Friday, August 26, 2011

Caitlin Attfield Discusses Her Choice

From Thursday's edition of the Niagara Gazette:

Attfield is debating a physical therapy minor along with a few other sports science offerings, but picking UAB over schools like Canisius and Fordham was the primary decision to be made this summer.

“They were my top three,” she said.

Attfield, who makes her official visit to Birmingham in mid-September, batted .623 last season with 30 RBIs and 23 stolen bases on the way to being named Niagara Frontier League player of the year and snagging a large school All-Western New York nod.

It would have been awesome to see Caitlin in a Canisius uniform, but we'll be rooting for her at UAB!

Monday, August 22, 2011

2012 Canisius College Softball Roster

4 Erica Afanador (Freshman, Infield)
16 Sonia Aguilar (Freshman, Third Base)
20 Amanda Baun (Junior, Pitcher)
9 Lauryn Chris (Senior, Infield)
36 Jen Consaul (Sophomore, Pitcher)
00 Chloe Contreras (Junior, Outfield)
15 Michelle DelPrince (Freshman, Outfield)
21 Lauren Falzone (Senior, Outfield)
47 Lizzy Gatto (Senior, Center Field)
6 Robin Kennery (Freshman, Infield)
14 Katie Lancellotti (Senior, Shortstop)
10 Caroline Main (Senior, Pitcher)
33 Katie Medina (Redshirt Junior, Second Base)
17 Marissa Miller (Redshirt Freshman, Catcher)
5 Valorie Nappo (Sophomore, First Base)
18 Stephanie Pfentner (Junior, Catcher)
2 Corinne Schaus (Freshman, Pitcher/First Base)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Robin Kennery At North

Photo courtesy of the Amherst Bee

While the new Golden Griffins arrive in town this week, I thought it appropriate to write about one of the incoming freshmen.

Robin Kennery just finished a fabulous career at Williamsville North High School and believe me, she will be contending for a spot in the Griffs' starting lineup. Here are some interesting facts about Robin: she holds the North softball records for career RBIs; doubles; triples; and total bases. Remember, Robin was a teammate for 6 years with All-Everything Corrin Genovese, so she had to be great to set those records. Her senior season saw her hit for a whopping .459 average, which led the Spartans, not to mention an .852 slugging percentage. So she's possesses speed and power. But what still intrigues me about Robin is my clear memory of her out pitching the great Jen Sansano in the 2009 AA Championship game. That was a huge match up, and as you know Jen was having a fantastic season. But Robin was better that day, winning with a shutout against a powerful Clarence team. Big performance in a big game. That season, Robin had a record of 10-3 with a 1.03 ERA, averaging one strikeout per inning. She happens to be a great fielder also. It's going to be interesting to see how her freshman season plays out.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Top Ten 2011 Canisius Softball Moments---#1

Lauren Hope runs to record

On May 7 Lauren Hope entered the final day of her collegiate softball career needing one stolen base to break the all-time MAAC record. She finished out her career with a flourish at Rider, running wild in game one of the doubleheader. She opened the game with a single, getting to second base on an error. She didn't waste any time and stole third base to become the MAAC's most prolific base stealer ever. But Lauren wasn't quite finished. Putting an exclamation point on her accomplishment, she set another record, this one unforeseen, by stealing an astounding 6 bases in the game--- the only Canisius player ever to do so. In fact, she fell one stolen base short of tying the national record. Lauren ended her great career in style; she also hit 5 for 10 in the doubleheader, giving her all until the final pitch.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Top Ten 2011 Canisius Softball Moments---#2

Jen Consaul throws MAAC shutout

On April 22 at MAAC rival Siena, the Golden Griffins were on the brink of elimination after being mercy ruled by the Saints in the first game of a crucial conference doubleheader. Freshman Jen Consaul received the nod for the game two start, and pitched heroically, shutting out Siena on their home field. She allowed only three singles, scattered throughout the game, and was in total control, walking no one. The Saints' two .400 hitters were a measly one for six. This win put Jen among the pitching leaders in conference only games, and signified that she was a big game pitcher.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Chelsea Plimpton Begins Coaching Career

Former Williamsville South and Fordham pitcher Chelsea Plimpton recently signed on as an assistant coach at St. Lawrence University.

Chelsea Plimpton, a former pitching standout at Fordham University, has joined the St. Lawrence University athletic staff as the assistant coach of the softball program.

"We are very excited to have Chelsea join our coaching staff," said Saints Head Coach Fran Grembowicz. "She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our program."

One of the pitchers Chelsea will be coaching at St. Lawrence is her younger sister Kyle, who will be joining the Saints for the 2012 season.

Class Of '11 Begin College Careers

Here's a list of Western New York players who have taken their softball careers to the next level. If I've forgotten anyone, feel free to drop me a note.

