Thursday, September 29, 2011

Andi Stallard Commits To Manhattan

The LJs land one of the top catchers in Texas

Andrea Stallard of Katy, TX has verbally committed to play softball at Manhattan College beginning in the 2013 season.

Andi is in her senior year at Katy Taylor High School coming off a great junior season that saw her hit for a .399 average. She is an RBI producer and can hit for extra bases, but her main strength is her play behind the plate. Considered one of the top catching prospects in the state of Texas, Andi has twice been named to the All-Greater Houston team, and has been honored by ESPN as a Southwest Region Player Of The Week. Andi plays her travel ball with the Texas Storm Gold.

Congratulations Andi!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

2011 Iona Fall Softball Schedule

Under Armour Fall Classic
Ambler, PA
Iona 6
Caldwell 0

Temple 3
Iona 0

Carole Weil Tournament
September 25, Allentown, PA
vs. Kutztown St.
vs. Villanova

October 1
@ Seton Hall
vs. Caldwell

October 2
@ UMass (DH)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Mikaela Searight Commits To Siena

Mikaela Searight of Camas, WA has verbally committed to play softball at Siena College beginning with the 2013 season.

Mikaela is a catcher and third baseman for Camas High School. She had a fabulous junior season, hitting for a .453 average to go with a .750 slugging percentage---good enough to earn her Offensive Player Of The Year. Mikaela currently plays travel ball for the Washington Illusion Gold.

Congratulations Mikaela!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Bethany DeMarco Commits To Canisius

Bethany DeMarco of Victor, NY has verbally committed to play softball at Canisius College beginning with the 2013 season. Bethany is in her senior year at Victor High School, and is a member of one of the top softball programs in the Rochester area. She was named to the All-Greater Rochester softball team following the 2011 season, a year in which she hit for a whopping .520 average, along with 30 RBIs. Bethany is primarily a catcher, but can also play third base; she is also a clutch hitter, frequently coming up with big late inning hits. She currently plays travel ball with the TC Tremors Elite, and is a teammate of future Griff Meghan Cuda.

Congratulations Bethany!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Alyssa Maiese Will Wear The Red Shirt

Good news for the Iona Gaels...
Bad news for the rest of the MAAC.

Alyssa Maiese will be returning for a 5th season as a redshirt senior with defending Champion Iona. Obviously Alyssa has been healthy for her two seasons with the Gaels; however, she played in only six games during her sophomore season at Indiana (she transferred to Iona thereafter). Not knowing her situation, and not being able to discover anything through research (typical college softball reporting!), I'm assuming she suffered some sort of injury back in 2009.
She was listed as a senior last season, so I'm also assuming she applied for a medical hardship sometime this year.

At any rate, this is a big boost for Iona. Alyssa was the MAAC's home run champion in 2011; she was clearly the Gaels' primary threat in the batter's box, and was a first team All-MAAC selection. She also will provide the Gaels with a solid number two pitcher behind the great Sarah Jackson. It's still very early in this new season, but one would think that the road to the 2012 MAAC Championship runs through New Rochelle.