Thursday, July 24, 2014
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.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Madi is playing travel ball with the California Cruisers this summer, and will join Canisius in the fall.
Monday, June 23, 2014
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.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Angelina plays travel ball with the New Jersey Heist, and will join Fairfield in the fall.
Toni is projected by coach Carroll to play in the outfield at Rider, and probably will eventually be the Broncs' leadoff hitter. Toni will play travel ball with the SoCal Wicked before joining Rider in the fall.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Erika will play travel ball with the TC Tremors this summer before joining the Golden Griffins in the fall.
Photo: Scranton Times-Tribune
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Jess will play travel ball this summer for the Connecticut Charmers Gold before joining the Iona Gaels in the fall.
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Kristen Filicia, Fairfield Stags
Eileen McCann, Iona Gaels
Kristen Turner, Iona Gaels
Taylor Kuzma, Marist Red Foxes
Full list here
Saturday, May 31, 2014
The Council of Presidents also confirmed that the softball tournament will continue to field six teams, terming it a success that resulted in "greater fan interest".
Monday, May 19, 2014
Sunday, May 18, 2014
This is the first of a series of articles highlighting the players who will begin their MAAC softball careers next season.
When infielder Paige Hess signed with the Siena Saints last November, she boasted a career batting average of .483 at Camp Verde High School in Gilbert, Arizona. She just completed her senior season at Camp Verde, resulting in an improvement of her already gaudy career average! Paige had a terrific senior season, which resulted in her being named to her All-Section team, batting .495. That pretty much maintained her yearly average, but she showed a marked improvement in her power numbers, hitting 10 home runs while driving home 43 in 29 games played. She produced an excellent slugging percentage of .949, and reached base over 50 percent of the time. She also hit 15 doubles. Paige had her best season in the field, with a .955 fielding percentage, helping to turn six double plays.
Paige Hess this fall will be joining a Siena team that had a record number of wins this past season, is graduating only one player (albeit a great one in Jessika-Jo Sandrini), and has an outstanding group of young recruits coming aboard. In the meantime, Paige will play travel ball this summer with the Arizona Hotshots.
Photo courtesy of: AzDew Photography - Dennis Webb
Friday, May 16, 2014
|Eileen McCann ended her career with a big bang|
Iona 4 (6)
The Iona Gaels season ended tonight when they lost 14-4 to Northwestern at the Seattle Regional. With the loss, the 2014 MAAC season also came to an end.
Believe it or not, the final score was not indicative of how close this game had been. In fact, it seemed for awhile that Iona was going to win it. The Gaels jumped to the early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when after Ashlyn Morris doubled, senior Eileen McCann ripped a pitch over the fence for a home run. The homer allowed her to tie the Iona record for career RBIs. She hit 3 for 3 in her final game, and made many nice plays in right field. Northwestern did come back to take a 4-2 lead, but a two out bases loaded single by senior Katie Jansson in the bottom of the third inning tied the game for the Gaels, who were hitting the ball hard, whether safely or not. But things fell apart for Iona with two outs in the top of the fourth, as Northeastern put up four runs. They would add another six runs in the top of the sixth inning to end the game early.
Iona finishes their season 24-24, and bids farewell to seniors Eileen McCann and Katie Jansson. And so another MAAC season comes to an end; it was one filled with weather problems and cancellations, but also one with a very entertaining conference tournament.
|Sarah Schutz had the Gaels' only hit|
#12 Washington 8
Iona 0 (6)
The MAAC champion Iona Gaels lost their first game of the Seattle Regional to the host #12 Washington late Thursday night 8-0.
The first inning of this game saw Iona fall behind 5-0 to the Huskies. With two Washington runners on base, Iona pitcher Carly Argyle induced a simple fly ball out, but saw that taken away when the home plate umpire called an illegal pitch, the first such call to go against her all season. Carly walked that batter, and then the next which put Iona behind 1-0. Then Washington's Ali Aguilar drove a pitch over the fence, and the Gaels found themselves in a 5-0 hole. Iona would get only one base runner the whole game, that coming in the top of the second inning thanks to Sarah Schutz's infield single. Washington starter Kaitlin Inglesby shut the Gaels down the rest of the way, walking no one.
Iona will play Northwestern Friday at 6:30 pm EDT. The winner of that game will advance to another elimination game immediately following; the loser will see their season end.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Leading hitter: Eileen McCann (.416)
Leading pitcher: Carly Argyle (3.53; 15-8)
Leading hitter: Victoria Hayward (.424)
Leading pitcher: Bryana Walker (1.68; 18-8)
Leading hitter: Sydney Broderick (.365)
Leading pitcher: Tori Almond (2.14; 10-6)
Leading hitter:Brianna LeBeau (.394)
Leading pitcher: Kristen Wood (3.55; 18-9)
Monday, May 12, 2014
Kehli Washington, who just completed her playing career at Rider University, will be heading to Europe this summer to play professional softball.
The 2013 MAAC stolen bases leader has signed a contract to play in the Netherlands. Kehli is no stranger to Europe, having been born in Sweden.
Read the story here
Sunday, May 11, 2014
The MAAC Champion Iona Gaels learned tonight that they will be traveling to Seattle, Washington to play in the Seattle Regional. It will be a double elimination format.
The Gaels will begin play this Thursday against the host, #12 Washington Huskies. Also in the field will be Northwestern and Brigham Young University. Game times have not yet been set.
|Eileen McCann joined the elite 4 championship club!|
Manhattan 0 (5)
THE IONA GAELS WON THE MAAC CHAMPIONSHIP TODAY IN FAIRFIELD WITH A DOMINATING 8-0, 5 INNING WIN OVER THE MANHATTAN LADY JASPERS.
The MAAC Championship trophy is returning to New Rochelle!
After having their bats shut down yesterday, the Iona Gaels returned to their powerful ways Sunday, winning their fourth MAAC title in the past five seasons. The game was never in doubt, as they stormed out of the gate with a three run first inning, highlighted by Sarah Schutz's long double to left field that scored two runs. A Katie Jansson double produced the third run.
The Gaels then ended the game early in the bottom of the fifth inning with a five run barrage, which began with a Sarah Schutz three run blast over the left field fence. Sarah finished the game 3 for 3 with 5 RBIs. Junior Bri Schauer then ended the game, and sent the Iona team into a frenzy of celebration, when she sent a screaming line drive over the left field fence for the 8-0 win.
Carly Argyle, who was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, was the winning pitcher with her one hit performance that never gave Manhattan a chance.
With the win, Eileen McCann earned her fourth MAAC Championship, joining 1990's Canisius players Jody Tassone, Kristin Spak, Nicky Pavlick and Becky Hapeman as the only players in MAAC history to accomplish the feat.
Iona now awaits the NCAA, who will inform them at 10 pm EDT tonight where they will play and against whom in the upcoming National tournament.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
|Danielle Gabriel completed the threesweep for the LJs|
The Manhattan Lady Jaspers just beat the Iona Gaels 1-0 at the MAAC Championship in Fairfield to force a winner take all championship game Sunday.
Wow. Manhattan just completed the improbable...a 3 for 3 day! Facing elimination for the third time today, the Lady Jaspers again got fabulous pitching, this time from Danielle Gabrielle. The freshman held the MAAC hitting leaders to just two hits, and was in complete control walking no one while striking out three. Manhattan got the only run they would need in the bottom of the first inning when Elena Bowman sent a pitch sailing far over the right field fence for her 13th homer of the season. Shutdown pitching and solid defense kept Iona from posing a serious threat the rest of the way.
Manhattan and Iona will meet Sunday at 11 am for the championship of the MAAC.