Corrin Genovese-Missouri
Robin Kennery-Canisius
Michelle DelPrince-Canisius
Katie Gruarin-Niagara
Amanda Werth-Niagara
Taylor Swiatek-Buffalo State
Kyle Plimpton-St. Lawrence
Shaina Bunker-Mercyhurst
Caitlyn Colucci-Gannon
Ashley Fillmore-Geneseo
Kayleigh Blersch-Geneseo
Abby Weiss-Geneseo
Courtney Kadish-Cortland
Amanda Atkins-Cortland
Kelly Leonard-Hamilton
Jessica Banning-D'Youville
Ashley McCormick-D'Youville
Abby Campbell-D'Youville
Erin Dixson-NE Mississippi CC
Sarah Brown-Tiffin
Nicole Atkins-Brockport
Krista Jacobs-Pittsburgh-Bradford

Monday, August 15, 2011

Top Ten 2011 Canisius Softball Moments---#3

Stephanie Pfentner has a blast in opener

The Golden Griffins opened their 2011 season on February 18 with two wins, thanks largely to the powerful bat of catcher Stephanie Pfentner. Stephanie hit a home run in each of the night's games, opening the season's scoring with a two run blast against Morehead State in a 6-4 win. Later that evening against host College of Charleston, her 6th inning lead off solo shot broke a 3-3 tie, and gave the Griffs the win.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Top Ten 2011 Canisius Softball Moments---#4

Katie Lancellotti's blast caps comeback

On April 27 at home against local rival Niagara, Canisius found themselves down 3-1 in the second game of a MAAC doubleheader with a rain delay in effect. After losing game one to the Purple Eagles, the Griffs found themselves in a must win situation. Canisius would come out of the delay with an explosive 7 run 5th inning, capped off by Katie Lancellotti's towering three run homer over the center field fence that kept them in the race. Lance will this season attempt to break the all-time Canisius career home runs record.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Top Ten 2011 Canisius Softball Moments---#5

Lauren Hope hits 6 for 7 in conference opener

Senior Lauren Hope led the Golden Griffins to a sweep of St. Peter's on April 9 in the team's 2011 MAAC opener. Lauren was 3 for 4 in game one of the doubleheader, driving home a pair of runs with a triple, scoring two herself, and of course she stole a base. In the second game, Lauren hit a perfect 3 for 3; she scored twice and stole a couple more bases. Best lead off hitter in Griffs' history? Probably.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

I Don't Know Is On Third Base!

Costello: Would you just stay on third base and don't go off it.

Abbott: All right, what do you want to know?

Costello: Now who's playing third base?

Abbott: Why do you insist on putting Who on third base?

Costello: What am I putting on third.

Abbott: No. What is on second.

Costello: You don't want who on second?

Abbott: Who is on first.

Costello: I don't know.

Abbott & Costello Together:Third base!

Two years ago it was easy for me to guess that Paige Freiberger would replace Cameron Norton at third base; that worked out fabulously as we all know. But now that Paige has graduated, what happens this season?

Fall ball is just around the corner, and the Griffs have vacancies at the infield corners. Coach Rappl will have options. He has previously spoken of incoming freshman Sonia Aguilar playing at third, so I'm guessing she will get a ton of playing time there come September. Michelle DelPrince has also played third base, but I think she's headed for the outfield. Marissa Miller did see some action at that position last fall (before she was injured). But the Griffs definitely need a second catcher, which is where I think the defensive stalwart will spend her time, allowing Stephanie Pfentner a break to be the designated player occasionally. I suggested Katie Medina at that important position, but I was met with fierce opposition! BTW, Sonia can also catch, and actually did so for Amanda Baun when she attended King High in Riverside before transferring to Nuview Bridge. So, this will be something interesting to watch next month.

Emily Helbig had been the anchor at first base for four years, and was an All-MAAC performer. She has graduated, and that position must also be addressed. Emily was so solid at first base that you took her for granted. Now someone new will have to step up. Sophomore Val Nappo is the natural choice; that was her position in high school, and she was good enough to earn NFCA East Region honors. I liked her very much in the outfield though, and think maybe she should spend another season there until her sister arrives. The reason I say that is because I feel that Lauryn Chris must be a regular in the lineup in 2012. Her batting improved dramatically last season; and with Lauren Hope departed, the Griffs need her great speed and base running ability. And you want your seniors on the field. Second base is Lauryn's natural position, but Katie Medina is the second baseman on this team. Lauryn did spend some time her freshman season playing first base. She is an outstanding fielder, and very intelligent; she filled in admirably when Katie was injured last season. Putting her at first would give the Griffs three seniors in the infield.

All just a fan's ramblings---we'll see what the boss does next month!

Lo Chris has earned playing time in this blog's opinion!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Top Ten 2011 Canisius Softball Moments---#6

Emily Helbig homers twice on west coast

After having hit only one home run in her previous three seasons at Canisius, senior Emily Helbig launched a pair of round trippers in one game against Bethune-Cookman on March 18 in Los Angeles, CA. Emily's second homer put the Golden Griffins in the lead for good in an 8-5 victory. She finished the game 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Top Ten 2011 Canisius Softball Moments---#7

Jen Consaul earns first collegiate win

On March 13, freshman pitcher Jen Consaul picked up her first ever win in a game against Morgan State in Baltimore, MD. Jen pitched four innings in the 9-1 run rule victory, allowing only an infield single and no runs, while striking out three.