Saturday, December 15, 2012

2013 Canisius Softball Schedule

The Canisius softball 2013 schedule was released by the college this week, and it shows the Griffs playing 53 games this season (or 54 if they make it to the championship game of the North Carolina A&T Invitational). Absent this season is a west coast trip which they generally make every other season. The Griffs will open play indoors in Cleveland of all places in a tournament hosted by Cleveland State. During that tournament they will play a rare non conference game against Niagara. This rarity will occur again the next week when they play MAAC rival Manhattan at North Carolina A&T's tournament. After playing in the Hampton Pirate Invitational  on the first weekend of March, Canisius will participate in their most challenging tournament when they travel to Fairfax, VA for the Cherry Blossom Classic. They will there play Ohio State and Pittsburgh (twice), plus host George Mason.

After the tournament portion of the season, Canisius will play a pair of doubleheaders at Ohio University; the first time, I believe, they have played at that school. Their western New York opener will be at Buffalo on March 27 with a single game against the Bulls. The Griffs will then head south for three non conference doubleheaders against Mount Saint Mary's; the College of Charleston; and Charleston Southern.

Canisius will begin MAAC play on the road, at Rider, on April 6. Then comes a period in the schedule when they will play all their home dates consecutively, eight of them. The home schedule opens with a doubleheader against St. Bonaventure, followed two days later when Detroit Mercy visits the Demske Sports Complex for a pair of games. Marist then comes to town for a MAAC showdown on April 13. Non conference foe Robert Morris will be at Canisius on April 16, which will be a prelude for the MAAC match against Niagara on Thursday April 18. MAAC rivals Manhattan and Saint Peter's will be in town over the weekend of April 21-22. The home slate closes when Buffalo and Canisius pair off on April 24.

The Griffs will close the regular season on the road with three MAAC doubleheaders that will likely make or break their season. The final weekend of April will find them at Iona and Fairfield; then after a doubleheader at Colgate on May 1, they will close the season at Siena on April 4. The Griffs will really have to set themselves in good shape before this final stretch. Fairfield is the favorite to win it all in 2013; and although Iona lost their two star pitchers to graduation, going to New Rochelle to play never is easy. Siena looks to be very strong this season.

The MAAC tournament will be held in Poughkeepsie, NY again this season on May 9-11.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

TAYLOR DECKER SIGNS WITH CANISIUS

The Griffs once again look to Arizona for talent!
Taylor Decker of Scottsdale, AZ has signed a national letter of intent to play softball at Canisius College beginning in the 2014 season.

Taylor Decker is a catcher and outfielder at Cactus Shadows High School (love that name!) in Cave Creek, AZ.  A starter behind the plate since her freshman season, she has a strong and accurate arm, earning second team All-Arizona honors in 2011. In the batter's box, Taylor had a great 2012 season, hitting for a .484 average which included a team leading 12 doubles. She also had a .677 slugging percentage, and drove home 16 runs. Taylor currently plays travel ball with the Arizona Storm, and is a teammate of recent Canisius signee Sarah Andrews.

Congratulations Taylor!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Canisius Scholar-Athlete All-Americans

Co-Captain Val Nappo was honored for her brains!
The NFCA released its list of Scholar-Athlete All-Americans Thursday, and the Golden Griffins were well represented. Honored for excellence in the classroom were:

Lauryn Chris
Jen Consaul
Michelle DelPrince
Lizzy Gatto
Katie Lancellotti
Caroline Main
Val Nappo

Congratulations to all. BTW, Lizzy Gatto is a police officer in Virginia nowadays. Base thief turned thief catcher!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

2013 Roster - Amanda Baun

Senior #20
Pitcher

2012: 0-4; 16.80
2011: 8-8; 4.75
2010: 18-12; 1.98*
*All-MAAC

2013 Roster - Katie Medina

Senior #33
Second Base

2012: .330
2011: .253
2010: .298
2009: DNP

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Monday, November 12, 2012

SARAH ANDREWS TO SIGN WITH CANISIUS


Sarah Andrews of Vail, AZ will sign a national letter of intent this week to play softball at Canisius College beginning in the 2014 season.

Sarah is a pitcher and outfielder at one of Arizona's top high school programs, the Cienega High Bobcats, a team that has made it to the Arizona State title game three consecutive seasons, winning once. An All-Southern Arizona First team selection, Sarah hit .406 in 2012 which earned her the team's Offensive Player Of The Year award. In the circle last season, she saw more time as a reliever; in 2011 as a starter, she had a record of 13-2 with a 2.51 ERA, walking only one batter per seven innings. We'll have to wait until next fall to see what her role will be at Canisius; she was also named as Cienega's Defensive Player Of The Year for her work in the outfield. Sarah plays travel ball with the Arizona Storm Gold.

 Congratulations Sarah!

 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Early NLI Week Approaches

Jenn Solis after signing her NLI earlier this year
My apology for not writing much lately; been under the weather.

The early National Letter Of Intent signing week for Division 1 softball this year will occur from November 14-21. Presumably Sammy Sharkey and Lindsey Silfer will be signing then, but who else might be putting pen to paper and head her way to Canisius next fall? With the loss of Brenda Santana and Sonia Aguilar before this season, I believe there will be three more to sign on the dotted line for the Griffs. Canisius was heavily pursuing a Canadian player, a typical Coach Rappl recruit with tons of speed, but she chose another school in the end. She is an outfielder, so I guess the Griffs will be looking in that direction. Will they also be looking for a pitcher? I presume they spoke with Hamburg's Bridget Hogan, who eventually committed to Niagara. Which local players may be in the picture? I'll of course to find out the answers to these questions. Hard to believe the season begins in about three months!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Griffs Play Indoors Again in '13

Cleveland State's Krenzler Dome
The Golden Griffins will try their luck again under a dome in the 2013 season when they travel to Cleveland State on the weekend of February 16-17 to take part in the CSU Dome Tournament. The Krenzler dome is a removable air inflated roof which covers the Vikings' soccer field. There is room for a softball field with a 200 foot centerfield fence; the other dimensions are 180 feet down left; and 175 feet down right.
Also participating in the tournament will be Niagara, St. Bonaventure and Bucknell.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Amanda Baun Continues Great Fall Season

Another dominant performance by Amanda Baun


The Golden Griffins defeated Monroe Community College 3-1 Sunday in a fall ball game played in Niagara Falls, NY.

