

Alden 7 Medina 4

Roy-Hart 2 Akron 0
Future Purple Eagle Amanda Werth, 9 Strikeouts

Class B-2 Quarterfinals

Cleveland Hill 6 Wilson 1

Falconer 9 Allegheny-Limestone 0
Cherise Gunnell, 15 Strikeouts

Aunt Rosie's Opens This Weekend

It's that time of year.
The Aunt Rosie's International Fastpitch Tournament opens its series this weekend with the 10U and 12U girls taking the fields at the Audubon Complex in Amherst, NY.
Here's the lineup:

Lots of tournaments will be getting underway soon---check back for more information.

Mount Mercy Wins Monsignor Martin Title

Mount Mercy's 10-0 win over Holy Angels means they will be playing in the Catholic High School State Championships next week.
Alison Benz struck out 7 batters in the run ruled shortened game, and Meghan Fitzgerald drove home 3 runs for the 11-4 Magic.
Video highlights courtesy of the Buffalo News can be viewed here:


Sunday, May 22, 2011

Chelsea Plimpton Ends College Career

Chelsea Plimpton made the final start of her collegiate career Saturday night at the University Park Regional against Penn State. Her Fordham Rams lost an epic 16 inning game to the host Nittany Lions, and were eliminated from the tournament.

So the former Williamsville South pitcher ends her career at Fordham; but she compiled some impressive numbers with the Rams. She finished with a record of 40-16; and an ERA of 1.96. Third most strikeouts and shutouts in Fordham history; fourth most wins; fourth best ERA. Fordham won their first ever Atlantic 10 title this season, and as her coach pointed out, Chelsea played a big role in that.

Chelsea Plimpton still holds many New York State Public School records, including: Most perfect games in a career (10); most shutouts in a career (78); most strikeouts in a season (411). Western New York softball hall of fame candidate? I think so.

Congratulations to Chelsea Plimpton for a fabulous softball career!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Chelsea Plimpton Not Done Yet

Former Williamsville South pitching star Chelsea Plimpton's college career is not quite finished...the senior is at the University Park Regional with her Fordham Rams this weekend. And so far, so good. The Rams won their opening game against host Penn State 2-0, and will now face Oregon in the winners bracket Saturday. With All-American Jen Mineau back in top form, Chelsea may not be seeing much action, but her coach credits her with the Rams being in the post season. The Buffalo News had a nice write up of Chelsea in today's edition. You may read it here:

"We would not be in the NCAA tournament without Chelsea," (Head Coach Bridget) Orchard said. "In my opinion, she's the heart and soul of the team. She's thrown a lot of big games and gotten some key wins. A lot of No. 2s don't get the attention as the season picks up. In softball, your No. 1 will throw almost every game. But Chelesa has been a big part of us getting this far."

Thursday, May 19, 2011

WNY High School Season Extended

According to Keith McShea of the Buffalo News, the local high school softball season is going to be extended due to all the rain this spring. Also, the sectional playoffs are going to be altered, with games being bunched closer together.
In the meantime, #1 Williamsville South has clinched the ECIC 2 regular season title behind an 11 strikeout performance by Kyle Plimpton in a 7-0 win over Lake Shore.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

WNY High School Softball Poll

  1. Williamsville South (11-1)
  2. Williamsville North (10-3)
  3. Clarence (8-3)
  4. Lancaster (9-4)
  5. Niagara-Wheatfield (9-1)
  6. Depew (11-2)
  7. Williamsville East (9-3)
  8. Amherst (10-2)
  9. Kenmore West (9-2)
  10. Hamburg (6-5)
Michelle DelPrince is having a terrific season for Lancaster; she hit a three run walk off homer against Frontier last week. The rains have returned though.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Mallory Aldred's Record Is Safe For Another Year

Mallory still holds the national record!

I informed you last year at this time that there was a pitcher in hot pursuit of former Griff Mallory Aldred's national saves record. Kandice Irwin of Tennessee-Chattanooga saved 11 games in 2010, falling four short of Mallory's record. The UTC coach used the senior extensively as a reliever this season, and was very aware of the record, but this season they fell way short. The national leader has 8 saves, so Mallory, a Canadian, still holds the American college record! I'll report back on this in a year!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Sonia Aguilar Joins San Diego Renegades

Sonia Aguilar will be playing this summer with the San Diego Renegades Gold in preparation for her Canisius career, which will begin this fall. The Renegades will be playing a competitive tournament schedule, including the J.O. Classic in Las Vegas; the Colorado Fireworks; Surf City in Los Angeles; and a Gold qualifier in San Diego.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Four Griffs Named All-MAAC

*Blogger suffered a major crash Thursday, so I was not able to post this until today

Lauren Hope, First Team

Paige Freiberger, Second Team

Emily Helbig, Second Team

Lizzy Gatto, Second Team

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

D'Youville Headed To NCAA Tournament

The D'Youville Spartans earned a berth in the NCAA Division 3 National Tournament when they won the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference championship on Sunday.

