Sunday, December 27, 2009

MAAC Players---Michelle Fridey, Canisius

The Golden Griffins' senior catcher has started every game since transferring to Canisius after playing one season at Liberty. Michelle has been named to the MAAC All-Tournament team both of her seasons as well as to the All-MAAC second team in 2008. In her two appearances in the MAAC Tournament, she hit .400 and .455, proving that she produces in the most important situations.
In 2008 she drove in 46 runs, one short of the Canisius record and was 42nd in the nation for RBIs per game. She is solid behind the plate. In 2009 she had a .987 fielding average. Michelle also has good speed on the basepaths.

Michelle Fridey is one of the all time best players in Western New York High School softball history, starring at Williamsville South where she won State Championships and set State records. In her time she set the NY State record for hits in a season, and once had a 35 game hitting streak. She also finished in the top 5 in the state in average, homers, RBIs, and triples. She was an All-State player, and Western New York Player Of The Year. She has also been All-Academic in both high school and college.

Michelle enters 2010 as the only senior on the Canisius squad, and will try to lead her team to a fourth consecutive title.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

I'm Going To Niagara University!

I found this article written by Felicia Coffey, who completed a great career at Niagara last season. She wrote it when she was being recruited by the Purple Eagles in 2004. Article courtesy of

By Felicia C., Mesa, AZ

Niagara, NY: This summer, I was invited to visit Niagara University by the head softball coach. I was hoping this visit would lead to a scholarship but I was also interested because I have family nearby, which would make going away to college a bit easier.

When we arrived, the admissions staff helped us with the paperwork and gave us a tour. The campus has lots of trees and squirrels, and though small, it is beautiful with the nearby Niagara River and powerful Niagara Falls. The tour guide showed us the classrooms, gymnasium, hockey arena, dorms, chapel and, of course, the softball field.

At lunch I met the team and knew right away that I would fit in. Then it was time for classes and practice, followed by dinner with the coach and his assistants. I stayed over night in the dorm with a freshman who plays outfield. We spent hours, along with some of the other softball girls, chatting about college life. At that point I knew Niagara was the place for me because I felt so comfortable there.

The next morning we had another practice and I watched the team do batting, fielding and play a scrimmage game. With my skill level and experience, I felt sure I could compete with these girls. After practice, they invited me to brunch where we really connected.

Then it was time to head home. The coach thanked us for coming and said he would contact me. At the end of September, he called to offer me a full athletic scholarship. I was so excited - all my years of playing softball have paid off. I’m going to Niagara University!

Felicia was one the greatest players in Niagara history, boasting a career .328 batting average including a .401 average in 2008, the year she was named MAAC Co-Player of the year. She was also a fabulous fielder with a lot of speed. I remember seeing her play centerfield lined up almost at second base, and then racing all the way to the fence to catch the ball---and making it look easy.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

2010 Iona Captains Named

Iona College softball coach Jaime Wohlbach has announced the Gaels' captains for the upcoming 2010 season. Joining 2009 captains, junior C/UT Melanie Gettins and senior OF/UT Courtney Christie will be sophomore RHP Sarah Jackson and sophomore 1B Allyssa James...


Sunday, December 13, 2009

2010 Siena College Saints

2010 MAAC Softball Schedule


The schedule will be linked in the sidebar.

*Note---As of this date, not all games are yet listed.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Siena Announces 3 Signings

Deanna Parks announced the commitment of three high school seniors to play for the Saints next fall through binding National Letters of Intent received during the recently completed early signing period. Darcy Gardner, Samantha Ray and Jessika-Jo Sandrini all are expected to be tremendous additions to the roster...


Amanda Rae Ball Signs With Fairfield

I did some research on Amanda Rae Ball after reading Fairfield's announcement of her signing. She was 2009 Scottsdale (AZ) Player of the year as a pitcher and shortstop with Chapparal High School. She finished the season 18-2 with a stingy 0.47 ERA, and more impressively walked only 6 of 425 batters faced. She wasn't too shabby as a hitter either, with 3 homers and a .428 average.

