Thursday, June 30, 2011

Tori Nappo Named To NFCA East Region First Team; Named Second Team All-American

Tori Nappo was honored by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association by being named to their 2011 Louisville Slugger High School East Region First Team. The Clarence High School outfielder and future Griff just completed her junior season. Tori was the only local player named to the team; her sister Val was an East Region All-Star in 2009.

Tori was also named to the All-American Second Team. Only 48 players from across the nation were honored as All-Americans.
Congratulations Tori!

See all teams here:

2011 All-American Team:

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

All-New York State Softball Teams

This list includes all the local players honored by the New York State Sportswriters Association.
Future Griffs are highlighted.
Congratulations to all the honorees!


Corrin Genovese, Williamsville North
Caitlin Attfield, Niagara-Wheatfield
Tori Nappo, Clarence
Robin Kennery, Williamsville North
Shaina Bunker, North Tonawanda


Stephanie Novo, Depew
Kyle Plimpton, Williamsville South
Jenna Allers, Williamsville East
Marissa Levia, Olean
Yasmin Harrell, Cheektowaga


Cherise Gunnell, Falconer
Sadie Stuart, Falconer
Erica Hines, Falconer
Amanda Werth, Roy-Hart
Alison Benz, Mt. Mercy
Alayna Carlson, Dunkirk


Lauren Wesolowski, St. Mary's (Lancaster)
Amy Kawa, St. Mary's (Lancaster)
Alicia Dolan, Immaculata
Samantha Mott, Frewsburg
Emily Foy, Frewsburg


Taylor Lloyd, Panama
Demi Hunt, Panama
Ryanne Dugan, Forestville
Precious Kaczor, Forestville

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Aunt Rosie's 16U Tournament Begins Today

*Saturday Night Update*
Standings after day one:

The 16U portion of the Aunt Rosie's International Fastpitch Tournament is set to begin this morning at the Audubon Complex in Amherst.

It rained again last night, but the forecast is looking pretty good for the three day tournament at this time. It's still raining lightly as I write this early morning, so check their website for updates.

Here's the schedule for this weekend:

Here's the home page where updates may be found:

Thursday, June 23, 2011


A source has informed me that Tori Nappo of Clarence, NY has verbally committed to play softball at Canisius College beginning with the 2013 season.

Tori just completed her junior year at Clarence High School, where she had another great season playing outfield. I would expect her to be named All-State and All-WNY come next week. She has also played with the WNY Sting, Diamonds Girls and La Nova. She is currently on the roster of the New Jersey Intensity Premier, a team that plays in many elite tournaments across the country.

Of course, this means that the Nappo sisters will be reunited on the field. Tori will arrive when Val is beginning her junior season with the Griffs. I believe Tori is the best natural outfielder from this area in a long time, and I see her succeeding Lizzy Gatto in center field. At the plate, Tori can do it all, hitting for power as well as average.

Monday, June 20, 2011

WNY State Champions

The Western New York State Championships were held at Sunshine Park in West Seneca this past weekend. Here are your champions:

18U: WNY Sting

16U: Diamond Girls (Muni)

14U: Diamond Girls (Swiatek)

Friday, June 17, 2011

Diamond Girls (Muni) Off To Great Start

Sara Tauriello has been dominant this summer

Another of the New Era teams have begun their summer season with a hot start. The 16U Diamond Girls (Muni) are 7-1 in tournament play thus far. The DGs began the 2011 campaign by capturing the Evans Memorial Day Tournament crown, outscoring their opponents 22-0. Pitcher Sara Tauriello, who just completed her junior season at Iroquois, was untouchable, throwing 26 scoreless innings. She was 4-0 in the tourney, striking out 42. Offensively, Meagan Lewis was on base constantly, and drove home 3 runs. I've been noticing Meagan for over two years; she's tall, athletic, and a very intense competitor. She just completed her junior season at West Seneca East. I see she has been playing some shortstop, but I really like her as a catcher. Lauren Muni provided a lot of power in these games, hitting a homer while driving home 6 runs.