The Spartans are coached by former UB assistant Angie Churchill, who is assisted by former Griff Natalie Osika. The team is currently 21-8; Chelsea Stoeckl, formerly of Williamsville North, leads the Spartans in hitting with a .386 average.

D'Youville will be playing in the Adrian, MI regional beginning on Thursday morning. They will open against DePauw University. It will be the school's first ever NCAA appearance.
Congratulations Spartans!


Monday, May 9, 2011

New Comments Policy

Last week, I made a post that reflected upon a video interview where Coach Rappl alluded to injuries to his pitching staff. I speculated upon his words. But the comments that were sent in went off on a tangent that I did not anticipate, or even think of. I know exactly where those comments originated from, but I have decided that anonymous commenting is no longer a viable option. Why should I take the heat for something I never said? Caught me completely off guard----previous comments were always friendly and light hearted.

Therefore, in order to comment here, you must now have a gmail, or google, or blogger account.
And I do welcome comments of course. Some people have already been doing this.

Aunt Rosie's 2011

Softball season is only getting underway when the colleges end their campaigns, and believe it or not, the great Aunt Rosie's series of tournaments get underway in a couple weeks! This year's lineup promises to be the best ever. We'll see Michelle DelPrince and Robin Kennery play before they begin their Canisius careers. As an added bonus, the LaNova open team features Griffs present and past including: Stephanie Pfentner, Lauren Falzone, Michelle Fridey, the Bonetto twins, Lindsay Morris and Katie Lancellotti. Jen Sansano and Ashley Snider of St. Bonaventure, and Holly Johnson of Buffalo are also on the team.

Aunt Rosie's is the best time of year, so click their banner on the left side of this site for more information.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Record Book Updated

You all know about Lauren's stolen bases record. Paige Freiberger set two records her final season: walks in a season, and walks in a career.
Record book link is on the left.

Great Junior Season For Lauryn Chris

It seemed to my eye that Lauryn Chris made a slight adjustment to her swing this season. If she did, it resulted in her finishing the season with a .313 batting average. Quite a jump up from last season when she really struggled at the plate. She filled in very capably for an injured Katie Medina this season. Katie is an outstanding 2nd baseman who committed only one error all season, but hopefully Lauryn will get regular playing time in 2012, perhaps as a designated player, or at first base where she saw some action her freshman season.

Base Stealing Queen

Lauren Hope established the new MAAC record for stolen bases in a career Saturday when she stole third base against Rider in the first inning of game one of a doubleheader. Lauren would go on to steal an incredible 6 bases in the game, a Canisius record. The Canisius site informs us that she was one shy of the National record.

So Lauren Hope holds the single season and career records for the MAAC and Canisius. She set a record that will be difficult to eclipse---it would require averaging 30 stolen bases over a career. But what impressed me most about Lauren's feat was that she left everything on the field from the very first game she played until the last. Lauren will certainly be an All-MAAC selection this season, and a Canisius Hall Of Famer in the future. We have been very lucky to see her play here.

Changed My Mind

Two impassioned emails and a long chat have resulted in me deciding to keep the individual sites up and scrap my plans.
Thanks for reading.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Game 41 @ Rider

Griffs win 10-3 in 6 innings, and the 2011 Canisius softball season has ended.
Jen Consaul finishes her freshman season with an 8-3 record; 5-1 in the MAAC.
Farewell Paige, Lauren, Emily and Kerry, you will be missed, but never forgotten.
More on the 2011 season later...

13-3 headed to the bottom of the 6th, and it looks like our season will end in a few minutes.
3 RBIs for Katie Lancellotti this game, and it's 13-3.
Paige, with what was probably the last RBI of her career, makes it 12-3 Griffs.

Rider scored to make it 10-3, and the season continues a little longer!

Griffs increase their lead to 10-2 in the top of the 5th, and our season may be ending in a few minutes.
Lauryn Chris 3 for 3...

1-2-3 for Jen Consaul to end the 4th inning.

7-2 Griffs after 3 1/2 innings.

Lauren Hope is a Canisius Hall Of Famer. I will miss her very much.
Lauren Hope going out in a blaze of glory makes it 6-1 with an RBI. 7-1 after a bases loaded walk.

5-1 on a Paige sacrifice fly. A thought: the most meaningless game in Canisius history, and Coach still doesn't start Chloe?

A Sam Pugh single gets one back for the Broncs, but Canisius is up 4-1 after an inning.

Griffs put up 4 in the top of the 1st inning. Jen Consaul brings her 7-3 record to the circle.
And Stephanie Pfentner hits a 3 run homer off her---4-0 Griffs...
The Broncs are starting senior Sam Bennett, who has hardly pitched this year---senior day at Rider.

Last game of the 2011 season; and last game ever for Paige, Lauren, Emily and Kerry.
Jen Consaul will start for the Griffs.

Game 40 @ Rider

That was Rider's 2nd win of the MAAC season, their first coming against lowly St. Peter's. Canisius finishes with a losing record for only the 4th time in school history. Lauren Hope went down fighting---6 stolen bases, and sets the MAAC record.