The interesting thing about all this is that it may have never happened if Chapparal's star pitcher MacKenzie Popescue (who is now beginning her freshman season at Arizona State) didn't get injured, which allowed Rae to take over the pitching duties. Rae also plays for the Arizona Storm Gold. It looks as is Fairfield may have signed a real diamond in the rough. Rae will join the Stags for the 2011 season.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Fairfield Announces Signings

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Five student-athletes have signed a national letter of intent to enroll at Fairfield University and play softball beginning with the 2010-11 academic year. The announcement was made by Head Coach Julie Brzezinski this afternoon.
Amanda Rae Ball (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Kristen Filicia (San Diego, Calif.), Kimberly Kurata (Torrance, Calif.), Lauren Liseth (Centralia, Wash.), and Rebecca Trott (San Diego, Calif.) will represent the class of 2014 beginning this fall. The five student-athletes bring a great deal of experience and could make an impact very early in their career.

Friday, December 4, 2009

2010 Marist Captains

Marist Softball Coach Joe Ausanio has named his team captains for the 2010 season. Senior Alana Woody and junior Kate Malloy will serve as co-captains for the Red Foxes.

Marist will atempt to return to the MAAC Tournament in 2010. Last season they finished in a three way tie for third place, but were the odd team out after tiebreakers.

Kate Malloy

Alana Woody

Manhattan 2010 Softball Schedule

MAAC Players---Teresa Healy, Niagara

Niagara's Teresa Healy is one of the most feared players in the MAAC, a difference maker who can change a game with one swing of the bat. I saw Teresa bring the Purple Eagles back from the dead after falling behind to Marist 8-0. Four RBIs and a homer later Niagara won 12-10. A loss probably would have kept them out of the MAAC Tournament.

The junior second baseman was named to the All-MAAC First Team her first two seasons and the All-Tournament First Team twice as well. She hit .346 in 2009, with 11 homers; .385 in Conference play. She hit .366 her freshman season.

Teresa is from Las Vegas, where she starred for Centennial High. Her sister Tory previously had a very successful career with Niagara.

Teresa will terrorize MAAC pitchers for the next two years.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Marist 2010 Softball Schedule

MAAC Players---Sarah Jackson, Iona

*Updated 10/2/11*
Sarah was the MAAC's Pitcher of the Year in 2010 with an 18-8 record and 1.96 ERA, leading the Gaels to the MAAC Championship.
In 2011, Sarah had another outstanding season, with a 17-9 record and 2.05 ERA, including a stunning extra innings win at nationally ranked Hawai'i. She led the Gaels to their second consecutive conference title, lifting her team out of the loser's bracket in the MAAC Tournament by beating Fairfield twice in one day with complete game gems. Sarah will attempt in 2012 to lead the Gaels to a third consecutive championship, a feat accomplished only by Canisius.
Sarah began her college career in great fashion in 2009 by being named MAAC Co-Rookie Of The Year and making the All-MAAC second team. The Citrus Heights (CA) native led the MAAC in ERA with a 1.62 mark. She was sixth in strikeouts with 138 in 125 innings pitched. Her record was 10-11, mainly because of not much offensive support. A good example was against Canisius last April where she allowed only 2 runs, but lost the game 2-0 to Mallory Aldred. She also pitched a one hitter against Temple and lost. In total she only allowed 76 runs, but her team only scored 76 while she was pitching.

Sarah starred at Del Campo High School in Fair Oaks (CA) where she was 3-time MVP, and 3-time All-City as well as Capital Athletic MVP and Pitcher Of The Year her senior season. She also played travel ball for the California Breeze 18U who made it to 2nd place in the nation.

Sarah Jackson is going to be a force the rest of the MAAC will have to reckon with the next three years.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Newest Niagara Recruits

Finally some news from Monteagle Ridge! Not one, but two players from the Toledo Buckeye Heat will be on the Niagara roster beginning in the 2011 season. On the left is Brittany Richberg, a shortstop out of Holland, OH. On the right is Kim Bryson, a pitcher out of Perrysburg, OH.

Brittany also plays at Springfield High School, where she has been a .400 hitter; and Kim pitches for Perrysburg High where she has shown to be a strikeout queen.

Brittany and Kim are highly touted both having been invited to the prestigious Queen Of Diamonds Showcase. What is interesting is that they play in the same High School Division that current Purple Eagle Kristin Sito played in.

