Friday, September 30, 2011

Saturday's Game Moved To MCC

The Griffs' scheduled game against MCC has been moved, due to the weather, from Niagara Falls to the campus of Monroe Community College.
The game is going to be held indoors at the PAC Center.
*I've been informed that the fans will be permitted inside to watch the game.*

90 East to 390 North to Exit 14 East Henrietta Rd.

Canisius is scheduled to play at UB Sunday, but the weather may play a factor in that also.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Directions To Evans Field

The Griffs will next be in action Saturday up in Niagara Falls, where they will be playing Monroe Community on the home field of the Cayuga Gamblers, Al Evans Field.

Here's a mapquest of the ball park:

The weather is looking to be more like an early spring game than a fall game...high about 50.
Good preview for the freshmen from warm weather states of what's in store for them the next four years!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Corrin Genovese Begins College Career

Courtesy of

Williamsville North's Corrin Genovese began her college career when she played in a fall ball doubleheader for the Missouri Tigers this past Friday.

Corrin was at second base for both games, wins over Maple Wood CC (6-2), and N. Central Missouri (13-0). She did quite well at the plate, hitting 4 for 9, including a triple in her very first at bat. She also hit a double, and drove home a run. She scored twice as well.

We'll follow Corrin's career, hopefully all the way to the World Series!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Griffs Sweep Final Day At The Nan Harvey Classic

New lead off hitter Lauren Falzone

The Golden Griffins put up eight runs in each of their games on a hot sunny day in Amherst as the annual Nan Harvey Classic wrapped up.

Interesting couple of games by the Griffs Sunday. Caroline Main pitched a complete game shutout against St. Bonaventure, winning 8-0, and although I lost count, I believe she struck out about ten Bonnies. She looked very sharp, as she has all fall. St. Bonaventure had one minor threat in the game, with runners at first and second; but Caroline extinguished the threat when she struck out the next three batters. It's very good news for Canisius to have her healthy and in top form.

I don't have all the stats, but Lauren Falzone was on base constantly again today. By my count, she had five RBIs Sunday. Obviously the question of who will be Lauren Hope's successor at the top of the batting lineup has been settled. She also made a very nice catch in right field.

Again, Katie Lancellotti was superb today. She smashed a two run double to the center field fence against St. Bona, and added a pair of RBIs against Edinboro.

Special mention for freshman outfielder Michelle DelPrince, who had a fabulous day. She had a pair of hits against the Bonnies; she also stole another base showing great speed and sliding ability (her slides were the first thing I noticed about her a couple years ago). Michelle opened the 7th inning in the game against Edinboro with a booming triple. She then again used her speed to score on a suicide squeeze executed perfectly by Lauren Falzone.

About the second game comeback against Edinboro. The division 2 school was playing a good game, holding a 3-0 lead through five innings; but the Griffs really didn't look all that interested until they had an intense team huddle preceding the top of the 6th inning. They then exploded for eight runs! Senior Lizzy Gatto started the rally by smacking a double to left which scored Lauryn Chris. After Val Nappo (who drove home three runs today) reached base, Robin Kennery hit a double in the gap to tie the game up. What can you say? Robin has been playing out of her mind this fall, and this time it was no surprise that she delivered the clutch hit. The Griffs took the lead when Stephanie Pfentner laid down a perfect suicide squeeze bunt that scored Katie Lancellotti. Stephanie would single home another run in the 7th for icing on the cake.

