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
Bridget no hit Grand Island Friday, striking out 17 in one of the AA quarterfinals.

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

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

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.

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...

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

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.