Saturday, June 8, 2013

Lindsey Silfer Ends High School Career On Top

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Canisius College recruit Lindsey Silfer just ended her high school career by winning the New York State "AA" Championship when her Cicero-N. Syracuse North Stars beat East Meadow 5-0 in Queensbury, NY.

But it was in today's semi-final game vs. Brockport that Lindsey propelled her team to the championship game. In the 4-0 win, she drove home all of CNS's runs, with a home run and bases clearing double. She added an RBI to her total in the Championship game.

In the top of the fourth, Silfer caught up with one of DiMartino’s fastballs and cleared the center-field fence by at least 10 feet, putting the Northstars ahead 1-0.
In the field, O’Hara and Silfer continued to carry Cicero-North Syracuse. O’Hara kept mowing down the Brockport hitters, and Silfer gunned down DiMartino trying to steal second base.
In the top half of the fifth inning, O’Hara drew a walk to load the bases for Silfer. The catcher fouled off nine pitches, and on the 11th pitch of the at-bat from DiMartino, Silfer drilled a fastball off the center-field fence for a three-run double with two outs.


Lindsey will join the Golden Griffins this fall.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Jessica Berzins Signs With Canisius

Jessica Berzins of Placentia, CA has signed a national letter of intent to play softball at Canisius College beginning in the 2013 season.

Jessica is a speedy outfielder who was an All-Orange County selection at Valencia High School. She's a slap hitter, and accomplished bunter who uses her speed well on the base paths. She will have a chance to start immediately in the Griffs' outfield, which struggled defensively this past season.

Jessica is a very late signing for Canisus. The reason for this is that she originally signed with Cal State Northridge for the 2013 season. That did not work out for whatever reason, and apparently Northridge did not release her to sign with another school, meaning she had to wait until their season was ended, which was last weekend. She will be at Canisius in September.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Decker Catches The Spotlight On Varsity

Taylor is hitting .449 with 20 RBIs and 14 doubles her senior season
Decker’s freshman year is when she decided to dedicate herself to softball. She had been playing volleyball and softball on both club and school teams simultaneously. The moment she decided to stick with softball was when she made Kara Brun’s Storm team. “The level of play opened my eyes to a whole other aspect of softball. I found myself loving the challenge of upping my game,” Decker said. The Cactus Shadows softball team is a small and close group of girls. “Taylor is always willing to go the extra mile for her teammates and the betterment of the team itself,” Monica Milinovich, the pitching coach, said. Decker’s team mentality is her strongest character trait that she will carry on to Canisius College. “I would love for her to have a great softball and school experience so she can come back during the holidays and tell us all about it,” Gianni said.

Read the article HERE

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Freshman Caitlin Attfield has been "entire total package" for UAB softball

Niagara Falls' Caitlin Attfield was named C-USA's Freshman Of The Year
"When you recruit people, I think I'm getting a Caitlin every single time," Townsend said. "When she got here, it's just unbelievable because she's everything we thought she was. She's got all the intangibles. She's got the drive. She's obviously got the speed. She's got the arm, she's got the bat and she's got the work ethic.
"When you're recruiting people, you think you're getting the entire total package and when she arrived, that's exactly what we got."

Read the article HERE

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Sam Sharkey Ends High School Career With State Championship

Sam Sharkey celebrates a state championship
Incoming Golden Griffin Samantha Sharkey ended her high school career on a high note, helping St. Thomas Aquinas High School win the Florida State 7A Championship.
Sam was responsible for her team getting to the final game, driving home the winning run with a 9th inning double in the Raiders' 1-0 win over Harmony. You can see her winning hit HERE

Sam Sharkey Walkoff

The Raiders won the Championship with another 1-0 win, this time over Freedom High. Sam had a hit in that game, which you can read about HERE

Samantha will be joining Canisius this September.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Some Articles On Sarah Andrews

Sarah has tossed a perfect game and no hitter in 2013
This past season has shown that the Golden Griffins are in desperate need of pitching if they wish to return to contender status in the MAAC.

Coming this fall is Sarah Andrews, who plays for one of the top high schools in Arizona, and a very good travel program, the Arizona Storm Gold. Hopefully, the Griffs will be smart enough to get her into action immediately.

I've compiled a few articles that show the progress of Sarah this year.

Bobcats' complete pitcher

Cienega senior pitcher Sarah Andrews has bounced back from an injury to lead her team to the No. 1 ranking in Division I.
Andrews threw a perfect game last Thursday in a 10-0 victory at Douglas. The senior struck out six over six innings to improve to 8-1.
It was the first perfect game Cienega coach Eric Tatham could recall in his seven years at the helm.
"I was just going out there and pitching," Andrews said. "It was really a normal game. I was actually shocked I pitched a perfect game at all. I didn't know until the end of the game."
The Canisius College commit has tossed seven complete games and owns a 0.49 ERA. Through 57 2/3 innings, she has held hitters to a .180 batting average and has issued only five walks.
Andrews, who leads the Bobcats in home runs with four, is one of three seniors and the lone connection to Cienega's state championship team in 2010. Tatham ranks Andrews right behind former Cienega star Alexa Cash, who holds the school record for strikeouts with 827 in three seasons.