Amanda Baun started the second game, allowing three runs (the third after she was relieved). Jen Consaul earned the win. We still have not seen freshman Corinne Schaus pitch this fall. The Griffs finished 2-2 at this tournament, and will be in action twice next weekend, Saturday in Niagara Falls against Monroe Community, then Sunday at UB.
FINAL Griffs 8 Edinboro 3
Steph Pfentner singles home another 8-3 headed to bottom of 7th
2 RBI single Katie Lance makes it 7-3 Griffs
Correction-Lauren Falzone with the RBI
Lo Chris squeezes her home 5-3 Griffs
Triple by Michelle DelPrince opens the 7th
Squeeze by Steph Pfentner gives Griffs 4-3 lead headed to bottom of 6th
Robin Kennery doubles to tie the game in the 6th!
Lizzy Gatto doubles home a run Griffs down 3-1
Griffs down 3-0 after 3 innings
Griffs down to Edinboro 2-0 in the 3rd. Amanda Baun relieved by Jen Consaul
Griffs win it over St. Bona 8-0. Michelle DelPrince with a couple hits as well as Lauryn Chris. I think Caroline struck out 10.
Caroline Main is breezing through--I think she has 9 Ks
2 more RBIs by Lauren Falzone and one by Lizzy Gatto and another by Val Nappo makes it 8-0 griffs
Katie Lance smashes a double 4-0
2-0 Griffs RBIs by Lauren Falzone and Val Nappo

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Day One At The Nan Harvey Tournament

I've already texted the play-by-play, so here I'll just write my impressions of the day spent at the Audubon Complex in Amherst.

The Griffs lost a couple of one run fall ball contests, but they were interesting games. I pictured senior Katie Lancellotti in this post because she was simply awesome in the field and at the plate. She's clearly the best shortstop in the MAAC, and made play after play in the two games today. She made great plays look ordinary again. She even snagged a blistering grounder diving far to her left that I believe saved extra bases. She didn't have a prayer of throwing the runner out, but seemingly turned a double into an infield single. Katie had a lot of hits today, and a couple walks. It's difficult keeping track of stats at the NHT with no scoreboards, but she was on base frequently. Stole a base too.

Freshman Robin Kennery continued her great play, driving in both Canisius runs in the Niagara game. Some very good plays at third base too. Senior Lauren Falzone just keeps getting on base most of the time; she also stole a base with a great diving slide. She seems to have completely adapted to the lead off role. Lizzy Gatto finally got thrown out attempting to steal a base; the first time that's happened since the spring of 2010. Her streak when the games count remains intact though. It was Lizzy who started the Griffs' rally when they came back from a 5-0 deficit against Buffalo when she laid down a beauty of a bunt for a single. Stephanie Pfentner also contributed to that rally by sending a runner home with a single. Erica Afanador joined the rally, driving home a run in her first start. After a jittery first ever throw, she settled down and played very well at second base, making an excellent shoestring catch later in the game. Val Nappo brought the Griffs all the way back with an RBI single. Freshman Michelle DelPrince saw plenty of time in left field, and played well with a couple of hits.

Caroline Main pitched a complete game against Niagara, and generally did well, but was the victim of Ambur Farmer's speed. Jen Consaul started against Buffalo, and did get off to a tough start due to errors then some great bunting by the Bulls. Amanda Baun pitched in relief, and seemed to my untrained eyes to be mixing her pitches quite well, and was very effective. She gave up a run to the bat of the great Kris Waldron.

Day two of the Nan Harvey Tournament matches the Griffs against St. Bonaventure and Edinboro.
Final UB 8 Griffs 7
Oops still just the 6th
Kris Waldron makes it 8-6 U B headed to the 7th. Sonia Aguilar gunned down a runner to limit the damage
Great play by Andi Saucier on a weird bounce keeps UB on top
Some wicked change ups by Amanda Baun keeps the score 7-6 Ub
Andi Saucier had her 2nd hit that inning to rally UB.
7-6 UB then a great catch by Erica Afanador to limit the damage-wild game 4 complete
6-5 Griffs after bases loaded walk to Lance
Val Nappo singles its 5-5
Erica Afanador drives home a run to pull the Griffs to within 5-4
Robin Kennery continues her hot hitting
This time Lizzy Gatto lays down a perfect bunt to cut the lead to 5-1. Steph Pfentners singles 5-2
Kris Waldron drives home the 3rd ub run. Great bunt single by Jessica Griffin makes it 4-0 Holly Luciano bunts home the 5th
2-0 UB on a couple errors.great bunt by Andi Saucier though.
1-0 UB after 1
Erica Afanador making her first start at 2nd base. Jen Consaul pitching.
Caroline Main pitched the complete game. Looks like Amanda Baun vs. UB.
Niagara beats the Griffs 3-2.
Another RBI by Robin Kennery makes it 3-2
3-1 Niagara. Ambur Farmer very impressive for the Purple Eagles.
Lauren Falzone's throw is late and Niagara goes up 2-1 after4.
Ashley Snider just creamed a pitch over center for St. Bona on the other field
Griffs and Niagara tied at 1. RBI by...Robin Kennery. Becky Zill RBI for Niagara.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Nan Harvey Tournament This Weekend