It is now very clear that Coach Rappl's number one priority early this season is to return senior pitcher Amanda Baun back to her 2010 form, a season that saw her earn All-MAAC status. So far, so good. Amanda pitched another great game today, throwing a one hitter in her four innings in the circle, while striking out seven batters. I know this is only fall ball, but the fact is that she struggled mightily last fall season, followed by a sub par spring season. Amanda should be dominating a team like MCC; and she did. In total control, and looking very confident, she is now looking to leapfrog back into the Griffs' number one pitching position. We know she has the talent; can she put it all together for 2013? If she does, the Griffs will vault to the top of the MAAC as serious contenders.

Freshman Meghan Cuda continued her strong fall showing, using her speed to tour the bases in the first inning with a bunt single and stolen base, scoring when Michelle DelPrince singled. The Griffs scored again using their great bunting game, with Val Nappo getting an RBI. Robin Kennery smashed a triple to score the Griffs' final run. Jen Consaul pitched the final three innings.

Canisius will close out the fall season with a home doubleheader against Mercyhurst next Sunday. I'd like to see Amanda Baun pitch a complete game.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

SAMANTHA SHARKEY COMMITS TO CANISIUS

Newest Golden Griffin Sam Sharkey
Samantha Sharkey of Fort Lauderdale, FL has verbally committed to play softball at Canisius College beginning in the 2014 season.

 Another south Florida girl is headed north; this time it's Sam Sharkey, a shortstop and outfielder at St. Thomas Aquinas High School, one of Florida's top high school programs. Sam has been an All-Broward County selection three times (the same county where Fairfield's Sammi Ruffolo played). She plays travel ball with the Gold Coast Hurricane, who this past summer played in the ASA Nationals, where Sam hit .375. She has also played for the Fort Lauderdale Lightning.

 Congratulations Sammy!

 Below: Sam Sharkey (#5) with a hit, and then scoring a run.


Hard Sliding Sam!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Griffs Win Fall Ball Home Opener

Another solid game for Amanda Baun

The Golden Griffins defeated the Ajax Raiders 11-2 in a scheduled ten inning fall game Saturday at the Demske Sports Complex on the Canisius campus.

Another very encouraging performance by senior pitcher Amanda Baun highlighted the Griffs' win over the Canadian team Saturday. Amanda started this game, going four innings and striking out seven while allowing only one hit (a single). In total control from start to finish, this was her second consecutive impressive outing this fall season. She mixed her pitches well, and looked like the Amanda Baun from 2010. If she can maintain this level of play, Canisius will be a very different team come 2013.

Freshman Meghan Cuda had a fantastic game. On base often, including a two RBI triple, she showed herself to be extremely productive. I counted four stolen bases for Meghan, which included some great slides to beat tags.

Tori Nappo had a very good day at the plate. She got things going for Canisius with a towering  double that just missed going the distance, producing a run. Later in the game she drove home another run. She seemed less uptight at the plate than she did last week, which can surely be written off as freshman nerves. Marissa Miller continued her strong hitting, driving home a couple runs, and scoring a few more. She will have a chance to be a regular in the upcoming season. Val Nappo hit the ball hard again, good for a pair of RBIs. She also made some nice plays at first base. Beth DeMarco doubled home a run, and spent most of the game behind the plate where she again played well.

Freshman shortstop Alexis Roman was on the sideline with her arm in a sling. Last week she took a wicked line drive off that arm (her throwing arm) while leading off third base. Not sure, but it looked like a broken or fractured arm that she has suffered. In the meantime, Erica Afanador stepped over to short from third base and did a great job today, including turning a nice double play. At the plate, she hit a hard single good for two RBIs. She did seem to experience some discomfort in her arm after lunging after a ball in shallow left field, but completed the game.

In the circle, Jen Consaul entered the game in the fifth inning, and did struggle, giving up six hits to the Raiders which temporarily gave them a 2-1 lead. She hung tough however and pitched four innings before giving way to Corinne Schaus, who pitched the final two frames.

It was a good workout for the Griffs, as this game lasted nearly three hours. And once again, their all weather field came to the rescue with perfect conditions after the rains this morning. Buffalo had to cancel their doubleheader vs. Niagara due to their field becoming a "swamp". The Griffs will continue their fall season with a game against Monroe Community next Saturday in Niagara Falls.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Griffs Open New Season At Nan Harvey Tourney

Co-Captain Valorie Nappo hit the ball with authority this weekend


The Golden Griffins began their fall campaign this weekend at the Nan Harvey Classic in Amherst, NY, finishing with a 2-2 record.

Instead of focusing on the results of this weekend's fall games, I think I'll take a look at the Canisius lineup, which is quite different heading into the 2013 season.

The player that really made a statement this weekend was redshirt sophomore Marissa Miller. Marissa was still recovering from surgery going into the 2012 season, and didn't see that much playing time. She's fully recovered now, looking in great shape. She had a fantastic weekend as the Griffs' designated player, hitting the ball very hard for multiple extra base hits and RBIs, including a dramatic two run homer against St. Bonaventure which came in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie a game the Griffs went on to win. She hit that ball a ton too, sending it sailing way over the center field fence. She was batting with a lot of confidence; Coach Rappl had her in the power slot of the lineup. And with Brenda Santana not being able to make it at Canisius, a big bat from Marissa would be very welcome.

The infield has a different look for Canisius this season, excepting Val Nappo at first base. Val was hitting the ball with authority herself this weekend, with at least two doubles. She looked like a leader out there, in fact she is co-captain along with Jen Consaul on this season's team. Freshman Alexis Roman played every inning at shortstop until she was injured in the final game of the weekend. Leading off of third base in the game against St. Bonaventure, Alexis took a rocket line drive to the arm or elbow. She was in considerable pain until helped off the field to take a seat for the rest of the game. Hope she's OK because she was playing quite well, showing lots of range and a good arm. She delivered some key hits as well.

Robin Kennery moved over from third base to second base, her natural position (Katie Medina did not play this weekend, presumably still recovering from last season's injury). She made some excellent plays there; she's very composed and dependable. Third base is still a question mark it seems. Erica Afanador and Meghan Cuda both played on that corner. They both also spent time in right field. They both played and hit well, so that trend may (or may not) continue into the spring season.

Stephanie Pfentner was on the sidelines, so freshman Bethany DeMarco did the bulk of the catching. She did a very good job, and I was very impressed with her batting. She delivered multiple hits over the weekend, and some long outs as well.

