Sunday, July 31, 2011

Diamond Girls On The National Stage

As the summer season winds down, a number of New Era Diamond Girls teams hit the national stage in some big tournaments this week.

Here's a listing:

Diamond Girls Muni
ASA 16U Class A Nationals, Chattanooga, TN

Diamond Girls Opera
ASA 16U Eastern Nationals, Sterling, VA

Diamond Girls Swiatek
Diamond Girls Hennessy
ASA 14U Eastern Nationals, Sterling, VA

Diamond Girls McNamara
ASA 12U Eastern Nationals, Sterling, VA

Amherst Lightning Elite
ASA 10U Eastern Nationals, Sterling, VA

Good luck to everyone!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Caitlin Attfield Commits To Alabama-Birmingham

Caitlin Attfield, the reigning Western New York Player Of The Year, has verbally committed to play softball at the University of Alabama-Birmingham beginning with the 2013 season.

Caitlin will join a softball program that is on the rise; the Blazers earned an at large bid to the NCAA Tournament in 2011, posting a 39-19 record. They did win a tournament game, beating Florida State. UAB plays in Conference USA, alongside such teams as Marshall, Houston, Memphis and East Carolina. UAB recruited Caitlin very aggressively, and did edge out Canisius for her services. We will of course follow her career with great interest.

Congratulations Caitlin!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

2011 Canisius Softball Fall Schedule

September 11
Brampton Blazers 13-4
Demske Sports Complex

September 17
Durham College 14-4
Demske Sports Complex

September 24-25 10 am & 12 pm
Niagara 2-3
UB 7-8
St. Bonaventure 8-0
Edinboro 8-3
Audubon Complex, Amherst

October 1
@Monroe Community College 5-0

October 2
@Buffalo canceled
Nan Harvey Field

October 8
Mercyhurst 10-0
Demske Sports Complex

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Top Ten 2011 Canisius Softball Moments---#8

Caroline Main throws west coast one hitter

Coming back from a major injury that sidelined her during the 2010 MAAC Tournament, Caroline Main put on a great show before family and friends at the LMU tournament in Los Angeles, CA. On March 19, she was masterful against Northern Colorado, allowing only an infield single in the 6th inning. Caroline struck out six, and walked only one in the 2-0 win.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

2011 Aunt Rosie's Champions

10U: Miss Shen Flamez
12U: NY Connection
14U: Pittsburgh Power
16U: Amherst Lightning (Covel)
18U: Scarborough Rays
OPEN: La Nova

Saturday, July 23, 2011

I am texting from the Bluechip tournament where i am watching the newest Griff Meghan Cuda play with the TC Tremors. Meg is definitely fast on the base paths

Top Ten 2011 Canisius Softball Moments---#9

Lizzy showed Detroit no mercy

On April 5th at Detroit Mercy, Lizzy Gatto saved and won a game. In the midst of a six game losing streak, the Griffs found themselves in trouble in the bottom of the 7th inning after the host Titans tied the game at 8-8 by scoring an improbable 7 runs in the frame. With two outs, and two runners still on base, Detroit singled once more and the apparent winning run rounded third base on the way home. But Lizzy's rifle arm denied the Titans, as she gunned the runner down to send the game to extra innings. In the 8th inning, Lizzy singled, and promptly stole second base, something she was perfect at in '11. She then took possession of third after a passed ball, and made it all the way home with the winning run after a Paige Frieberger hit.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

What It Is Like To Be A D1 Softball Player

Excellent article by someone who knows.

Freshman year is and will be the toughest year, it will either make or break you as a person and athlete. Either you lie down and die or you put on some gloves and begin to fight back. My freshman year journey may not be yours, but everyone’s will be filled with ups and downs so put on your seatbelt and enjoy the ride. The great thing about this ride is you will never have to take it alone because your teammates are always there to support you during the most turbulent times...

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


Meghan Cuda of Lewiston, NY has verbally committed to play softball at Canisius College beginning with the 2013 season.

Meghan is an infielder, second baseman to be specific, who has been an All-New York State selection playing for Lewiston-Porter High School. She has also been named All-NFL. Meghan has played for the Diamond Girls, and is currently on the roster of the TC Tremors elite. Meghan is a smart and very fast player who can hit with power; a "go to" kind of player. She's also outstanding defensively; and covers a lot of ground. Coach Rappl could use her in the outfield also.

