Thursday, July 22, 2010

MAAC Players Taking Part In Empire State Games

The 2010 Empire State Games have just gotten underway in Buffalo, NY and will feature some MAAC players taking part in the softball competition. Siena's Shannon Jones and Courtney Brinkman are on the Adirondack roster. Marist has two representatives at the Games---Danielle Koltz will play for the Central squad while Ashley Corriss will play for Long Island, along with Manhattan's Melissa Donnelly. Recent Canisius grad Michelle Fridey will be playing for the Western team.

The Softball schedule can be found here:

If you are in Buffalo for the Games, the softball competition is being held at the Audubon Complex in Amherst, NY.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tashia Daley Joins Niagara

Tashia Daley of Ellsworth, Maine has signed a letter of intent to play softball at Niagara University and will join the Purple Eagles for the 2011 season. Tashia is a pitcher at Ellsworth High School and throws a 64 mph fastball. She will join a Purple Eagles' staff that has fellow Maine native Julie DiMatteo.

Ellsworth High School senior Tashia Daley, one of the top pitchers in Eastern Maine softball, will be headed for New York’s Niagara University this fall on a softball scholarship.

Surrounded by coaches and friends on Friday, the Sullivan girl, daughter of John and Marlene Daley, signed her letter of intent and celebrated the moment.

Daley, who began playing softball in the third grade, first had her sights set on baseball but was convinced to enlist some of her friends to start a girls’ softball team instead...

Read More Here...

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Lisa Blanton Named All-Nassau County MVP

Incoming Rider freshman Lisa Blanton just completed her career at Hilliard High School in Hilliard, FL by being honored as Nassau County Most Valuable Player. Lisa is spending her summer playing for the Jacksonville Storm Gold before she reports to Lawrenceville in August to begin her career with the Broncs.

Setting a goal to improve her batting average, Blanton hit .427 in 2010 while finishing with 32 hits, 12 RBIs and 27 runs. She also led the infield with a fielding percentage of .91 at shortstop. Blanton's performance earned her a spot on the Miracle Sports Class 2A All-State Third Team and this year's All-Nassau County Most Valuable Player.

Prior to the season, Blanton made school history by becoming the first Lady Flashes player to sign a Division I scholarship by signing with Rider University in November. The prospect of leading the Lady Broncs as a freshman gave Blanton extra motivation to take charge on the field for the Lady Flashes.

"Usually freshmen don't start in college," Blanton said. "One of my goals is to start as a freshman, so this year I really wanted to lead the team..."

Wednesday, July 14, 2010



For the second consecutive year, the MAAC Coach Of The Year has resigned. Last year it was Manhattan's Meaghan Asselta. This time Iona's Jaime Wohlbach, who led the Iona Gaels out of nowhere to the MAAC Championship, has left her team to take the head coaching job at Delaware.

Apparently Delaware has been targeting Coach Wohlbach for some time after having 30 year coach B.J Ferguson step down to take another position at the school.

This can only be characterized as a serious blow to Iona and the MAAC as well. No word yet from New Rochelle on a replacement.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Ranae Bart Named New St. Peter's Coach

The Rider assistant gets the Peahens' job.

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Saint Peter's College Director of Athletics Patrick Elliott announced today that Ranae Bart has been named the new softball head coach...

Kristin Kill Nominated For NCAA Woman Of The Year Award

Recent Niagara University grad Kristin Kill has been nominated for the prestigious NCAA Woman Of The Year award. The award honors "graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, community service and leadership".

"The top 10 honorees per division will be announced in August, followed by the top three honorees by division in September. The top 30 honorees and the nine finalists from Divisions I, II and III will be honored and the 2010 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced at the annual ceremony in Indianapolis on October 17".

Kristin just completed a fabulous career at Niagara where she had a .332 lifetime batting average. She was an All-MAAC honoree in 2007, 2008 and 2010 and was the 2007 MAAC Rookie Of The Year. Kristin was also a MAAC All-Academic selection in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

List Of Nominees

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

2011 MAAC Softball Championship To Be Held In Poughkeepsie

The MAAC has announced that the 2011 MAAC Softball Championship will once again be hosted by Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. The tournament will begin on May 12. Marist last hosted the tournament in 2009.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Bill Lajeunesse's Young Saints

I wanted to follow up on my post of Siena's new Head Coach Bill Lajeunesse to point out that he's stepping into a situation with a lot of upside. The Saints have some very good young players on the roster and about to be on the roster.

Shannon Jones is a player to build around. She made All-MAAC 2nd team her freshman season after leading the team with a .344 average.

Shannon Jones

Mandy Ferro also had a terrific freshman season, hitting .323.

Mandy Ferro

Darcy Gardner

And arriving this year will be two outstanding pitchers, Darcy Gardner and Jessika-Jo Sandrini. Jessika-Jo may turn out to be Siena's best recruit ever; she is also a great hitter.

The Saints played well at the end of the 2010 season, and the Iona Gaels just proved what a difference a year can make.
Jessika-Jo Sandrini