Michelle DelPrince will be the starter in left field. She made a spectacular catch against Buffalo, and hit very well. And she runs extremely well of course. Newcomer Tori Nappo played every inning in center field, and made some nice catches. She did struggle a bit at the plate, but I think she will work through that with little problem.

The Griffs used all four pitchers this weekend. Encouraging was the game senior Amanda Baun pitched against St. Bonaventure, a 3-2 win. She struck out a lot of Bonnies; and showed good control. Coach Rappl seems intent to give her every opportunity to step back into a starting role her final season. Jen Consaul pitched a lot in this tournament, with mixed results. At times she was in total control; other times she got hit hard. But looking at her stats, she's always best once conference play rolls around, so I don't worry about her. Sophomore Corinne Schaus had a rough weekend, losing two games in relief. She has to work on cutting down her opponents' batting average. Freshman Jenn Solis pitched about an inning, not enough to make any real assessment, but she was not hit hard.

Canisius will be back at it next weekend with a home game against Edinboro.


Saturday, September 8, 2012

Fall Opener Rained Out



The Griffs' scheduled fall ball opener, set for today at Canisius, has been rained out. I guess the drought here has ended! Too bad it had to happen on this day.

It doesn't seem likely this will be rescheduled, so Canisius will open up next weekend at the Nan Harvey Classic.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Griffs Begin New Campaign A Bit Shorthanded

Bethany DeMarco and her fellow freshmen begin their college careers Saturday

The student-athletes are back on campus at Canisius College; and the softball team begins practicing this Saturday as a brand new season is about to get underway.

The Griffs lost two players over the off season. I already told you about Brenda Santana; she is in a community college, so I'm guessing academics may have been a cause of her not enrolling at Canisius.

Sophomore catcher Sonia Aguilar has reportedly left the team recently; the reason for this I do not know at present.

So the Golden Griffins will be shorthanded to begin the season. However, they still have a roster of 17 players, including sophomore walk on Kalie Michalski. The other freshmen have arrived, and it does look like a good class. You can see for yourself next Saturday, September 8 when the Griffs open their fall ball season against a Canadian team called AJAK at the Demske Sports Complex. More on the upcoming season this weekend.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Tori Nappo Named All-Metro Player Of The Year

Tori Nappo joins sister Val (foreground) at Canisius next week

Another perk on Nappo's resume is being named the 2012 All-Metro Player of the Year for softball.

There's no doubting that this was one of, if not the best varsity softball team, in the history of Clarence High School.

But while every girl did her part to help the Lady Red Devils achieve the goal of the 2012 Class AA NYSPHAA championship, you get the feeling that Tori Nappo was the lynch-pin that held it all together.

"She just a competitor. There's no one more competitive than her," Red Devils coach Todd Banaszak said. "Her drive to win and her drive for her teammates to do good. You can't match it."

A four-year varsity standout in softball, soccer and basketball, Nappo exits high school holding several records-including softball records of most hits (133), doubles (23), triples (13) and home runs (17).

Bringing the of intangibles of a true champion, Nappo is the kind of player that makes everyone around her better. While Nappo's contributions go beyond the black and white of stats she is that classic game-breaker.

Nappo went on a tear as she cranked home runs in each of her teams last seven games.

"Tori's home run in the state championship game was probably the most influential play I've ever seen," Banaszak added
.


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Canisius Softball 2012 Fall Schedule

September 8
AJAK 3 pm rained out
Demske Sports Complex

NAN HARVEY TOURNAMENT

September 15
Niagara 11:30 am
St. Bonaventure 1:30 pm

September 16
Buffalo 11:30 am
Championship/Consolation 1:30 pm
Amherst Audubon Complex

September 22
Edinboro 3 pm
Demske Sports Complex

September 30
Monroe Community 12 pm
Niagara Falls, NY

October 7
Mercyhurst 4 pm
Demske Sports Complex

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Nan Harvey Tournament 2012


The annual Canisius/Nan Harvey fall tournament will be held this year on September 15-16 at the Audubon Park in Amherst, NY.

All of the four local D-1 schools will participate this year. On Saturday, September 15, the Griffs will play Niagara at 11:30 am, then St. Bonaventure at 1:30 pm. On Sunday, September 16, the Griffs will play Buffalo at 11:30 am, followed by the championship/consolation games.

Canisius has yet to release the remainder of their 2012 fall schedule.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Brenda Santana Not Coming To Canisius

Brenda Santana, who had signed with Canisius last fall, signed a National Letter Of Intent with Tallahassee Community College last week. Why she changed schools is something I do not know.
I also do not know if Canisius signed anyone to replace her for this coming season, or will use the scholarship in the future.
The Golden Griffins open fall season in September.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

All-Western New York Softball Team

Caitlin Attfield, Niagara-Whaeatfield
Emily Belfield, Lockport
Katie Bull, Clarence
Chelsea Calabro, Olean
Alayna Carlson, Dunkirk
Alyssa Dewes, Clarence
Yasmin Harrell, Cheektowaga
Yanava Hawkins, City Honors
Bridget Hogan, Hamburg
Jenn Knaak, Albion
Khee Nance, Dunkirk
Tori Nappo, Clarence
Kim Rohe, Cleveland Hill
Rachel Ziarnowski, Holy Angels

Congratulations to all!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Former Griff To Coach MAAC Rival

Courtesy of the Gaston Gazette

Former Canisius Golden Griffin Ellie Hanover has resigned her position at Belmont Abbey College to accept the head coaching position at Niagara University effective immediately.

Ellie achieved the seventh highest batting average in Canisius history when she hit .451 in 1997, a season in which she earned All-MAAC status. She had transferred to Canisius after being named All-American at ECC. The Western New York native returns home to coach her former school's arch rival after a successful division 2 coaching career at Belmont Abbey and Florida Tech. She previously coached in the area at ECC and D'Youville, where she was named NEAC Coach Of The Year.

I think Ellie has paid her dues, and that this is a great signing by Niagara. And it will certainly bring more excitement to the old rivalry.

Congratulations Ellie!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Lizzy Gatto Among The All Time Best


Earlier this year I told you about Lizzy Gatto's run to the national top five all time in stolen base percentage.