Last weekend the Diamond Girls played at the Lady Raider Showcase, an important tournament attended by lots of college coaches, including the Griffs' diamond boss. Weather problems forced the girls to play all four of their games on Sunday, and they did a great job, finishing 3-1. Sara Tauriello threw yet another shutout, increasing her impressive streak to 33 innings with no one crossing her plate. Lauren Muni continued hitting the ball hard, blasting a pair of homers; Theresa Fleckenstein hit one out as well. Clarence's Ally Gay had a fabulous tournament, reaching base 80% of the time; Ashley Lyman sent 5 runners home courtesy of her bat; and Jess Geary ran wild around the bases. All in all, it looks like the DGs impressed the visiting coaches.

There are a lot of talented players on this team, and they are at the point in their youth careers where they are trying to make a splash in an attempt to move up to the next level. That means a lot of good, intense softball for the fans. And we will be able to watch Diamond Girls (Muni) next weekend as they play in the Aunt Rosie's 16U. I've always said that the 16U tournament is the best at Aunt Rosie's, so don't miss it!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Caitlin Attfield 2011

*I updated this post because Jesse updated her video. It opens with Caitlin's great catch against Clarence in the Section 6 playoffs.

In the meantime, Caitlin does have an ardent fan!

Is Caitlin the best softball player?
I believe so...I think she will be named WNY Player Of The Year in a week or two.

Jesse at Buffalo Recruit (link on right side of this page) has produced a video of Caitlin Attfield highlights from this spring.
So the big question becomes: where will Caitlin sign in November? You can guess where I want her to sign, but I'm sure she will have her choices.

The 2010 WNY Co-Player Of The Year has all the tools. Of course, she is blazing fast. 2.74 seconds, home to first. She can hit for average; for power; and can beat out any bunt. An outstanding fielder with great mechanics. Real smart too. She impressed me by playing with the Empire State Games Gold Medal team last season. At 16 playing with and against experienced adult softballers, I thought she was the best player out there.
After Caitlin completes her junior season at Niagara-Wheatfield, she will join the TC Tremors.
Enjoy the video.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Diamond Girls (Opera) Earn ASA Nationals Berth

...While fielding only 8 players!

A remarkable story out of Ohio. Diamond Girls (Opera) had to finish in the top two in the ASA Qualifier to make it to Eastern Nationals. Because of the New York State High School Championships this weekend, they were 5 players short. But with a team of only 8 players, they made it all the way to the Championship game. They fell short of winning it all, but did qualify. And they did it by playing a quadrupleheader on Sunday. Amazing!

Full story here...

Congratulations to the DGs!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

La Nova Wins NSA Qualifier

The La Nova Open team won the NSA Qualifier in Hamburg this weekend, and thus are eligible to play in the 2011 NSA World Series.
But...what in the world happened to Ashley Snider?? I'm sure Coach Threehouse would like to know!

Courtesy of La Nova Softball

High School Wrap Up

Rain in eastern New York really put a damper on the State Championships. The fields were not in good condition, but they played on. Niagara-Wheatfield seemed particularly affected, but all the teams had the same disadvantage. I guess it was fitting considering that this year's season was a rainy mess from the start. N-W did take an early 2-0 lead, thanks of course to Caitlin Attfield. You can see her run in the video below. Cherise Gunnell of Falconer completed her great run with a 12 strikeout performance (and 2 for 2 at the plate), but it wasn't good enough against eventual State Champion Windsor. Cherise will be at Mercyhurst in the fall. On a side note, Haldane, whose coach had his girls stealing bases late in their game with Frewsburg with a 16 run lead, lost a heartbreaker in the championship game. Awww...too bad!

Great slide home by Caitlin Attfield in N-W's loss Saturday

Saturday, June 11, 2011

NYS Championships

Class AA
Cicero-N. Syracuse 9 Niagara-Wheatfield 2

Class B
Windsor 4 Falconer 1

Class C
Haldane 22 Frewsburg 6

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Far West Regionals Results

Class AA
Niagara-Wheatfield 5 Greece Athena 0
Caitlin Attfield, 2 Hits and 2 Runs
Ally Gonyea, 2 Hits, RBI
Katie Gruarin, RBI
Alyssa Sciria, 2 Hitter

Class A
Pittsford Mendon 8 Williamsville East 3
Jenna Reilley, 2 For 3, Triple

Class B
Falconer 7 Mynderse 3
Cherise Gunnell, 11 Strikeouts
Sadie Stuart, 3 For 4, Grand Slam Homer