The annual local college fall ball tournament at the Audubon Complex is scheduled to begin at 10 am Saturday. As you know, we had some drenching rains today, so if anyone has a status update for Saturday's games, please comment here.

*Looks like the games are on for Saturday*

The Greatest 21 Days

Like father, like daughter!

The above photo of Rick Lancellotti playing with a broken nose reminded me that his daughter Katie did the exact same thing. Katie broke her nose playing basketball at Clarence High, but delayed surgery so she wouldn't miss softball season!

I stumbled across this cool five part article about Katie's father; a very good read, it's from the blog The Greatest 21 Days.

That year in Buffalo was also important for Lancellotti for another reason. That was the year he met his wife, Debbie. He kept coming back to Buffalo, then finally made his home in his wife's hometown, running Rick Lancellotti's Buffalo School of Baseball outside the city since 1993. They have two grown children, Joe, 24, and Katie, 20...

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


I've decided to open up commenting again to anyone.
The comments will be moderated, especially because of occasional spam.
No comments that are personally derogatory toward a player (or coach) will be allowed. Including opponents.
No personal information concerning a player (or coach) will be allowed.
Criticism concerning performance must be constructive.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Griffs Shine Under The Lights

Lauryn Chris played a fine all around game

The Golden Griffins continued their hot hitting with a 14-4 win over Durham College in a rare night game at the Demske Sports Complex Saturday.

Canisius continued their fall season where they left off last week, with double figure hits and runs. The Griffs jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead, and never looked back against a quality Canadian college team. Let's begin with freshman Robin Kennery, who seemingly has solidified a lock on the third base position vacated by Paige Freiberger. Robin's play this fall has been nothing short of spectacular. Tonight she drove home 5 runs, thanks largely to a pair of hard hit, long doubles (one of them a ground rule hit). Robin has a great swing, smacks the ball hard, and runs very well. She was stellar in the field again; and made a great catch in foul territory.

Coach Rappl has a problem (when Katie Medina is once again healthy). He must get Lauryn Chris on the field this coming spring season. The smooth fielding senior was once again outstanding at second base, making numerous good plays, including a double play with shortstop Katie Lancellotti. She also made a great catch in shallow right field, snagging the ball over her shoulder. At the plate, she contributed a couple of singles, using her great speed to beat out an infield roller. She drove home a run, and scored once. Got to have the senior in the lineup in 2012.

Another senior, Katie Lancellotti, is so smooth that it's sometimes difficult to recognize that she's making great plays at short. The Griffs' defensive anchor retired a lot of batters tonight, including a lead runner at second base with a quick decision. At bat, she just missed a homer, hitting the center field fence and settling for a two bagger. She also stole third base, and scored a run.

The senior class is definitely gearing up for a good season. New lead off hitter Lauren Falzone continues to use her bat and speed to frequently get on base. She had three hits I believe, including a long double that drove home a run. She's proved that her flirtation with .400 last season was no fluke.

Sophomore Val Nappo always seems to hit the ball hard, and tonight was no exception. She stepped into a bases loaded situation in this game, and drilled a double to center field that cleared the bases.

Freshman Michelle DelPrince had herself a good showing tonight, playing in center field for Lizzy Gatto. Lizzy took the night off and was seen with her upper leg wrapped. She didn't seem to be in much discomfort, so perhaps it was just a pulled muscle. Michelle filled in well, with a couple hits, a run, and one batted in. She used a great deal of speed to beat out an infield hit, and scored the game's first run.