We'll be able to watch Meghan play this upcoming weekend as her TC Tremors play in the Bluechip tournament in West Seneca.
Congratulations Meghan!

Line drive triple

Skills video

Videos courtesy of:

...and of course, at Canisius, she will be known as Meghan "Barra" Cuda :)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Top Ten 2011 Canisius Softball Moments---#10

Paige Freiberger drives home 4 to beat Buffalo

On April 19 against Buffalo at the Demske Sports Complex, Paige Freiberger unleashed her powerful bat and knocked home four runs to break a 2-2 tie and beat the Bulls 6-2. In the 4th inning, Paige drove a double to deep center field to score two, then in the 6th she launched a homer over the right field fence for another pair.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Diamond Girls (Swiatek) Lead The Pack

Round robin play at the Aunt Rosie's 14U Tournament is complete, and the New Era Diamond Girls (Swiatek) have claimed the number one seed heading into Sunday's playoff round.

This DG team is the club who, as 12Us last year, won the Eastern National ASA Championship (photo above) and finished with a 60-1 record! They seem to have made the adjustment up in age level quite smoothly, winning three tournaments this season thus far. In four games at Aunt Rosie's, they are undefeated and have allowed only a single run.

The action continues Sunday beginning at 8 am, and running through the day at the Audubon Complex in Amherst. The championship game is scheduled for 6:30 pm.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Aunt Rosie's 14U Tournament

The 2011 Aunt Rosie's series of tournaments concludes this weekend with the 14Us going at it.
The weather will be great, although quite hot with temps going up to 90.
Here's the schedule:

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Softball Back In The Olympics?

PLANT CITY, FLORIDA (USA) -- Having returned to the world headquarters from last week’s International Olympic Committee Session in South Africa, International Softball Federation President Don Porter today expressed great joy on the sport being back in the running for a spot on the Olympic Games programme.

“Without question we are thrilled to have softball on the IOC’s shortlist for the candidate sports for 2020,” the ISF president said. “That being said, the real victory, of course, would be a decision in our favor come 2013 when the vote is taken on which sport the IOC will add for the Summer Olympics.”

Monday, July 11, 2011

Aunt Rosie's Open Results

  1. La Nova
  2. Quebec Rebelles
  3. Diamond Girls
  4. La Porta
Congratulations to the La Nova Open team; they swept through the tournament, and now stand at 17-1 for the summer.

Next up at the Aunt Rosies---the 14U portion of the tournament this coming weekend.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Nan Harvey Fall Classic 2011

The annual fall ball classic, named after the Buffalo softball pioneer Nan Harvey, will take place this year on September 24-25 at the Audubon Complex in Amherst. This is the annual meeting of the "Big 4"; the only time to see Canisius, Buffalo, Niagara and St. Bonaventure all play on the same fields. The full Canisius fall schedule is yet to be released.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Bluechip Can/Am Championships

A new tournament debuts in Western New York this summer. The Bluechip Can/Am Championships will showcase top teams from the northeast and Canada July 22-24 at Sunshine Park in West Seneca.

I understand the TC Tremors will be hosting this event, and sending two teams, including the Tremors Elite who have on their roster local players Caitlin Attfield, Meghan Cuda and Yasmin Harrell. The Diamonds Girls will also participate as well as the Amherst Lightning, West Seneca Magic and Battery Lightning Gold. Canada will be well represented with teams from Brampton, Brantford, Guelph, Oakville, Scarborough, Mississauga and The Ajax Raiders of Whitby. We will also be seeing numerous teams from Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York. This is going to be quite a big and competitive event. The organizers are looking for this to be an annual tournament here.

More information:

WNY High School Softball All-Stars

Here is the complete list of Western New York's best high school softball players.