Read article HERE

Cienega Softball poised for the top step

One of the major keys for Eric Tatham squad this year has been the return of Sarah Andrews in the circle. The senior missed a large chunk of last season due to injury but has bounced back to post a 12-2 record this season with just six walks in 89 innings.

Read article HERE

Cienega remains perfect with win over Douglas

PITCHING Senior pitcher Sarah Andrews (11-2) and sophomore Kayla Green(8-1) have combined for 110 strikeouts and have handled some of the best hitters in Southern Arizona.

...she can hit too...

Sarah Andrews and AJ Hervey sign letters of intent

Andrews is a right handed pitcher and power hitter and will attend Canisius College located in Buffalo, New York. Andrews batted .406 with 24 RBIs, 3 triples and 2 homeruns last year with Cienega.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Chloe Steals A Win!

When Chloe Contreras stole home in the sixth inning of game two of the Griffs' MAAC doubleheader with Niagara at the Demske Sports Complex Thursday, it was the first stolen base of her career. And it couldn't have been any bigger, as it was the game winning run and averted what could have been a disastrous sweep.

The Golden Griffins' 1-0 game one loss against a team in disarray was extremely puzzling. Canisius came into the game leading the MAAC in offense, against a team whose pitching has been generally pummeled all season long, and yet Canisius could manage only two singles. What made the game even more painful was that they made a waste of Amanda Baun's three hit pitching performance, in which she allowed no earned runs. It's a loss that may come back to haunt Canisius, especially if they don't sweep their final four home games (this weekend). The Griffs got very good pitching in game two also, this time from Jen Consaul who won her 13th game of the season. Yet they very nearly lost that game too, ultimately winning it 2-1, thanks to Chloe.

So, Canisius is 3-3 at present. They wrap up their MAAC home schedule this weekend, then play their final six conference games away from home, including the bi-annual Fairfield-Iona trip which has not been kind to them, even in their championship years. Canisius really needs a sweep of their final homes games; if they don't get it, qualifying for the MAAC tournament is going to be most difficult.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Griffs Split MAAC Home Opener

The Golden Griffins opened their home MAAC schedule with a split against the Marist Red Foxes on a cold day at the Demske Sports Complex.

Game one started out great for Amanda Baun. She struck out the first seven Marist batters she faced; all of them went down swinging. But a pair of walks got her into trouble in the third inning. After two of them and an infield single, Nicole Cheek finally put a ball out of the infield for Marist, and they had a 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the same inning, Meghan Cuda hit yet another triple, and scored on Val Nappo's ground out. It was Meghan's seventh triple of the season, leaving her two short of Jody Tassone's school record, set back in 1995. A fifth inning bases loaded triple by the same Nicole Cheek gave Marist an insurmountable lead, as the Griffs were held at bay by Emily Osterhaus, who has been MAAC Pitcher Of The Week two weeks running. Val Nappo added a solo home run, but the final score was 10-2 in favor of Marist. Amanda Baun did strike out 12 in the game, but after the exciting start, surrendered nine earned runs.

Canisius fell behind 1-0 early in game two, and like last week, finally hit the panic button and put six runs on the board in the third inning for a lead they would never lose. A double by Robin Kennery produced two runs; another double, from the bat of Tori Nappo, produced one more. This brought a new pitcher into the game for Marist, and Marissa Miller greeted her with a three run bomb over the left field fence. Marist rallied for three more runs in the game, but the Griffs' lead held out and they won 6-4. Jen Consaul got the win for Canisius.

Getting game two was crucial for the Griffs, as Manhattan comes to town next week. The Lady Jaspers are currently 6-0, and playing very well. The Griffs are 2-2 in the MAAC, good for fifth place at the moment.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Jenn Solis Earns First College Win

Freshman pitcher Jenn Solis finally was given her fist career start Tuesday at the Demske Sports Complex, and achieved her first college win with a 4-2 win over St. Bonaventure. Jenn pitched five innings, allowing just one earned run while striking out three Bonnies. Amanda Baun pitched the final two innings, and was awarded with the save. Meghan Cuda got the Griffs on the board in the first inning, after leading off with a single and eventually scoring due to a St. Bonaventure error. Meghan was 3 for 4 in this game, and hit her sixth triple of the season, which kept her in the top five nationally in that category. St. Bona tied the game in the second inning, but the Griffs would score three times in the fourth to go ahead for good. Canisius had four hits in that inning, and scored on RBIs by Tori Nappo and Meghan Cuda. Stephanie Pfentner made it home on another St. Bonaventure error.

The Griffs also won game one of the local doubleheader. After falling behind 4-0, they strung together six consecutive singles in the fifth inning to tie the game. Robin Kennery drove home two runs, and Stephanie Pfentner and Katie Medina drove home single runs for a 4-4 game. Canisius scored three more runs in the sixth inning to win 7-4. RBIs by Michelle DelPrince and Robin Kennery, her third of the game, sealed the game for the Griffs.