Here's how she ended up:

  1. Jen Dean, UNI (1994-97) 64-64 1.000
  2. Lizzy Gatto, Canisius (2009-12) 64-67 .9552
  3. Jami Koss, S. Ill (1993-96) 63-66 .9545
Great accomplishment by Lizzy, and one which warrants serious consideration for her inclusion into the Canisius Sports Hall Of Fame some day in the future. Notice she is the only modern age player in the top three. The next modern age player closest to her is the legendary Caitlin Lowe, to put Lizzy's feat into perspective.

Lizzy had a great career at Canisius, finishing with a .311 batting average, with 12 home runs and 86 RBIs. Along with her 64 stolen bases was her great play in center field. She won a MAAC Championship, and was named All-MAAC three times.

Friday, June 29, 2012

LINDSEY SILFER COMMITS TO CANISIUS

Courtesy of the Syracuse Post-Standard

Lindsey Silfer of North Syracuse, NY has verbally committed to play softball at Canisius College beginning in the 2014 season.

Lindsey is a catcher and first baseman at Cicero-N. Syracuse, one of the best high school programs in New York State. If the school seems familiar, this is the team Tori Nappo's Clarence Red Devils faced in the recent New York State championship game. Lindsey had a great playoff run for the Northstars, hitting a seventh inning game winning RBI in a Class AA Region final game. She then hit a seventh inning game winning RBI in the State semifinal. She also drove home Cicero's only run in their loss to Clarence.

Lindsey had a great junior season for Cicero, resulting in her selection to the New York State Class AA team, and the All-Central New York team. In 27 games, she hit for a .443 average, including 11 doubles and 21 RBIs. She hit .400 in 2011. She is an outstanding athlete, also playing volleyball for the Northstars; she was selected All-CNY in that sport as well. She currently plays travel ball with the TC Tremors Gold.

Congratulations Lindsey!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

2012 All-New York State Softball Teams

New York State AA Player Of The Year Caitlin Attfield

Listed below are all the Section 6 players who were chosen to the 2012 All-New York State softball teams:

CLASS AA

First Team
Caitlin Attfield (Niagara-Wheatfield)*
Tori Nappo (Clarence)
Alyssa Dewes (Clarence)

*Player of the year

Third Team
Katie Bull (Clarence)

Fourth Team
Emily Belfield (Lockport)

Sixth Team
Meagan Lewis (W. Seneca East)

Seventh Team
Shelby Donhauser (Kenmore West)

Co-Coach Of The Year
Todd Banaszak (Clarence)

CLASS A

First Team
Bridget Hogan (Hamburg)

Second Team
Yasmin Harrell (Cheektowaga)

Fourth Team
Sara Tauriello (Iroquois)

Fifth Team
Maria Gabrielle (Sacred Heart)
Jenna Allers (Williamsville East)
Ryleigh Fitzgerald (Lew-Port)

CLASS B

Second Team
Rachel Ziarnowski (Holy Angels)

Third Team
Khee Nance (Dunkirk)
Alayna Carlson (Dunkirk)

Fourth Team
Chelsea Calabro (Olean)

Fifth Team
Kim Rohe (Cleveland Hill)
Sarah Gorski (Depew)
Alison Benz (Mount Mercy)

CLASS C

Second Team
Samantha Mott (Frewsburg)

Third Team
Lauren Lubecki (St. Mary's)

Fifth Team
Lauren Nickerson (Maple Grove)

CLASS D

First Team
Frankie Costanzo (Niagara Catholic)

Second Team
Ryanne Dugan (Forestville)

Third Team
Hannah Renaldo (North Collins)
Cherish Pope (Forestville)

Congratulations to all!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Coach Rappl Speaks On Title IX Anniversary


Canisius softball head coach Mike Rappl recalls the early days of Title IX in this excellent audio interview. A pioneer in women's college athletics, he remembers doing everything in the old days, including driving the team to games!

http://blogs.buffalonews.com/sports_ink/2012/06/what-title-ix-means-to-me.html

Friday, June 22, 2012

Clarence Players Honored By NFCA

The Griffs' Tori Nappo repeats as first teamer

The National Fastpitch Coaches Association released their all-star teams today, and New York State AA Champion Clarence High School was well represented.

Tori Nappo was again selected for the East Region first team. Catcher Alyssa Dewes and pitcher Katie Bull were chosen for the East Region's second team. These three Red Devils are now all eligible to be named to the NFCA's All-American teams, an honor bestowed upon Tori last year.

Congratulations Tori, Alyssa and Katie!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Highlights From Clarence's Historic Win

Tori Nappo ends her career by bringing her school its first State Championship in any sport. You'll see the future Griff's huge home run in these highlights from WGRZ.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

CLARENCE WINS NEW YORK STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

Tori Nappo ends high school career with two home run performance

Just in...

Clarence High School has won the Class AA New York State Championship with a 3-1 win over Cicero in Queensbury, NY.

Future Griff Tori Nappo had another big day, hitting a home run in each of the games (Clarence won the semi final game 9-5 over Macarthur), including a dramatic fourth inning blast that tied the championship game. Tori had four RBIs on the day. Moriah Harris hit the game winning RBI in the sixth inning vs. Cicero. Lauren Muni also hit a pair of homers for the Red Devils. Alyssa Dewes drove home the winner in the semi final, and hit for a double and triple.

(Keith McShea/Buffalo News)

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Tori Nappo Interview

Tori (on the left) and Maureen Rogers interviewed by the Buffalo News after Clarence's blowout Regional win:


Clarence And Hamburg Head To States

Future Griff Tori Nappo homers again for the powerful Red Devils

For the second consecutive game, Clarence's offense exploded for 18 runs, this time in the Class AA Far West regional against Section 5 Champion Pittsford, played Tuesday in Niagara Falls. 2011 All-American Tori Nappo had yet another great game, doubling home a couple runs, and hitting another playoff home run. Also homering for Clarence were Moriah Harris, who hit three the previous game; Maureen Rogers; and Niagara bound Ally Gay. The Red Devils have scored an astounding 66 runs in their last four playoff games. Katie Bull earned another win in the circle.

In the Class A Far West Regional, Hamburg continued their dream season with a 2-1 win over Section 5 Champion Pittsford-Mendon, a team that won the State title in '11. Bridget Hogan, the favorite to win Pitcher Of The Year, had a fabulous game in the circle, striking out 12 batters against a top rate opponent. She also provided the major offensive spark for the Bulldogs, putting them in front with a homer in the first inning, then driving home the winner in the fifth inning. Pitt-Mendon did not go down easy, but a great relay by Hamburg resulting in a tag by third baseman Allison Salerno ended the game.

