Tuesday, November 29, 2011

2012 Roster---Katie Medina

Katie Medina, Redshirt Junior
Second Base
# 13

.253 Batting Average
1 Home Run; 2 Doubles; 11 RBIs
.991 Fielding Percentage

.298 Batting Average; 34 Runs
1 Home Run; 5 Doubles; 7 RBIs
13-14 Stolen Bases; .950 Fielding Percentage

Did Not Play

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

For me, Thanksgiving marks the time when I find it difficult to think of things to write about on this blog until January! But I'll do my best.
In the meantime, enjoy the day with your family and friends.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

2012 Roster---Lauryn Chris

Lauryn "Lo" Chris, Senior
Second Base

.313 Batting Average
3-3 Stolen Bases; .913 Fielding Percentage

.080 Batting Average
3-3 Stolen Bases; .971 Fielding Percentage

.235 Batting Average
17 Runs; 3-4 Stolen Bases; .918 Fielding Average

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Inspiring Signing

From the Daily Breeze (Los Angeles):

Banning softball player Brenda Santana overcame some major academic hurdles and garnered a hard-earned scholarship to Canisius. Santana has major hitting potential, but had been ineligible last season. Santana is eligible now and earned a Division I scholarship after hitting the books in a big way.

"She worked her (butt) off," Banning co-coach Rudy Aguirre said. "She took night classes to make up for her work, and her mom was a big part of that, staying on her and making sure she took care of business."

In other recruiting news, the rumor mill speaks of a California (by way of Washington) pitcher possibly headed to Canisius...

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Efficient Lizzy Gatto

I want to share with you something that I stumbled across that I believe no one is aware of. I certainly wasn't.

Lizzy Gatto enters her senior season with a stolen base percentage of .957. She has been successful on 45 of 47 stolen base attempts, twice having perfect seasons including 2011 when she was one of only three players in the nation to be perfect in over 20 attempts.

Here's where it gets interesting. To qualify for the NCAA career record for stolen base percentage, a player must attempt at least 50 steals; Lizzy is three attempts away, and will certainly qualify. The national record will never be broken, held by Northern Iowa's Jen Dean who was 64-64 in her career. However, if Lizzy Gatto is successful in her first three stolen base attempts, she will move into second place all-time in the nation. Another perfect season would keep her in 2nd place; a few failed attempts would give her a solid shot at the top five.

Playing alongside all-time Canisius and MAAC base stealer Lauren Hope has apparently caused Lizzy's great base path skills to be somewhat overshadowed. But the fact is plain that she has been an outstanding base stealer during her college career. We will follow this story during the upcoming season.

Saturday, November 12, 2011


And then there were four...

Brenda Santana of Los Angeles, CA has signed a National Letter Of Intent to play softball at Canisius College beginning with the 2013 season.

A very interesting signing for the Golden Griffins, as Coach Rappl brings in a heavy hitter from the west coast. Brenda Santana is a first baseman/third baseman for Banning High School in Los Angeles. She has been a "cleanup" hitter for the Pilots, a team that made it through to the CIF City Section Final in 2009. Brenda has been a first team All-City Section selection. Her numbers from last season are quite impressive---a .455 batting average to go along with a huge .909 slugging percentage. Her on base percentage was great too (.558) and she averaged over one RBI per game. She's outstanding in the field also, only committing one error in '11.
Brenda plays travel ball with the Mizuno Pride Gold.

Congratulations Brenda!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Bethany DeMarco Signs National Letter Of Intent

Courtesy of The Victor Post

Bethany DeMarco (far right, first row) has signed a National Letter Of Intent and made her commitment to Canisius official.

Why Canisius she was asked.

“It was kind of funny,” she replied. “They were actually the first school that sent me a letter saying that they were interested in me my freshman year. And then it was one of the first schools that I ever visited. We (Victor) had a tournament and coach (Mike) Rappl called the next day and said they were interested and wanted me to come down. I met with coach Rappl and everybody and they were really nice. It was just that when I first got there I sort of knew it was what I wanted. The atmosphere, it has like a small school atmosphere, is what I really wanted.”


Monday, November 7, 2011

National Letter Of Intent Week

Tori Nappo joins her sister Val next fall at Canisius College

This Wednesday November 9 marks the beginning of the early National Letter Of Intent signing period for division 1 softball. Schools will be permitted to sign players through November 16. Presumably Tori Nappo, Meghan Cuda and Bethany DeMarco will be signing on the dotted line later this week as they finalize their commitments to Canisius, but the Griffs have at least two more players to go. Who are they? There is one I am aware of who is considering joining the Griffs, but I don't know as of now if she is committed. The 5th? It's a mystery to me at the moment. Maybe we'll find out in a couple days, maybe in a couple months.

Photo courtesy of The Clarence Bee

Sunday, November 6, 2011

2012 Roster---Lauren Falzone

Lauren Falzone, Senior
Right Field

.351 Batting Average
2 Triples; 2 Doubles; 18 Runs
5-5 Stolen Bases; 1.000 Fielding Percentage

.233 Batting Average
1 Triple; 5 Doubles; 15 Runs
4-4 Stolen Bases

.246 Batting Average
2 Doubles; 14 Runs
8-10 Stolen Bases