Canisius is now 16-13, and will next host MAAC rival Marist in a crucial conference doubleheader Saturday.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Griffs Pound Out 21 Hits In Game 2 Win

Katie Medina led the comeback
When Katie Medina returned from injury last season, the Golden Griffins began a surge that led them to the MAAC tournament. It was no coincidence; the same thing seems to be happening again this season. The senior had missed about half the team's games this year; she came back to the lineup and has been on fire. She's hitting .400 at present, and in today's second game at Rider, was a perfect 4 for 4 with three RBIs. All four were key hits, the last being a two RBI double that brought home the winning run. Katie is the only player remaining from the last Canisius championship team. She didn't play that year (2009), but she was on the bench with the team when they won it all; she's seen it done. Keep your fingers crossed that she stays healthy.

Canisius played very poorly in the game one loss at Rider, being shutout by a team that has struggled with pitching all season. They only had three hits. Once they fell behind early in game two, they seemed to play scared, and went on a barrage of endless hitting. They had an incredible 21 hits in the game. Besides Katie's 4 for 4, Meghan Cuda, Alexis Roman, Michelle DelPrince and Robin Kennery each had three hits. Canisius will have to play with this attitude for the rest of the season to be effective.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Griffs Split At Mount St. Mary's

The Golden Griffins began their last extended road trip in preparation for MAAC season Saturday with a doubleheader split at Mount St. Mary's in Emmitsburg, Md.

I wasn't able to watch these games as they were blacked out by both schools, so here's a summary from the box scores.
Canisius won game one 6-0 behind the complete game of Jen Consaul, who struck out seven and scattered four hits. Two bases loaded walks gave the Griffs a 2-0 lead in the second inning. In the third, Bethany DeMarco hit a double that scored Stephanie Pfentner. And in the fourth, Robin Kennery and Tori Nappo singled home runs.

Game two went 10 innings, with the Griffs losing 4-3. Amanda Baun returned to action, and pitched the first nine innings, allowing just two earned runs, and striking out six. Jen Consaul entered the circle in the 10th inning, and the game ended with three consecutive bunts and a two out single. Robin Kennery hit a home run in this game, and drove home all three Canisius runs. She was 4 for 8 on the day with four RBIs.

The Griffs continue their road trip with a doubleheader at the College of Charleston on Tuesday.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Griffs Drop Doubleheader; Head Into Final Tuneup

Bethany DeMarco hit her first career home run Saturday
Ohio 4
Canisius 0

Ohio 7
Canisius 6

The Golden Griffins were swept in Athens, OH in their doubleheader against Ohio Saturday. Canisius never got their offense rolling until late in the second game. But when they did, it was once again in quick strike fashion, as they scored four runs after two outs were made in the sixth inning. Actually, there were three outs, but the Griffs got a break with a dropped third strike after which allowed Val Nappo to reach base. Bethany DeMarco then got the rally started with her first career homer. A single by Alexis Roman, and doubles by Meghan Cuda and Michelle DelPrince cut the Ohio lead to 7-5. In the seventh inning, Tori Nappo drove home Marissa Miller, who had doubled, to pull the Griffs to within a run. But they would get no closer. Corinne Schaus started the second game for Canisius, and struggled while surrendering three home runs.  The first game of the doubleheader saw Canisius lose 4-0; they were never really in this game. Jen Consaul had a rough first inning in the circle, falling behind 2-0; but pitched well the remainder of the game.

Canisius will now have a stretch of seven games in a final preparation for the MAAC season. They are scheduled to play at Buffalo Wednesday, but weather may play a factor as spring is late in coming this year. After that, they will head south for a trio of doubleheaders.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Griffs Complete Friday Sweep

Val Nappo drove home winning run in the 7th
Canisius 6
George Mason 3

The Golden Griffins defeated host George Mason to sweep the first day of the Cherry Blossom Classic Friday in Fairfax, VA.

It really was a great day for Canisius, as they rebounded from a poor showing last weekend and returned to the top of the MAAC with a 10-4 record. After falling behind to the Patriots 1-0 after an inning, the Griffs took the lead in the top of the second inning when Michelle DelPrince, who had  a great day, singled home two runs. George Mason would again take a lead, 3-2, into the fourth inning; but again the Griffs bounced back, this time to tie the game. After Bethany DeMarco led off the inning with a single, she was sent home by Meghan Cuda. The game remained tied at 3-3 until the top of the seventh inning when the Griffs scored three runs to seal the win. It was the Nappo sisters batting in tandem that provided the offense. First Val singled home two runs; then Tori drove home another run thanks to an error. Jen Consaul pitched a complete game for the win, allowing only one earned run. The Griffs committed four errors in this one, but Jen showed good control throughout, walking no one. Michelle DelPrince and Alexis Roman both had a pair of hits.

Canisius faces a most difficult challenge on Saturday. They will play powerful Ohio State, then a rematch with revenge minded Pittsburgh, who the Griffs crushed earlier today.


Canisius 10
Pittsburgh 5

Just in...

With the Golden Griffins' destruction of Big East Pittsburgh this afternoon, Head Coach Mike Rappl reached the milestone of 800 wins. Congratulations coach on this significant achievement!

What a game for the Griffs, who absolutely stunned the Panthers in Fairfax, VA with an unrelenting barrage of offensive weaponry. Michelle DelPrince hit two consecutive triples in the game. Meghan Cuda was 3 for 5 with a pair of doubles. Robin Kennery and Tori Nappo had two RBIs each. And Corinne Schaus went the distance for her first win of the season.

