Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Jennifer Timm To Sign With Niagara

Jennifer Timm of Green Bay, Wisconsin will sign a national letter of intent this week to play softball at Niagara University beginning in the 2016 season.

Jennifer Timm is a middle infielder at West DePere High School, where she has been a career .400 hitter. Jennifer had a fabulous junior season for the Phantoms, hitting .430 with five home runs and 25 RBIs. This performance earned her unanimous first team All-Bay Conference honors. Jennifer isn't a singles hitter - she's led her team in doubles the past three seasons, and has shown home run power. She has played travel ball with the Fox River Rush.

Congratulations Jenn!

Sydney Dennis To Sign With Quinnipiac

Sydney Dennis of Kingwood, Texas will sign a national letter of intent this week to play softball at Quinnipiac University beginning in the 2016 season.

Although a native of Texas, Sydney Dennis has played travel ball with the New Jersey Intensity, and the Bobcats took notice of the speedy outfielder. Back in Texas with Kingwood High School, Sydney, a left handed slap hitter, batted .361 in 2014, leading her team to the Texas State championship game. In the outfield, she has very good range; gets to the ball quick; and has a strong, accurate arm.

Congratulations Sydney!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Rebecca Drake To Sign With Quinnipiac

Another homer for Rebecca!
Rebecca Drake of Toms River, New Jersey will sign a national letter of intent to play softball at Quinnipiac University beginning in the 2016 season.

A big signing coming up for the Bobcats as they land All-American pitcher/third baseman Rebecca Drake of Donovan Catholic High School. Rebecca is the epitome of the all around player...where to begin? Well, she hit an astounding .550 in 2014, with an astronomical slugging percentage of 1.083. She averaged over an RBI per game, and had an on base percentage of .640. She can hit for average, or power. She has speed, stealing a perfect 9 for 9 bases, and is also a high run producer. But that's not all...she's also a lockdown pitcher! In 2014, Rebecca posted a circle record of 10-1, with a miniscule ERA of 0.68. Opposing batters hit a measly .128 against her; she struck out an average of 7 batters per game. She rarely walks anyone. She'll be playing lots at QU! Rebecca plays her travel ball with the Jersey Intensity.

Congratulations Rebecca!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Alexa Feliciano To Sign With Rider

Alexa making the tag at third base
Alexa Feliciano of Thousand Oaks, California will sign a national letter of intent to play softball at Rider University beginning in the 2016 season.

Alexa Feliciano is a catcher and third baseman at Oak Park High School. Alexa batted .292 her junior season for the Eagles, including three triples, improving her average 30 points from the previous season, which was her first at the varsity level. Alexa began her career as a catcher, but also spent time at third base last season. She plays travel ball with Bownet Gold.

Congratulations Alexa!

Madysen Cossack To Sign With Siena

Madysen Cossack of Agoura Hills, California will sign a national letter of intent to play softball at Siena College beginning in the 2016 season.

The Saints continue to expand their recruiting boundaries with another fine player who will sign later this week. Madysen Cossack is a power hitter who plays softball at Agoura High School, where she has been named her team's Offensive Player Of The Year two consecutive seasons. Madysen has a career .373 batting average thus far, but had her best season in 2014 when she hit .413, which included six home runs in 23 games played. She has averaged about an RBI per game over her career. Madysen is a left handed first baseman with good range, and a strong arm. She plays travel ball with Bownet Gold.

Congratulations Mady!

Stephanie Kristo To Sign With Manhattan

Stephanie Kristo of Santa Clara, California will sign a national letter of intent this week to play softball at Manhattan College beginning in the 2016 season.

This is a big signing coming up for the Lady Jaspers. Stephanie Kristo is a pitcher for the renowned high school softball program at Archbishop Mitty in San Jose. The Monarchs were CIF Central Coast Section champions in 2014; and were ranked #3 in the entire nation. Stephanie had a fabulous junior season in the circle for Mitty, posting a 15-1 record to go along with a stingy 1.18 ERA. Her opponents batted only .194 against her. Included in her 15 wins were seven shutouts. Stephanie is a great control pitcher, walking only two batters per game. For the whole '14 season, she threw no wild pitches, and hit only one batter. She plays travel ball with the San Jose Lady Sharks, with whom she has pitched in many national tournaments. This is the sort of signing that could tilt the balance of power in the MAAC for years to come.

Congratulations Stephanie!