In the Class B Regional, Cleveland Hill saw their great season come to an end with a 13-6 loss to Mynderse. It was the Lady Eagles' first trip to the Regionals, so they have a lot to be proud of. Ryan Betz finished her high school career with two homers in the game.

In the Class C Regional, Frewsburg beat Caledonia-Mumford 6-2 to earn their second consecutive trip to the State Championships. In Class D, Forestville saw their season end with a 7-2 loss to Batavia-Notre Dame.

The New York State High School Championships will be held this Saturday, June 9, in Queensbury, NY. Clarence will play Section 8 Champion General MacArthur. Hamburg will play the winner of the Regional between S. Glens Falls and Jamesville, which is being played June 6. Frewsburg will play Section 4 Champion Green.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Section 6 Champions

Future Griff Tori Nappo's homer got it started in Clarence's blowout win


CLASS AA
Clarence 18 Niagara Falls 5
HRs: Tori Nappo; Moriah Harris (3); Alyssa Dewes; Lauren Muni

CLASS A
Hamburg 7 Albion 1
Allison Salerno 3/4, 3 RBIs; Bridget Hogan, 8 Ks

CLASS B
Cleveland Hill 7 Dunkirk 3
Emily Maziarz 3 run HR

CLASS C
Frewsburg 3 Portville 2
Sam Mott 12 Ks

CLASS D
Forestville 3 North Collins 2
Ryanne Dugan 15 Ks

Far West Regionals will be played on Tuesday at Niagara Falls and Monroe Community College.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Al Dirschberger Coming To Canisius?

Just heard a rumor that former Niagara head softball coach Al Dirschberger will be joining the Griffs as an assistant for the coming season.

If true, this is huge news. I'll try to find out more...

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Meghan Cuda Leads Lew-Port To A-2 Final


Canisius bound Meghan Cuda is finishing her high school career with a bang. On Thursday, her Lewiston-Porter Lancers upset the number one seed Cheektowaga 8-5 in one of the Section 6 Class A-2 semifinals. Meghan put her team in the lead for good with a two run homer in the third inning. She also singled and scored later in the game. Lew-Port will now play for the A-2 title Tuesday against Albion, close to home in Niagara Falls.
Meghan will begin her career as a Griff in September after spending her summer playing for the Diamond Girls.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Aunt Rosie's Begins Today


It's that time of the year again! The temps are high, and the fields are ready at the Audubon Complex in Amherst.

The Aunt Rosie's International series of softball tournaments begins today with the 10U/12U competition. It will continue later in June when the 16Us take to the fields. This year's Aunt Rosie's will have a different look. The 18U tournament (July 12-15) will now be a Showcase event. Also this summer we will have a chance to watch Bethany Demarco and Meghan Cuda play before they begin their Canisius careers in September.

Click the Aunt Rosie's banner on the left hand side of this page to visit their site.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Bridget Hogan Leads Undefeated Hamburg

Courtesy of The Sun
*Update*
Bridget no hit Grand Island Friday, striking out 17 in one of the AA quarterfinals.

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The 18-0 Hamburg Bulldogs are poised to make some noise in the upcoming Section 6 playoffs. The top seed in Class A-1 have set as their goal the school's first Section 6 softball championship...and more.

Here are two current articles on the Bulldogs:
Buffalo News
The Sun

Hamburg is loaded with great players such as Melissa Roseman, Sarah Mertowski, Heather Tighe and Allison Salerno. Of particular interest to readers of this blog of course are Madeline and Megan Medina, Katie's twin sisters.

In the circle for the Bulldogs is Pitcher Of The Year candidate Bridget Hogan. Look at these eye opening statistics for the junior pitcher:
15-0; 0.26 ERA; 140 strikeouts in 80 innings with only eight walks.

The Section 6 playoffs begin today.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Brenda Santana Posting Big Numbers

Courtesy of the Daily Breeze

Canisius softball signee Brenda Santana is currently wrapping up her high school career at Banning High school, with her Pilots set to play a semi final game in the Los Angeles City Section playoffs Tuesday.

Brenda has put up some very impressive numbers this season. In 32 games played, she is hitting .551, with 11 home runs and 45 RBIs. She has also hit ten doubles and three triples, and scored 48 runs. She has an astronomical slugging percentage of 1.074, and an on base percentage of .607. At first base, she has committed only two errors for a .988 fielding percentage.
Brenda will begin her career at Canisius this September.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Section 6 Softball Tournament Top Seeds

Class AA
Clarence (11-1)

Class A-1
Hamburg (12-0)

Class A-2
Cheektowaga (10-2)

Class B-1
Depew (12-0)

Class B-2
Cleveland Hill (11-1)

Class C
Frewsburg (10-2)

Class D
Forestville (11-1)




Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Amanda Mesi Reaches Milestone


Lackawanna's Amanda Mesi struck out her career 500th batter Tuesday in the Steelers' 2-1 win over Eden High School. What may be more incredible is that during her career, she has walked only 12 batters. Amanda will be at Medaille College next season, where she will play softball and soccer.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Jenn Solis Leads Los Altos To League Title

Jenn Solis signed her NLI to Canisius recently

Future Griff Jenn Solis just completed a successful senior regular season at Los Altos High School in Hacienda Heights, CA when she led the Conquerors to another Hacienda League championship. Jen finished the regular season with a 13-2 record and 1.23 ERA, and was selected to the San Gabriel Valley South All-Star team. Los Altos will begin play in the CIF-Southern Section playoffs Thursday when they host Carter High School.
Jenn will begin her Canisius career this fall.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Caitlin Attfield Breaks State Stolen Bases Record

Caitlin is leaving her mark as one of WNY's all-time greats

Niagara-Wheatfield's Caitlin Attfield broke the New York State Public High School career stolen bases record this weekend when her team played a series of games at the Ace Morabito tournament. She passed the milestone of 121 steals previously set by Alden's Jordan Rutkowski. Currently this season, Caitlin has stolen 34 bases in 16 games, and is really giving her opposition a difficult time of it. In a recent 20-1 win over Lew-Port, she hit 5-5 with five runs and three RBIs. The Alabama-Birmingham signee is attempting to lead her team again to the State Championships. She will spend her summer playing for the New Era Diamond Girls.

Congratulations Caitlin!

Friday, May 11, 2012

And So Another Season Ends


Canisius saw their season end today with a 5-0 loss in the elimination game of the MAAC Championship in Poughkeepsie, NY.