Newcomer Sonia Aguilar continues to impress. She platooned with Stephanie Pfentner as catcher/designated player, which looks to be a regular occurrence this coming spring. Sonia hit a pair of solid singles tonight; she also hit one pitch a ton---unfortunately it went foul. She was again very good behind the plate; calm and steady. Stephanie will not have the pressure of having to catch every single inning this season.

Chloe Contreras was again given time in the outfield, where she made a diving attempt at a fly ball, just missing. Corinne Schaus and Erica Afanador saw their first game action in a Canisius uniform. They both were used as pinch runners; Corinne scored a run, while Erica just missed a stolen base.

Senior Caroline Main started this game for the Griffs, pitching three great innings. She struck out seven batters in that time, giving up a pair of harmless singles. At one point she struck out five in a row; she looked very sharp.

Amanda Baun pitched the next three innings, and did struggle a bit, although she finished with three strikeouts. She still seems to have some control issues; it's something she'll have to work through as the spring season approaches.

Jen Consaul pitched the final three innings (of a scheduled 9 inning game), holding the Lords scoreless. When she wasn't pitching, Jen was playing at first base. She hit the ball hard again tonight, including a whistling line drive right at the shortstop.

Redshirt freshman Marissa Miller did not play again tonight. She was in uniform, but may still be recovering from rotator cuff surgery. And of course Katie Medina is still out, and had her knee iced. Presumably she will be kept off the field until the spring.

This season's edition of the Griffs looks to be a hot hitting team; well balanced also.
Next weekend it's the annual Nan Harvey Tournament, and a look at the other local schools.
Griffs beat Durham 14-4. Another great game by Robin Kennery.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Another Fall Ball Schedule Change

The Canisius fall softball schedule keeps changing like the wind this year.
The Griffs will now host Durham College Saturday the 17th at 6 pm.

The Durham Lords are a top notch "fastball" program out of Canada, and they should provide the Griffs with some very good competition.

Former Griff Mallory Aldred was an assistant coach there last season, but I do not see her on the Lords' website this year.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Griffs Hit The Ball Hard In Fall Opener

Versatile sophomore Jen Consaul

The Golden Griffins opened their 2011-12 season with a 13-4 fall ball win over the Brampton Blazers Sunday afternoon at the Demske Sports Complex.

On a sunny September afternoon in Buffalo, Coach Rappl began the new season with a request of the spectators to observe a minute of silence in remembrance of the ten year anniversary of 9/11. The flag was waving at half staff as Coach reminded us how fortunate we are to be able to enjoy such things as college softball.

The first thing noticeable this first day of fall ball was Katie Medina in street clothes, with her knee wrapped up. Apparently she is recovering from off season surgery; likely she will not be playing this fall.

The Griffs smacked the ball around a lot today, led by Jen Consaul who hit a pair of screaming line drives over the center field fence. Jen had a great afternoon. She started the game in the circle, and pitched three solid innings, allowing only one run off of a few dinky infield hits. She spent a good deal of time playing first base after her pitching duties were ended, making a great play on a bunt. She was really hitting the ball hard during her plate appearances. So suddenly, Jen is a multi faceted threat. This is a player who to me seems to be improving each game she plays.

Sophomore Val Nappo was another Griff who was hitting the ball awfully hard today, knocking home the first Canisius run with a long double. She also nearly decapitated an infielder with a booming line drive! Val started the game at first base, then was moved to the outfield.

Senior Lauren Falzone looked sharp, and picked up where she left off last season by getting on base often, including beating out an infield hit. Lauren was used as the lead off batter today. Also sharp was senior Lizzy Gatto, who still has not been picked off stealing a base since sometime in the spring of 2010.

Of course, we want to focus on the freshmen in their first taste of game action. It looked like Corinne Schaus was not scheduled to pitch today; we'll probably see her in the Nan Harvey Tournament. Neither did Erica Afanador see any action as of yet. Michelle DelPrince saw some time in the outfield, and narrowly missed making a great diving catch.