Saturday, November 8, 2014

2015 Quinnipiac Softball Schedule

The Quinnipiac University Bobcats will open their 54 game 2015 softball season indoors on February 6 with a game against state rival Sacred Heart, to be played in the Sports Dome in Danbury, Connecticut. On the weekend of February 13, the Bobcats will play in UNC-Charlotte's First Pitch Classic. Their next tournament stop will be in Fort Myers, Florida on the weekend of March 6 to play in Florida Gulf Coast's tournament. Quinnipiac will again this season pay a visit to Clearwater, Florida and play in one of South Florida's tournaments on the weekend of March 13; then will wrap up the tournament portion of their schedule by playing in Liberty's tourney in Lynchburg, Virginia beginning March 20.

There will be little time for rest in this busy schedule, with the Bobcats coming back north for their home opener on March 26, vs. UMass-Lowell. Maine will visit the QU Softball Field on the following day. The Bobcats will have 11 home dates in '15. Quinnipiac opens MAAC play on April 4 at Monmouth. Their regular season will end with a conference matchup vs. Siena at home on May 2.

2015 QU Softball Schedule

Monday, November 3, 2014

2015 Monmouth Softball Schedule

The Monmouth Hawks will begin their second MAAC softball season on the weekend of February 20, 2015 when they take part in the Longwood Spring Classic in Farmville, Virginia. The weekend of February 27 will find the Hawks back in Virginia, this time in Fairfax to play in a tournament hosted by George Mason. On the weekend of March 6 they will be in Blue Creek, North Carolina at Campbell University; Monmouth will wrap up the tournament portion of their schedule by playing in Central Florida's tournament beginning March 12.

The Hawks' home opener will take place on March 24 when they host Rutgers; Princeton will visit Monmouth Softball Park the next day. Monmouth will have 12 home dates in '15. On March 28, the Hawks will open conference play at Rider. Visits by MAAC rivals Canisius and Niagara will close out their regular season on May 2 & 3.

2015 Monmouth Softball Schedule

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Alisha Marshall Commits To Fairfield

Courtesy of Randy Petersen/Hanford Sentinel
Alisha Marshall of Selma, California has verbally committed to play softball at Fairfield University beginning in the 2016 season.

Alisha Marshall is a shortstop at Selma high school, where she has been a career .400 hitter entering her senior season. Alisha has been the leadoff hitter for Selma, and is a high run producer and a slap hitter who has shown the ability with her speed to hit for extra base; she is also an accomplished base stealer. Her coach calls her a "fierce competitor" and outstanding defensive player. Alisha plays travel ball for the Fresno Force.

Congratulations Alisha!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Madison Aston Commits To Canisius

It's that time of year again. With the early NLI signing period quickly approaching, MAAC schools will be receiving a slew of commitments.

Madison Aston of Amherst, NY has verbally committed to Canisius College to play softball beginning in the 2016 season. Maddie is a very skilled catcher, with a strong arm and quick release. She's very agile behind the plate, and rarely makes mistakes, committing only two errors in her last two seasons. She's a strong hitter, raising her average from .358 her sophomore season to .500 her junior season at Amherst Central High School. She's also a good base runner, a perfect 14 for 14 stolen bases during her career. Maddie plays travel ball with the WNY Rally.

Congratulations Maddie!



Monday, September 29, 2014

It's Official...Kim Griffin New Canisius Head Coach

Kim Griffin became the second Head Coach in Golden Griffin softball history today, announced Canisius Athletic Director Bill Maher:

“The appointment of Kim Griffin was part of our succession plan and her work with the team has demonstrated that she is the right person to lead our softball program,” Maher said. “Kim worked under Mike Rappl here for seven years as an assistant, and she understands and appreciates the tradition of Canisius softball. She has proven in her time as both an assistant coach and as the program’s interim coach that she is ready to take the next step in her professional career.”

 Kim Griffin released the following statement:

“I am honored and excited to have the chance to take over the Canisius softball program, a program that has produced 800-plus wins, numerous MAAC championships, 11 NCAA Tournament appearances and countless success stories both on and off the field,” Griffin said. “Being able to work with and learn from Mike Rappl for the past seven years has been an invaluable experience. His daily work ethic, knowledge of game and his ability to manage a successful team year in and year out has taught me what it takes to be a Golden Griffin and a champion. I am thankful and appreciative of the support I have received from our entire athletic department, which includes Director of Athletic Bill Maher, Senior Woman’s Administrator Traci Murphy, all of the other head coaches and our support staff. They have all been extremely helpful to me in making this professional transition enjoyable and exciting.”

 Coach Griffin, who had served as an assistant under Mike Rappl, the winningest coach in the MAAC in any sport, since September of 2007, has led the Griffs to a perfect 8-0 record thus far in this fall season. Certainly she has big shoes to fill, but I'm sure she's learned a lot working with Coach Rappl.