It wasn't, to me, a disappointing finish considering how far the team had come over the course of the season. At one point, the Griffs were on course to finish with the worst record in school history. But they turned that around with a very strong finish; an 11-5 conference record; and a berth in the tournament. For that, I thought Coach Rappl should have won coach of the year. Lizzy Gatto and Lauren Falzone both won deserved honors by being named All-MAAC First Team.

We say goodbye to Lizzy, and Lauryn, and Katie, and Caroline and Lauren; and thank them for all the great memories. It seems that the players come and go so fast, but Golden Griffins softball goes on and on.

I'm already looking forward to next season. Canisius will have a lot of great young players coming in September to join the fold. A plus to this season was the amount of innings Corinne Schaus pitched; she only pitched the final inning of fall ball last year, and didn't figure to see much if any time in the circle. But she finished with a 2.66 ERA, and her game against Siena was memorable. She will be a big part of a rejuvenated pitching staff that will include Jenn Solis, but more on that later in the summer.

Now we look forward to the summer season, and the various tournaments. Not to mention the high school action, which is heating up.

Griffs Beat Marist

Canisius just eliminated Marist with a 4-1 win. RBIs by Stephanie Pfentner, Lauren Falzone and Val Nappo (2) led the way. Caroline Main threw a 3 hitter.
They now face a chance to eliminate Iona.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Griffs Lose Game One Thriller

Stephanie Pfentner hit a big homer to tie game in the 7th


It was a disappointing loss for sure, but I thought Canisius played well after the first inning.
Canisius dropped their first game of the tournament, 4-3 to Fairfield, in what was an entertaining game. Jen Consaul struggled, and was relieved after issuing a two out, bases loaded walk in the second inning. Caroline Main, in her new role, was pitching a great game, striking out eight and not allowing a hit until Kristen Filicia's home run in the bottom of the seventh inning. I don't think anyone expected Kristen to hit one out of the park; she's more of a Lauren Hope type player. But give her credit for getting hold of one.

Canisius again impressed with their resiliency in fighting back from a deficit. First Val Nappo smashed a home run to begin the comeback in the fifth inning. The wind helped the Griffs in the sixth inning on Lizzy Gatto's high fly ball, but she made a heads up play by running hard and almost being at second base when the ball finally landed on earth. Katie Medina continued her big hitting by smashing a double to score Lizzy. Unfortunately, it looks like Katie re-injured her knee when sliding into second base on the play. She limped off the field, and did not return. She has not been 100% healthy, obviously. Yet she has played so well, and was key in the Griffs' resurgence. Don't know if she will be back in the lineup tomorrow.
Stephanie Pfentner hit a monster shot over the center field fence in the seventh inning to tie the game. A very clutch hit by Stephanie; it seemed to swing all the momentum to the Griffs' side. But the game ended quickly after that.
I liked the way Canisius played; it was a close game either team could have won.

The Griffs will have another shot at it Friday when they meet Marist at 1 pm. A loss ends their season; a win sends them to another game.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Caroline Main Excels In New Role

Caroline has been key to Griffs' late season resurgence

Although it's quite late in her college career, senior Caroline Main was asked to assume a new role on the team in the latter part of this season, and she's taken to it very well. Call her the "new Mallory Aldred" in her position as relief pitcher. The reference of course is to the Griffs' 2008 season when Mallory was used very effectively as a relief pitcher, getting into nearly every game.
Caroline may be the "main" reason that the Griffs' found their game after a difficult start to this season, and made a run to the MAAC tournament. Consider the past week's crucial conference games: Caroline pitched in every one of them, won two games, saved two others and had an ERA of 0.69. She also struck out 14. The Griffs won all four games, and will be playing in Poughkeepsie later this week. Great move by Coach Rappl.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Griffs Earn Berth In MAAC Tournament

*UPDATE*
The Griffs finish in 3rd place, and will open against Fairfield Thursday at the MAAC Tournament.

*UPDATE*
Griffs win game two 3-2; Stephanie Pfentner with game winning RBI.
Canisius is 11-5, and can finish no lower than third. Iona lost game one to Marist in dramatic fashion. Griffs still have a shot at first place.
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With their 8-2 win over Rider in game one, Canisius has clinched a spot in the MAAC Tournament, which opens Thursday in Poughkeepsie.
The Griffs hit Rider pitcher Rachael Matreale harder than any MAAC team this season. Katie Medina hit a big homer in the first inning, and finished with 3 RBIs. Lauryn Chris hit a huge double in the fifth inning, which cleared the bases for 3 RBIs.

The Griffs are in 2nd place for now, and could rise as high as 1st place, pending outcomes in other games. So they still have something to play for in game two.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Now Just One Win...

*UPDATE*
Niagara just beat Rider again in 12 innings.


Current standings, with tiebreakers figured in:
  1. Iona 11-3
  2. Fairfield 9-5
  3. Canisius 9-5
  4. Siena 8-6
  5. Marist 8-6
  6. Rider 7-7

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Kim Bryson just helped Canisius as Niagara beat Rider 1-0 in 12 innings.
This means that Canisius will need only one win tomorrow against the Broncs.
Possibly they could clinch by later today.
Canisius is in 3rd place (for the moment) after Siena's come from behind win vs. Marist.
Manhattan's upset of Fairfield means Canisius has a realistic chance at climbing as high as 2nd place.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Senior Day 2012

I don't know where the time goes; I can remember each of these players stepping onto the field for the first time in the fall of 2008 like it was last month. The Class of '12 won a MAAC Championship in 2009 (remember Lizzy's homer in the championship game?). I'd also like to mention Amanda Cannizzo, who was of this class and retired her softball career after two seasons.

Thanks for the great memories Class of '12!

Lauryn Chris

Lauren Falzone



Katie Lancellotti
Syracuse 2009...