Congratulations girls!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Kimi Kurata Signs With Fairfield

Torrance (CA) native Kimi Kurata has signed a National Letter Of Intent to play softball with Fairfield beginning with the 2011 season.

The outfielder is a senior at Bishop Montgomery High School (where she hit for a .388 average last season) and also plays for the Mizuno Pride.

I must include the following quote from Kimi:

Bishop Montgomery held a signing ceremony for two of its top girl athletes who made their college choices.

Softball player Kimi Kurata signed with Fairfield. Volleyball player Rachel Clark signed with the University of Virginia.

They said signing the various papers to make their college decisions official was a bit nerve-wracking.

"It was scary," Kurata said. "Rachel and I were both talking, and we were nervous. It was like we were signing our life away.

"But we're both confident that we're making the right decisions."

Don't worry Kimi, Connecticut is beautiful in the spring!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Lisa Blanton Signs With Rider

Another great MAAC signing as Hilliard, FL native Lisa Blanton chooses Rider to begin her collegiate softball career in 2011.

Lisa is the first Hilliard High School player to make it to a Division 1 school. She is a Florida 2A All-State First Teamer. A second baseman and outfielder, she also plays for the Jacksonville Storm.

We've seen a lot of quality players from all over the country make their way to the MAAC this past week!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Lauren Liseth Signs With Fairfield


She’s the reigning Evergreen 2A Conference Offensive MVP, a Seattle Sidewinder in the summer and, as of next fall, Centralia’s Lauren Liseth will be a Stag.

On Monday, Liseth signed her letter of intent to play softball at Fairfield University, a Division I private school in Connecticut — appropriately nicknamed after the mammal.

Fairfield was on Liseth’s short list of college programs, and the Hub City shortstop and slugger was originally noticed by Stag coach Julie Brzezinski through summer ball with the Sidewinders.

“She liked what she saw, I guess,” Liseth said. “She e-mailed me and we started talking and she expressed interest in me. I took an official visit back there, and they made me a good offer.”

Tigers’ coach Ken Olson knows what Brzezinski saw: composure.

“They’re looking for that composure,” he said. “She does that so well that you can’t read any negativity.

“She’s a rock-solid centerpoint of our team,” Olson added. “It’s a great feat for an athlete to be able to control themselves and keep themselves under control all the time. She does that very well.”

Olson said Fairfield’s 5,100 enrollment, and the chance to play right away, played into Liseth’s decision.

“She chose the college because she liked the smaller setting,” Olson said, “and she really liked the idea that she could play her first season.”


I believe this is the third Washington Sidewinder Fairfield will have on their team including Sarah Minice.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Michelle Tinajero Signs With St. Peter's

During Michelle Tinajero's pursuit of a college, she developed a fondness for the East Coast. Attending a school near New York was near the top of her list for consideration.

So, the Elmwood Park senior will be playing softball not far from the bright lights of Broadway when she attends St. Peter's College in Jersey City, N.J. next fall. At a news conference attended by her family, her high school coach Erica Hanrahan and several of her teammates, Tinajero signed a national letter of intent to attend the NCAA Division I school and play softball for the Peahens. The senior catcher/shortstop will play for second-year coach Donna Barone.


Michelle is a shortstop from Elmwood Park (IL) and is a multi sport athlete at Elmwood Park High.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Jessika-Jo Sandrini Signs With Siena

ADNA, WA — Jessika-Jo Sandrini has been to the Big Apple once, and at the end of the 2009-10 school year the Adna senior will be packing her bags for New York to pitch on a full-ride scholarship.

She’s retiring her Pirate banner to become a Saint, as the ace behind her team’s 2009 State 2B Softball Championship signed a letter of intent to attend Sienna College in Loudonville, N.Y., Wednesday night.

“I’m really excited,” said Sandrini, the 2009 State 2B Tournament MVP and the AP’s State 2B Player of the Year. “I’ve worked hard for an opportunity like this. It’s far away, but I should be fine.”

Sandrini is set to join a Siena Saints’ team coached by Deanna Parks, which participates in the NCAA Division I’s Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The 2010 Siena team doesn’t have a single player from west of New York in the interior United States, and features and active roster with 16 of 19 players from either New York or New Jersey.

She had other opportunities, but what sold Sandrini was her tournament team’s trip to New York, where she was scouted by Parks.