Emily grounds out to end the game.
Bases loaded for Emily Helbig, 2 outs in the 7th Griffs down 4-3...
Lauren Hope steals her 6th base of the game!!...
Lauren Hope singles home Stephanie Pfentner--Lauren at least is going out in a blaze of glory...

Rider is retired in order in the 6th. Last chance for the Griffs to avoid a losing record coming up.

That ends it for the Griffs' 6th.
Paige Freiberger's bases loaded walk makes it 4-2, and Paige just broke the single season walks record...
Lauren Hope just stole her 5th base of the game!...

A Lucy Higgins sacrifice fly gives Rider a 4-1 lead after 5 innings.

Emily Helbig singled in the 5th, but the Griffs get nothing.

Broncs go in order to complete the 4th inning. Griffs are down 3-1.

Lauren has 4 stolen bases today, but the Griffs get nothing in the 4th inning.
Lauren Hope is running wild---she just stole 2nd and 3rd...

Samantha Mayer's 2 out bases loaded single has given Rider a 3-1 lead after 3 innings of play.

Game tied 1-1 after 2 innings. Canisius must sweep to avoid a losing record for only the 4th time in their long history. Both teams have 3 hits.

A Sam Pugh single off Griffs' starter Caroline Main tied the game 1-1. One inning completed.

Lauren opened the game with a single, got to 2nd base on an error, then stole 3rd base to make history. After a Katie Medina walk, she took off for home, and stole that as well! 1-0 Griffs.


Friday, May 6, 2011

Corinne Schaus Signs NLI

This video is from signing day at Barron Collier High School a couple days ago, and includes an interview with Corinne Schaus.

Upcoming Opponents---Rider Broncs

2011 Record: 1-13 (8-36)
Leading Hitter: Alyssa Paul (.307)
Leading Pitcher: Rachael Matreale (4-21; 3.14 ERA)
All-Time vs. Canisius: 12-22
Last Meeting: 2010 (Canisius 12-2 and 8-0)

The Griffs must sweep this doubleheader to avoid having a losing season. In their 32 year history, they have had only three losing seasons. And of course, Lauren Hope needs just one stolen base to stand alone as the all-time MAAC base stealer.

Her win-loss record doesn't indicate it, but Rachael Matreale is a good pitcher. She just has not gotten any offensive support this season. She pitched very well against Iona last week, losing a 2-1 game.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Corinne Schaus Ends High School Career

Canisius College recruit Corinne Schaus ended her high school career Tuesday night, but she went out fighting. Corinne's Barron Collier team lost 1-0 in an 11 inning game against Braden River in the Florida State 4A Region Final. In her last two games against powerful Florida high school teams, Corinne pitched 18 innings allowing only a single earned run. Barron Collier did have the winning run on base in the bottom of the 7th inning last night, but were against a pitcher that struck out 21. You can see that Corinne is a competitor and leader who shows up for the biggest games. In the meantime, the Canisius site has announced today that Corinne and Erica Afanador have signed their National Letters Of Intent.

Erica Afanador Update

Canisius College recruit Erica Afanador is currently in the midst of her senior season at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, CA. Erica is having a good season, hitting .303 for the Monarchs (22-2), who are ranked 33rd in the nation and 8th in California. Archbishop Mitty will begin their playoff season next Tuesday.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Wednesday's Games Canceled

The Griffs' scheduled games at Robert Morris have been canceled.
Very unfortunate as Lauren Hope will now have only two games to get the stolen base she needs to break the MAAC record. She is tied at #1 overall, but we want her to be the undisputed record holder.
Keep your fingers crossed that there will be good weather at Rider this weekend, because that is a MAAC doubleheader that would not be made up.

How Have The Freshmen Performed?

With the season ending in a few days, it's not too early to look ahead. The Griffs had only three freshmen this season; two really because Marissa Miller was not in uniform, due to injury I guess. So how did the newcomers do?

In my opinion, Jen Consaul performed heroically when the Griffs' pitching faltered. Jen is currently at 7-3, but she has actually pitched her best in conference play. In MAAC games, Jen is 4-1 with a 2.00 ERA. Those numbers aren't lying---she beat a very good Marist team, a powerful Niagara team and a Siena team that is fighting for a tournament berth. Interestingly, Coach Rappl removed her from the second Manhattan game (after 4 innings) when she was cruising along and in the lead, walking no one and keeping the LJs in check. Two pitchers, 6 walks and 4 runs later the Griffs lost the game and saw their season go downhill. That was the crucial loss of the season, and if Coach knew then what he knows now, he probably would have kept Jen in that game. Jen has progressed rapidly during the course of the season, and circumstances should find her starting full time in 2012.

You may not have noticed, but Val Nappo has been on a bit of a hot streak lately. After a slump during the beginning of the season, Val has rehabilitated her batting average from the .190s to its current .266. She is second on the team in doubles, and has been perfect in the field, committing no errors all season. It seems to me that she has solved division 1 pitching. Amanda Cannizzo quitting the team had forced Coach to play Val regularly, and it will pay dividends. First base will be open next season, which is Val's natural position.

Canisius will have a lot of talented freshmen in the fold this September, and 7 more next year. The team will look different very quickly.