The Griffs will play host George Mason later today.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Meghan Cuda Honored By MAAC

The MAAC just named Meghan Cuda their Rookie Of The Week for her performance over this past weekend.
Meghan has gotten her college career off to a great start; she's hitting .349 with four triples. And as mentioned in the previous post, leads the nation in triples per game. She also leads the Griffs in runs (11), and steals (5). Remind you of Lauren Hope? Me too. She's a team player, currently playing a position not natural for her, third base.

Congratulations Meghan!

Two Golden Griffins Atop The Nation

Val Nappo informing the umpire that she never strikes out!
The NCAA released their first set of statistics, and a pair of Canisius players are national leaders.

Freshman Meghan "Barra" Cuda leads the nation in triples per game; and is fifth in actual triples.
Junior Val Nappo is the toughest player to strike out in the nation, which is interesting as I seem to recall that she never once struck out in high school.

Congratulations to both!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Griffs Back In Action This Weekend

The Golden Griffins will take their MAAC best 7-1 record to Hampton, VA this weekend where they are scheduled to play four games at the Lady Pirates Classic. Of particular note will be Head Coach Mike Rappl's pursuit of his career 800th win at the program, which he will accomplish with two more victories.

On Friday, Canisius will first face Delaware, who are 10-3 this season. Canisius last played the Blue Hens in 2009 at the Marshall Tournament, and split a pair of games. The Griffs will then play Central Connecticut State, 4-3 this season. Canisius split two games on the west coast with the Blue Devils in 2009. On Saturday. Canisius will play 3-8 Maryland-Eastern Shore, who they beat just last week. They will also play host Hampton, who are 8-11 this season. The Griffs swept the Lady Pirates in Hampton in 2010.

Canisius has gotten off to a very good start in 2013, and after a week off, will want to keep that rolling. The Griffs are hitting .348 as a team, led by Stephanie Pfentner who has been sizzling hot to begin her final season and has a .632 batting average. The freshmen are playing very well: Bethany DeMarco (.400); Tori Nappo (.385 and 10 RBIs); and Meghan "Barra" Cuda (.310 and 4 stolen bases) have been regulars in the lineup. Amanda Baun (1.00 ERA) and Jen Consaul (1.27 ERA) have provided outstanding pitching. Both have opponents' batting averages of under .200. Don't know if Katie Medina and Alexis Roman will return from injury.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Two Golden Griffins Honored By MAAC

The MAAC began its weekly Players Of The Weeks awards; Jen Consaul and Bethany DeMarco were honored by the conference.

MAAC Pitcher of the Week
Jen Consaul, Canisius, Jr., RHP, 5-9, Chili, N.Y./Churchville-Chili

Consaul started her junior season by going 3-1 with a save and a 1.12 ERA in six appearances, as of Feb. 24...

MAAC Rookie of the Week
Bethany DeMarco, Canisius, Fr., 3B, 5-3, Victor, N.Y./Victor

DeMarco started her college career off on the right foot as she hit .462 (6-for-13) with a double, five RBIs and two runs scored in five games through Feb. 24...

Read more here

Griffs' Best Start In 19 Years

Tori Nappo is hitting .385 and leads the MAAC in RBIs
Canisius 7

The Golden Griffins completed their sweep of the North Carolina A&T tournament by beating Maryland-Eastern Shore earlier today, 7-4. The Griffs' 7-1 start is their best since the 1994 season; and we're talking about a lot of very good Canisius teams over the past two decades. The 2013 version is not just squeaking by in their games, but are putting up some impressive offensive numbers. And getting good pitching.

This game wasn't as close as the score indicates. Canisius took a 7-1 lead before UMES scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning with no hits after some walks and wild pitches. The Griffs scored three runs in the third inning with RBIs from Robin Kennery, Marissa Miller and Tori Nappo. In the fifth inning, Tori singled home her 11th RBI of the season. And in the sixth inning, RBIs by Robin Kennery and Stephanie Pfentner, and an unearned run scored by Erica Afanador gave the Griffs another easy win. In the circle, Amanda Baun pitched another good game to improve her record to 3-0, allowing just one run over six innings of work. Her ERA for the season thus far is an impressive 1.00.

Some batting averages after the first two weeks of the season: Stephanie Pfentner - .632. Robin Kennery - .406. Bethany DeMarco - .400. Tori Nappo - .385. Michelle DelPrince - .357. Val Nappo - .333. Marissa Miller - .333. Meghan Cuda - .310.

Canisius Beats St. Francis Again

Jen Consaul now 4-1; 19 Ks last two starts
Canisius 9
St. Francis 3

The Golden Griffins continued their winning ways earlier this morning with another offensive outburst, beating St. Francis for the second time in two days in Greensboro, NC. They started the attack in the first inning when a Meghan Cuda walk and stolen base was turned into a run thanks to Michelle DelPrince's triple. After Stephanie Pfentner walked, the Nappo sisters each doubled (interesting that they seem to mimic each other often in the batting order!), which made the score 4-0. Val had one RBI; Tori had two. The Red Flash scored two runs through the fourth inning, but Canisius would get those back in the top of the fifth. Michelle DelPrince scored as a result of an error; then Val Nappo singled home Robin Kennery for her second RBI of the game. A two RBI double by Robin Kennery in the sixth inning; and a home run off the bat of Marissa Miller in the seventh inning closed out the scoring for the Griffs.