“I’m going there to pitch, which is what I wanted,” Sandrini said. “(New York’s) just an amazing place.”

Pirate coach Mike Raschke said Sandrini has made a huge impact on the Adna community through her playing career.

“Having that state title probably put us on the map,” he said, “But something like this — it’s big. She deserves it; she’s worked hard at everything she does.”

A large crowd was on hand to help her celebrate at the Sandrini gym in Adna Wednesday night, including representatives from several other area softball teams.

“You can see by the turnout here how many people really respect her and what she’s done for this community,” Raschke said of the star pitcher, who struck out 201 batters last season while boasting a .526 batting average. “Other schools were looking at her to be a utility player and stuff, but to actually do what she wants to do — and pitch — is big.

“We have one more year and hopefully her and the rest of the girls can bring another one home for us.”

Back-to-back titles in softball is what Sandrini has in mind come spring, but for now the Adna senior is focused on her fall sport. The Pirates enter the State 2B Volleyball Tournament Friday in Yakima with a matchup against Liberty Bell.

Notes: According to the its Web site, Siena is a private school that enrolls just over 3,000 full-time students, with the motto of “Developing leaders capable of extraordinary achievement.”

This is a big signing for Siena.
More about Jessika-Jo's freshman season:
IMPRESSIVE DEBUT: While Howell came into the tournament with most of the attention, it was Adna freshman Jessika-Jo Sandrini who wound up making perhaps a bigger impression these past two days.

She fanned 12 in the third-place game against Pe Ell, capping a four-game run Saturday that saw her total 54 strikeouts. Sandrini had 69 in her final five games after getting 15 in a 2-1 quarterfinal loss to Concrete on Friday, losing a duel with Howell.
(Source: Concrete High School Website)

When she begins her career with the Saints, Jessika-Jo may get an opportunity to face off against another Washington native, Fairfield's Sarah Minice.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Darcy Gardner Signs With Siena

Seal Beach, CA native Darcy Gardner is moving cross country to Loudonville, NY to play softball for the Siena Saints beginning with the 2011 season.

Darcy currently is in her senior year at Los Alamitos High School, and also pitches for the California Desperados Gold.

2010 Canisius Softball Schedule

Monday, November 9, 2009

Rebecca Trott Set To Sign With Fairfield

Pitcher Rebecca Trott of Poway, CA has verbally committed to play softball at Fairfield beginning with the 2011 season.

Rebecca plays for Poway High School and the San Diego Legacy Gold. She has experience playing in the ASA National Tournament.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Nicki Spina Verbally Commits To Rider

Nicki Spina of Glen Mills, PA has verbally committed to play softball for Rider University beginning with the 2011 season.

Nicki is a catcher who is in her senior year at Garnet Valley High. She also plays for Chaos Gold. Nicki was an All-Pennsylvania First Teamer in 2009.

Nicki is pictured first from the left with her sisters Danielle and Courtney with whom she played in High School.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

St. Peter's 2010 Softball Schedule

St. Peter's does not open their season until March 24. It looks like some budget cutting as the team will not be traveling far from home during the 2010 season, unless they qualify for the MAAC Tournament which will be held at Canisius College in Buffalo.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Iona Beats Virginia Tech

The Iona Gaels defeated the Hokies of Virginia Tech 2-0 in a recent fall ball game.

Read more by clicking HERE

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Alyssa Zahka Verbally Commits To Marist

Alyssa Zahka of Lexington, MA, star catcher for Massachusetts State Champion Lexington High and the RI Thunder Elite has verbally committed to play softball at Marist and will join the Red Foxes for the 2011 season. Her sister Joelle is a freshman at Marist this year and will play outfield and infield.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

About This Site

This is a fan blog, that is in conjunction with my Canisius Softball blog. I think that mainly it will be active during the spring season beginning in February, but as I do more research, it may become more active sooner.

And if anyone from one of the MAAC schools would be interested in writing on this blog, you can contact me by email, which is located in my profile.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Canisius Softball 2009 Fall Schedule

The Golden Griffins begin fall ball on September 6.

See schedule by clicking HERE

Marist Sign 5 For 2010

Marist Softball coach Joe Ausanio announced the signing of 5 players to National Letters Of Intent for the upcoming 2010 season.