Caroline Main

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Griffs Move Into The Driver's Seat

Val Nappo drove home tying and winning runs in game one

The Golden Griffins showed a lot of toughness Wednesday in taking down local rival Niagara in a key MAAC doubleheader. Canisius had to have these two games, and they got them with a lot of big performances. Of course, Val Nappo delivered two huge hits, both of them with two outs. Lauryn Chris had a fabulous game one, and Caroline Main pitched very big in two relief appearances, earning a win and a save. When Canisius and Niagara get together on the field, it's usually a battle, but game one was particularly intense and filled with heroic plays from both teams. Lauren Falzone may have saved the whole season by throwing out the speedy Ambur Farmer in the bottom of the seventh inning. Freshman Corinne Schaus pitched very well in game two,

The Griffs now can qualify for the tournament in a number of ways, but the easiest will be to beat Rider twice when the Broncs visit on Sunday. But that won't be easy. Rider's senior pitcher Rachael Matreale is having a great season. Even if Rider were to lose both of their games Saturday at Niagara, they would still be in the battle, and could possibly eliminate Canisius. Rachael Matreale will pitch both games against the Griffs, unless the Brincs are eliminated after game one. Niagara was eliminated Wednesday, but there are still six teams vying for the four spots that will qualify teams for the tournament. But if Siena loses one more game, they can not catch Canisius. The Griffs could end up anywhere form first to out. Should be an interesting weekend.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Griffs Take Game One

Great game at Niagara Field saw Canisius win 4-3, in 10 innings. Val Nappo drove home the tying and winning runs, both with two outs. Caroline Main got the win in relief, getting a two out strikeout with bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th inning. Lauryn Chris had a great game, with three hits an RBI and a stolen base. Lauren Falzone threw out a runner at home in the bottom of the 7th to save the game. Canisius moves, for now, into fourth place.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Griffs Control Their Own Fate

Siena's game one loss to Iona today means that Canisius can qualify for the MAAC tournament by simply winning their final four games vs. Niagara and Rider.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Griffs Stay Alive

Katie Medina drove home the run that kept Canisius in the hunt

The Griffs had to come out of Marist with a win today, and they did that, taking game two of the doubleheader 4-3.

Canisius never trailed in game two, jumping in front in the first inning thanks to a Marist error that allowed Lizzy Gatto to score after the Griffs loaded the bases. Marist tied the game, but then Stephanie Pfentner hit a timely home run, good for two runs, in the fourth inning. Marist tied the game with a pair of solo homers off starter Corinne Schaus. Caroline Main entered in relief, and no hit the offensive minded Red Foxes for the final 2 1/innings, allowing her team to scratch out the winning run in the top of the seventh inning. In that inning, Lizzy Gatto got into scoring position with a one double. An infield single off the bat of Robin Kennery moved Lizzy to third base. Katie Medina then hit the fly ball needed to send Lizzy home with the winner. The win improved the Griffs' record to 7-5, and if a few things happen in the MAAC Sunday, Canisius could find themselves in the top four with their fate in their own hands. At any rate, they are still alive in the race to qualify for the tournament.

Lizzy Gatto hit a two run homer in the first inning of game one to give Canisius a quick start, but Emily Osterhaus would go on to limit the Griffs to two hits the rest of the game and Marist won 6-2.

Griffs Travel To Marist For Key Conference Games

Canisius will play a MAAC doubleheader in Poughkeepsie Saturday against the Marist Red Foxes in a matchup that will feature two teams fighting for inclusion in the conference tournament.

Here's a look at Marist:

The Red Foxes are currently in first place; but everything is close at the top of the MAAC. Six teams (including Canisius, currently in sixth place) are competing for the top four slots that will qualify them for the postseason. The Red Foxes have four players who have driven home 20 or more runs, so the Griffs' pitchers will have their hands full. I would say the most dangerous hitter on the team is Dani Koltz, who has been very consistent all season; leads the team in home runs and RBIs; and has a penchant for getting a timely hit in important situations. But they also have three seniors who are having outstanding seasons, and can strike at any time: Ashley Corriss, Megan Lamoureux and Nicole Divirgilio. They have others in the lineup who can hit as well. The Red Foxes' pitching is not on the par of an Iona, and they have used two freshmen quite a bit with mixed results, but junior Emily Osterhaus has recovered from a poor start and has pitched well in MAAC games.

Canisius must get at least a split in this series. It will definitely take 10 wins, very possibly 11 to qualify for the tournament. Being swept would make it unlikely for the Griffs to make it. The Griffs mustn't stop playing if they fall behind this hitting team, because it's not impossible to comeback against them, as Niagara did three times last week. For Canisius, Jen Consaul has been pitching extremely well in conference play. Among the leaders in ERA (1.40), and wins (4), she has walked only two batters, and has the lowest opponents' batting average in the MAAC. They will need a big game from her again. The doubleheader begins at noon.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Griffs Sweep St. Peter's; Move Into Contention

Michele DelPrince's grand slam, her first career home run, seemed to set the pace for Canisius Friday in their MAAC sweep of the Peahens. That shot to center field by the freshman kind of put an end to any hopes St. Peter's had of an upset. The Griffs won that game 5-3, and rolled over St. Peter's in game two 11-2. There were more firsts: Val Nappo hit her first homer; Marissa Miller got her first hit and RBI; Kalie Michalski took her first at bat and got her first RBI. And it was the first time Katie Medina played in April, coming back after her injury at Syracuse in March. Katie was 3 for 6 in the doubleheader, in the designated player slot. Val drove home four runs in game two, and Caroline Main struck out nine Peahens.

So the Griffs have taken care of half their business; day two on the trip is Saturday at Manhattan. Another sweep of a weak sister, and the Griffs will have set themselves up very nicely, guaranteed to be coming home in the top four. But, they better not take the LJs lightly.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

With One Swing Santana Turns Defeat Into Victory

Brenda Santana is mobbed by her teammates after 2 out, 7th inning homer

An update on Canisius signee Brenda Santana, who is currently playing her senior season at Banning High School in Wilmington, CA. Through 18 games, Brenda is hitting .519 with four home runs and 22 RBIs. She recently won a game for the Pilots with a dramatic two out, seventh inning home run:

Throughout her career, Banning slugger Brenda Santana had established herself with one of the best strokes in the South Bay.

On Wednesday, Santana was good to the last strike.

With two outs in the seventh inning, Santana drove an 0-and-2 pitch over the left-field wall for a three-run blast, the big blow in Banning's 4-2 comeback victory in a crucial Marine League showdown at San Pedro.

"When I was up there, I had no doubt," said Santana, who was 3 for 4 with a double. "I was waiting for my pitch. I hit it inside out. When it hit the bat, I felt it. It was nice and smooth."