Val Nappo was 3 for 4; Tori Nappo and Robin Kennery had two hits each.  Meghan Cuda and Val Nappo each stole two bases. Jen Consaul improved her record to 4-1, allowing just two earned runs while striking out eight batters. Canisius has begun 2013 with a record of 6-1, their best start since 1994, and are currently on the field playing Maryland-Eastern Shore.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Griffs In Double Figures Again

Robin Kennery was 4 for 4 vs. the Aggies
Canisius 12
N. Carolina A&T 0

The Golden Griffins scored in double figures for the third consecutive game when they upended host North Carolina A&T Sunday 12-0 in Greensboro, NC.

In today's second game, the Canisius bats stayed hot, pounding out 16 hits. The Griffs jumped in front 1-0 in the first inning when Stephanie Pfentner singled home Robin Kennery. Tori Nappo and Beth DeMarco both doubled in inning two to make the lead 3-0. Another RBI for Tori, and one off the bat of Marissa Miller gave the Griffs a 5-0 lead in the third inning. They made it 6-0 in the fourth when Michelle DelPrince singled home Meghan "Barra" Cuda, who had just tripled. In the sixth, another triple, this time by Robin Kennery, scored Michelle DelPrince, who had doubled. In the seventh, Erica Afanador and Michelle DelPrince hit run producing singles. This was followed by Robin Kennery's two run double, and Kalie Michalski's first RBI of the season. Phew! 12-0.

Jen Consaul pitched a two hitter for her second win of the day.She struck out 11 and walked none. Robin Kennery had four hits; Michelle DelPrince three. Two hits apiece were accomplished by Marissa Miller, Bethany DeMarco and Erica Afanador. Bethany had five RBIs on the day; Tori Nappo had four. Canisius is now 5-1 and atop the MAAC. This has been a constantly changing schedule, but I think the Griffs are playing Monday against St. Francis at 9 am; and against Maryland-Eastern Shore at 11 am. A note: Katie Medina and Alexis Roman did not play today.

Golden Griffins Rout St. Francis

Canisius 10
St. Francis 4 

Box Score

The Golden Griffins finally got on the field again earlier today in Greensboro, NC at the North Carolina A&T tournament, and began the day with another offensive outburst.

The Griffs bolted out of the gate with a four run first inning thanks to RBI singles by Robin Kennery and Tori Nappo, and a two RBI single by Bethany DeMarco. They had four hits in the inning. After St. Francis battled back to tie the game, Canisius had another big inning, this time in the fifth when they scored five times. Tori Nappo and Bethany DeMarco again singled home runs; Meghan Cuda and Erica Afanador also picked up RBIs; Marissa Miller scored by way of error. The Griffs added a run in the sixth when Bethany DeMarco drove home her fourth run of the day. Beth was 3 for 4. Jen Consaul earned the win in relief; Amanda Baun pitched the first four inning, allowing one earned run while striking out five.

Canisius improved to 4-1. They will play North Carolina A&T later today.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Schedule Change

I guess the tournament is still on. Manhattan has dropped out, but games will be played on Sunday, with championship/consolation on Monday.

The actual tournament has been canceled, but Canisius may be going down there to play. No word on that yet.

The Golden Griffins' weekend of games at the North Carolina A&T tournament has been moved back to Sunday and Monday due to rainy weather forecast down there.
No word yet on the new schedule.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Griffs Sweep Day Two At The Dome

Stephanie's bat was on fire this weekend
Canisius 4
Bucknell 1

Canisius 10
St. Bonaventure 2

The Griffs got plenty of quality offense and pitching Sunday as they wrapped up their weekend at the CSU Dome Tournament with a pair of wins, improving their record to 3-1.

Stephanie Pfentner hit a scorching .857 this weekend, but the big story of the Griffs' opening games was the pitching of senior Amanda Baun. She pitched another solid game Sunday, beating Bucknell 4-1. The only run she allowed was unearned, and she struck out nine batters in the game. She also faced a couple of bases loaded situations, and got out of both with no damage. I mention those situations because they reminded me of her All-MAAC season when she would get that key strikeout to get out of trouble. She did so against the Bison Amanda is now 2-0, and hopefully her confidence is growing, and with it the team's also.
The Golden Griffins needed Amanda's great pitching because the game was tight through four innings. They took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Tori Nappo singled home pinch runner Kalie Michalski. The game then remained tight until the Griffs had a big fifth inning helped by a couple of Bucknell errors. RBIs by Alexis Roman, Val Nappo and Stephanie Pfentner gave the Griffs a 4-1 lead. Jen Consaul pitched the final inning to seal the win and earn her second save of the weekend.