Read more here

Monday, September 8, 2014

Canisius Opens Fall Ball With Sweep

Freshman pitcher Erika Mackie began her Canisius career with a shutout
The Canisius Golden Griffins got the new softball season underway with a pair of fall ball wins over Canadian school Humber College this past Saturday. Of course, it was a big day for the Griff freshmen, and they all had positive debuts. Canisius has two new pitchers this season, and they both tossed shutouts to begin their careers. Madi Weathers won the first game with an eight strikeout performance (in a five inning game), allowing only one hit which was a bunt single. Erika Mackie won game two, another five inning game in which she struck out out five batters while allowing only three hits. Infielder Moriah Harris got off to a powerful start, hitting a home run and triple in game one; good for four RBIs. Veteran Michelle DelPrince hit a pair of triples herself. Jessica Berzins also tripled for the Golden Griffins.

This was the first ever Canisius game, fall or spring, with a coach other than Mike Rappl in charge, as interim head coach Kim Griffin made her debut.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Casey Page Commits To Marist

Casey Page of Marietta, Georgia has verbally committed to play softball at Marist College beginning in the 2016 season.

Another great verbal for Marist coming out of the state of Georgia; this time it's speedy outfielder Casey Page. Casey will begin her senior year at North Cobb high school in Kennesaw, GA next month; she currently has a career .541 batting average for the Lady Warriors. Casey has shown the ability to get on base frequently, and around the bases to score, with 73 runs her last two seasons. She's also a very accomplished base stealer, with 49 thefts in 52 attempts in her last two seasons. In the outfield, she uses her speed to get to fly balls; she committed no errors during her junior season. Casey plays travel ball with the Georgia Fire.

Congratulations Casey!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Kim Griffin Named Canisius Interim Head Coach



With the stunning retirement of Canisius and Western New York softball icon Mike Rappl yesterday, the Golden Griffins have named his assistant Kim Griffin as interim head coach. Canisius Director of Athletics Bill Maher stated that he will announce a "permanent successor" in the near future. It was not clear if he would be looking outside the current coaching staff for that successor.

Kim Griffin, a graduate of and former softball player at division 2 Mercyhurst University, joined the Canisius coaching staff in the fall of 2007, helping the team win MAAC titles her first two seasons. She has had many duties with the Golden Griffins, including as pitching coach and first base coach during games. She has also been more involved in recruiting in recent seasons. Coach Griffin is a Western New York native, who played softball at Cleveland Hill high school.

Monday, July 28, 2014

CANISIUS COACH MIKE RAPPL RETIRES


Mike Rappl, who built the Canisius softball program from scratch, has announced his retirement from coaching today.

The seven time MAAC Coach of the Year ends his storied career with a record of 831-526, which includes 12 MAAC Championships.

More from the Canisius website here

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Kallen Leeseberg Commits To Marist


Kallen Leeseberg of Augusta, Georgia has verbally committed to play softball at Marist College beginning in the 2016 season.

One great pitcher from the state of Georgia worked out well for Coach Ausanio at Marist, so he went out and got another one! Kallen Leeseberg is a six foot tall right handed pitcher who just completed her junior season at Aquinas high school in Augusta. She's a high strikeout pitcher, fanning 1.8 batters per inning thus far in her career. She posted a 1.92 ERA last season, won 29 games over the last two years, and is considered one of the top pitchers in Georgia. She is also an accomplished hitter, with a career average of .533, and a career slugging percentage of .970. She also can run, stealing 19 bases out of 21 attempts. She's very athletic and plays basketball for Aquinas as well. Kallen currently plays travel ball with the Georgia Fire.

Congratulations Kallen!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

MAAC Recruit Update: Madi Weathers, Canisius Golden Griffins

Pitcher Madi Weathers just completed her senior season at Fountain Valley high school in southern California. Madi rebounded from an injury plagued junior season, in which she missed about a month of action, to post a 2.05 ERA, earning her All-Sunset League status. A great control pitcher, she averaged over a strikeout per inning while averaging only two walks per game.

Madi is playing travel ball with the California Cruisers this summer, and will join Canisius in the fall.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Jackie Riley Commits To St. Peter's

Jacqueline Riley of South Amboy, New Jersey has verbally committed to play softball at St. Peter's University beginning in the 2016 season.

Jackie Riley is a pitcher who just completed her junior season at Cardinal McCarrick high school in New Jersey. Jackie is a very hard thrower, averaging around two strikeouts per inning. She holds the school record for strikeouts per game, with 21 in a seven inning game this past season. Jackie isn't just a fast ball thrower; she has a full arsenal of pitches and displays great control, walking only 15 batters in 111 innings during her junior season. Her career ERA is currently 1.34, and has improved with each season. Jackie is also accomplished in the batter's box, she has hit over .400 for her career, and can hit for power and extra bases. She plays travel ball for the Central Jersey Lightning Gold.

Congratulations Jackie!