Read more here


Photo courtesy of The Daily Breeze

Schedule Change

Because of an unfavorable weekend weather forecast, Canisius will now play at St. Peter's Friday, with the MAAC doubleheader beginning at 2 pm. Their scheduled series at Manhattan will stay the same, with the doubleheader beginning at noon on Saturday.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Jen Consaul Tosses Another Shutout

Griffs will pin their hopes on the arm of Jen Consaul

St. Bonaventure 6
Canisius 3

Canisius 8
St. Bonaventure 0 (6)


Sophomore Jen Consaul continued her great pitching with a second consecutive shutout at St. Bonaventure Tuesday.
Jen hasn't allowed a run since the first inning of Saturday's game vs. Fairfield, a 2-1 loss. She threw a four hitter against the Bonnies on the heels of her two hitter vs. Iona.
Robin Kennery had an excellent doubleheader, hitting 5 for 7; Michelle DelPrince was 3 for 6 with three RBIs. Katie Lancellotti drove home three runs.

Canisius has an excellent opportunity this coming weekend to get back in the top four of the MAAC when they travel east to play doubleheaders at Manhattan and St. Peter's. Both teams are having difficulty simply competing in games this season. These are four games the Griffs need to win, and if Jen Consaul continues her streak, Canisius should be playing with more confidence than they have all season.

On a side note: the box score to game one vs. St. Bonaventure mistakenly attributes the loss to Corinne Schaus.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Two Hit Gem By Jen Consaul Saves Season

Shuts out defending champions in must win situation

Sophomore pitcher Jen Consaul just defeated a pitcher, fifth year senior Alyssa Maise, who had struck out 15 Niagara Purple Eagles on Saturday. Basically Jen was going to have to pitch a shutout to win this game...and she did it! Canisius scored the game's only run in the first inning when Val Nappo squeeze bunted Lauren Falzone home. If Sarah Jackson is the number 1 pitcher in the MAAC (she beat the Griffs earlier in the night 5-3 in a game that wasn't as close as the score indicates), then Alyssa Maiese is 1b. So, the pressure was on Jen, and she delivered, striking out four and walking no one. Lizzy Gatto also had a hand in preserving the win, with a spectacular, but controversial catch over the center field fence in the fourth inning. Iona claimed it was a home run; but the umpires ruled otherwise. The whole Griffs' defense was outstanding.

Canisius absolutely had to have this game, as the top of the MAAC is currently in a log jam. A loss would have placed them in a very tenuous position; as it is now, they are in sixth place, but only a game out.

Under The Lights

The start time for today's Canisius-Iona doubleheader has been changed to 6 pm. Night softball!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Griffs Swept By Fairfield

Lost opportunities translated into a pair of losses for Canisius Saturday, as Fairfield took the conference doubleheader by scores of 2-1 and 4-2. If the Griffs would have cashed in their chances, they'd be sitting alone in first place tonight. As it is, they are out of the top four, and about to face the two best pitchers in the MAAC when they host Iona Sunday.

After falling behind in game one 2-0, the Griffs loaded the bases in the bottom of the first inning. They were fortunate to score a run due to a wild pitch. Starter Jen Consaul settled down after that rough first inning in which she surrendered four hits, and shutout the Stags the rest of the way. A golden opportunity presented itself for the Griffs in the fourth inning when they loaded the bases with no outs on the board. However, three straight outs with no chance at a sacrifice killed that threat, and for all intents and purposes, ended the game, as Canisius could only muster a two out single in the sixth inning after that.

Canisius jumped in front 1-0 in game two. They did this when they loaded the bases once more, in the second inning, and Stephanie Pfentner singled home a run. They were set up for a big inning, but instead made an average pitcher look very good for the rest of the game. Fairfield exploded for four runs in the top of the fourth. In fact, the Stags played two good innings all day, which made these losses even more painful. Canisius got one back when Lizzy Gatto doubled home a run in the fifth inning, but they could never put together any sustained rally today. And so, Canisius not only squandered an opportunity to set themselves pretty in the standings, but they also lost a chance to put a main rival firmly behind the eight ball. Instead they had the tables turned on them.

MAAC Weekend Scouting Report

It's a big weekend of conference games for Canisius at the Demske Sports Complex. The four games could possibly make or break the Griffs' 2012 season. Canisius has been traditionally very tough at home vs. MAAC opponents, but they have a difficult challenge this weekend, playing against the two teams that made it to Championship Saturday at last season's MAAC tournament.

First up is Fairfield. The Stags are at 1-3 in the conference, so this is a big weekend for them as they begin road play. They narrowly missed a 0-4 start when they staged a late inning comeback vs. Marist last weekend, and they need to play well during their western trip. The Stags no longer have Sarah Minice, so their pitching is not as excellent as it has been. However, sophomore Becca Trott is having a good season as their number one starter. She has had very good outings against Florida State and South Florida. Rae Ball will pitch game two, and while a steady pitcher, she has not shown the ability to be dominant. Offensively, the Stags are a very good running team, on a par with the Griffs. The artificial field will aid them. They also have three hitters with 20 or more RBIs---Ali Wigand, Lauren Liseth and Rae Ball. They all can strike quickly. Fairfield, like Siena, has had difficulty this season h0lding on to leads, and have lost a number of games in late innings.

Defending champion Iona comes in Sunday with the best pitching in the conference. The Griffs are quite familiar with senior Sarah Jackson and fifth year senior Alyssa Maiese. Both have outstanding ERAs. The one possible weakness for the Gaels is that they have not always given offensive support to their two aces, which is reflected in their win-loss records. The Griffs will have to be very careful with Alyssa Maiese when she is batting; the 2011 MAAC home run leader has been raising her level of play of late. Junior Eileen McCann is second in the conference in hitting, and has long ball ability. Junior Jodi Petersen is also having a solid season at the plate.

One win by Canisius this weekend will keep them firmly in the hunt. Anything more than that will set them up very nicely as a favorite to qualify for the MAAC tournament. Weather Saturday will be no problem. Sunday will be very warm, with rain forecast up until noon.

Friday, April 13, 2012

JENNIPHER SOLIS SIGNS WITH CANISIUS


Jennipher Solis of La Puente, CA signed a National Letter Of Intent Wednesday to play softball at Canisius College beginning in the 2013 season.

Canisius fills a pressing need by signing the pitcher, who is a senior at Los Altos High School in Hacienda Heights, CA. Jen had a great 2011 season for the Conquerors, with a 13-3 record and 0.87 ERA. In 2010, she was 15-5, .098 ERA. She has averaged over one strikeout per inning. Jen is also a good hitter, with power and speed. She currently plays travel ball with the Riptide Gold out of Newport Beach, CA.

Congratulations Jenn!