Class C
Frewsburg 6 Oakfield-Alabama 2 (9)
Emily Foy, Triple, Winning Run
Samantha Mott, 11 Strikeouts

Class D
Batavia-Notre Dame 12 Forestville 5

Western New York will be sending three teams to the New York State Championships, which will be held this Saturday in Glen Falls, NY. Four teams per class, single elimination, to be played in one day (weather permitting).
Niagara-Wheatfield will play nationally ranked Cicero-North Syracuse at 9 am.
Falconer will play Windsor at 11:30 am.
Frewsburg will play Haldane at 10 am.

Congratulations to all the girls for great seasons, and good luck!

Niagara-Wheatfield Advances To States

Caitlin Attfield used her speed to put N-W up early

Niagara-Wheatfield just defeated Greece Athena 5-0 at the Class AA Far West Regional at SUNY Brockport.

Caitlin Attfield led the way for the Falcons, opening the scoring in the 1st inning. Using her great speed after a bunt single, she got all the way to 3rd base due to a bad throw. She was then sent home by a Katie Gruarin bunt, and N-W was in the lead for good. Caitlin doubled in the 2nd inning, scoring when Katie Gruarin drove her home once again. Ally Gonyea had two hits and an RBI. Starting pitcher Alyssa Sciria threw a 2 hitter, not allowing a Greece Athena hit until the 5th inning.

Niagara-Wheatfield advances to the New York State Championships for the first time in school history.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Far West Regionals Schedule

June 7
@SUNY Brockport

Class AA
Niagara-Wheatfield vs. Greece Athena 2 pm

Class A
Williamsville East vs. Pittsford Mendon 4 pm

Class B
Falconer vs. Mynderse 6 pm

@Olean High School

Class C
Frewsburg vs. Oakfield-Alabama 3 pm

Class D
Forestville vs. Batavia-Notre Dame 5 pm

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Section 6 Championship Sunday

Class AA Championship

Niagara-Wheatfield 5 Clarence 4
Katie Gruarin, 2 For 4, RBI
Caitlin Attfield, 2 For 3
N-W will play Greece Athena Tuesday in Far West Regional

Class A Championship

Williamsville East 4 Depew 3
McKenzie Klun, Game Tying RBI
Jenna Allers, Game Winning RBI
Jenna Reilley, Game Winning Run
East will play Pittsford Mendon Tuesday in Far West Regional

Class B Championship

Falconer 4 Dunkirk 2
Cherise Gunnell 2 Hitter, 9 Strikeouts; Triple, 2 RBIs
Falconer will play Mynderse Tuesday in Far West Regional

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Section 6 A & B Championships Postponed

The Class AA game has been postponed as well.
Updated schedule:

Rain has forced the postponement of the Section 6 A and B Championships scheduled for today. The games will now be played on Sunday.
As far as I know, the Class AA game between Clarence and Niagara-Wheatfield scheduled for 7 pm tonight is still on.

ASA Qualifier In Lancaster

The Lancaster/Depew Softball League is hosting an Eastern Region ASA Qualifier this weekend at the Walden Ponds Park in Lancaster. It is a 12U/14U event. Lots of teams will be competing, including:

Diamond Girls
West Seneca Magic
Amherst Lightning
Hamburg Breakers
Lou Gehrig Lasers
Brampton Blazers
Lancaster Heat
Cayuga Gamblers
WNY Sting
...and plenty more.
Some of the programs have multiple teams.

A few games were played Friday, but the action really gets underway Saturday beginning at 8 am and running all day till after 5 pm. Sunday will bring playoffs beginning at 8 am and running all day.
The top two finishers in each age group will be awarded tournament bids for the 2011 Eastern National Championships. You'll remember that last year Diamond Girls Swiatek went all the way, ending with a record of 60-1-1. The weather should be fine for this huge tournament. The 16U/18U teams will go at it next weekend.

More information here:

Friday, June 3, 2011

Section 6 Championship Friday

Class C Championship

Frewsburg 17 Portville 3
Samantha Mott, 4 For 4, 3 RBIs,
Struck out 8

Class D Championship

Forestville 7 Panama 6 (8)
Alisha Szumigala Drives Home Winner

Frewsburg and Forestville will play in the Far West Regionals June 7 at Olean.