P Kyle Plimpton Wmsv. South 12
P Chelsea Calabro Olean 11
P Alyssa Sciria Niag.-Wheatfield 10
C Shaina Bunker No. Tonawanda 12
2B Stephanie Novo Depew 12
2B Robin Kennery Wmsv. North 12
SS Corrin Genovese Wmsv. North 12
SS Marissa Levia Olean 12
SS Caitlin Attfield Niag.-Wheatfield 11
3B Yasmin Harrell Cheektowaga 11
OF Tori Nappo Clarence 11
OF Jenna Allers Wmsv. East 11
Honorable mention: ALBION: Jennifer Knaak. AMHERST: Erin Dixson. CLARENCE: Katie Bull, Alyssa Dewes. HAMBURG: Bridget Hogan. KENMORE WEST: Alexis Santa Maria, Maggie Ryan. LANCASTER: Michele Delprince. LEW-PORT: Ryleigh Fitzgerald. LOCKPORT: Emily Belfield. NIAGARA-WHEATFIELD: Katie Gruarin. OLEAN: Maddy Stavish.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Four Straight For Canada

Canada continued their impressive dominance of the Aunt Rosie's 18U tournament. This year it was the Scarborough Rays, who swept through the field without a loss.
It was a great weekend of sun and softball. The Aunt Rosie's continues this coming weekend with the Open tournament and a chance to watch Griffs past and present.

Final Standings:

  1. Scarborough Rays
  2. Hamburg Breakers
  3. Diamond Girls (DelPrince)
  4. Guelph Gators

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Hamburg Breakers On Top

It was a long, hot day at the Aunt Rosie's International Fastpitch Tournament as the 18U competition continued. And believe me, as hot as the weather was, it wasn't as hot as the Hamburg Breakers! This is a very impressive team, and the girls are playing out of their minds, leading the field with a perfect 5-0 record heading into the Independence Day playoffs. They will be the number one seed, but those Canadian teams are as strong as ever. Diamond Girls (DelPrince) aren't doing too badly either, finishing the first three days with a 3-1-1 record. The DGs will play Monday at 1:15 pm. The action begins at 8 am; the quarterfinals will begin at 3 pm; the semifinals at 4:45 pm; and the Championship will be at 6 pm.

It will be another beautiful day Monday as the 2011 Championship is decided. Should be a lot of fireworks on the diamonds!

Caitlin Attfield Is 2011 Player Of The Year; All-WNY Softball Team Named

Courtesy of the Greece Post

Caitlin Attfield of Niagara-Wheatfield has been named 2011 Western New York Player Of The Year*. Once again hitting over .600, she led the Falcons to their first trip to the State Championships since 1992.


Jenna Allers, Williamsville East

Caitlin Attfield, Niagara-Wheatfield

Chelsea Calabro, Olean

Corrin Genovese, Williamsville North

Cherise Gunnell, Falconer

Yasmin Harrell, Cheektowaga

Robin Kennery, Williamsville North

Marissa Levia, Olean

Samantha Mott, Frewsburg

Tori Nappo, Clarence

Stephanie Novo, Depew

Kyle Plimpton, Williamsville South

Sadie Stuart, Falconer

Lauren Wesolowski, St. Mary's (Lancaster)

Congratulations to all these deserving players!

*Section 6 did not actually name a POY, maybe they'll get around to it! So, this blog is doing it for them.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Corinne Schaus Named To All-Florida State Team

Corinne Schaus capped off her senior season at Barron Collier High School in Naples, FL by once again being selected to the All-Florida State High School Team (Class 4A). As you know, she had a great season, leading her school deep into the Florida state playoffs before losing a 1-0, 11 inning game. We'll see her in a Canisius uniform for the first time in about two months.

Congratulations Corinne!

Independence Weekend Softball

Congratulations to the Amherst Lightning (Covel) for winning the 16U portion of the Aunt Rosie's International Fastpitch Tournament last weekend!

This time around, it's the 18Us turn, and of special interest will be the appearance of soon to be Griffs Michelle DelPrince and Robin Kennery. They will be playing for the Diamond Girls (DelPrince), trying to break a three year stranglehold of Canadian dominance at the tourney. Here is their schedule for the next two days:

Diamond Girls vs. Brant Bobcats
3 pm Diamond 4
Diamond Girls vs. Hunt's Hurricanes
8:15 pm Diamond 4

Diamond Girls vs. Scarborough Rays
11:30 am Diamond 3

The DGs have already won their first two games at Aunt Rosie's. Playoffs will be on Monday.
Of course, there are lots of great teams participating, including:
Amherst Lightning
WNY Lightning Elite
Original Slik Chix
WNY Sting
Hamburg Breakers
Diamond Girls (Muni)
and the defending champs the Brampton Blazers
among others.

As far as the weather is concerned, it's looking good outside of some rain late Saturday night. But they do a great job on the fields.
Aunt Rosie's link can be found to the left.