What do I know? I thought Sonia Aguilar would be seeing extensive action at third base---wrong. Where she did play was behind the plate, and she played very well. She tagged out a runner attempting to score, and did so after this runner cleverly avoided the first tag; Sonia calmly swept her arm around and got her with the second attempt. Sonia gave the crowd a thrill at the plate too by hitting a towering homer over the left center field fence. A no doubter. I think we'll be seeing more of those.

The eye opener to me was the outstanding play of freshman Robin Kennery---at third base. Coach Rappl had her playing there the whole game (which was a scheduled 9 inning game), and she did a great job. I was surprised to see her there, but I'm not the winningest coach in Canisius history, so she's there for a good reason. She resembled Paige out there, who BTW, was at the game. She had one bad throw, but shook it off and made many fine plays. She was good at the bat also, getting a couple hits and running very well.

Junior Amanda Baun made an appearance in the circle, and did have some control problems, but got out of a bases loaded inning with a strikeout. Senior Caroline Main pitched very well, allowing only a hit over four innings---she looks completely recovered. Let's hope so, because the Griffs will need her at full strength to make a championship bid in 2012.

Senior Lauryn Chris played the whole game at second base, and made a great diving attempt at a foul ball, coming out of nowhere. Stephanie Pfentner was solid behind the plate (as usual), and Chloe Contreras saw a lot of time in the outfield, left and right; she hit a very hard line drive in this game, unfortunately it was aimed right at the outfielder's glove. Katie Lancellotti was again outstanding at shortstop, coming off a season in which she committed only one error.

It was a good start for the Griffs, who pounded out some 16 hits. I see that next week's scheduled game against a different Brampton team was canceled, so the Griffs will next be in action at the Nan Harvey Tournament on the weekend of the 24th.
Griffs are winning 11-4 halfway into a 10 inning game. HR by Jen Consaul who pitched well also. Val Nappo hitting the ball hard.

Friday, September 9, 2011


One of the most feared hitters in Section V will be joining the Golden Griffins.

Bethany DeMarco of Victor, NY has verbally committed to play softball at Canisius College beginning with the 2013 season. Bethany is in her senior year at Victor High School, and is a member of one of the top softball programs in the Rochester area. She was named to the All-Greater Rochester softball team following the 2011 season, a year in which she hit for a whopping .520 average, along with 30 RBIs. Bethany is perhaps best known for shocking WNY Pitcher Of The Year Chelsea Dustin with a two run blast in the 2009 Far West Regional which propelled Victor to the State Championships. Bethany is primarily a catcher, but can also play third base; she is also a clutch hitter, frequently coming up with big late inning hits. She currently plays travel ball with the TC Tremors Elite, and is a teammate of future Griff Meghan Cuda.

Congratulations Bethany!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


I really beat my computers into the ground---and they always seem to die right before softball season!

I'll be all ready to go for fall season though.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Changes To Fall Schedule

The Canisius softball 2011 fall schedule has been altered a bit.
The Griffs will now play another Brampton team on the 17th of this month.
Edinboro has been added to the Nan Harvey Classic lineup.
The Griffs will play Monroe CC at Cayuga Gamblers Park in Niagara Falls.
Link to the schedule is on the right hand side of this page.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Griffs Begin Practicing Today

The Golden Griffins hit the practice field today, officially beginning the 2012 softball season.
Hard to believe that Lizzy Gatto (pictured) is a senior! Where does the time go? Lizzy is going to be a huge part of this team; she really had a great all around season in 2011, and the Griffs will be relying on her for leadership. This year's senior class will all be playing regularly, plus Katie Medina who is still listed as a junior due to an injury she suffered in 2009. It's too early to say what will occur in 2012, but if the Griffs' pitching returns to form, they will be in the thick of things. At any rate, I'm sure they want to get back where they belong---in the MAAC Tournament.
Fall ball first pitch is in only 10 days!