Thompson Trophy Championship

City Honors 4 daVinci 1
Annie Doyle, 9 Strikeouts
Yanava Hawkins, 2 For 3, Triple
McKayla Mulhern, 2 RBIs

Lizzy Got Away With It!

An interesting fact I just stumbled across...
Lizzy Gatto was one of only three players in the entire nation who stole at least 20 bases without getting thrown out. The other two were Jennifer Fenton of Alabama and Teagan Gerhart of Stanford. This according to Graham Hays of ESPN.
Lizzy stole 21 bases in 2011, and she's not giving them back!

Section 6 Championship Schedule

June 3
Class C Championship
@Wright Park, Dunkirk 7 pm
Portville vs. Frewsburg

Class D Championship
@Promenschenkel Stadium, Dunkirk 5 pm
Forestville vs. Panama

June 5
Class AA Championship
@Niagara Falls High School 3:30 pm*
Clarence vs. Niagara-Wheatfield

Class A Championship
@Niagara-Wheatfield High School 2:30 pm
Williamsville East vs. Depew

Class B Championship
@Niagara-Wheatfield High School 4:30 pm
Dunkirk vs. Falconer

*Note that the Class AA game has been moved from Niagara-Wheatfield to Niagara Falls due to bylaw that forbids a participating team from hosting.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Section 6 Playoffs Wednesday

Tori Nappo tripled and scored in the 7th to send Clarence to AA Title Game

Class AA Semifinals

Clarence 6 Lancaster 5
Tori Nappo, 3 RBIs; 7th Inning Triple and Game Winning Run
Moriah Harris, Game Winning RBI

Niagara-Wheatfield 17 Orchard Park 9
Caitlin Attfield, 3 For 4, Homer
Katie Gruarin, 4 For 5, 2 Triples and 3 RBIs
Tori Baron, 3 For 4, 4 RBIs

N-W Rallied From 7-0 Deficit

Class A-1 Final

Williamsville East 4 Williamsville South 1 (9)
Jenna Reilley, 2 RBIs

Class A-2 Final

Depew 9 Amherst 3
Stephanie Novo, 4 For 5, 4 RBIs
Alison Hall, 2 RBIs

Class B-1 Final

Dunkirk 4 Roy-Hart 3

Class B-2 Final

Falconer 12 Cleveland Hill 0

Class C Semifinals

Portville 6 Franklinville 3

Frewsburg 12 Chautauqua Lake 0
Sam Mott, 12 Strikeouts
Shawna Raymond, 4 For 4

Reyanne Strong, Homer

Class D Semifinals

Forestville 6 Pine Valley 0
Ryanne Dugan, 1 Hitter, 8 Strikeouts
Precious Kaczor, 2 RBIs

Panama 14 Clymer 8
Taylor Lloyd, 3 RBIs

Cherise Gunnell Is Perfect; Falconer Wins B-2 Title

How could Falconer's super pitcher Cherise Gunnell improve upon her no hit performance against Cassadaga Valley in the Class B-2 semifinals? By throwing a perfect game in the Championship, that's how!
Cherise was brilliant as Falconer captured the B-2 Championship with a 12-0 win over Cleveland Hill. She struck out an astounding 18 batters; poor Cleve Hill never had a chance. Cherise was also 2 for 4 at the plate with an RBI. Falconer will now play either Roy-Hart or Dunkirk in the Class B Championship game Saturday.
More scores later tonight.

Just learned that Cherise will be at Mercyhurst in the fall.

Kyle Plimpton Will Play At St. Lawrence

Kyle Plimpton of Williamsville South High School will play her college softball at St. Lawrence University. The Saints are a Division 3 program who play in the Liberty League along with schools such as Rochester, Vassar and RPI. Kyle has also been an outstanding field hockey player, but I do not know if she will be playing the sport in college.

In the meantime, the WNY Pitcher Of The Year candidate will lead her South team in the Class A-1 Championship showdown against rival Williamsville East Wednesday afternoon. Kyle has had an outstanding senior season, and according to her coach Gerry Gentner has recorded the third most career strikeouts in WNY high school history, behind her sister Chelsea and Jen Sansano.

Congratulations Kyle!