Jen Consaul started the Griffs' game against St. Bonaventure, and pitched very well in allowing only one earned run. But the story was the Canisius offensive explosion in a 10-2 romp. St. Bonaventure actually jumped to a 2-0 lead through the game's first two innings, effectively utilizing small ball tactics. But that didn't last long. The Griffs put up four runs in the third inning. Robin Kennery drove home a pair, then scored herself on two passed balls. After Stephanie Pfentner doubled, Tori Nappo sent her home and the Griffs were ahead to stay. Their lead increased to 6-2 in the fifth inning when Marissa Miller drove home two runs. They then tagged on another four runs in the seventh, with Marissa getting another two RBIs, giving her four for the game, and Erica Afanador smashing a two run homer, her first of the season. Stephanie Pfentner was 3 for 3; she missed reaching base only once in her weekend plate appearances. Meghan Cuda was 3 for 4; and began her career with a .400 weekend. Each Nappo sister had a pair of hits, as did Marissa Miller. Tori Nappo and Alexis Roman each drove home three runs over their debut weekend.

It was a good start for the Griffs, considering it's only mid February. They scored 23 runs, and had three very good pitching outings. The freshmen (excepting Jenn Solis who did not play) all had very good debuts. Katie Medina was pulled again from the Bucknell game, and did not play again Sunday. I understand she has a bit of a hand injury, but nothing too serious. Canisius is back at it, this time outdoors, this coming weekend at the North Carolina A&T Tournament.

2-0; 0.00 ERA

Those are Amanda Baun's numbers after having just beat Bucknell, 4-1. Very encouraging development for the Griffs this young season. More on the games later; the Griffs will face St. Bonaventure in a few minutes.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Griffs Lose To Vikings; Split Opening Day

Beth DeMarco was impressive defensively
Cleveland St. 7
Canisius 4

The Golden Griffins lost to the host Cleveland State Vikings in their second game of day one at the CSU Dome tournament by a score of 7-4.

The Griffs didn't get much pitching in this one, surrendering 12 hits, including five of the extra base variety. Offensively they had trouble too, not getting their first hit until the fourth inning; and having runners thrown out at home twice. The Griffs actually took a 2-0 lead early without a hit, thanks to a CSU error and wild pitch. The Vikings put up three runs in the fourth inning to take a lead they would never relinquish. Corinne Schaus relieved Jen Consaul to begin the sixth, and was battered with four extra base hits and the same amount of runs. The Griffs scored a couple more late in the game, but it wasn't enough as they suffered their first loss of the season. Val Nappo was 2 for 2 in the game with an RBI. Freshman Bethany DeMarco had a good debut behind the plate, picking off a pair of attempted base stealers. Of concern is the fact that after a fourth inning leadoff single, Katie Medina left the game never to return. No word if she was injured or not.

Canisius returns to the Dome Sunday for a pair of games, vs. Bucknell and St. Bonaventure.

Griffs Open Season With Win Over Rival

Great opener for Michelle DelPrince

Canisius 5 
St. Bonaventure 2 

The Golden Griffins opened their 2013 season with a 5-2 win over St. Bonaventure today at the Cleveland State Dome Tournament. In the just completed game, Amanda Baun got the start for the Griffs, and was effective through five innings, allowing no runs and only two hits. She earned the win; Jen Consaul pitched the final two innings for the save. allowing a pair of unearned runs, one on an illegal pitch call with a runner on third base.

The Canisius offense got things going with a big second inning. Tori Nappo doubled home pinch runner Erica Afanador for the game's first run, followed by a two run single off the bat of Michelle DelPrince to make the score 3-0. After Meghan Cuda's first college hit, Alexis Roman got her first hit and first RBI to make it 4-0. The Griffs added another run in the fourth inning when Michelle DelPrince singled home her third RBI of the day. She was 2 for 3 in this game, as was Meghan Cuda. Stephanie Pfentner was 2 for 2 with a run scored.

Canisius takes on host Cleveland State later this evening.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Golden Griffins On Offense

The Canisius offense has traditionally been built on speed, and this season will be no different. Almost everyone on the team can run, and Coach Rappl gives the "green light" often. The Griffs were 28-31 in stolen bases in conference play last season, best in the MAAC. They've lost a great base stealer with Lizzy Gatto's graduation, but as freshmen in 2012, Robin Kennery and Michelle DelPrince stole for a combined 21-26. Look for them to run more with the changed lineup. Incoming freshman Meghan Cuda has the ability to steal at a Lauren Hope level. Alexis Roman runs very well as well. So expect the Canisius game plan to stay the same as always - run wild. Of course, Canisius wants to be hitting while they're running, and this season's lineup has a chance to be the best in the MAAC.

Senior Katie Medina (pictured left) finished last season eighth overall in the MAAC with a .330 average. Katie missed some time with injury in 2012, but got back in the lineup just in time for the stretch run. She was on fire in conference play, hitting .393. I'm looking for a big conference season from her this year. Senior Stephanie Pfentner missed about 20 games last season with back injury, and hit only .218. She did better in conference play with a .250 average, but I don't think she was ever at 100% in 2012. Stephanie's a threat to hit one out whenever she steps to the plate, as she did dramatically in the tournament against Fairfield. If she stays healthy, she should be among the MAAC leaders in power numbers. Senior Chloe Contreras will likely most of her action as a pinch runner where she has been effective, although not in base stealing.

Junior Val Nappo ended last season by being named to the All-Tournament team after hitting .333 with a home run and three RBIs in the MAAC Championship. She was third on the Griffs in home runs and RBIs; she improved her RBI production form 8 to 23 as a sophomore. As a co-captain this season, she will be expected to take more of a leadership on the field this season.

