Friday, December 30, 2011

Around The Corner...

I've been out of town for the holidays, and I hope everyone reading this is having a great holiday season with their families.

The players are all back home at the moment, but will soon begin the 2012 season in earnest. First pitch is only six weeks away, if you can believe that. So far we've had a very mild winter; maybe that's a sign of better softball weather than we got a year ago. Soon after the new year, I will begin previewing (from a fan's perspective as usual) the new season. My prediction last year was totally off, as a reader so kindly reminded me soon afterward. But you will recall Coach Rappl talking of Super Regionals, so I was in good company. The Golden Griffins must always set the bar high; they have too proud of a tradition. Failing to qualify for the MAAC tournament last season was not acceptable; that must be their dedicated goal upon returning to campus.

Pictured is former Griff Jess Martin. Jess saw her single season homer record fall to Paige Freiberger in 2010, and now another of her records is in peril. Senior Katie Lancellotti is just four home runs short of tying her career record. And watching Katie play this past fall, I say she has a great chance of becoming the all-time home run queen. There is another player to watch for however. Junior Stephanie Pfentner is only 12 away from the record. So we could be talking about this again next year. Or maybe even this season...

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Holidays!

This time of year means...
Softball season is right around the corner!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Tori Nappo Signs National Letter Of Intent

Courtesy of The Clarence Bee

Victoria Nappo of Clarence, NY recently made her commitment official by signing a National Letter Of Intent, and will join the Golden Griffins next fall.

As you probably know, I have been hoping Tori would sign with the Griffs for the last couple years. The second team High School All-American will be Lizzy Gatto's heir apparent in center field, where I suspect she will be a four year starter. In my eyes, she's the best outfielder produced in Western New York in a long time---she has all the tools. Speed, a great arm, good range, an eye for the ball plus she's very intelligent, not to mention athletic. Tori also plays soccer and basketball at Clarence High, and does so very well. At the plate, Tori is a dynamic hitter. Able to hit for high average, she also will be bringing a lot of power to the Canisius lineup.

Of course you know she will be joining sister Val at Canisius; the two will make a formidable combination for the Griffs.

Congratulations Tori!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

2012 Roster---Corinne Schaus

Corinne Schaus, Freshman
# 2

Barron Collier High School
Naples, FL

2012 Roster---Robin Kennery

Robin Kennery, Freshman
Third Base/Infield
# 6

Williamsville North High School
Williamsville, NY

2012 Roster---Michelle DelPrince

Michelle DelPrince, Freshman
# 15

Lancaster High School
Lancaster, NY

2012 Roster---Sonia Aguilar

Sonia Aguilar, Freshman
# 16

Nuview Bridge Early College High School
Nuevo, CA

Friday, December 9, 2011

2012 Roster---Erica Afanador

Erica Afanador, Freshman
# 4

Archbishop Mitty High School
San Jose, CA

2012 Roster---Marissa Miller

Marissa Miller
Redshirt Freshman

# 17

Did Not Play

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

2012 Roster---Jen Consaul

Jen Consaul, Sophomore
Pitcher/First Base
# 36

8-3; 3.30 ERA
56 Strikeouts

Monday, December 5, 2011

2012 Roster---Valorie Nappo

Valorie Nappo, Sophomore
First Base/Outfield
# 5

.272 Batting Average
10 Doubles; 8 RBIs; 3-4 Stolen Bases
1.000 Fielding Percentage

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Bonnies Sign Five Players

St. Bonaventure softball coach Mike Threehouse has announced the signing of five new players to his softball program.

Emily McDonough is an infielder from Marlboro, NY and a player who has the potential to be a star in the Atlantic 10. Emily plays for Marlboro High School, where she achieved Class "A" All-New York State status with some remarkable statistics, including a .735 batting average and 48 stolen bases in 22 games.

Carly Bilchak of New Paltz, NY is an accomplished pitcher and hitter with Highland High School and the Ulster Fillies travel team. A hard thrower, Carly consistently posts ERAs of under 2.00, and many strikeouts.

Katie Sinclair of Cortland, NY is a first baseman/catcher for Homer High School. A multi-sport athlete, Katie is a powerful hitter, and led her team in hitting (.561) and extra base hits in '11.

Alexis Sloat is a pitcher from Shinglehouse, PA. She attends Bolivar-Richburg High School right across the border in New York. Alexis has a career record of 40-8 with the Wolverines, including a 19-4 record in '11, a season in which she struck out 166 batters while walking only 31 and finishing with an ERA of 1.88.

Emily Belfield of Lockport, NY is a center fielder for the Lady Lions and an All-Western New York Honorable Mention selection. A productive hitter, Emily broke the Lockport RBI record last season.

Congratulations to all!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

2012 Roster---Stephanie Pfentner

Stephanie Pfentner, Junior
# 18

.250 Batting Average; .482 Slugging Percentage
7 Home Runs; 1 Triple; 3 Doubles; 23 RBIs
.985 Fielding Percentage; 13 Throw Outs

.118 Batting Average
2 Doubles; 5 RBIs
.902 Fielding Percentage; 9 Throw Outs

2012 Roster---Chloe Contreras

Chloe Contreras, Junior
Outfielder, Pinch Runner
# 00

.300 Batting Average
7 Runs

.286 Batting Average
4 Runs

2012 Roster---Amanda Baun

Amanda Baun, Junior
# 20

8-8; 4.75 ERA
82 Strikeouts

18-12; 1.98 ERA
187 Strikeouts