Joining the Red Foxes will be: Sarah Carmody, Danielle Koltz, Christina Lausch, Emily Osterhaus, and Joelle Zahka.

Read more by clicking HERE

Monday, August 17, 2009

Manhattan Names New Head Coach

A few hours after I posted concerning Manhattan's coaching vacancy, the Jaspers announced that Tom Pardalis was named head coach. Pardalis was recently an assistant at Marist, helping the Red Foxes win the MAAC Championship in 2006.

Manhattan Athletic Director Bob Byrnes stated,

"Manhattan College is extremely lucky to have Tom on board," Byrnes said. "His credentials, teaching expertise and positive attitude will do nothing but help us be better this year and for years to come. He takes over a talented team that hopefully can take the next step to the NCAA Tournament."

Read the full story by CLICKING HERE

Katie Jansson Commits To Iona

West Jersey Witches and South Brunswick High School catcher Katie Jansson has verbally committed to play softball for the Iona Gaels beginning in 2011.

Katie is a Newark County (NJ) first teamer, won a New Jersey state championship with the Witches, and has also played in the NSA Nationals.

Manhattan Still Looking For New Head Coach

The sudden departure of MAAC Coach Of The Year Meaghan Asselta has left a hole in the Jaspers' coaching staff as the team enters the 2009 fall season.

Her departure is a bit of a mystery, as the Manhattan site makes no mention of her leaving, and has scrubbed her from the coaching ranks, even from last year. One must assume her/their decision was financially based because she did a great job leading Manhattan to the MAAC Tournament for the first time since 2005, and also to a first place regular season finish (tied with Fairfield) for the first time in school history.

There is silence out of Manhattan concerning this situation.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

MAAC Players---Sarah Minice, Fairfield

2009 MAAC Pitcher Of The Year Sarah Minice led Fairfield to a first place regular season finish last season. She carried the light hitting Stags on her shoulders, pitching 26 innings in 2 games in the MAAC Championship. Fairfield lost both those games, but not because of Sarah. In the 16 inning game against Manhattan (the longest game in MAAC history), she seemed to get stronger as the game dragged on. That after pitching 10 innings against Niagara the previous day.

Sarah, entering her junior year, has been a MAAC 1st teamer twice, and in 2009 was named to the NFCA All-Northeast Region Team. A native of Bellevue, WA, she was 2 time King County AAA MVP in High School. She played travel ball with the Washington Sidewinders; this summer she was on the Sidewinders 23U team that played in the prestigious Canada Cup.

Sarah will baffle MAAC hitters for the next 2 seasons.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Lauren Cognigni Named Marist Assistant Softball Coach

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - Marist softball head coach Joe Ausanio announced that Lauren Cognigni will join his staff as assistant coach. Cognigni joins the Red Foxes after she spent one season with the St. Joseph's Hawks as an assistant coach in the Atlantic-10.

Read article HERE

All-Time MAAC Softball Records (1991-2011)

Batting Average
Stacey Cowen, Manhattan .581 (1991)
(*Stacey holds the D-1 career batting average record of .530)
Runs Scored
Stacey Cowen, Manhattan 65 (1991)
Stacey Cowen, Manhattan 93 (1991)
Diana Calandra, Canisius 21 (2000)
Jennifer Drum, Manhattan 12 (1992, 1993)
Mary McGrath, La Salle 12 (1991)
Home Runs
Deanna Dovak, Rider 21 (2001)
Runs Batted In
Danielle Yearick, Manhattan 70 (1991)
Stolen Bases
Lauren Hope, Canisius 40 (2008)
Earned Run Average
Michelle Corrigan, Canisius 0.57 (1993)
Mallory Aldred, Canisius 15 (2008)*NCAA Division 1 Record
Mellissa Santos, Fairfield 401 (2002)

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Alexis Wayne Named Player Of The Year

Recent Depew High School grad Alexis Wayne, who will be joining the Niagara Purple Eagles this August, has been named Western New York Player Of The Year.

The shortstop hit .487 this year, and ends her high school career with a .427 batting average. Alexis was also named to the Class A All New York State team. She will be a great addition to an already powerful Niagara lineup. Alexis is currently playing for the 18U La Nova softball team.