Robin Kennery (pictured left) had a solid season at the plate as a freshman, hitting .275; .280 in conference play. She led the team with 25 RBIs; hit the most doubles (10); and stole 11bases. She led the MAAC in stolen bases in conference games. Michelle DelPrince also had a good freshman season, hitting .248. She stole 10 bases; scored 14 runs; and even hit two out of the park while driving home 15. The homers were in conference games. These two players are both well rounded, and will step into more prominent roles this season. Sophomore Erica Afanador hit .203 overall in 2012, but .250 in conference games. She scored 11 runs; stole three bases; and hit a home run in 23 starts. She was also used at times effectively as a pinch runner. Kalie Michalski spent her freshman season exclusively as a pinch runner, scoring five runs and stealing two bases.

The freshmen bring with them lots of promise this season. Tori Nappo is a clutch hitter who has power. She hit a home run in each game of her high school's state championship run her senior season. Bethany DeMarco has also shown herself to be clutch, hitting at a blistering pace when her school made a state championship appearance a few seasons ago. Alexis Roman and Meghan Cuda are both excellent runners with hitting skill.

The Golden Griffins were in the top four in offense in the MAAC in 2012; I expect them to be near or at the top again this season. They will use speed as their main weapon, with some power mixed in.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Golden Griffins On Defense


In 2012, Canisius was in the middle of the pitching pack for conference games, posting a respectable 2.21 team ERA. They allowed only 22 walks in 16 games, which is excellent and was tops in the MAAC. Their pitching did not match up with Iona's great staff; but staff has graduated. Farifield however have retained their staff, and that's the team the Griffs will likely be chasing.

Amanda Baun is the senior of the Griffs' staff, and it is well known that she slumped over the past two seasons after a terrific freshman campaign that saw her named to the All-MAAC team. If Amanda returns to that form, and there's reason to believe that she will, the Griffs will be hard to beat in the MAAC this season. Amanda did look like her "old" self this past fall ball season, where she was fairly dominant unlike the previous two fall seasons. She's got the tools; she's got the talent. She's proven she can be a top pitcher in the conference. Likely Coach Rappl is going to pitch her a lot during the early part of the season. I believe she's going to comeback and have a very good season.

Junior Jen Consaul struggled early in the 2012 season; but again she was very good in MAAC play. She finished with a 5-2 record with a 1.96 ERA in conference games, and did so with a lot of pressure to perform on her shoulders. In particular the game she pitched against Iona, on the tail end of a four game weekend against the MAAC's top teams in which the Griffs lost the first three. It was a must game at that point, and she shut down the eventual champions. That win set the stage for the Griffs' run to the tournament. So Jen has proven over her two seasons that she shows up for the big games. While she is not (yet) the big strikeout pitcher she was in high school, her walks per inning ratio was second best in the conference in 2012. I think she was pitched more the last two seasons than was originally planned, and that experience will help her to raise the level of her play going into the next two years.

Sophomore Corinne Schaus pitched exactly one inning during the fall season as a freshman, so it was a bit of a shock when she was pressed into action early in the Griffs' first conference game. Canisius was way behind to hard hitting Siena in what looked to be a disastrous opening of MAAC play when Corinne entered the game. But she was fantastic, retiring the first ten batters, and inspiring her team to a comeback win. She finished the season with a 2-1 record in conference play and a 2.84 ERA. She won a key game at Niagara late in the season that helped the Griffs make the tournament. She'll definitely see a lot of action this season, either as a starter or reliever.

Freshman Jenn Solis pitched only about an inning this past fall. But the last two seasons teach that she better be ready just in case! I guess you could call Robin Kennery the "emergency pitcher" (as Amanda Cannizzo was in 2010) because she was a great high school pitcher. I still wonder how she would do at this level if given the chance. But she excels elsewhere.


You can kind of scrap my following analysis, except for the part where I write that it "remains a little muddled"!! It seems that Katie Medina will be at first base; Val Nappo will be in the outfield; and Meghan Cuda will be at third base, with Robin Kennery at second base.  But it could change!

The Golden Griffins look to be solid in the infield again this season, but it remains a little muddled over whom will play where. Actually junior Val Nappo (pictured left) will be a fixture at first base. One of the top defensive players in the MAAC, Val had a .986 fielding percentage in 2012 after playing every inning. Senior second baseman Katie Medina's presence in the lineup last season seemed to be the sparkplug needed for the drive to postseason. But she has had trouble staying healthy for a whole season. Hopefully she stays healthy throughout 2013, but if not, Canisius can put Robin Kennery or Meghan Cuda at that position. Robin will be playing somewhere every game, that's for certain, and I'm guessing it will be at third base again. Erica Afanador saw extensive time at third in the fall, and can also play shortstop. Or second base! But Coach Rappl had freshman Alexis Roman full time at short in the fall, until she got injured. And she played very well. I'm not the coach, so I can only guess that there will be some juggling early in the season to get the right combination in place.


The Griffs lost two stellar outfielders to graduation. It is going to be a very young group out there this season. Freshman Tori Nappo will be replacing Lizzy Gatto in center. I don't think she has quite the arm that Lizzy had, but she runs well and has lots of range. Sophomore Michelle DelPrince will likely stay in left, where she did quite well last season. And in right, I think Meghan Cuda won herself a starting position with her great play in the fall, although her natural position is second base. Senior Chloe Contreras may get some starts, but I see her primarily as a pinch runner. The outfield will have plenty of speed.


If senior Stephanie Pfentner (pictured left) can get her offense in order, she's an easy All-MAAC selection. She may be the most valuable defensive player on the team. She missed the early part of last season due to injury, and the Griffs were lost. Teams were running at will against them. When Stephanie came back, that all ended, and teams weren't so eager to run. I'm just hoping she's fully recovered now. But the Griffs do have a promising freshman in Bethany DeMarco who did most of the catching in the fall. She will see significant action I think. Redshirt sophomore Marissa Miller can also play behind the plate, but she may be used more as a designated player.

Next: Offense.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Season Previews

The college softball season began this weekend with three teams from the MAAC getting started. The Golden Griffins begin play this Saturday at Cleveland State playing indoors.

Beginning Monday, I'll be taking a detailed look at the team and their chances this season. The Griffs are a preseason pick to finish third in the MAAC, according to the conference's coaches. I'll show how Canisius has as good a chance as anyone to emerge as champions in 2013.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

2013 Roster - Jenn Solis

Freshman #5

Los Altos High School
La Puente, CA

2013 Roster - Alexis Roman

Freshman #11
Shortstop/Third Base

Don Lugo High School
Chino, CA

2013 Roster - Tori Nappo

Freshman #14

Clarence High School
Clarence, NY

2013 Roster - Bethany DeMarco

Freshman #21
Catcher/Third Base

Victor High School
Victor, NY

2013 Roster - Meghan Cuda

Freshman #10
Second Base/Outfield

Lew Port High School
Lewiston, NY

2013 Roster - Corinne Schaus

Sophomore #2

2012: 3-2; 2.76 ERA

2013 Roster - Marissa Miller

Redshirt Sophomore #17
Catcher/Designated Player

2012: .063
2011: DNP

2013 Roster - Kalie Michalski

Sophomore #28
Pinch Runner/Outfield

2012: 5 Runs; 2 SB

2013 Roster - Robin Kennery

Sophomore #6
Second Base/Third Base

2012: .275; 25 RBIs; 11 SB

2013 Roster - Michelle DelPrince

Sophomore #15

2012: .248; 10 SB; 14 Runs

2013 Roster - Erica Afanador

Sophomore #4
Shortstop/Third Base

2012: .203; 11 Runs

2013 Roster - Val Nappo

Junior #9
First Base

2012: .240; 23 RBIs
2011: .272

2013 Roster - Jen Consaul

Junior #8

2012: 9-10; 2.86 ERA
2011: 8-3; 3.30 ERA

2013 Roster - Chloe Contreras

Senior #00
Outfield/Pinch Runner

2012: .000; 3 Runs
2011: .300; 7 Runs
2010: .286; 4 Runs

2013 Roster - Stephanie Pfentner

Senior #18

2012: .218; 3 HR
2011: .250; 7 HR
2010: .118

Sunday, January 6, 2013


The Clarence connection continues at Canisius

Moriah Harris of East Amherst, NY has verbally committed to play softball at Canisius College beginning in the 2015 season.

Moriah Harris is the third baseman for the New York State champion Clarence High Red Devils where she was a teammate of course of current Griff Tori Nappo. Moriah had a fabulous sophomore season at Clarence, hitting for the second highest average in school history (.531). She also hit five homers and three triples while driving home 26 runs in 24 games. But she saved her best for the Red Devils' historic playoff run to the state title. She was awesome against the best competition. In the Section 6 championship game, Moriah went 3 for 3 in the win over Niagara Falls...all the hits being consecutive home runs, the first player in school history to do that. She hit another homer in the Far West Regional win over Fairport. In a tight championship game against Cicero, Moriah drove home the winning run in the 6th inning to give Clarence their first State title in any sport. She enters her final two years of high school softball as one of the top players in the area.

This is a big early commitment for the Golden Griffins. This past fall, Moriah played in the prestigious TC Rising Stars All-American game, an annual event that showcases the top high school players from across the nation. She currently plays travel ball with the TC Tremors where she is teammates with future Griff Lindsey Silfer, and has also played with the Diamond Girls.

 Congratulations Moriah!

Moriah cranks one out in Far West Regional

Courtesy of Buffalo Recruit

Tuesday, January 1, 2013


Happy New Year!
It's certainly a happy new year for Canisius softball as they recently received a commitment that I believe will be one of their biggest in recent memory.

Madison Weathers of Westminster, CA has verbally committed to play softball at Canisius College beginning in the 2015 season. Madi is a pitcher who is currently in her junior year at Fountain Valley High School. She plays travel ball with one of the premier clubs in the country, the Corona Angels out of Southern California. In 2011, Madi led the 14U team to a second place finish at the prestigious Premier Girls Fastpitch national tournament, posting a 1.29 ERA and a 4-0 record along the way. We won't be seeing Madi here until the fall of 2014; we'll keep an eye on her development for the next couple of seasons.

Congratulations Madi!